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VUMC study named as JAMA Surgery’s top paper

Apr. 9, 2020, 10:32 AM


by Paul Govern

The world’s No.1 ranked surgery journal, JAMA Surgery, has announced that a June 2019 study led by researchers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center was the journal’s top paper of the year as measured by Altmetric Attention Score.

William Cooper, MD

The study, “Association of Coworker Reports About Unprofessional Behavior by Surgeons with Surgical Complications in Their Patients,” was also the second-most viewed story of the year on the journal’s website.

The study, led by William Cooper, MD, MPH, Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor, Pediatrics and Health Policy, associate dean for Faculty Affairs, and director, Center for Patient and Professional Advocacy, found that patients of surgeons with higher numbers of reports from co-workers about unprofessional behavior are significantly more likely to experience complications during or after their operations.

Cooper was joined in the study by researchers from Stanford University, the University of Pennsylvania and VUMC. Cooper’s VUMC colleagues for the study included Oscar Guillamondegui, MD, MPH, Henry Domenico, MS, Ilene Moore, MD, JD, James Pichert, PhD, MS, Thomas Catron, PhD, MS, Lynn Webb, PhD, MBA, MS, Roger Dmochowski, MD, MMgt, and Gerald Hickson, MD.

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