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Rachelle Damle, MD MS has a recent publication.

Dr. Courtney Collins, received 2nd place in the New England Surgical Society Resident Essay Competition at the 94th Annual Meeting in September 2013 in Hartford, Connecticut for "Epidemiology and Outcomes of C. Difficile Infections in the Elderly,” published in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons Volume 218, Issue 6, Pages 1141–1147.e1, June 2014 Picture

Congratulations to Rachelle Damle, MD MS and Courtney Collins, MD MS on their completion of the Surgical Research Scholars Program. Rachelle and Courtney are officially the 1st cohort to graduate from the program. They have had a very successful 2 years of research in the program and have also received their Masters of Science in Clinical Investigation. Picture 1 | Picture 2 | Picture 3

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A Simple Risk Score for Pancreatectomy

Surgical Outcomes Analysis & Research (SOAR)

The score is designed to augment, not replace clinician judgment and informed consent, and must be interpreted in the context of the individual patient and surgeon.  An abstract utilizing individual mortality rates entitled A RISK SCORE FOR PANCREATECTOMY TO AID SURGICAL DECISION-MAKING has been submitted for consideration for the Scientific Papers Session at the American College of Surgeons Clinical Congress, November 2010, by authors Carroll, Hill, Ng, Bodnari, Smith, McDade, Zhou, Shah, and Tseng


Follow the steps below to calculate the risk of in-hospital mortality after pancreatic resection, based on national data. The website will then allow the user to customize the perioperative risk based on institutional- or surgeon-specific mortality rates.

Step 1. Calculate Charlson comorbidity score
Indicate "yes" for the comorbidities that the patient has. This validated algorithm (Charlson, ME et al. J Chron Dis  1987; 40(5):373-83.) assigns a point value to the various diseases. The patient's raw score will then be reassigned into the collapsed Charlson score groups for use in the risk score calculation. Group 1 is a score of zero, Group 2 is a score of 1 or 2, Group 3 is a score of 3 or higher.  



Cerebrovascular Disease   
Chronic Pulmonary Disease   
Congestive Heart Failure   
Connective Tissue/Rheumatic Disease   
Diabetes Without End Organ Damage   
Diabetes With End Organ Damage   
Liver Disease Mild to Moderate   
Liver Disease Severe   
Myocardial Infarction   
Peripheral Vascular Disease   
Renal Disease   
Ulcer Disease   
Charlson Group Score


Step 2. Calculate the risk score, including the Charlson group.



Point Value

Age Group     
Charlson Group Score
Diagnosis Type     
Planned Procedure Type*     
Hospital Volume (pancreatic resections/year)     


(*)Proximal:  Whipple (also known as pancreaticoduodenectomy), pylorus-preserving Whipple, right pancreatectomy, or total pancreatectomy
Distal:  distal pancreatectomy, distal subtotal pancreatectomy, left pancreatectomy
NOS:  middle pancreatectomy, enucleation, etc.

Step 3. Customize In-Hospital Mortality**

Select Estimated Institutional-Specific In-Hospital Mortality  
Low risk group- in-hospital mortality  
Intermediate risk group- in-hospital mortality  
High risk group- in-hospital mortality  



(**)The above calculations were based on a nationwide mean in-hospital mortality of 5.3%. The Umass Pancreatic Risk Score can be customized using an institution or surgeon's individual in-hospital mortality.

The customized risk score will generate a unique graph

Figure 1: Customized In-Hospital Mortality

Risk Score 09

Figure 2: Overall In-Hospital Mortality 5.3%