Clinical Focus

  • Cancer > GI Oncology
  • Colon and Rectal Surgery (Specialty)
  • Colorectal Neoplasms
  • Inflammatory Bowel Diseases
  • Colon and Rectal Surgery

Academic Appointments

Administrative Appointments

  • Associate Program Director, General Surgery Training Program (2012 - Present)
  • UBMD Medical Director - E3, Stanford Health Care (2014 - Present)

Professional Education

  • Fellowship:Washington University in St Louis (2011) MO
  • Medical Education:Stanford university School of Medicine (2005) CA
  • Internship:Stanford Hospital and Clinics - Dept of Surgery (2006) CA
  • Residency:Stanford Hospital and Clinics - Dept of Surgery (2010) CA
  • Board Certification: Colon and Rectal Surgery, American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery (2012)
  • Board Certification: General Surgery, American Board of Surgery (2011)


All Publications

  • Insulin increases the release of proinflammatory mediators 63rd Annual Meeting of the American-Association-for-the-Surgery-of-Trauma Brundage, S. I., Kirilcuk, N. N., Lam, J. C., Spain, D. A., Zautke, N. A. LIPPINCOTT WILLIAMS & WILKINS. 2008: 367–72


    Strict glucose control with insulin is associated with decreased mortality in a mixed patient population in the intensive care unit. Controversy exists regarding the relative benefits of glucose control versus a direct advantageous effect of exogenous insulin. As a combined medical/surgical population differs significantly from the critically injured patient primed for secondary insult, our purpose was to determine the influence of insulin on activated macrophages. Our hypothesis was that insulin would directly abrogate the inflammatory cascade.Differentiated human monocytic THP-1 cells were stimulated with endotoxin (lipopolysaccharide [LPS], 100 ng/mL) for 6 hours. Cells were treated +/-10(-7) M insulin for 1 hour and 24 hours. Total RNA was isolated and gene expression for TNF-alpha and IL-6 performed using Q-RT-PCR. Supernatants were assayed for TNF-alpha and IL-6 protein by ELISA.At 1 hour, compared with macrophages treated with LPS alone, macrophages treated with insulin produced significantly more TNF-alpha protein (11.4 +/- 5.9 pg/mL vs. 32.5 +/- 3.1 pg/mL; p < 0.03). At 24 hours compared with macrophages treated with LPS alone, macrophages treated with insulin produced significantly more TNF-alpha protein (83 +/- 2.02 pg/mL vs. 114 +/- 6.54 pg/mL; p < 0.01). However, gene expression of TNF-alpha and IL-6 was not different in LPS stimulated macrophages with and without insulin treatment at both 1 hour and 24 hours.Contrary to our hypothesis, insulin does not have direct anti-inflammatory properties in this experimental model. In fact, insulin increases proinflammatory cytokine protein levels from activated macrophages.

    View details for DOI 10.1097/TA.0b013e3181801cc0

    View details for Web of Science ID 000258461600026

    View details for PubMedID 18695473

  • Endovascular management of a gunshot wound to the thoracic aorta 35th Annual Meeting of the Western-Trauma-Association Fang, T. D., Peterson, D. A., Kirilcuk, N. N., Dicker, R. A., Spain, D. A., Brundage, S. I. LIPPINCOTT WILLIAMS & WILKINS. 2006: 204–8

    View details for Web of Science ID 000235066300046

    View details for PubMedID 16456457

  • Are temporary inferior vena cava filters really temporary? 57th Annual Meeting of the Southwestern-Surgical-Congress Kirilcuk, N. N., Herget, E. J., Dicker, R. A., Spain, D. A., Hellinger, J. C., Brundage, S. I. EXCERPTA MEDICA INC-ELSEVIER SCIENCE INC. 2005: 858–63


    Despite significant risk for venous thromboembolism, severely injured trauma patients often are not candidates for prophylaxis or treatment with anticoagulation. Long-term inferior vena cava (IVC) filters are associated with increased risk of postphlebitic syndrome. Retrievable IVC filters potentially offer a better solution, but only if the filter is removed; our hypothesis is that the most of them are not.This retrospective study queried a level I trauma registry for IVC filter insertion from September 1997 through June 2004.One IVC filter was placed before the availability of retrievable filters in 2001. Since 2001, 27 filters have been placed, indicating a change in practice patterns. Filters were placed for prophylaxis (n = 11) or for therapy in patients with pulmonary embolism or deep vein thrombosis (n = 17). Of 23 temporary filters, only 8 (35%) were removed.Surgeons must critically evaluate indications for IVC filter insertion, develop standard criteria for placement, and implement protocols to ensure timely removal of temporary IVC filters.

    View details for DOI 10.1016/j.amjsurg.2005.08.009

    View details for Web of Science ID 000233759800007

    View details for PubMedID 16307934