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    Andreas M. Kaiser, MD

    TitleProfessor of Clinical Surgery
    SchoolKeck School of Medicine of USC
    DepartmentSurgery
    Address1441 Eastlake Ave.
    Health Sciences Campus
    Los Angeles California 90033
    Phone+1 323 865 3690
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      Andreas M. Kaiser, MD FACS FASCRS, a Professor of Clinical Surgery, graduated in 1988 from the University of Zurich in Switzerland. After an internship in Surgical Pathology, Dr. Kaiser trained in General Surgery at the University Hospital of Zurich (1990-1998), interrupted by a two year research fellowship at Harvard Medical School. He completed a fellowship in Visceral Surgery at the University Hospital in Zurich, and in Colorectal Surgery at the Keck School of Medicine at USC. In 2001, Dr. Kaiser joined the USC faculty, and from 2008- 2009, he served as Interim Chairman of the Department of Colorectal Surgery. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS) and the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons (FASCRS), and a member of several national and international professional associations and committees.

      Dr. Kaiser has a special interest in colorectal diseases and provides a comprehensive and interdisciplinary treatment in the management of colorectal and anal cancer (primary, recurrent cancers, palliative setting), inflammatory bowel disease, acute diverticulitis, functional disorders of the colon and rectum, and benign disorders of the anus. He was a national expert/preceptor for the stapled hemorrhoidectomy (PPH); he is one of few experts nationwide performing continent ileostomies and was instrumental in the development of the T-pouch. He is an expert for evaluation and treatment of fecal incontinence and also one of few surgeons performing the Artificial Bowel Sphincter; most recently, he added the transanal endoscopic microsurgery for rectal polyps and early rectal cancer (TEMS) and Sacral Nerve Stimulation (Interstim) for fecal incontinence to the services offered at USC.

      Dr. Kaiser's major areas of research interest include Colorectal Cancer, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Diverticulitis, and Fecal Incontinence.

      Dr. Kaiser is not only committed to patient-care, but also to research and education. He has written numerous articles, book chapters, including his own book "McGraw-Hill Manual of Colorectal Surgery". He is Editor-in-Chief of "Clinical and Experimental Gastroenterology", and Associate Editor of "Diseases of the Colon and Rectum", the official journal of the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons; in addition, he serves on the editorial boards of the "World Journal of Gastroenterology", "World Journal of Gastrointestinal Pathophysiology", "The Open Colorectal Cancer Journal", and "The Open Surgical Oncology Journal". He is/was a member of several national committees (membership committee (chair), standards committee, program committee, CME committee). He served as Guest Editor on Hereditary Colorectal Cancer for "Seminars in Colon and Rectal Surgery", and was the lead author on a ASCRS Task Force for “New Technologies for Fecal Incontinence.”


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      1. Zelhart M, Kaiser A. Robotic versus laparoscopic versus open colorectal surgery: towards defining criteria to the right choice. Surg Endosc. 2017 Aug 15. PMID: 28812154.
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      2. Saldana Ruiz N, Kaiser A. Fecal incontinence - Challenges and solutions. World J Gastroenterol. 2017 Jan 07; 23(1):11-24. PMID: 28104977.
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      3. Maguire LH, Alavi K, Sudan R, Wise PE, Kaiser A, Bordeianou L. Surgical Considerations in the Treatment of Small Bowel Crohn's Disease. J Gastrointest Surg. 2017 Feb; 21(2):398-411. PMID: 27966058.
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      4. Kaiser A. The Author Replies. Dis Colon Rectum. 2016 Oct; 59(10):e437-8. PMID: 27602937.
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      5. Devaraj B, Liu W, Tatum J, Cologne K, Kaiser A. Medically Treated Diverticular Abscess Associated With High Risk of Recurrence and Disease Complications. Dis Colon Rectum. 2016 Mar; 59(3):208-15. PMID: 26855395.
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      6. Alavi K, Chan S, Wise P, Kaiser A, Sudan R, Bordeianou L. Fecal Incontinence: Etiology, Diagnosis, and Management. J Gastrointest Surg. 2015 Oct; 19(10):1910-21. PMID: 26268955.
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      7. Kaiser A, Hogen R, Bordeianou L, Alavi K, Wise PE, Sudan R. Erratum to: Clostridium Difficile Infection from a Surgical Perspective. J Gastrointest Surg. 2015 Aug; 19(8):1563. PMID: 26037139.
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      8. Paquette IM, Varma MG, Kaiser A, Steele SR, Rafferty JF. The American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons' Clinical Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Fecal Incontinence. Dis Colon Rectum. 2015 Jul; 58(7):623-36. PMID: 26200676.
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      9. Kaiser A, Hogen R, Bordeianou L, Alavi K, Wise PE, Sudan R. Clostridium Difficile Infection from a Surgical Perspective. J Gastrointest Surg. 2015 Jul; 19(7):1363-77. PMID: 25917533.
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      10. Devaraj B, Kaiser A. Surgical management of ulcerative colitis in the era of biologicals. Inflamm Bowel Dis. 2015 Jan; 21(1):208-20. PMID: 25222665.
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      11. Lamb MN, Kaiser A. Elective resection versus observation after nonoperative management of complicated diverticulitis with abscess: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Dis Colon Rectum. 2014 Dec; 57(12):1430-40. PMID: 25380010.
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      12. Smith JA, Tuchman A, Huoh M, Kaiser A, Schooler WG, Hsieh PC. Locomotor biomechanics after total sacrectomy: a case report. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2014 Nov 15; 39(24):E1481-7. PMID: 25202931.
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      13. Kaiser A. Evolution and future of laparoscopic colorectal surgery. World J Gastroenterol. 2014 Nov 07; 20(41):15119-24. PMID: 25386060; PMCID: PMC4223245.
      14. Bordeianou L, Maguire LH, Alavi K, Sudan R, Wise PE, Kaiser A. Sphincter-sparing surgery in patients with low-lying rectal cancer: techniques, oncologic outcomes, and functional results. J Gastrointest Surg. 2014 Jul; 18(7):1358-72. PMID: 24820137; PMCID: PMC4057635.
      15. Kaiser A, Orangio GR, Zutshi M, Alva S, Hull TL, Marcello PW, Margolin DA, Rafferty JF, Buie WD, Wexner SD. Current status: new technologies for the treatment of patients with fecal incontinence. Surg Endosc. 2014 Aug; 28(8):2277-301. PMID: 24609699.
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      16. Feingold D, Steele SR, Lee S, Kaiser A, Boushey R, Buie WD, Rafferty JF. Practice parameters for the treatment of sigmoid diverticulitis. Dis Colon Rectum. 2014 Mar; 57(3):284-94. PMID: 24509449.
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      17. Bordeianou L, Hicks CW, Kaiser A, Alavi K, Sudan R, Wise PE. Rectal prolapse: an overview of clinical features, diagnosis, and patient-specific management strategies. J Gastrointest Surg. 2014 May; 18(5):1059-69. PMID: 24352613.
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      18. Stuschke M, Kaiser A, Abu Jawad J, Pöttgen C, Levegrün S, Farr J. Multi-scenario based robust intensity-modulated proton therapy (IMPT) plans can account for set-up errors more effectively in terms of normal tissue sparing than planning target volume (PTV) based intensity-modulated photon plans in the head and neck region. Radiat Oncol. 2013 Jun 18; 8:145. PMID: 23773560; PMCID: PMC3695849.
      19. Stuschke M, Kaiser A, Abu-Jawad J, Pöttgen C, Levegrün S, Farr J. Re-irradiation of recurrent head and neck carcinomas: comparison of robust intensity modulated proton therapy treatment plans with helical tomotherapy. Radiat Oncol. 2013 Apr 20; 8:93. PMID: 23601204; PMCID: PMC3648492.
      20. Patel SS, Patel MS, Goldfarb M, Ortega A, Ault GT, Kaiser A, Senagore AJ. Elective versus emergency surgery for ulcerative colitis: a National Surgical Quality Improvement Program analysis. Am J Surg. 2013 Mar; 205(3):333-7; discussion 337-8. PMID: 23369311.
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      21. Patel SS, Patel MS, Mahanti S, Ortega A, Ault GT, Kaiser A, Senagore AJ. Laparoscopic versus open colon resections in California: a cross-sectional analysis. Am Surg. 2012 Oct; 78(10):1063-5. PMID: 23025941.
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      22. Kaiser A. Diversion with neoadjuvant vs surgery with adjuvant treatment for obstructing rectal cancer? Dis Colon Rectum. 2012 Oct; 55(10):e346. PMID: 22965410.
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      23. Chang GJ, Kaiser A, Mills S, Rafferty JF, Buie WD. Practice parameters for the management of colon cancer. Dis Colon Rectum. 2012 Aug; 55(8):831-43. PMID: 22810468.
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      24. Kaiser A, Klaristenfeld D, Beart RW. Preoperative versus postoperative radiotherapy for rectal cancer in a decision analysis and outcome prediction model. Ann Surg Oncol. 2012 Dec; 19(13):4150-60. PMID: 22766982.
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      25. Patel SS, Floyd A, Doorly MG, Ortega AE, Ault GT, Kaiser A, Senagore AJ. Current controversies in the management of colon cancer. Curr Probl Surg. 2012 Jul; 49(7):398-460. PMID: 22682507.
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      26. Stuschke M, Kaiser A, Pöttgen C, Lübcke W, Farr J. Potentials of robust intensity modulated scanning proton plans for locally advanced lung cancer in comparison to intensity modulated photon plans. Radiother Oncol. 2012 Jul; 104(1):45-51. PMID: 22560714.
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      27. Kaiser A. T-pouch: results of the first 10 years with a nonintussuscepting continent ileostomy. Dis Colon Rectum. 2012 Feb; 55(2):155-62. PMID: 22228158.
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      28. Kaiser A. Ogilvie transition to colonic perforation. Am J Surg. 2010 Jul; 200(1):e15-6. PMID: 20409529.
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      29. Soltani A, Kaiser A. Endorectal advancement flap for cryptoglandular or Crohn's fistula-in-ano. Dis Colon Rectum. 2010 Apr; 53(4):486-95. PMID: 20305451.
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      30. Dudukgian H, Sie E, Gonzalez-Ruiz C, Etzioni DA, Kaiser A. C. difficile colitis--predictors of fatal outcome. J Gastrointest Surg. 2010 Feb; 14(2):315-22. PMID: 19937192.
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      31. Etzioni DA, Cannom RR, Ault GT, Beart RW, Kaiser A. Diverticulitis in California from 1995 to 2006: increased rates of treatment for younger patients. Am Surg. 2009 Oct; 75(10):981-5. PMID: 19886149.
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      32. Cannom RR, Kaiser A, Ault GT, Beart RW, Etzioni DA. Inflammatory bowel disease in the United States from 1998 to 2005: has infliximab affected surgical rates? Am Surg. 2009 Oct; 75(10):976-80. PMID: 19886148.
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      33. Kaiser A. Giant colonic lipoma. Surgery. 2010 May; 147(5):750. PMID: 19744442.
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      34. Ault GT, Nunoo-Mensah JW, Johnson L, Vukasin P, Kaiser A, Beart RW. Adenocarcinoma arising in the middle of ileoanal pouches: report of five cases. Dis Colon Rectum. 2009 Mar; 52(3):538-41. PMID: 19333060.
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      35. Etzioni DA, Mack TM, Beart RW, Kaiser A. Diverticulitis in the United States: 1998-2005: changing patterns of disease and treatment. Ann Surg. 2009 Feb; 249(2):210-7. PMID: 19212172.
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      36. Kaiser A, Kopf A, Gericke C, Bartley J, Mechsner S. The influence of peritoneal endometriotic lesions on the generation of endometriosis-related pain and pain reduction after surgical excision. Arch Gynecol Obstet. 2009 Sep; 280(3):369-73. PMID: 19148660.
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      37. Artinyan A, Nunoo-Mensah JW, Balasubramaniam S, Gauderman J, Essani R, Gonzalez-Ruiz C, Kaiser A, Beart RW. Prolonged postoperative ileus-definition, risk factors, and predictors after surgery. World J Surg. 2008 Jul; 32(7):1495-500. PMID: 18305994.
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      38. Klaristenfeld D, Israelit S, Beart RW, Ault G, Kaiser A. Surgical excision of extensive anal condylomata not associated with risk of anal stenosis. Int J Colorectal Dis. 2008 Sep; 23(9):853-6. PMID: 18548258.
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      39. Nunoo-Mensah JW, Kaiser A, Wasserberg N, Saedi H, Quek ML, Beart RW. Management of acquired rectourinary fistulas: how often and when is permanent fecal or urinary diversion necessary? Dis Colon Rectum. 2008 Jul; 51(7):1049-54. PMID: 18470562.
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      40. Kaiser A. Cloaca-like deformity with faecal incontinence after severe obstetric injury--technique and functional outcome of ano-vaginal and perineal reconstruction with X-flaps and sphincteroplasty. Colorectal Dis. 2008 Oct; 10(8):827-32. PMID: 18205849.
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      41. Kaiser A, Israelit S, Klaristenfeld D, Selvindoss P, Vukasin P, Ault G, Beart RW. Morbidity of ostomy takedown. J Gastrointest Surg. 2008 Mar; 12(3):437-41. PMID: 18095033.
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      42. Kaiser A. Multimedia article. Anovaginal reconstruction with bilateral x-flaps and sphincteroplasty for cloaca-like deformity after obstetrical injury. Dis Colon Rectum. 2007 Oct; 50(10):1707. PMID: 17701073.
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      43. Ley EJ, Kaiser A, Vukasin P, Ault G, Etzioni DA, Beart RW. Questions about efficacy of continuous wound catheters. J Am Coll Surg. 2007 Oct; 205(4):e2-3; author reply e3. PMID: 17903715.
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      44. Ley EJ, Vukasin P, Kaiser A, Ault G, Beart RW. Delayed rectovaginal fistula: a potential complication of bevacizumab (avastin). Dis Colon Rectum. 2007 Jun; 50(6):930. PMID: 17429706.
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      45. Wasserberg N, Nunoo-Mensah JW, Gonzalez-Ruiz C, Beart RW, Kaiser A. Colorectal cancer in HIV-infected patients: a case control study. Int J Colorectal Dis. 2007 Oct; 22(10):1217-21. PMID: 17318553.
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      46. Kaiser A, Kang JC, Tolazzi AR, Sherrod AE, Beart RW. Primary solitary extragastrointestinal stromal tumor of the greater omentum coexisting with ulcerative colitis. Dig Dis Sci. 2006 Oct; 51(10):1850-2. PMID: 16967314.
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      47. Kaiser A, Kang JC, Chan LS, Beart RW. The prognostic impact of the time interval to recurrence for the mortality in recurrent colorectal cancer. Colorectal Dis. 2006 Oct; 8(8):696-703. PMID: 16970581.
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      48. Kaiser A. Complicated diverticulitis: it is not yet time to rethink the rules! Ann Surg. 2006 May; 243(5):707-8; author reply 708-9. PMID: 16633008; PMCID: PMC1570548.
      49. Kaiser A. Abdominal pain and distension. Gut. 2006 Apr; 55(4):462, 491. PMID: 16531527; PMCID: PMC1856200.
      50. Gonzalez-Ruiz C, Kaiser A, Vukasin P, Beart RW, Ortega AE. Intraoperative physical diagnosis in the management of anal fistula. Am Surg. 2006 Jan; 72(1):11-5. PMID: 16494174.
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      51. Artinyan A, Essani R, Lake J, Kaiser A, Vukasin P, Danenberg P, Danenberg K, Haile R, Beart RW. Molecular predictors of lymph node metastasis in colon cancer: increased risk with decreased thymidylate synthase expression. J Gastrointest Surg. 2005 Dec; 9(9):1216-21; discussion 1221. PMID: 16332476.
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      52. Essani R, Sarkisyan G, Beart RW, Ault G, Vukasin P, Kaiser A. Cost-saving effect of treatment algorithm for chronic anal fissure: a prospective analysis. J Gastrointest Surg. 2005 Dec; 9(9):1237-43; discussion 1243-4. PMID: 16332479.
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      53. Kaiser A. Hyperinsulinemic hypoglycemia with nesidioblastosis after gastric-bypass surgery. N Engl J Med. 2005 Nov 17; 353(20):2192-4; author reply 2192-4. PMID: 16299937.
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      54. Wasserberg N, Kaiser A, Nunoo-Mensah JW, Biernacki P, Kleisli T, Beart RW. Preservation of bowel and urinary continence in the management of locally recurrent rectal cancer. J Surg Oncol. 2005 Oct 01; 92(1):76-81. PMID: 16180216.
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      55. Nunoo-Mensah JW, Balasubramaniam S, Wasserberg N, Artinyan A, Gonzalez-Ruiz C, Kaiser A, Beart RW, Vukasin P. Fistula-in-ano: do antibiotics make a difference? Int J Colorectal Dis. 2006 Jul; 21(5):441-3. PMID: 16091913.
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      56. Nunoo-Mensah JW, Kaiser A. Stapled hemorrhoidectomy. Am J Surg. 2005 Jul; 190(1):127-30. PMID: 15972185.
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      57. Kaiser A, Jiang JK, Lake JP, Ault G, Artinyan A, Gonzalez-Ruiz C, Essani R, Beart RW. The management of complicated diverticulitis and the role of computed tomography. Am J Gastroenterol. 2005 Apr; 100(4):910-7. PMID: 15784040.
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      58. Kaiser A. Diverticulitis in young patients: why we still should not pretend to know. Dis Colon Rectum. 2005 Jan; 48(1):172. PMID: 15690677.
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      59. Kaiser A, Nunoo-Mensah JW, Wasserberg N. Re: Surgical volume and long-term survival following surgery for colorectal cancer in the Veterans Affairs Health-Care System. Am J Gastroenterol. 2005 Jan; 100(1):250. PMID: 15654811.
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      60. Kaiser A, Kang JC, Chan LS, Vukasin P, Beart RW. Laparoscopic-assisted vs. open colectomy for colon cancer: a prospective randomized trial. J Laparoendosc Adv Surg Tech A. 2004 Dec; 14(6):329-34. PMID: 15684776.
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      61. Wasserberg N, Kaiser A. Symptomatic fecal incontinence, sonographic sphincter damage, and normal manometry. Dis Colon Rectum. 2004 Nov; 47(11):1991-2; author reply 1992. PMID: 15622598.
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      62. Lake JP, Essani R, Petrone P, Kaiser A, Asensio J, Beart RW. Management of retained colorectal foreign bodies: predictors of operative intervention. Dis Colon Rectum. 2004 Oct; 47(10):1694-8. PMID: 15540301.
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      63. Lake JP, Firoozmand E, Kang JC, Vassiliu P, Chan LS, Vukasin P, Kaiser A, Beart RW. Effect of high-dose steroids on anastomotic complications after proctocolectomy with ileal pouch-anal anastomosis. J Gastrointest Surg. 2004 Jul-Aug; 8(5):547-51. PMID: 15239989.
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      64. Lake JP, Ortega A, Vukasin P, Kaiser A, Kaufman HS, Beart RW. Internet use by colorectal surgery patients: a surgeon's tool for education and marketing. Am Surg. 2004 Jun; 70(6):553-8. PMID: 15212415.
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      65. Ramirez JI, Vassiliu P, Gonzalez-Ruiz C, Vukasin P, Ortega A, Kaiser A, Beart RW. Sequential compression devices as prophylaxis for venous thromboembolism in high-risk colorectal surgery patients: reconsidering American Society of Colorectal Surgeons parameters. Am Surg. 2003 Nov; 69(11):941-5. PMID: 14627252.
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      66. Balasubramaniam S, Kaiser A. Management options for symptomatic hemorrhoids. Curr Gastroenterol Rep. 2003 Oct; 5(5):431-7. PMID: 12959726.
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      67. Kaiser A, Beart RW. Images in clinical medicine. Chronic ulcerative colitis with megacolon. N Engl J Med. 2003 Jul 24; 349(4):358. PMID: 12878743.
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      68. Kaiser A, Ortega AE. Anorectal anatomy. Surg Clin North Am. 2002 Dec; 82(6):1125-38, v. PMID: 12516843.
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      69. Kaiser A. State of the art in gastrointestinal surgery 100 years ago: Operations in the gastrointestinal tract in general (chapter XII) and Resection of bowel carcinoma (chapter XIV) from the Textbook of Special Surgery (1897) by Eduard Albert (1841-1900). World J Surg. 2002 Dec; 26(12):1525-30. PMID: 12469244.
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      70. Kaiser A, Corman ML. Modified perianal incisions in graciloplasty for fecal incontinence. Dis Colon Rectum. 2002 May; 45(5):703-4. PMID: 12004227.
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      71. Katkhouda N, Khalil MR, Manhas S, Grant S, Velmahos GC, Umbach TW, Kaiser A. André Toupet: surgeon technician par excellence. Ann Surg. 2002 Apr; 235(4):591-9. PMID: 11923617; PMCID: PMC1422477.
      72. Kaiser A, Katkhouda N. Laparoscopic management of the perforated viscus. Semin Laparosc Surg. 2002 Mar; 9(1):46-53. PMID: 11979410.
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      73. Kaiser A, Stein JP, Beart RW. T-pouch: a new valve design for a continent ileostomy. Dis Colon Rectum. 2002 Mar; 45(3):411-5. PMID: 12068204.
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