Catherine Kuza, MD

Title(s)Clinical Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology (Clinician Educator)
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    Title(s)Director of Trauma Research


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    1. A retrospective data analysis on the induction medications used in trauma rapid sequence intubations and their effects on outcomes. Eur J Trauma Emerg Surg. 2021 Aug 06. Kuza CM, To J, Chang A, Mert M, Yau A, Singh M, Choi KJ, Huang S, Wier J, Inaba K, Hirji SA, Spencer D, Albertson S, Grigorian A, Nahmias JT. PMID: 34357407.
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    2. The DEPARTS Score: A Novel Tool for Predicting Discharge Disposition in Geriatric Trauma Patients. Am Surg. 2021 Jul 09; 31348211029843. Yeates EO, Grigorian A, Kuza CM, Nguyen NT, Inaba K, Dolich M, Nahmias J. PMID: 34240654.
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    3. Injury and Mortality Profiles in Level II and III Trauma Centers. Am Surg. 2021 Mar 27; 3134820966290. Farhat A, Grigorian A, Farhat A, Chin TL, Donnelly M, Dolich M, Kuza CM, Lekawa M, Nahmias J. PMID: 33775161.
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    4. A Dual Pandemic: The Influence of Coronavirus Disease 2019 on Trends and Types of Firearm Violence in California, Ohio, and the United States. J Surg Res. 2021 07; 263:24-33. Donnelly MR, Grigorian A, Inaba K, Kuza CM, Kim D, Dolich M, Lekawa M, Nahmias J. PMID: 33621746.
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    5. A national analysis of pediatric firearm violence and the effects of race and insurance status on risk of mortality. Am J Surg. 2021 Sep; 222(3):654-658. Rosenbaum K, Grigorian A, Yeates E, Kuza C, Kim D, Inaba K, Dolich M, Nahmias J. PMID: 33451675.
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    6. Regional, Racial, and Mortality Disparities Associated With Neurosurgeon Staffing at Level I Trauma Centers. Am Surg. 2020 Dec 30; 3134820983187. Homo RL, Grigorian A, Chen J, Figueroa C, Chin T, Kuza CM, Lekawa M, Nahmias J. PMID: 33380167.
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    7. Risk Factors for Appendiceal Cancer After Appendectomy. Am Surg. 2021 Jun; 87(6):994-998. Stopenski SJ, Grigorian A, Carmichael J, Mills S, Brady M, Dolich M, Kuza CM, Nguyen NT, Nahmias J. PMID: 33295195.
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    8. New York State and the Nation: Trends in Firearm Purchases and Firearm Violence During the COVID-19 Pandemic. Am Surg. 2021 May; 87(5):690-697. Donnelly MR, Barie PS, Grigorian A, Kuza CM, Schubl S, de Virgilio C, Lekawa M, Nahmias J. PMID: 33233940.
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    9. Race, Age, and Lack of Insurance Increase Risk of Suicide Attempt in Trauma Patients. Arch Suicide Res. 2020 Nov 13; 1-15. Temko JE, Grigorian A, Barrios C, Lekawa M, Nahmias L, Kuza CM, Nahmias J. PMID: 33186511.
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    10. University Teaching Trauma Centers: Decreased Mortality but Increased Complications. J Surg Res. 2021 03; 259:379-386. Duong W, Grigorian A, Sun BJ, Kuza CM, Delaplain PT, Dolich M, Lekawa M, Nahmias J. PMID: 33109406.
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    11. Adult Bicycle Collisions: Impact of Helmet Use on Head and Cervical Spine Injury. J Surg Res. 2021 02; 258:307-313. Vyas A, Grigorian A, Kuza CM, Dolich M, Joe V, Chin T, Nahmias J. PMID: 33045673.
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    12. Trauma patients with tibia/fibula fractures are associated with an increased risk of torso, severe head, and severe spine injuries compared to patients with femur fractures. Injury. 2021 Jun; 52(6):1346-1350. Yu J, Grigorian A, Learned J, Dolich M, Lekawa M, Kuza CM, Nahmias J. PMID: 32988617.
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    13. Fat embolism syndrome in blunt trauma patients with extremity fractures. J Orthop. 2020 Sep-Oct; 21:475-480. Alpert M, Grigorian A, Scolaro J, Learned J, Dolich M, Kuza CM, Lekawa M, Nahmias J. PMID: 33716415.
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    14. Comparing unbalanced and balanced ratios of blood products in massive transfusion to pediatric trauma patients: effects on mortality and outcomes. Eur J Trauma Emerg Surg. 2020 Aug 14. Sehdev M, Grigorian A, Kuza C, Dolich M, Borazjani B, Lekawa M, Nahmias J. PMID: 32797258.
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    15. No Difference in Mortality Between Level I and II Trauma Centers for Combined Burn and Trauma. J Surg Res. 2020 12; 256:528-535. Livingston JK, Grigorian A, Kuza C, Galvin K, Joe V, Chin T, Bernal N, Nahmias J. PMID: 32799001.
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    16. The Predictive Capacity of American Society of Anesthesiologists Physical Status (ASA PS) Score in Burn Patients. J Burn Care Res. 2020 07 03; 41(4):803-808. Choi KJ, Pham CH, Collier ZJ, Mert M, Ota RK, Li R, Yenikomshian HA, Singh M, Gillenwater TJ, Kuza CM. PMID: 32285103.
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    17. Evaluating the Safety and Efficacy of Intraoperative Enteral Nutrition in Critically Ill Burn Patients: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. J Burn Care Res. 2020 07 03; 41(4):841-848. Pham CH, Fang M, Vrouwe SQ, Kuza CM, Yenikomshian HA, Gillenwater J. PMID: 32147686.
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    18. Geriatric patients undergoing appendectomy have increased risk of intraoperative perforation and/or abscess. Surgery. 2020 Aug; 168(2):322-327. Fan SM, Grigorian A, Smith BR, Kuza CM, Lekawa M, Schubl SD, Nguyen NT, Nahmias J. PMID: 32461001.
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    19. Trauma patients with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV): a propensity matched analysis. Eur J Trauma Emerg Surg. 2020 May 24. Covarrubias J, Grigorian A, Kuza CM, Dolich M, Dosch A, Kojayan GG, Delaplain P, Lekawa M, Nahmias J. PMID: 32448942.
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    20. Pediatric burn-trauma patients have increased length of stay compared to trauma-only patients: A propensity matched analysis. Burns. 2021 02; 47(1):78-83. Krasnoff CC, Grigorian A, Chin T, Joe V, Kong A, Barrios C, Kuza CM, Nahmias J. PMID: 33293153.
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    21. Chemoprophylaxis and Venous Thromboembolism in Traumatic Brain Injury at Different Trauma Centers. Am Surg. 2020 Apr 01; 86(4):362-368. Yeates EO, Grigorian A, Schubl SD, Kuza CM, Joe V, Lekawa M, Borazjani B, Nahmias J. PMID: 32391761.
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    22. The effects of smoking on adolescent trauma patients: a propensity-score-matched analysis. Pediatr Surg Int. 2020 Jun; 36(6):743-749. Kojayan GG, Grigorian A, Schubl SD, Kuza CM, Dolich M, Bashir R, Nahmias J. PMID: 32236667.
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    23. Point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) assessment of central volume status in healthy fasted adults: no evidence for fluid deficit. Can J Anaesth. 2020 08; 67(8):1110-1111. Hanna RF, Ward TJ, Chow DS, Lagana SM, Moreira RK, Emond JC, Weintraub JL, Prince MR, Singh M, Blaine KP, Kuza CM, Tay C, Sugeir S, Moriarty A, Lumb P. PMID: 32207086.
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    24. Outcomes after pneumonectomy versus limited lung resection in adults with traumatic lung injury. Updates Surg. 2020 Jun; 72(2):547-553. Homo RL, Grigorian A, Lekawa M, Dolich M, Kuza CM, Doben AR, Gross R, Nahmias J. PMID: 32086773.
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    25. Intracranial pressure monitoring associated with increased mortality in pediatric brain injuries. Pediatr Surg Int. 2020 Mar; 36(3):391-398. Delaplain PT, Grigorian A, Lekawa M, Mallicote M, Joe V, Schubl SD, Kuza CM, Dolich M, Nahmias J. PMID: 31938835.
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    26. Risk Factors for Withdrawal of Life-Sustaining Treatment in Severe Traumatic Brain Injury. Am Surg. 2020 Jan 01; 86(1):8-14. Gambhir S, Grigorian A, Ramakrishnan D, Kuza CM, Sheehan B, Maithel S, Nahmias J. PMID: 32077410.
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    27. Analysis of blunt cerebrovascular injury in pediatric trauma. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2019 12; 87(6):1354-1359. Grigorian A, Dolich M, Lekawa M, Fujitani RM, Kabutey NK, Kuza CM, Bashir R, Nahmias J. PMID: 31626028.
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    28. The role of the American Society of anesthesiologists physical status classification in predicting trauma mortality and outcomes. Am J Surg. 2019 12; 218(6):1143-1151. Kuza CM, Matsushima K, Mack WJ, Pham C, Hourany T, Lee J, Tran TD, Dudaryk R, Mulder MB, Escanelle MA, Ogunnaike B, Ahmed MI, Luo X, Eastman A, Imran JB, Melikman E, Minhajuddin A, Feeler A, Urman RD, Salim A, Spencer D, Gabriel V, Ramakrishnan D, Nahmias JT. PMID: 31575418.
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    29. No Reduction in Surgical Site Infection Obtained with Post-Operative Antibiotics in Facial Fractures, Regardless of Duration or Anatomic Location: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Surg Infect (Larchmt). 2020 Mar; 21(2):112-121. Delaplain PT, Phillips JL, Lundeberg M, Nahmias J, Kuza CM, Sheehan BM, Murphy LS, Pejcinovska M, Grigorian A, Gabriel V, Barie PS, Schubl SD. PMID: 31526317.
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    30. Marijuana use and outcomes in adult and pediatric trauma patients after legalization in California. Am J Surg. 2019 12; 218(6):1189-1194. Grigorian A, Lester E, Lekawa M, Figueroa C, Kuza CM, Dolich M, Schubl SD, Barrios C, Nahmias J. PMID: 31521241.
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    31. Ground-Level Falls at Skilled Nursing Facilities Are Associated With More Serious Lower Extremity Injuries Compared With Home. Int J Low Extrem Wounds. 2020 Jun; 19(2):190-196. Hasjim BJ, Grigorian A, Kuza CM, Schubl S, Barrios C, Chin TL, Nahmias J. PMID: 31496322.
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    32. Early Tracheostomy for Severe Pediatric Traumatic Brain Injury is Associated with Reduced Intensive Care Unit Length of Stay and Total Ventilator Days. J Intensive Care Med. 2020 Nov; 35(11):1346-1351. Sheehan BM, Grigorian A, Gambhir S, Maithel S, Kuza CM, Dolich MO, Lekawa ME, Nahmias J. PMID: 31455142.
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    33. The role of psychological support interventions in trauma patients on mental health outcomes: A systematic review and meta-analysis. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2019 08; 87(2):463-482. Pham CH, Fang M, Nager J, Matsushima K, Inaba K, Kuza CM. PMID: 31145380.
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    34. Same-Day Discharge after Non-Perforated Laparoscopic Appendectomy Is Safe. J Invest Surg. 2021 Mar; 34(3):270-275. Grigorian A, Kuza CM, Schubl SD, Nguyen NT, de Virgilio C, Kim D, Lekawa M, Nahmias J. PMID: 31218891.
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    35. Pancreatic Injuries in Abdominal Trauma in US Adults: Analysis of the National Trauma Data Bank on Management, Outcomes, and Predictors of Mortality. Scand J Surg. 2020 Sep; 109(3):193-204. Kuza CM, Hirji SA, Englum BR, Ganapathi AM, Speicher PJ, Scarborough JE. PMID: 31142209.
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    36. Smoking is associated with an improved short-term outcome in patients with rib fractures. Eur J Trauma Emerg Surg. 2020 Aug; 46(4):927-933. Grigorian A, Lekawa M, Dolich M, Schubl SD, Doben AR, Kuza CM, Barrios C, Nahmias J. PMID: 31115615.
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    37. Non-accidental trauma increases length of stay and mortality in pediatric trauma. Pediatr Surg Int. 2019 Jul; 35(7):779-784. Livingston JK, Grigorian A, Kuza CM, Lekawa M, Bernal N, Allen A, Nahmias J. PMID: 31076869.
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    38. Predictors of discharge against medical advice in adult trauma patients. Surgeon. 2020 Feb; 18(1):12-18. Jasperse N, Grigorian A, Delaplain P, Jutric Z, Schubl SD, Kuza CM, Nahmias J. PMID: 31056431.
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    39. Transition to Practice in Anesthesiology: Survey Results of Practicing Anesthesiologists on Their Experience. J Educ Perioper Med. 2019 Apr-Jun; 21(2):E619. Kuza CM, Harbell MW, Malinzak EB, Goff KL, Bicket MC, Ifeanyi-Pillette IC, Wong BJ, Khanna AK. PMID: 31988980.
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    40. The Lifetime Effects of Injury: Postintensive Care Syndrome and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. Anesthesiol Clin. 2019 Mar; 37(1):135-150. Lane-Fall MB, Kuza CM, Fakhry S, Kaplan LJ. PMID: 30711227.
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    41. Trauma Airway Management: Induction Agents, Rapid Versus Slower Sequence Intubations, and Special Considerations. Anesthesiol Clin. 2019 Mar; 37(1):33-50. Estime SR, Kuza CM. PMID: 30711232.
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    42. Modern Day Trauma Care for the Anesthesiologist. Anesthesiol Clin. 2019 Mar; 37(1):xv-xvi. McCunn M, Ahmed MI, Kuza CM. PMID: 30711238.
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    43. Emergency Preparedness and Mass Casualty Considerations for Anesthesiologists. Adv Anesth. 2018 12; 36(1):39-66. Kuza CM, McIsaac JH. PMID: 30414641.
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    44. Measuring gastric residual volumes in critically ill burn patients - A systematic review. Burns. 2019 05; 45(3):509-525. Pham CH, Collier ZJ, Garner WL, Kuza CM, Gillenwater TJ. PMID: 29914737.
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    45. Use of Survey and Delphi Process to Understand Trauma Anesthesia Care Practices. Anesth Analg. 2018 05; 126(5):1580-1587. Kuza CM, Vavilala MS, Speck RM, Dutton RP, McCunn M. PMID: 29533256.
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    46. Providing Transthoracic Echocardiography Training for Intensive Care Unit Trainees: An Educational Improvement Initiative. J Surg Educ. 2018 Sep - Oct; 75(5):1342-1350. Kuza CM, Hanifi MT, Koç M, Stopfkuchen-Evans M. PMID: 29650485.
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    47. William James, Nitrous Oxide, and the Anaesthetic Revelation. J Anesth Hist. 2018 01; 4(1):1-6. Moon JS, Kuza CM, Desai MS. PMID: 29559088.
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    48. The Assignment of American Society of Anesthesiologists Physical Status Classification for Adult Polytrauma Patients: Results From a Survey and Future Considerations. Anesth Analg. 2017 12; 125(6):1960-1966. Kuza CM, Hatzakis G, Nahmias JT. PMID: 28891913.
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    49. Trauma Anesthesiology as Part of the Core Anesthesiology Residency Program Training: Expert Opinion of the American Society of Anesthesiologists Committee on Trauma and Emergency Preparedness (ASA COTEP). Anesth Analg. 2017 09; 125(3):1060-1065. Kaslow O, Kuza CM, McCunn M, Dagal A, Hagberg CA, McIsaac JH, Mangunta VR, Urman RD, Fox CA, Varon AJ. PMID: 28759495.
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    50. Miller's Anesthesia Review E-Book, Editors:Lorraine M Sdrales, Ronald D. Miller. Chapter 43. Human-Induced and Natural Disasters. 2017; 525-535. .
    51. Managing and Preventing Postoperative Delirium. 2017. . View Publication.
    52. Basics of Anesthesia By Manuel Pardo, Ronald D. Miller. Human-Induced and Natural Disasters. 2017; 748-768. .
    53. Roles of the Anesthesiologist During Mass Casualty Events. ASA Monitor. 2017; 81(4):14-17. . View Publication.
    54. Surgical Intensive Care Medicine, Ed: John M. O'Donnell, Flávio E. Nácul. Chapter: Airway Management in the Intensive Care Unit. 2016; 15-35. . View Publication.
    55. Life after acute fibrinous and organizing pneumonia: a case report of a patient 30 months after diagnosis and review of the literature. J Crit Care. 2016 Feb; 31(1):255-61. Kuza C, Matheos T, Kathman D, Heard SO. PMID: 26578116.
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    56. The American Journal of Gastroenterology. Ashkenazim with APC*I1307K: Why Do Some Carriers Form Colon Neoplasms While Others Do Not?. 2010; 105(S1):S136. .
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