Kamal M F Itani

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Country: USA

Publications

  1. doi request reprint Prospective study of single-stage repair of contaminated hernias using a biologic porcine tissue matrix: the RICH Study
    Kamal M F Itani
    Boston Veterans Administration Healthcare System, Boston University, Boston, MA 02132, USA
    Surgery 152:498-505. 2012
  2. doi request reprint Clinical efficacy of oral linezolid compared with intravenous vancomycin for the treatment of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus-complicated skin and soft tissue infections: a retrospective, propensity score-matched, case-control analysis
    Kamal M F Itani
    VA Boston Healthcare System and Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts 02132, USA
    Clin Ther 34:1667-73.e1. 2012
  3. doi request reprint Efficacy and safety of linezolid versus vancomycin for the treatment of complicated skin and soft-tissue infections proven to be caused by methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus
    Kamal M F Itani
    VA Boston Healthcare System and Boston University, 1400 VFW Pkwy, Boston, MA 02132, USA
    Am J Surg 199:804-16. 2010
  4. doi request reprint Fifteen years of the National Surgical Quality Improvement Program in review
    Kamal M F Itani
    Department of Surgery, Boston Veterans Affairs Health Care System and Boston University, Boston, MA, USA
    Am J Surg 198:S9-S18. 2009
  5. doi request reprint Outcomes and management costs in patients hospitalized for skin and skin-structure infections
    Kamal M F Itani
    Boston Veterans Affairs Health Care System and Boston University, 1400 VFW Pkwy, West Roxbury, MA 02132, USA
    Am J Infect Control 39:42-9. 2011
  6. doi request reprint Comparison of laparoscopic and open repair with mesh for the treatment of ventral incisional hernia: a randomized trial
    Kamal M F Itani
    Boston University, West Roxbury, Massachusetts, USA
    Arch Surg 145:322-8; discussion 328. 2010
  7. doi request reprint Positive predictive value of the AHRQ Patient Safety Indicator "Postoperative Sepsis": implications for practice and policy
    Marisa Cevasco
    Department of Surgery, VA Boston Healthcare System, Boston, MA, USA
    J Am Coll Surg 212:954-61. 2011
  8. doi request reprint Validity of the AHRQ Patient Safety Indicator "central venous catheter-related bloodstream infections"
    Marisa Cevasco
    Department of Surgery, VA Boston Healthcare System, Boston, MA, USA
    J Am Coll Surg 212:984-90. 2011
  9. doi request reprint How valid is the AHRQ Patient Safety Indicator "postoperative physiologic and metabolic derangement"?
    Ann M Borzecki
    Center for Health Quality, Outcomes and Economic Research, Bedford VAMC, Bedford, MA, Boston, MA, USA
    J Am Coll Surg 212:968-976.e1-2. 2011
  10. doi request reprint Positive predictive value of the AHRQ Patient Safety Indicator "postoperative wound dehiscence"
    Marisa Cevasco
    VA Boston Healthcare System, Boston, MA, USA
    J Am Coll Surg 212:962-7. 2011

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  1. doi request reprint Prospective study of single-stage repair of contaminated hernias using a biologic porcine tissue matrix: the RICH Study
    Kamal M F Itani
    Boston Veterans Administration Healthcare System, Boston University, Boston, MA 02132, USA
    Surgery 152:498-505. 2012
    ..The presence of comorbidities poses an additional risk for postoperative wound events and hernia recurrence. To date, very few studies describe the outcomes of VIH repair in this high-risk population...
  2. doi request reprint Clinical efficacy of oral linezolid compared with intravenous vancomycin for the treatment of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus-complicated skin and soft tissue infections: a retrospective, propensity score-matched, case-control analysis
    Kamal M F Itani
    VA Boston Healthcare System and Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts 02132, USA
    Clin Ther 34:1667-73.e1. 2012
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  3. doi request reprint Efficacy and safety of linezolid versus vancomycin for the treatment of complicated skin and soft-tissue infections proven to be caused by methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus
    Kamal M F Itani
    VA Boston Healthcare System and Boston University, 1400 VFW Pkwy, Boston, MA 02132, USA
    Am J Surg 199:804-16. 2010
    ..This open-label study compared oral or intravenous linezolid with intravenous vancomycin for treatment of complicated skin and soft-tissue infections (cSSTIs) caused by methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)...
  4. doi request reprint Fifteen years of the National Surgical Quality Improvement Program in review
    Kamal M F Itani
    Department of Surgery, Boston Veterans Affairs Health Care System and Boston University, Boston, MA, USA
    Am J Surg 198:S9-S18. 2009
    ..A total of 128 articles published in the peer-reviewed literature dealing mostly with findings from the Veterans Affairs (VA) hospital system are summarized...
  5. doi request reprint Outcomes and management costs in patients hospitalized for skin and skin-structure infections
    Kamal M F Itani
    Boston Veterans Affairs Health Care System and Boston University, 1400 VFW Pkwy, West Roxbury, MA 02132, USA
    Am J Infect Control 39:42-9. 2011
    ....
  6. doi request reprint Comparison of laparoscopic and open repair with mesh for the treatment of ventral incisional hernia: a randomized trial
    Kamal M F Itani
    Boston University, West Roxbury, Massachusetts, USA
    Arch Surg 145:322-8; discussion 328. 2010
    ..Laparoscopic repair of ventral incisional hernias has not been proved to be safer than open mesh repair...
  7. doi request reprint Positive predictive value of the AHRQ Patient Safety Indicator "Postoperative Sepsis": implications for practice and policy
    Marisa Cevasco
    Department of Surgery, VA Boston Healthcare System, Boston, MA, USA
    J Am Coll Surg 212:954-61. 2011
    ..We sought to examine its positive predictive value (PPV) by determining how well it identifies true cases of postoperative sepsis...
  8. doi request reprint Validity of the AHRQ Patient Safety Indicator "central venous catheter-related bloodstream infections"
    Marisa Cevasco
    Department of Surgery, VA Boston Healthcare System, Boston, MA, USA
    J Am Coll Surg 212:984-90. 2011
    ..We sought to investigate the validity of this PSI using the medical record as the gold standard...
  9. doi request reprint How valid is the AHRQ Patient Safety Indicator "postoperative physiologic and metabolic derangement"?
    Ann M Borzecki
    Center for Health Quality, Outcomes and Economic Research, Bedford VAMC, Bedford, MA, Boston, MA, USA
    J Am Coll Surg 212:968-976.e1-2. 2011
    ..Data on PMD's accuracy in identifying true events are limited. We examined the indicator's positive predictive value (PPV) in the Veterans Health Administration (VA)...
  10. doi request reprint Positive predictive value of the AHRQ Patient Safety Indicator "postoperative wound dehiscence"
    Marisa Cevasco
    VA Boston Healthcare System, Boston, MA, USA
    J Am Coll Surg 212:962-7. 2011
    ..We determined how well it identifies true cases of postoperative wound dehiscence by examining its positive predictive value (PPV)...
  11. doi request reprint Detecting patient safety indicators: How valid is "foreign body left during procedure" in the Veterans Health Administration?
    Qi Chen
    Center for Organization, Leadership, and Management Research COLMR, Boston, MA, USA
    J Am Coll Surg 212:977-83. 2011
    ..This study examined how well this indicator identifies true foreign body events in the Veterans Health Administration (VA)...
  12. doi request reprint Comparative costs of ertapenem and cefotetan as prophylaxis for elective colorectal surgery
    Samuel E Wilson
    Department of Surgery, University of California, Irvine, Orange, California, USA
    Surg Infect (Larchmt) 9:349-56. 2008
    ..This project was intended to determine the potential cost impact of using ertapenem 1 g vs. cefotetan 2 g as prophylaxis for elective colorectal surgery...
  13. doi request reprint How valid is the AHRQ Patient Safety Indicator "postoperative hemorrhage or hematoma"?
    Ann M Borzecki
    Center for Health Quality, Outcomes and Economic Research, Bedford VAMC, Bedford, MA, USA
    J Am Coll Surg 212:946-953.e1-2. 2011
    ..How accurately it identifies true events is unknown. We therefore determined PHH's positive predictive value...
  14. ncbi request reprint Linezolid reduces length of stay and duration of intravenous treatment compared with vancomycin for complicated skin and soft tissue infections due to suspected or proven methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)
    Kamal M F Itani
    Boston VA Health Care System and Boston University, Boston, MA, USA
    Int J Antimicrob Agents 26:442-8. 2005
    ..01), decreased i.v. antibiotic treatment duration (all P < 0.0001) and higher discharge rates (all P < 0.05). Thus, linezolid has the potential to reduce medical resource use for the treatment of cSSTIs...
  15. doi request reprint Seroma in ventral incisional herniorrhaphy: incidence, predictors and outcome
    Haytham M A Kaafarani
    VA Boston Healthcare System, West Roxbury, MA, USA
    Am J Surg 198:639-44. 2009
    ..Factors leading to seroma following ventral incisional herniorrhaphy (VIH) are poorly understood...
  16. doi request reprint Factors associated with post-operative conversion to methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus positivity or infection in initially MRSA-negative patients
    Youmna Abi-Haidar
    Department of Surgery, Management Research at the Veterans Affairs Boston Healthcare System, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
    Surg Infect (Larchmt) 12:435-42. 2011
    ..Our aim was to identify the risk factors for patient conversion from MRSA negativity pre-operatively to MRSA positivity post-operatively...
  17. doi request reprint Effect of body mass index and ertapenem versus cefotetan prophylaxis on surgical site infection in elective colorectal surgery
    Kamal M F Itani
    Department of Surgery, Veterans Affairs Boston Health Care System, West Roxbury, MA 02132, USA
    Surg Infect (Larchmt) 9:131-7. 2008
    ..In this study, the association of BMI and type of antibiotic prophylaxis with SSI was evaluated in patients undergoing elective colorectal surgery...
  18. doi request reprint Preoperative oral antibiotics reduce surgical site infection following elective colorectal resections
    Jamie A Cannon
    Department of Surgery, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, Alabama, USA
    Dis Colon Rectum 55:1160-6. 2012
    ..Currently, the administration of oral antibiotics is controversial and considered ineffective without mechanical bowel preparation...
  19. ncbi request reprint Polyethylene glycol versus sodium phosphate mechanical bowel preparation in elective colorectal surgery
    Kamal M F Itani
    VA Boston Healthcare System and Boston University School of Medicine, 1400 VFW Pkwy 112, West Roxbury, MA 02132, USA
    Am J Surg 193:190-4. 2007
    ..The type of mechanical bowel preparation (MBP) used before elective colorectal surgery remains controversial...
  20. doi request reprint Trends, outcomes, and predictors of open and conversion to open cholecystectomy in Veterans Health Administration hospitals
    Haytham M A Kaafarani
    Department of Surgery, VA Boston Healthcare System, West Roxbury, MA, USA
    Am J Surg 200:32-40. 2010
    ..Laparoscopic cholecystectomy (LC) accounts for more than 85% of cholecystectomies. Factors prompting open cholecystectomy (OC) or conversion from LC to OC (CONV) are not completely understood...
  21. doi request reprint Outcomes associated with initial versus later vancomycin use in patients with complicated skin and skin-structure infections
    Kamal M F Itani
    Veterans Administration Boston Health Care System and Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
    Pharmacoeconomics 27:421-30. 2009
    ..However, less is known about the impact of delayed appropriate coverage in complicated skin and skin-structure infections (cSSSIs)...
  22. doi request reprint Mechanical bowel preparation or not for elective colorectal surgery
    Kamal M F Itani
    Veterans Affairs Boston Health Care System and Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
    Surg Infect (Larchmt) 9:563-5. 2008
    ..This paper presents the advantages and disadvantages of mechanical bowel preparation...
  23. doi request reprint A decade of ventral incisional hernia repairs with biologic acellular dermal matrix: what have we learned?
    Nicole A Kissane
    Veterans Affairs Boston Healthcare System, West Roxbury, MA 02132, USA
    Plast Reconstr Surg 130:194S-202S. 2012
    ..The authors studied the experience and outcomes of patients who underwent repair of a ventral incisional hernia with biologic mesh...
  24. doi request reprint Association between Surgical Care Improvement Program venous thromboembolism measures and postoperative events
    Laura K Altom
    The Center for Surgical, Medical Acute care Research and Transitions, Birmingham Veterans Administration Hospital, Birmingham, AL 35294, USA
    Am J Surg 204:591-7. 2012
    ..There are little data on whether these measures reduce VTE rates. This study proposed to examine associations between SCIP-VTE adherence and VTE rates...
  25. doi request reprint Preoperative nasal methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus status, surgical prophylaxis, and risk-adjusted postoperative outcomes in veterans
    Kalpana Gupta
    Department of Medicine, Veterans Affairs Boston Healthcare System, Boston, Massachusetts, 02132, USA
    Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 32:791-6. 2011
    ..To determine whether preoperative nasal methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) carriage is a significant predictor of postoperative infections, after accounting for surgical infection risk and surgical prophylaxis...
  26. doi request reprint Validity of selected Patient Safety Indicators: opportunities and concerns
    Haytham M A Kaafarani
    Department of Surgery, Tufts Medical Center, Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston, MA, USA
    J Am Coll Surg 212:924-34. 2011
    ..We examined the positive predictive value (PPV) of 3 surgical PSIs: postoperative pulmonary embolus and deep vein thrombosis (pPE/DVT), iatrogenic pneumothorax (iPTX), and accidental puncture and laceration (APL)...
  27. doi request reprint Predictors of surgical site infection in laparoscopic and open ventral incisional herniorrhaphy
    Haytham M A Kaafarani
    Department of Surgery, Tufts Medical Center, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
    J Surg Res 163:229-34. 2010
    ..Surgical site infection (SSI) after ventral incisional hernia repair (VIH) can result in serious consequences. We sought to identify patient, procedure, and/or hernia characteristics that are associated with SSI in VIH...
  28. ncbi request reprint Repair of ventral incisional hernia: the design of a randomized trial to compare open and laparoscopic surgical techniques
    Kamal M F Itani
    Veterans Affairs Boston Health Care System, Boston and Harvard Universities, 1400 VFW Parkway, West Roxbury, Massachusetts 02132, USA
    Am J Surg 188:22S-29S. 2004
    ..When completed, this study will provide surgeons and their patients with information that will help guide their choice of surgical technique...
  29. ncbi request reprint Linezolid eradicates MRSA better than vancomycin from surgical-site infections
    John Weigelt
    Department of Surgery, Medical College of Wisconsin, 9200 West Wisconsin Avenue, Milwaukee, WI 53226, USA
    Am J Surg 188:760-6. 2004
    ..The purpose of this analysis was to compare the efficacy of linezolid versus vancomycin in patients with suspected or proven gram-positive methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) surgical-site infections...
  30. doi request reprint beta-Blockade in noncardiac surgery: outcome at all levels of cardiac risk
    Haytham M A Kaafarani
    Department of Surgery, Veterans Affairs Boston Healthcare System 112, 1400 VFW Pkwy, West Roxbury, MA 02132, USA
    Arch Surg 143:940-4; discussion 944. 2008
    ..We hypothesized that the relationship among beta-blocker use, heart rate control, and perioperative cardiovascular outcome would be similar in patients at all levels of cardiac risk...
  31. doi request reprint Examining the relationship between processes of care and selected AHRQ patient safety indicators postoperative wound dehiscence and accidental puncture or laceration using the VA electronic medical record
    Qi Chen
    VA Boston Healthcare System, Boston, MA 02130, USA
    Am J Med Qual 28:206-13. 2013
    ..Documentation of POC was frequently missing in EMRs. Future studies should combine EMR review with alternative approaches, such as direct observation, to better assess POC...
  32. doi request reprint A clinical history of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus is a poor predictor of preoperative colonization status and postoperative infections
    Judith Strymish
    Department of Medicine, Veterans Affairs Boston Healthcare System, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
    Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 33:1113-7. 2012
    ..We aimed to evaluate the test characteristics of these surrogates...
  33. ncbi request reprint Ertapenem versus cefotetan prophylaxis in elective colorectal surgery
    Kamal M F Itani
    Veterans Affairs Boston Healthcare System and Boston University Medical School, Boston, MA 02132, USA
    N Engl J Med 355:2640-51. 2006
    ..Ertapenem, a long-acting carbapenem, may be an alternative to the recommended prophylactic antibiotic cefotetan...
  34. doi request reprint Time of day is associated with postoperative morbidity: an analysis of the national surgical quality improvement program data
    Rachel R Kelz
    Department of Surgery, Philadelphia VA Medical Center, Philadelphia, PA, USA
    Ann Surg 247:544-52. 2008
    ..To examine the association between surgical start time and morbidity and mortality for nonemergent procedures...
  35. ncbi request reprint Causes of high mortality in colorectal surgery: a review of episodes of care in Veterans Affairs hospitals
    Kamal M F Itani
    Boston Veterans Affairs Health Care System, 1400 VFW Parkway, West Roxbury, MA 02132, USA
    Am J Surg 194:639-45. 2007
    ..The episode of care for colorectal surgery in 8 outlier Veterans Affairs Hospitals with high mortality and the volume outcome relationship in 118 Hospitals are examined...
  36. doi request reprint Development and testing of tools to detect ambulatory surgical adverse events
    Hillary J Mull
    Center for Organization, Leadership, and Management Research, VA Boston Healthcare System, Boston, MA 02130, USA
    J Patient Saf 9:96-102. 2013
    ..Triggers, algorithms derived from clinical logic to flag cases where AEs have most likely occurred, could complement VASQIP by detecting a higher yield of ambulatory surgeries with a true surgical AE...
  37. ncbi request reprint Surgical resident supervision in the operating room and outcomes of care in Veterans Affairs hospitals
    Kamal M F Itani
    VA Boston Health Care System 112A, Boston and Harvard Universities, 1400 VFW Pkwy, West Roxbury, MA 02132, USA
    Am J Surg 190:725-31. 2005
    ..In this study, we assessed the impact of level 3 on risk-adjusted morbidity and mortality in the VA system...
  38. doi request reprint Risk factors and outcomes of acute versus elective groin hernia surgery
    Youmna Abi-Haidar
    VA Boston Healthcare System and Boston University, Boston, MA, USA
    J Am Coll Surg 213:363-9. 2011
    ..Hernia characteristics and patient factors associated with acute compared with elective groin hernia surgery are unknown...
  39. doi request reprint Revisiting percutaneous cholecystostomy for acute cholecystitis based on a 10-year experience
    Youmna Abi-Haidar
    Department of Surgery, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA
    Arch Surg 147:416-22. 2012
    ..To identify patient characteristics leading to percutaneous cholecystostomy (PC) and to compare outcomes between PC and cholecystectomy (CCY) in patients with acute cholecystitis (AC)...
  40. ncbi request reprint Mortality after nonemergent major surgery performed on Friday versus Monday through Wednesday
    Marc M Zare
    Department of Surgery, Boston VA Healthcare System, West Roxbury, Massachusetts, USA
    Ann Surg 246:866-74. 2007
    ..To determine whether nonemergent major surgery leads to higher mortality when performed on Friday versus early weekdays...
  41. ncbi request reprint Randomized clinical surgical trials: are they really necessary?
    Kamal M F Itani
    Michael E DeBakey Department of Surgery and the Houston VAMC, Houston, Texas, USA
    Asian J Surg 27:163-8. 2004
  42. ncbi request reprint Prognostic factors for the development of gangrenous cholecystitis
    Shawn P Fagan
    Michael E DeBakey Department of Surgery, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Surgical Services VA 112, 2002 Holcombe Boulevard, Houston, TX 77030, USA
    Am J Surg 186:481-5. 2003
    ..Our objective was to identify preoperative prognostic factors for GC in order to distinguish this subset of patients with acute cholecystitis (AC)...
  43. doi request reprint Outcomes of care of abdominal aortic aneurysm in Veterans Health Administration facilities: results from the National Surgical Quality Improvement Program
    Ruth L Bush
    Texas A and M Health Sciences Center, Olin E Teague Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Temple, TX, USA
    Am J Surg 198:S41-8. 2009
    ..This review describes past, present, and possible future NSQIP strategies to improve outcomes for AAA repair with general comments about recent alternative proposals...
  44. doi request reprint Ventral hernia repair with synthetic, composite, and biologic mesh: characteristics, indications, and infection profile
    Marisa Cevasco
    Veterans Affairs Boston Healthcare System and Department of Surgery, Brigham and Women s Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
    Surg Infect (Larchmt) 13:209-15. 2012
    ..A variety of mesh materials are available for ventral hernia repair (VHR), each with a unique set of characteristics. Surgeons are offered an ever-expanding selection of products, making a review of the available materials timely...
  45. doi request reprint Acute expansion of a hospital-acquired methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus-infected abdominal aortic aneurysm
    Ossama M Reslan
    Department of Surgery, VA Boston HCS, West Roxbury, MA 02132, USA
    Ann Vasc Surg 26:732.e1-6. 2012
    ..We will discuss the clinical spectrum of HA MRSA infections as well as the problems encountered in the management of IAA, and will review the relevant literature...
  46. doi request reprint Evaluation of healthcare quality: a tale of three giants
    Grant V Rodkey
    Department of Surgery, Veterans Affairs Boston Health Care System and Boston University, Boston, MA, USA
    Am J Surg 198:S3-8. 2009
    ..They shared the traits of tremendous determination in the face of many challenges and adversities and a sense of enthusiasm in a belief that resulted in improved and safer care...
  47. doi request reprint How does patient safety culture in the operating room and post-anesthesia care unit compare to the rest of the hospital?
    Haytham M A Kaafarani
    Department of Surgery, Boston, VA Healthcare System, West Roxbury, MA, USA
    Am J Surg 198:70-5. 2009
    ..A strong patient safety culture in the operating room (OR) and post-anesthesia care unit (PACU) is essential to promote safe care...
  48. ncbi request reprint Physician leadership is a new mandate in surgical training
    Kamal M F Itani
    Department of Surgery, Houston Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Houston, TX 77030, USA
    Am J Surg 187:328-31. 2004
    ..One possible reason is that surgical educators have focused on detailed instruction on critical patient situations, resuscitation, and technical skills, but they have provided little formal training in the essential leadership skills...
  49. ncbi request reprint Training of a surgeon: an international perspective
    Kamal M F Itani
    Department of Surgery, VA Boston Healthcare System and Boston University, Boston, MA 02132, USA
    J Am Coll Surg 204:478-85. 2007
  50. doi request reprint Development of trigger tools for surveillance of adverse events in ambulatory surgery
    Haytham M A Kaafarani
    Department of Surgery, VA Boston Healthcare System, West Roxbury, Massachusetts 02132, USA
    Qual Saf Health Care 19:425-9. 2010
    ..The authors sought to create surgical triggers to detect AEs in the ambulatory care setting...
  51. doi request reprint Mesh infection in ventral incisional hernia repair: incidence, contributing factors, and treatment
    Vivian M Sanchez
    Department of Surgery, Veterans Affairs Boston Healthcare System and Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
    Surg Infect (Larchmt) 12:205-10. 2011
    ..Prosthetic mesh infection is a catastrophic complication of ventral incisional hernia (VIH) repair...
  52. doi request reprint Malignant eccrine spiradenoma: a meta-analysis of reported cases
    Michael T Andreoli
    Boston University, Boston, MA, USA
    Am J Surg 201:695-9. 2011
    ..Malignant eccrine spiradenoma is an aggressive sweat gland tumor with poorly understood behavior and no currently accepted therapeutic regimen...
  53. doi request reprint Presidential address: International medical graduates in the surgical workforce and the Veterans Affairs hospitals: where are we coming from? Where are we going?
    Kamal M F Itani
    Veterans Affairs Boston Health Care System and Boston University, Boston, MA, USA
    Am J Surg 196:315-22. 2008
    ..A sensible solution is presented to address general surgery shortages in the United States while preventing global brain drain...
  54. doi request reprint Advances in abdominal wall hernia repair. Preface
    Kamal M F Itani
    Department of Surgery, VA Boston Health Care System and Boston University, 1400 VFW Parkway, Boston, MA 02132, USA
    Surg Clin North Am 88:xvii-xix. 2008