Board Certification and Academic Information
||Surgery - Professor
||American Board of Surgery (General Surgery)
National Board of Medical Examiners
Academic Office Locations
|Academic Office Phone Number
||Academic Office Address
||School of Medicine
30 N Medical Dr
Salt Lake City, UT 84132
My undergradate degree from Saint John's University (Minnesota) was a broadly-distributed selection of coursework, known then as a liberal arts education. This scientific and philosophical education was a continuation of my four year high school coursework in the same Benedictine Tradition which started at Saint Meinrad Archabbey. After a traditional medical school education at the University of Pittsburgh, I entered the General and Thoracic Surgery Residency under Dr. Henry T. Bahnson. This superb clinical residency allowed me to take a two year break after three clinical years to study gastrointestinal physiology as it relates to surgical disease of the upper alimentary tract at the University of Utah under Dr. Frank G. Moody. This intensive exposure to gastric mucosal barrier function in an ex-vivo, perfused gastric preparation was continued when I returned to Pittsburgh to finish my clinical residency. For three years, I worked in the lab of Dr. Stanley Schultz and Dr. Ray Frizzell using the Ussing Chamber Method to study gastric mucosal surface cell function. After completion of the residency at Pittsburgh, Dr. Moody hired me as an Assistant Professor at the University of Utah, where I continued the Ussing Chamber work for about 5 years until I abandoned basic science reasearch for patient care and education.
I am currently working on the production of a low-cost, high-fidelity simulator for abdominal surgical procedures. With the help of Dr. Rick Feins at the University of North Carolina, I have been using a heart-lung machine to perfuse an explanted abdominal organ block harvested from large animals used for other research purposes, after euthanasia. After creating a sternotomy, I cannulate the thoracic aorta and vena cava via the right atrium, and perfuse the abdominal organs with oxygenated blood. The living tissue is available for students and residents to gain competence in basic abdominal procedures before participating in clinical surgery in human patients.