Student Spotlight

Shreyash Pradhan, OMS III

Class of 2020 (Fellow)

  • Hometown: Aurora, CO
  • Undergraduate Studies: Integrative Physiology (University of Colorado Boulder)
  • Clubs and Activities: Anatomy Fellow, Orthopedics, Surgery, Rotary, Sports Med, Global Track, and RVU Ambassador

Why did you choose RVU? RVUCOM’s dedication to providing care to the underserved population and the Rocky Mountain region specifically. Colorado has been home for...
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Faculty Spotlight

Sarah Curtis Lopez, DO

Assistant Professor, Osteopathic Principles and Practice; Course Director, OPP I & II; OPP Pre-doctoral Fellowship Director

  • Hometown: Dallas, TX
  • Undergraduate Studies: BA in Spanish: Hispanic Studies
  • Graduate Studies: University of North Texas Health Science Center Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine (Fort Worth, TX); Neuromusculoskeletal medicine/osteopathic manipulative medicine (NMM/OMM) residency at St. Barnabas Hospital (Bronx, NY)

What class do you teach? OPP I-IV, NMM/OMM residents Why did you choose to teach at RVUCOM? What drew...
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Faculty Profile

Anthony J. LaPorta, MD, FACS

Course Director of Military Track
Tracks and Special Programs

Professor of Clinical Surgery
Department of Specialty Medicine

alaporta@rvu.edu • (720) 874-2401 • FE-11


Education | Professional Experience | Certifications and Licenses | Service and Contributions | Professional Societies and Affiliations | Honors and Awards | Publications and Presentations | Research Interests | Biographical Information


 

Education


  • Visiting Registrar to Nuffield Department of Surgery
    University of Oxford, Radcliffe Infirmary
    Oxford, England
    1977-1978
  • Master of Science
    Immunology
    Marquette University
    Milwaukee, WI
    1976
  • Residency – Surgery
    Chief Resident (1978)
    Medical College of Wisconsin
    Milwaukee, WI
    1973-1977
  • Doctor of Medicine (MD)
    Medical College of Wisconsin
    Milwaukee, WI
    1973
  • Bacheor of Science
    Marquette University
    Milwaukee, WI
    1969

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Professional Experience


  • 2010 – present: Professor of Clinical Surgery
    Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • 1988 – present: Course ATLS Instructor
    Armed Forces Combat Casualty Care
  • 2009 – 2010: Chief Surgeon Emeritus
    Rose Medical Center
  • 2002 – 2010: Professor of Clinical Surgery
    University of Colorado Health Science Center School of Medicine
  • 2002 – 2009: Chief Surgeon, Director of Surgical Education
    Rose Medical Center
  • 1996: Chief of Surgery
    Evans Army Hospital
  • 1996: Director of Graduate Medical Education
    Fitzsimons Army Medical Center
  • 1994 – 1996: Chief, Department of Surgery
    Fitzsimons Army Medical Center
  • 1995: Clinical Associate Professor of Surgery
    University of Colorado Health Science Center School of Medicine
  • 1993: Assistant Chief of the Department of Surgery; Director of Laparoscopic Surgery
    Fitzsimons Army Medical Center
  • 1992: Chief of General Surgery Service; Residency Program Director of Surgery
    Eisenhower Army Medical Center
  • 1992: Clinical Associate Professor of Surgery
    Uniformed Services of the Health Sciences
  • 1990: Chief of the Department of Surgery; Director of Surgical Education
    Letterman Army Medical Center, USUHS
  • 1989: Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery
    Uniformed Services of the Health Sciences
  • 1989: Quality Assurance Director and Risk Manager; Assistant Chief of General Surgery Service
    Letterman Army Medical Center
  • 1985: Chief, General Surgery Service
    Kenner Army Community Hospital
  • 1983: Staff Surgeon
    Kenner Army Community Hospital
  • 1982: Assistant Clinical Professor, Family Practice
    Medical College of Wisconsin
  • 1982: Assistant Clinical Professor of Surgery
    Medical College of Wisconsin
  • 1980: Clinical Instructor of Surgery
    Medical College of Wisconsin
  • 1980: Clinical Instructor of Family Practice
    Medical College of Wisconsin
  • 1979: Clinical Assistant Instructor of Surgery
    Medical College of Wisconsin

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Certifications and Licenses


  • Board Certification (1980, 1988, 1998, 2008)
    American Board of Surgery
  • State of Wisconsin (1974)
  • State of Colorado (1999)

 

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Service and Contributions


Military

  • “A” Proficiency Designator, Department of the Army Surgeon General (1995)
  • Colonel, Regular Army (1992)
  • Consultant in Surgery to HHC, 7th Medical Command, US Army Europe (1992)
  • Surgical Editor, Journal of the Army Medical Department (1991)
  • AMEDD Officer Advanced Course E-25 (1988)
  • Lieutenant Colonel (1986)
  • Medical Effects of Nuclear Weapons (1985)
  • Armed Forces Combat Casualty Care Course (1984)
  • Commissioned Major, US Army Medical Corps (1983)
  • Basic Course, US Army Medical Corps (1983)
  • Major – 128th Wisconsin Air National Guard (1978)
  • Captain – 128th Wisconsin Air National Guard Flight Surgeon, USAF, Graduate Brooks School of Aerospace Medicine Primary Course (1975)
  • Commissioned 1LT, Wisconsin Air National Guard (1973)

Miscellaneous

  • Invited Speaker, Russian Surgical Society in Moscow, 2017
  • Invited Speaker, Russian Medical Education Society in Moscow, 2017
  • Appointed to Defense Health Board Trauma and Injury Subcommittee, Department of Defense (2017 – Present)
  • Scientific Peer Advisory & Review Committee, The American Institute of Biological Sciences
  • Unbiased Academic Evaluator, DOD, TATRC Research Group. Simulation research United States Department of Defense – Simulated Breast Disease Project (2013)
  • Accredited Education Institute Surveyor for educational Institution Simulation center, American College of Surgeons
  • Examiner, American Board of Surgery Certifying Examination (2000)
  • Reviewing Staff, Surgical Endoscopy, Springer International (1994)
  • Scientific Board, Emergency Medical Services, Aluna Publishing (Europe)
  • Resident Education Committee, Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons
  • Public Affairs Committee, Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons
  • Legislative Committee, Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons
  • Executive Committee, American College of Surgeons – Colorado Chapter

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Professional Societies and Affiliations


  • American College of Surgeons
    Fellow
  • Associate of Military Surgeons
  • Special Operations Medical Association
  • Society for Simulation in Health Care
  • Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons – Retired
  • Alliance of Air National Guard (inactive)
    Flight Surgeon
  • Uniformed Services University
    Surgical Associate
  • American College of Surgeons – Colorado Chapter – Retired

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Honors and Awards


  • Lange Medical Scholarship Award
  • Alpha Omega Alpha
  • Individual Research Award
    National Institutes of Health
  • Nominee for Schering Research Award
    American College of Surgeons
  • Andrew C. Ruoff III Award for Outstanding Field Medical Surgeon
    7th Medical Command, US Army Europe
    1988
  • Order of Military Medical Merit (1985)
    Army Humanitarian Service Award
    Army Achievement Medal (One Oak Leaf Cluster)
    Army Commendation Medal (One Oak Leaf Cluster)
    Army Meritorious Service Medal (Three Oak Leaf Clusters)
    Army Outstanding Unit Medal
    Legion of Merit (One Oak Leaf Cluster)
    United States Army

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Publications and Presentations


Publications

 

Presentations

  • “The Development Of The Objective Assessment Of The Effectiveness Of Immersion Medical Training For Surgical Teams.” First Annual American College of Surgeons –Kuwait Conference. 2017.
  • “Changing The Face of Training.” First Annual American College of Surgeons Kuwait Conference, 2017
  • “Innovation in Surgery-Failure to Success.” 17th Kuwait Association of Surgery. 2017
  • “The Difference between High Intensity Simulation Training on Emotional Intelligence Variables between Males and Female.” Military Health Research Symposium (MHSRS), 2017.
  • “Gender Differences in the Role of Emotional Intelligence Variables on Habituation in High Intensity Simulation Training.” Military Health Research Symposium (MHSRS), 2017.
  • “Measuring Recovery of a Learner in Chaos, How to Know When to Change the Training?” Military Health Research Symposium (MHSRS), 2017.
  • “Comparison of a Novel Trainer to a Traditional Swine Model for Training Providers in Lateral Canthotomy and Cantholysis.” Military Health Research Symposium (MHSRS), 2017.
  • “Subjective Pain Scores with the Application and Removal of the ITClamp in Healthy Volunteers.” Military Health Research Symposium (MHSRS), 2017.
  • “Gender Differences in Emotional Intelligence Variables on Habituation in High Intensity Simulation,” UCHealth Trauma, Critical Care and EMS Symposium, 2017.
  • “The Role of Emotional Intelligence Variables on Medical Students in High Intensity Simulation Training,” UCHealth Trauma, Critical Care and EMS Symposium, 2017
  • “High Intensity Simulation Training Effects on Emotional Intelligence Variables in Males and Females,” UCHealth Trauma, Critical Care and EMS Symposium, 2017
  • “Hyper-realistic Trauma Immersion and its Effect on Medical Student Perspective Towards Patient Care,” UCHealth Trauma, Critical Care and EMS Symposium, 2017
  • “Hand Free? Case Reports Utilizing the iTClamp to Control Pre Hospital Craniomaxillofacial Injury.” Trauma Conference International, 2017.
  • “Facilitating real-time tele-mentoring to address exsanguination in austere environments including weightlessness.” Aerospace Medical Association’s 88th Annual Scientific Meeting, 2017.
  • “Hyper-Realistic High Stress Simulation Training: Silence Kills.” Association of Program Directors in Surgery, 2017 Surgical Education Week. 2017
  • “Percutaneous Deployment of Self-Expanding Resqfoam for Control Of Torso Exsanguination In Weightlessness: Surgical Simulation During Parabolic Flight.”Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma. 2017
  • “The Usefulness of Heart Rate Variability On Trauma Team Members In Weightlessness, Difficult Oceanic Conditions, and Mass Casualty training”; 7th International Clinical Skills Conference; 2017
  • “Training For Trauma In The Ultimate Austere Environments-High Sea States And Weightlessness”; 7th International Clinical Skills Conference; 2017
  • “Operating Room Crisis-Training Realistically For The Rare But Inevitable”; 7th International Clinical Skills Conference; 2017
  • “Methods Of Team Training When All Members Of The Interdisciplinary Team Are Experts”; 7th International Clinical Skills Conference; 2017
  • “Biologic Objective Measurements of the Future”; 7th International Clinical Skills Conference; 2017
  • “Facilitating real-time tele-mentoring to address exsanguination in austere environments including weightlessness”; Aerospace Medical Association’s 88th Annual Scientific Meeting; 2017
  • “Operating Room Crisis. How to Utilize Simulation to Teach Leadership in a Crisis”; The Society in Europe for Simulation as Applied to Medicine (SESAM); 2016
  • “Damage Control Surgery: How far out of the Box Should We Go?”; Trauma Conference International, July 14-15, 2016, Coronado, CA.
  • “Simulated Damage Control Surgery in An Austere Environment”; Trauma Conference International (Traumacon); 2016
  • “Practice Training Where You Work-Shipboard Trauma”; Trauma Conference International; 2016
  • “Hemorrhage Control by Non-Medical First Responders:  Effectiveness and Skill Retention Trail of the iTClamp Use by a Group of Tactical Police (poster)”; Military Health System Research Symposium; 2016
  • “Use of the iTClamp for arrest of Hemorrhage After Self-Inflicted Injury:  A Utilization Review (poster)”; Military Health System Research Symposium; 2016
  • “Hemorrhage Control by Non-Medical First Responders:  Effectiveness and Skill Retention Trail of the iTClamp Use by a Group of Tactical Police”; Military Health System Research Symposium; 2016
  • “Damage Control Surgery in Weightlessness:  A comparative Study of Simulated Torso Hemorrhage Control Comparing Terrestrial and Weightless Conditions”; The American Association for the Surgery of Trauma; 2016
  • “Usage, The Development and Refinement of a High-Fidelity Surgical Phantom for Examining Torso Exsanguination in Weightlessness and Difficult Oceanic Conditions”; Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, Simulation Summit; 2016
  • “Effects of High Deck Accelerations on Surgical Tasks at Sea”; Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, Simulation Summit; 2016
  • “Sleep Recovery in Total Immersion Surgical Training-Training as if Real Wagensteen”; Scientific Surgical Forum American College of Surgeons Clinical Congress; 2016
  • “High-Fidelity Surgical Training for Torso Exsanguination in Weightlessness and Difficult Oceanic Conditions”; International Trauma Life Support; 2016
  • “The Cost Effectiveness of Research: Are these Objective Measurements the Tools of the Future Conditions”; International Trauma Life Support; 2016
  • “The Effect of Stress as Measured by Heart Rate Variability on Trauma Team Members in Mass Casualty Training Weightlessness and Difficult Oceanic Conditions”; International Trauma Conference; 2016
  • “Closure for remote damage control laparotomy in extreme environments: a randomized trial of sutures versus wound clamps comparing terrestrial and weightless conditions”; North Pacific Surgical Association; 2016
  • “Exploring the Effect of Light Hue on Contrast Sensitivity, Visual Acuity, and Color Vision”; AMSUS Federal Health; 2016
  • “Tactical Light in Special Operations & Medical Procedures”; AMSUS Continuing Education Meeting; 2016
  • “Developing The Tools Of The Future: How Will We Tell The Effectiveness Of Training”; The Society in Europe for Simulation as Applied to Medicine (SESAM); 2016
  • “From EMT at the point of injury, through OR. The use of the Cut Suit to determine hospital trauma readiness and training of all levels of responders in hot zone care”; The Society in Europe for Simulation as Applied to Medicine (SESAM); 2016
  • “Point Of Injury to Recovery Room Team Training Utilizing the Human Worn Trainer, “The Cut Suit”; The Society in Europe for Simulation as Applied to Medicine (SESAM); 2016
  • “High Deck Accelerations on Surgical Team Skills”; Special Operations Medical Association; 2016
  • “A New Era :The Growth of Physiologic Objective Measurements To Quantify Training”; Special Operations Medical Association; 2016
  • “Evaluation of Tactical lighting, in a low light environment and their effects on contrast sensitivity”; Special Operations Medical Association; 2016
  • “Effect of High Deck Accelerations on Surgical Tasks”; National Defense Industrial Association; 2016
  • “Utilizing Immersion and Reality in Medical Education”; Utah Society of Osteopathic Medicine, 2016 Winter Meeting; 2016
  • “Measuring the Tools of the Future: How Will We Tell the Effectiveness of Training”; American College of Surgeons-9th AEI; 2016
  • “Team Training on Resuscitation Times and critical Errors in Simulated Trauma Following Shipboard Surgical Trauma Training”; American College of Surgeons-9th AEI; 2016
  • “Pushed to the Limit: What to Do When There’s Nothing Left: A Hyper-Realistic Scenario Development Experience”; International Meeting On Simulation In Healthcare (IMSH); 2016.
  • “Active Shooter: Facilitate the Need for Training”; International Meeting On Simulation In Healthcare (IMSH); 2016.
  • “Use of Salivary Biometrics and Heart Rate Monitoring for Optimizing Training”; International Meeting On Simulation In Healthcare (IMSH); 2016.
  • “The Cost Effectiveness of Research: Are These Objective Measurements the Tools of the Future? [& Mini-Lecture]”; 22nd Medicine Meets Virtual Reality Conference (MMVR22); 2016.
  • “Usage, Development and Refinement of a High-Fidelity Surgical Phantom for Examining Torso Exsanguination in Weightlessness and Multiple Sea States [& Mini-Lecture]”; 22nd Medicine Meets Virtual Reality Conference (MMVR22); 2016.
  • “Do You Know What Your Problem Is—? Solving Problems in Curriculum Development”; Society for Simulation in Health Care; 2015.
  • “The Correlation of Salivary Cortisol and Alpha Amylase in the Execution of Realistic Surgical Trauma Simulation and Medical Student Training”; The American College of Surgeons, Accredited Education Institution,8th Annual Scientific Meeting; 2015.
  • “From Text Books to Real Life! Hyper-realistic Surgical Simulation”; Canadian Trauma Society; 2015.
  • “Moving Training forward: The EFFECTS OF TOTAL IMMERSION AND BIOMETRICS”; Canadian Trauma Society; 2015.
  • Simposio International Trauma Y Urological; 2015.
  • “The Coming of Age for Simulation and Team Training in Serious Catastrophe”; Annual International Congress on Emergencies in Trauma and Disasters; 2015.
  • “The Key’s of Total Immersion Training New Methods of Measuring Efficacy”; Federation de International Trauma Congress of Argentina Federal Health Care; 2015.
  • “The Correlation of Salivary Cortisol and Alpha Amylase in the execution of Realistic Surgical Trauma Simulation and Medical Student Training”; Association of Military Osteopathic Physicians; 2015.
  • “The Jump Past Textbooks to Life and Death Situations”; 6th International Clinical Skills Conference; 2015.
  • “Full Training Immersion from Point of Injury to Recovery Room: Measuring Salivary Cortisol and Amylase While Correlating Effective Training”; 6th International Clinical Skills Conference; 2015.
  • “The Operating Room Crisis-Hollywood and Immersion Training Teaches How to Handle The Catastrophic or Unexpected Event”; 6th International Clinical Skills Conference; 2015.
  • “Preserving the Ability to Kill the Adversary Who Wounded You! Comparative Marksmanship with a Combat Application Tourniquet versus the iTClamp Hemostatic Clamp”; Military Health System Research Symposium; 2015.
  • “Military Medical Skills Acquisition & Sustainment – Realistic Sustainment Training That Works: HIGH Accuity TEAM Training For US Navy Fleet Surgical Teams Before And After Deployment”; Military Health Systems Research Symposium; 2015.
  • “Physiologic Measures of Habituation Serve as Indicators of Readiness to Transition from Training to Real Patients”; Military Health Systems Research Symposium; 2015.
  • “Salivary Biometrics Replaces Likert Scale in Understanding of Medical Education”; Military Health Systems Research Symposium; 2015.
  • “Immersion Team Training in Realistic Environment Improves Performance in Trauma Resuscitation- A novel training approach”; Asian Pacific Military Health Exchange; 2015.
  • “The effects of Total Immersion and Biometrics:The course is developed”; International Trauma Life Support, International Meeting; 2015.
  • “Training and Sustaining Team Training; The Effects of Total Immersion Part 2”; International Trauma Life Support, International Meeting; 2015.
  • “Preserving the ability to kill the adversary who wounded you: Comparative Marksmanship with a Combat Application Tourniquet versus the iTClamp 50 Hemostatic clamp”; International Trauma Life Support, International Meeting; 2015.
  • “TRAUMA TEAM TRAINING AND SUSTAINMENT : FLEET SURGICAL TRAUMA TRAINING. THE PERFECT RURAL HOSPITAL CATASTROPHE TRAINING”; International Trauma Life Support, International Meeting; 2015.
  • “The Use of Hyper-Realistic Surgical Simulation”; I/ITSEC (Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation, and Education Conference); 2015.
  • “The Cut Suit: Pre-Hospital Injury To Pacu: A Novel Tool for Hyper-Realism In Simulation”; Lessons Learned From the US Military. SSIH; 2014.
  • “Operating Room Crisis Management Leadership Training: Integrating Human Factors Into Surgical Training”; Southeastern Surgical Congress; 2014.
  • “The effects of hyper-realistic training for catastrophe on Medical students military medical teams and rural Physicians”; IL Simposio International Trauma Y Urological; 2014.
  • “The Coming of Age for Simulation and Team Training in Serious Catastrophe”; 3rd annual international Congress on Emergencies in Trauma and Disasters; 2014.
  • “The Key of Immersion Training = “Movie Magic” : The Willing Suspension of Disbelief”; Federation de International Trauma Congress of Argentina Federal Health Care. 2014.
  • “The Use of the Cut Suit in Immersion Training Brings Hyper-Realism to Simulation”; 7th American College of Surgery AEI-Simulation Congress; 2014.
  • “Hyper-Acute Realism for Medical Learning and Assessment”; Society European Simulation as applied to Medicine (SESAM); 2014.
  • Simulation Medical Training for Polish and Nato Special Operations; 2014.
  • “Simulating Rural Trauma (Trial Event)”; 41st Annual Rocky Mountain Trauma and Emergency Conference; 2014.
  • “The Environment of Hyper-Acute Realism for Learning and Assessment”; SIM-GHOST (American College of Chest Physicians; 2014.
  • “Just-in-time Remotely Mentored Tele-ultrasound Guidance of Junctional Hemorrhage Control”; MHSRS; 2014.
  • “Improving Efficiency and Productivity of Research by Conducting Multiple Studies Concurrently With Immersion Medical Training”; HEATT (Health Education Training and Technology); 2014.
  • “The Reason Simulation Works! The Willing Suspension of Disbelief, and How it Correlates to Salivary Stress Hormones, Improved Technical Skills, and Cognitive Learning Ability”; Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, Simulation Summit; 2014.
  • “The Role of Immersion Training in The Education of Medical Students”; KCUMB Scientific Assembly; 2014.
  • “Teaching Combat Surgical Teams with Immersion Training”; Polish Society of Medical Simulation(invited); 2014.
  • “The Role of Immersion Simulation Training  for Combat Medics and Forward Surgical Teams”; Damage Control Surgery Symposium; 2014.
  • “Qualitative effect of Light Source Upon Visual Detection of Human Packed Red Blood Cells Against Multi-cam Flight Uniform in a Special Operations Aviation Flight Environment”; Special Operations Medical Association Scientific Assembly (SOMSA); 2014.
  • “Laboratory Skin Pull Testing Using The “iTClamp50””; Special Operations Medical Association Scientific Assembly (SOMSA); 2014
  • “Just-In-Time Remotely Controlled Mentored Tele-Ultrasound Guidance of Junctional Hemorrhage Control”; Special Operations Medical Association Scientific Assembly (SOMSA); 2014.
  • “Stress Response as Measured by New Salivary Hormone Data during Immersion Training for Medical Military Officers”; Special Operations Medical Association Scientific Assembly (SOMSA); 2014.
  • “Innovative Model Used To Fill Gap In Medical Simulation Training”; International Medical Simulation Symposium (IHSS) (SSIH). Orlando Florida, January 24-28, 2013
  • “The Willing Suspense of Disbelief”; Modern Medicine Meets Virtual Reality(MMVR);San Diego CA; Feb 20-23, 2013
  • “Integration of the Human-worn Partial Task Trainer into the Medical Emergencies of Skiing and Snowboarding Physician Training Course – Pilot Study”; The AOA Winter Meeting; 2013.
  • “Single Application of Albumin and Argon Beam Coagulation Efficacy and Economic Comparison to Tisseel and FLOSEAL”; American Osteopathic Association Annual Midwinter CME Conference; 2013.
  • “Integration of the Trauma-Partial-Task-Trainer/CutSuit into the Medical Emergencies of Skiing and Snowboarding Physician Training Course; a Pilot Study”; The American Osteopathic Association of Sports Medicine; 2013.
  • “Utilization of the Human-Worn-Partial-Task-Surgical-Simulator in Extreme Environmental Terrain and Weather Conditions”; American College of Surgeons, AEI; 2013.
  • “Simulation in the use of Team Training Workshop”; American College of Surgeons, AEI; 2013.
  • “MS2 Participants in an Intensive Skills Week Utilizing the Human Worn Partial Task Surgical Simulator Show Advanced Technical and Non-Technical Skills Upon Entering Third Year Rotations”; 2013 Joint AACOM and AODME Annual Meeting; 2013.
  • “Cut Suit Utilization To Improve Technical Surgical and Stress Response Skills in Second Year medical Students”; American Academy Of Neuro Surgeons 83rd Meeting; 2013.
  • “The New way of Training Military Doctors”; Association of Osteopathic Military Physicians; 2013.
  • “Human Worn Partial Task Simulator-The Cut Suit is a Novel simulation technology made to improve medical student and both the physician surgical and procedural skills, Thus enhancing the training in classroom and the austere environment”; 5th International clinical Skills Conference; 2013.
  • “The Cut Suit, Innovative Technology that combines Invasive Surgical Procedures and Human Stress Factors on a live Patient in both a Medical School and on the Military Battlefield”; International Forum for Military Training, Education and Simulation (ITEC); 2013.
  • “Human Worn Partial Task Surgical Simulator: A Novel Approach to Surgical Education”; American College of Surgeons-AEI Postgraduate Course; 2013.
  • “Scheduled Improvement of Cut Suit Simulation Technology and Proposed Uses in Assessing Performance of ER Physicians Returning From Leave of Absence”; Presented to the American Osteopathic Association; 2013.
  • “Integration of the Partial-Task-Trainer/ Cut Suit into the Medical Emergencies of Skiing and Snowboarding Physician Training Course; a Pilot Study”; Presented to the American Osteopathic Association; 2013.
  • “The Effects of Hyper-Realistic Medical Training on Military and Non-Military Physicians and Medical Students”; Presented to the American Osteopathic Association; 2013.
  • “The Effects of Hyper-Realistic Medical Training on Military and N-Military Boarded Physicians and Medical Students”; Military Health System Research Symposium; 2013.
  • Cut Suit Mass Casualty Simulation with Vail Valley Medical Center; 2013.
  • “Employing Human Worn Partial Task Trainers in Preparing Rural Physicians and Medical Teams for Catastrophe”; AMSUS,118th Meeting; 2013.
  • “The Willing Suspension of Disbelief in Movies and Medical Simulation”; AMSUS ,118th Meeting; 2013.
  • “Integrated Multi-Disciplinary Immersion Training for MS-II and Medical Providers”; AMSUS ,118th Meeting; 2013.
  • “Creating a Culture of Innovative Thinking”; The Initial Innovation and Technology Task Force of The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada; 2013.
  • “Reality in Advance Surgical Simulation Workshop”; Simulation Summit of The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons; 2013.
  • “Medical Emergencies in Skiing and Snowboarding”; Immersion Training for Senior US Ski Team Physicians; 2013.
  • “Evidence of Training With Simulation Based Immersion”; Special Operations Medical Association; 2013.
  • “Immersion Training –Video Proof it Works: (replacing Gerhardt on soma schedule)”; Special Operations Medical Associaton; 2013.
  • “Cut Suit Mass-Casualty Simulation with Vail Valley Medical Center. SOMA; 2013.
  • “Case Studies in BRCA Mutations and the Development of Post Breast Cancer Treatment Angiosarcoma”; The AOA Colorado Winter meeting; 2012.
  • “Utilizing the Need For Better Management Of Musculoskeletal Injuries In the US Military”; The AOA Colorado Winter meeting; 2012.
  • “Utilizing Human Worn Partial Task Surgical Simulator As Part of Sophomore Medical Student Training to Improve Board Scores and Third Year Surgical Performance”; The AOA  Colorado Winter meeting; 2012.
  • “Single Application of Albumen and Argon Beam Coagulation Efficacy and Economic Comparison to Tissel and Floseal”; Rocky Vista University Symposium on Trauma; 2012.
  • “Single Application of Albumin and Argon Beam Coagulation Efficacy and Economic Comparison to Tisseel and FLOSEAL”; American Osteopathic Association Annual Midwinter CME Conference; 2012.
  • “L. Jacobs, T. Githens, and LaPorta, A.J.; Is Thoracic Trauma Being Over-Treated?”; Rocky Vista University Symposium on Trauma; 2012.
  • “Halstead is Dead: Move On”; MT3 (Military Training and Technology); 2012.
  • “Measuring the Effects of Utilizing the Human Worn Partial Task Surgical Simulator in Surgical Education”; The Coalition of Physician Enhancement International Meeting; 2012.
  • “Intensive Medical Student Training in Emergency Medicine and Surgical Scenarios Facilitates Learning and Increases Confidence while Minimizing Negative Stress”; ACOEP; 2012.
  • “High intensity scenario training of military medical students to increase learning capacity and management of stress”; Special Operations Medical Association; 2012.
  • “Incorporation of the “Cut Suit” for Improvement in Surgical Technical, Emotional, and Stress Response in Second Year Medical Students”; Rocky Vista University Symposium on Trauma; 2012.
  • “Military Medicine in Operation Enduring Freedom”; The Colorado Chapter of the American College of Surgeons; 2002.
  • “Laparoscopic Management of Recurrent Posttraumatic Splenic Pseudocyst”; The Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons; 2001.
  • “Real Time Ultrasound Image Fusion with Archived C.T. Data for Surgical Planning and Therapy Guidance”; The Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons; 1999.
  • “REAL TIME Ultrasound 3D Positioning with Image Fusion for Surgical Planning and Therapy Guidance”; Colorado Chapter, American College of Surgeons; 1999.
  • “Cyberspace, The Battlefield Surgeon and the Rural Surgeon: Where Do They Meet?”; The Rocky Mountain Traumatologic Society 1996 Meeting; 1996.
  • “Cyberspace, The Battlefield Surgeon and the Rural Surgeon: Where do they meet? The Results of Initial Live Animal Procedures Completed by Telepresence”; The Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons, 1996 Scientific Session 5th World Congress of Endoscopic Surgery; 1996.
  • “Evaluation of the Deep Venous System Following Laparoscopic Trans-Abdominal Pre-Peritoneal Patch (TAPP) Hernia Repair”; The Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons; 1996.
  • “Modern Remote Surgery:  The Results of Live Animal Procedures Completed by Telepresence Surgery”; The Colorado Chapter of the American College of Surgeons; 1996.
  • “Evaluation of the Deep Venous System Following Laparoscopic Trans-Abdominal Pre-Peritoneal Patch (TAPP) Hernia Repair”; The Colorado Chapter of the American College of Surgeons; 1996.
  • “The Role of the United Nations Forces Medical Department in the War in Bosnia-Herzegovina”; The Rocky Mountain Traumatologic Society 37th Annual Meeting; 1995.
  • “Free Fall Water Impact Trauma:  A Continuous 54-year Evaluation of Suicide Attempt by Jumping from the Golden Gate Bridge”; The Rocky Mountain Traumatologic Society 37th Annual Meeting; 1995.
  • “Evaluation of the Deep Venous System Following Laparoscopic Hernia Repair”; The 7th Annual Meeting of the American Venous Forum; 1995.
  • “Cytokine Evidence for the Sequencing of Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy Following ERCP and Sphincterotomy”; Colorado Chapter, American College of Surgeons Annual Meeting; 1995.
  • “Response of Serum Cytokines in Patients Undergoing Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy”; Society of Gastrointestinal Surgeons; 1994.
  • “Biliary Tract Obstruction and the Afferent Loop Syndrome”; Gary P. Wratten Surgical Symposium; 1994.
  • “High Velocity Impact Water Trauma:  Unique Experience of the Golden Gate Bridge”; The American College of Surgeons, Colorado Chapter; 1994.
  • “Biochemical and Cytokine Evidence for Early Intervention in the Timing of Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy Following ERCP and Sphincterotomy”; The American College of Surgeons 80th Annual Clinical Congress; 1994.
  • “Co-Principal Directors Laparoscopic Laser Cholecystectomy Workshop”; Letterman Army Institute of Research; 1991.
  • “Fixed Stenosis of the Biliary Tree Secondary to Chronic Pancreatitis”; East Bay Surgical Society; 1991.
  • “Impact of Pre-Hospital Management on Golden Gate Bridge Jumper Survival”; Twelfth Annual Gray P. Wratten Surgical Symposium; 1991.
  • “Primary Small Bowel Tumors”; Twelfth Annual Gary P. Wratten Surgical Symposium; 1991.
  • “Influence of a Continuous Epidural Bupivacaine Infusion on Postoperative Fluid Homeostatus in Swine”; Twelfth Annual Gary P. Wratten Surgical Symposium; 1991.
  • “Desert Shield, Desert Storm; The Seventh Corps, Seventh Medical Command Prospective”; Forty First Annual European Medical Surgical Conference; 1991.
  • “The Role of the 7th Medical Command in Desert Shield and Desert Storm”; The Ninth Annual International Surgical Associates Day; 1991.
  • “Cardio-Pulmonary Complications of Epidural Analgesia Associated with Intra-Abdominal Operations”; Eleventh Gary P. Wratten Surgical Symposium; 1990.
  • “Surgical Drainage of Biliary Stenosis Due to Chronic Pancreatitis”; Eleventh Gary P. Wratten Surgical Symposium; 1990.
  • “Carcinoma of the Gallbladder, The Letterman Experience”; Eleventh Gary P. Wratten Surgical Symposium; 1990.
  • “Extra Hepatic Proximal Biliary Tract Carcinoma:  A 20-Year Retrospective Analysis”; Eleventh Gary P. Wratten Surgical Symposium; 1990.
  • “Utilization of Mobile Military Medical Equipment for Peacetime Civilian Medical Care”; Federation Royal College of Surgeons, Military Society; 1989.
  • “A. and the Physician: Why Aren’t We Friends?”; Quality Assurance Coordinator’s Workshop, European Meeting, Augsburg Medical Department Activity; 1987.
  • “Prolonged Use of a Mobile Military Unit (M.U.S.T. Equipment) During Peacetime”; Nuffield Chair of Surgery, 50th Anniversary; 1987.
  • “Relationship between Renal Swelling and Renal Function in Renal Allograft Rejection”; VII International Congress of Nephrology; 1978.
  • “The Spectrum of Presentation of Anomalous Origin of the Left Coronary Artery and Its Influence on Surgical Management”; American Academy of Pediatrics; 1978.
  • “Anatomic Observations and Etiologic and Surgical Considerations in Choledochal Cyst”; American Academy of Pediatrics; 1978.
  • “Geriatric Surgical Emergencies”; Symposium for Geriatric Care; 1978.
  • “Chronic Relapsing Pancreatitis, A Cause of Biliary Stricture”; Central Surgical Association; 1977.
  • “An Unusual Presentation of a Pancreatic Pseudocyst – A Case Report””; Wisconsin Surgical Society; 1976.
  • “Characteristics of Canine Splenic Suppressor Cells”; American Society of Transplant Surgeons; 1976.
  • “Aldosteronism in Renal Transplant Recipients”; Society of University Surgeons and the European Society of Experimental Surgery, Third Tripartite Meeting; 1976.
  • “Suppressor Cells – Man, Dogs, and Transplantation”; Association for Academic Surgery; 1976.

 

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Research and Studies


 

  • Damage Control Surgery in Weightlessness; Canadian Space Agency/NATIONAL RESEARCH COUNCIL (Aboard the Falcon 20, Canadian Experimental Aircraft); 2015
  • Co-Investigator ( Subject Matter Expert) on naval project involving The Effect of  High Accelerations at sea on Surgical Competency; NAVSEA;
    • Simulation phase; 2015
    • At Sea phase; 2017
  • Co-Principal Investigator (JPC-1), Determining the Use of a Hyper-realistic and Immersive Simulation Training Environment to Illustrate Improved Team Performance across the Continuum of Care
    • Mid-phase to completion
  • IVIR Team Performing Gap analysis of levels of care involved in JPC-1 grant; 2017

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Biographical Information


Dr. Anthony J. LaPorta retired from the U.S. Army as a Colonel after over 26 years of service. He has served in every aspect of medical education and is currently the Professor of Surgery and Director of Rocky Vista University’s Military Medicine Honors Program.  He has authored over 200 peer-reviewed articles and presentations on surgery, immunology, military medicine, and simulation.  He originally trained in surgery at the Medical College of Wisconsin and the University of Oxford, England.  An avid skier, he was the first American to run the Olympic torch for the 2010 Vancouver games.

 

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