Nikolai Bildzukewicz, MD

Title(s)Clinical Associate Professor of Surgery (Clinician Educator)
Address1510 San Pablo St.
Health Sciences Campus
Los Angeles CA 90033
Phone+1 323 442 6868
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    University of California San Diego, San Diego, CA2012Fellowship, Minimally Invasive and Bariatric Surgery
    Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Philadelphia, PA2011General Surgery Residency
    Naval Aerospace Medicine Institute, Pensacola, FL2003Naval Flight Surgeon
    Naval Medical Center San Diego, San Diego, CA2002Internship, General Surgery
    Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PAMD2001
    Ursinus College, Collegeville, PABA1997Biology

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    Dr. Nikolai A. Bildzukewicz is the director of the Hernia Institute at Keck Medicine. He is also the Associate Program Director for the general surgery residency program as well as the minimally-invasive and bariatric surgery fellowship. Originally from Pennsylvania, he obtained his medical degree from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia. Upon graduation from medical school, Dr. Bildzukewicz was commissioned as a lieutenant in the United States Navy. He then completed his general surgery internship at the Naval Medical Center San Diego. Following his internship, he served several months as a General Medical Officer (GMO) at Naval Hospital Great Lakes, providing medical care to recruits going through “boot camp.” He then reported for training at the Naval Aerospace Medical Institute in Pensacola, FL, where he graduated as a Naval Flight Surgeon. He spent the next two years on active duty as a flight surgeon, providing medical care to military pilots, aircrew, and sailors both ashore and at sea. In 2005, he returned to Jefferson to complete his general surgery training. In 2012, he completed his fellowship training in minimally-invasive, bariatric, and robotic surgery at the University of California San Diego.

    His clinical interests include the diagnosis and treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), hiatal and paraesophageal hernias, and esophageal motility disorders including achalasia. He also focuses on the advanced laparoscopic repair of both inguinal and ventral hernias, as well as advanced techniques for abdominal wall reconstruction. His research interests are in advancing minimally-invasive surgical techniques. These include single-incision, robotic, advanced endoscopic, and natural orifice surgery (or NOTES). In addition, he has a special interest in the surgical education of both residents and medical students.

    Dr. Bildzukewicz was recently selected by his peers as an outstanding practicing doctor in Southern California. After an extensive nomination and research process, the results were published in Super Doctors Rising Stars, a special advertising section in the August 2014 issue of Los Angeles magazine.

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    1. Understanding the GERD Barrier. J Clin Gastroenterol. 2021 07 01; 55(6):459-468. Dunn CP, Wu J, Gallagher SP, Putnam LR, Bildzukewicz NA, Lipham JC. PMID: 33883513.
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    2. Regression of Barrett's esophagus after magnetic sphincter augmentation: intermediate-term results. Surg Endosc. 2020 Oct 08. Dunn CP, Henning JC, Sterris JA, Won P, Houghton C, Bildzukewicz NA, Lipham JC. PMID: 33033913.
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    3. Magnetic sphincter augmentation with hiatal hernia repair: long term outcomes. Surg Endosc. 2021 Oct; 35(10):5607-5612. Dunn CP, Zhao J, Wang JC, Patel TA, Putnam LR, Eka A, Houghton CC, Bildzukewicz NA, Lipham JC. PMID: 33029733.
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    4. Less is more: cruroplasty alone is sufficient for revisional hiatal hernia surgery. Surg Endosc. 2021 Aug; 35(8):4661-4666. Nguyen R, Dunn CP, Putnam L, Won P, Patel T, Brito S, Bildzukewicz NA, Lipham JC. PMID: 32839876.
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    5. Safety and efficacy of robotic-assisted groin hernia repair. J Robot Surg. 2021 Aug; 15(4):547-552. Maas MC, Alicuben ET, Houghton CC, Samakar K, Sandhu KK, Dobrowolsky A, Lipham JC, Katkhouda N, Bildzukewicz NA. PMID: 32779131.
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    6. Safety and efficacy of magnetic sphincter augmentation dilation. Surg Endosc. 2021 07; 35(7):3861-3864. Fletcher R, Dunst CM, Abdelmoaty WF, Alicuben ET, Shemmeri E, Parker B, Müller D, Sharata AM, Reavis KM, Davila Bradley D, Bildzukewicz NA, Louie BE, Lipham JC, DeMeester SR. PMID: 32671521.
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    7. Magnetic sphincter augmentation versus fundoplication for gastroesophageal reflux disease: pros and cons. Curr Opin Gastroenterol. 2020 07; 36(4):323-328. Sterris JA, Dunn CP, Bildzukewicz NA, Lipham JC. PMID: 32398565.
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    8. Magnetic Sphincter Augmentation for Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease. Gastrointest Endosc Clin N Am. 2020 Apr; 30(2):325-342. Dunn C, Bildzukewicz N, Lipham J. PMID: 32146949.
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    9. Management of lateral abdominal hernias. Hernia. 2020 04; 24(2):353-358. Katkhouda N, Alicuben ET, Pham V, Sandhu K, Samakar K, Bildzukewicz N, Houghton C, Dunn CP, Hawley L, Lipham J. PMID: 32052297.
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    10. Removing the magnetic sphincter augmentation device: operative management and outcomes. Surg Endosc. 2019 08; 33(8):2663-2669. Tatum JM, Alicuben E, Bildzukewicz N, Samakar K, Houghton CC, Lipham JC. PMID: 30386987.
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    11. Routine esophageal manometry is not useful in patients with normal videoesophagram. Surg Endosc. 2019 05; 33(5):1650-1653. Alicuben ET, Bildzukewicz N, Samakar K, Katkhouda N, Dobrowolsky A, Sandhu K, Lipham JC. PMID: 30251140.
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    12. Regression of intestinal metaplasia following magnetic sphincter augmentation device placement. Surg Endosc. 2019 02; 33(2):576-579. Alicuben ET, Tatum JM, Bildzukewicz N, Samakar K, Samaan JS, Silverstein EN, Sandhu K, Houghton CC, Lipham JC. PMID: 30046950.
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    13. Minimal versus obligatory dissection of the diaphragmatic hiatus during magnetic sphincter augmentation surgery. Surg Endosc. 2019 03; 33(3):782-788. Tatum JM, Alicuben E, Bildzukewicz N, Samakar K, Houghton CC, Lipham JC. PMID: 30006845.
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    14. Videoesophagography versus Endoscopy for Prediction of Intraoperative Hiatal Hernia Size. Am Surg. 2018 Mar 01; 84(3):387-391. Tatum JM, Samakar K, Bowdish ME, Mack WJ, Bildzukewicz N, Lipham JC. PMID: 29559053.
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    15. Hiatal hernia recurrence following magnetic sphincter augmentation and posterior cruroplasty: intermediate-term outcomes. Surg Endosc. 2018 07; 32(7):3374-3379. Rona KA, Tatum JM, Zehetner J, Schwameis K, Chow C, Samakar K, Dobrowolsky A, Houghton CC, Bildzukewicz N, Lipham JC. PMID: 29340828.
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    16. Gastric cancer in the young: An advanced disease with poor prognostic features. J Surg Oncol. 2017 Mar; 115(4):371-375. Rona KA, Schwameis K, Zehetner J, Samakar K, Green K, Samaan J, Sandhu K, Bildzukewicz N, Katkhouda N, Lipham JC. PMID: 28008624.
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    17. Post-Nissen Dysphagia and Bloating Syndrome: Outcomes After Conversion to Toupet Fundoplication. J Gastrointest Surg. 2017 03; 21(3):441-445. Schwameis K, Zehetner J, Rona K, Crookes P, Bildzukewicz N, Oh DS, Ro G, Ross K, Sandhu K, Katkhouda N, Hagen JA, Lipham JC. PMID: 27834011.
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    18. A Durable Laparoscopic Technique for the Repair of Large Paraesophageal Hernias. Am Surg. 2016 Oct; 82(10):911-915. Reynolds JL, Zehetner J, Bildzukewicz N, Katkhouda N, Lipham JC. PMID: 27779972.
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    19. Efficacy of magnetic sphincter augmentation in patients with large hiatal hernias. Surg Endosc. 2017 05; 31(5):2096-2102. Rona KA, Reynolds J, Schwameis K, Zehetner J, Samakar K, Oh P, Vong D, Sandhu K, Katkhouda N, Bildzukewicz N, Lipham JC. PMID: 27553803.
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    20. Charges, outcomes, and complications: a comparison of magnetic sphincter augmentation versus laparoscopic Nissen fundoplication for the treatment of GERD. Surg Endosc. 2016 08; 30(8):3225-30. Reynolds JL, Zehetner J, Nieh A, Bildzukewicz N, Sandhu K, Katkhouda N, Lipham JC. PMID: 26541730.
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    21. Multi-institutional outcomes using magnetic sphincter augmentation versus Nissen fundoplication for chronic gastroesophageal reflux disease. Surg Endosc. 2016 08; 30(8):3289-96. Warren HF, Reynolds JL, Lipham JC, Zehetner J, Bildzukewicz NA, Taiganides PA, Mickley J, Aye RW, Farivar AS, Louie BE. PMID: 26541740.
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    22. Laparoscopic Magnetic Sphincter Augmentation vs Laparoscopic Nissen Fundoplication: A Matched-Pair Analysis of 100 Patients. J Am Coll Surg. 2015 Jul; 221(1):123-8. Reynolds JL, Zehetner J, Wu P, Shah S, Bildzukewicz N, Lipham JC. PMID: 26095560.
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    23. Magnetic sphincter augmentation with the LINX device for gastroesophageal reflux disease after U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval. Am Surg. 2014 Oct; 80(10):1034-8. Reynolds JL, Zehetner J, Bildzukewicz N, Katkhouda N, Dandekar G, Lipham JC. PMID: 25264655.
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    24. Targeting PARP-1 allosteric regulation offers therapeutic potential against cancer. Cancer Res. 2014 Jan 01; 74(1):31-7. Steffen JD, Tholey RM, Langelier MF, Planck JL, Schiewer MJ, Lal S, Bildzukewicz NA, Yeo CJ, Knudsen KE, Brody JR, Pascal JM. PMID: 24189460.
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    25. Outcomes following laparoscopic transhiatal esophagectomy for esophageal cancer. Surg Endosc. 2014 Feb; 28(2):492-9. Cash JC, Zehetner J, Hedayati B, Bildzukewicz NA, Katkhouda N, Mason RJ, Lipham JC. PMID: 24100862.
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    26. Appendicitis following virtual colonoscopy: a case report. J Gastrointest Surg. 2012 Dec; 16(12):2291-3. Bildzukewicz NA, Weinstein MS. PMID: 22918862.
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    27. Transgastric large-organ extraction: the initial human experience. Surg Endosc. 2013 Feb; 27(2):394-9. Dotai T, Coker AM, Antozzi L, Acosta G, Michelotti M, Bildzukewicz N, Sandler BJ, Jacobsen GR, Talamini MA, Horgan S. PMID: 22806531.
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    28. pp32 (ANP32A) expression inhibits pancreatic cancer cell growth and induces gemcitabine resistance by disrupting HuR binding to mRNAs. PLoS One. 2010 Nov 29; 5(11):e15455. Williams TK, Costantino CL, Bildzukewicz NA, Richards NG, Rittenhouse DW, Einstein L, Cozzitorto JA, Keen JC, Dasgupta A, Gorospe M, Gonye GE, Yeo CJ, Witkiewicz AK, Brody JR. PMID: 21152064.
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    29. A pseudoaneurysm of the inferior epigastric artery after laparoscopic right hemicolectomy. Am Surg. 2009 Dec; 75(12):1266-8. Bildzukewicz NA, Durkan B, Maxwell PJ, Isenberg GA. PMID: 19999931.
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