Romeo Ignacio

Title(s)Associate Clinical Professor, Surgery
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    University of California San Diego School of Medicine2019  - 2021HCOE Faculty Scholar Award
    American Academy of Pediatrics2019116th Congress New Representative Scholarship
    American College of Surgeons2018American College of Surgeons Master Surgeon Educators
    Naval Medical Center San Diego2018Outstanding Graduate Medical Education Program Director
    Naval Medical Center San Diego2018Allshouse-Jones Teaching Award
    Naval Medical Center San Diego2017Allshouse-Jones Teaching Award
    Naval Medical Center San Diego2016Admiral State Teaching Award
    Naval Medical Center San Diego2015Allshouse-Jones Teaching Award
    Naval Medical Center San Diego2013Allshouse-Jones Teaching Award
    Naval Medical Center San Diego2013Intern Mentor of the Year Award
    Naval Medical Center San Diego2012Admiral Stitt Teaching Award
    Naval Medical Center San Diego2012Intern Mentor of the Year Award
    Naval Medical Center San Diego2011Admiral Sturtz Excellence in Teaching Award
    Naval Medical Center San Diego2010Allshouse-Jones Teaching Award
    Naval Medical Center San Diego2010Intern Mentor of the Year Award
    University of Louisville School of Medicine2009Arnold P. Gold Foundation's Humanism and Excellence in Teaching Award
    Naval Medical Center Portsmouth2001Recognition of Outstanding Teachers

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    Dr. Ignacio has recently joined the Department of Surgery at UCSD School of Medicine as a staff pediatric surgeon. He is currently the Trauma Medical Director at Rady Children's Hospital San Diego. He retired from the U.S. Navy with over 20 years of experience and has extensive accomplishments in graduate medical education, global surgery, military medicine and pediatric surgery.

    During his leadership in the military, CAPT(Ret.) Ignacio served as the Program Director for General Surgery at Naval Medical Center San Diego (NMCSD). Prior to this he served as the Associate Program Director, Division Chair of Pediatric Surgery and the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences medical student clerkship director at NMCSD. He currently appointed as an Associate Clinical Professor in the Division of Trauma, Surgical Critical Care, Burns and Acute Care Surgery.

    Board Certified in both General Surgery and Pediatric Surgery by the American Board of Surgery, Dr. Ignacio is a member of American College of Surgeons, American Pediatric Surgical Association, American Academy of Pediatrics, Pacific Association of Pediatric Surgeons, International Pediatric Endosurgery Group, Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons, Association of Military Surgeons of the United States and Pacific Coast Surgical Association.

    Captain Ignacio has a strong interest in humanitarian missions and was selected as Director of Surgical Services (MERCEX 2010), Advance Team Lead surgeon, Designated Institutional Officer and solo military pediatric surgeon in the Pacific Partnership 2012 humanitarian mission, which provided medical care to >100,000 patients in host nations and surgical care to over 800 patients in Indonesia, Vietnam, Cambodia and the Philippines.

    Dr. Ignacio has been an outstanding leader and mentor among residents, interns and medical students. His impressive role as a surgical educator has been demonstrated by his recent teaching awards: Arnold P. Gold Foundation’s Humanism and Excellence in Teaching Award (2009), General Surgery Mentor of the Year Award (2010, 2012, and 2013), Allshouse-Jones Teaching Award (2010, 2013) and the Donald L. Sturtz Excellence in Teaching Award (2011) and the Naval Medical Center San Diego Master Clinician Award (2012).

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    Evaluating the Clinical Outcomes of Discrepant Radiology Reviews in Pediatric Trauma Patients: A Quality Improvement Project
    University of California School of Medicine NoneJul 1, 2019 - Sep 15, 2019
    Role: Principal investigator/Preceptor
    Role Description: University of California School of Medicine Summer Fellowship Program. Funding for Medical student (John Perry) research in the amount of $5K. Served as principal investigator and preceptor for this project this project.
    Augmented Reality to Enable Remote Integrated Surgery (ARTEMIS)
    DOD DP_67.2_17_L_17_J9_1650May 1, 2018 - May 1, 2020
    Role: Co-investigator
    Role Description: Co-investigator. Assisted in evaluation and rating scale for proposal. JPC 6.7 research task area. $738K. https://russellxie7.me/papers/ARTEMIS_poster.pdf

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    1. Prieto JM, Van Gent JM, Calvo RY, Checchi KD, Wessels LE, Sise MJ, Sise CB, Bansal V, Martin MJ, Ignacio RC. Pediatric Extremity Vascular Trauma: It Matters Where it is Treated. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2020 Jan 22. PMID: 31977991.
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    2. McDonald VS, Ignacio RC, Kuettel MA, Schlitzkus LL, Sullivan ME, Tadlock MD. Practical Bioethics for the Humanitarian Surgeon: The Development, Implementation and Assessment of an Ethics Curriculum for Residents Participating in Humanitarian Missions. J Surg Educ. 2020 Mar - Apr; 77(2):390-403. PMID: 31889690.
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    3. Prieto JM, West-Santos C, Montgomery AS, Patwardhan U, Lazar DA, Thangarajah H, Bickler SW, Huang EY, Fairbanks TJ, Ignacio RC. Patient-oriented online resources in pediatric surgery: Are we failing the readability test? J Pediatr Surg. 2019 Dec 27. PMID: 31952681.
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    4. Prieto JM, Van Gent JM, Calvo RY, Checchi KD, Wessels LE, Sise CB, Sise MJ, Bansal V, Ignacio RC. Evaluating surgical outcomes in pediatric extremity vascular trauma. J Pediatr Surg. 2020 Feb; 55(2):319-323. PMID: 31761459.
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    5. Rolland G, Ahnfeldt EP, Chestnut CH, Cromer RM, Faler BJ, Galusha AD, Ignacio RC, Kellicut DC, Lammers DT, Platz TA, Propper BW, Rawlins ML, Sweeney WB, Ritter EM. Attrition Rate in Military General Surgery GME and Effect on Quality of Military Programs. J Surg Educ. 2019 Nov - Dec; 76(6):e49-e55. PMID: 31492639.
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    6. Prieto JM, Kling KM, Ignacio RC, Bickler SW, Fairbanks TJ, Saenz NC, Nicholson SI, Lazar DA. Premenarchal patients present differently: A twist on the typical patient presenting with ovarian torsion. J Pediatr Surg. 2019 Dec; 54(12):2614-2616. PMID: 31500875.
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    7. Romeo C.IgnacioJr., Sophia M.V. Schermerhorn, Alexander J. Marrotte, James M.Prieto.Laparoscopic ventricular-cholecystic shunt. Journal of Pediatric Surgery Case Reports. 2019; 47:1-5.
    8. Prieto JM, Checchi KD, Kling KM, Ignacio RC, Bickler SW, Saenz NC, Fairbanks TJ, Nicholson SI, Lazar DA. Trephination Versus Wide Excision for the Treatment of Pediatric Pilonidal Disease. J Pediatr Surg. 2019 Jun 29. PMID: 31301885.
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    9. Gaidry AD, Tremblay L, Nakayama D, Ignacio RC. The History of Surgical Staplers: A Combination of Hungarian, Russian, and American Innovation. Am Surg. 2019 Jun 01; 85(6):563-566. PMID: 31267894.
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    10. Global Initiative for Children's Surgery: A Model of Global Collaboration to Advance the Surgical Care of Children. World J Surg. 2019 06; 43(6):1416-1425. PMID: 30623232.
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    11. Optimal Resources for Children's Surgical Care: Executive Summary. World J Surg. 2019 Apr; 43(4):978-980. PMID: 30725368.
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    12. Prieto JM, Thompson KA, Wessels L, Moore HN, Hannon MP, Ignacio RC. Evaluating a Health Care Disparity Among Marine Recruits Treated for Acute Appendicitis. Mil Med. 2019 01 01; 184(1-2):e186-e189. PMID: 29982574.
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    13. Wang A, Prieto JM, Ward E, Bickler S, Henry M, Kling K, Thangarajah H, Ignacio R. Operative treatment for intussusception: Should an incidental appendectomy be performed? J Pediatr Surg. 2019 Mar; 54(3):495-499. PMID: 30583859.
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    14. Decoteau MA, Rivera L, Umali K, Chan AD, Soballe P, Ignacio RC. A multimodal approach improves American Board of Surgery In-Training Examination scores. Am J Surg. 2018 Feb; 215(2):315-321. PMID: 29275907.
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    15. Doudt AD, Kehoe JE, Ignacio RC, Christman MS. Abdominoscrotal hydrocele: A systematic review. J Pediatr Surg. 2016 Sep; 51(9):1561-4. PMID: 27421822.
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    16. Rowland PA, Ignacio RC, de Moya MA. Protocol Standards for Reporting Video Data in Academic Journals. Acad Med. 2016 Apr; 91(4):485-90. PMID: 26675190.
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    17. Barrows A, Vachon T, Campin RC, Ignacio RC. Trichobezoars Detected and Treated Based on Plain Radiography. Mil Med. 2015 Oct; 180(10):e1136-8. PMID: 26444484.
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    18. Wallace SA, Ignacio RC, Klugh A, Gates G, Henry MC. An unusual presentation of pediatric osteoblastoma in a patient with Klippel-Trenaunay-Weber syndrome: case report. J Neurosurg Pediatr. 2015 Jun; 15(6):638-40. PMID: 26030331.
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    19. Jensen S, Tadlock MD, Douglas T, Provencher M, Ignacio RC. Integration of Surgical Residency Training With US Military Humanitarian Missions. J Surg Educ. 2015 Sep-Oct; 72(5):898-903. PMID: 25623551.
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    20. Miyano G, Ignacio RC, Wood RE, Inge TH. Improvement of tracheal compression after pectus excavatum repair. Pediatr Surg Int. 2013 Sep; 29(9):957-9. PMID: 23708973.
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    21. Syres KM, Potochny EM, Ignacio RC. Incidental persistent omphalomesenteric (vitelline) artery during laparoscopic appendectomy in an adult. Am Surg. 2013 Jan; 79(1):E10-1. PMID: 23317587.
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    22. Ignacio RC, Klapheke WP, Stephen T, Bond S. Diverticulitis in a child with Williams syndrome: a case report and review of the literature. J Pediatr Surg. 2012 Sep; 47(9):E33-5. PMID: 22974633.
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    23. Maki A, Wiesenauer CA, Ignacio RC. Atypical Location of Giant Dermoid Cyst of the Neck. Am Surg. 2010 Aug 01; 76(8):120-121. PMID: 28958229.
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    24. Ignacio RC, Nagaraj HS, Downard CD. Laparoscopic repair of bilateral congenital diaphragmatic hernia of Morgagni in a newborn. Am Surg. 2010 Feb; 76(2):215-6. PMID: 20336904.
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    25. Pothula V, Saegusa E, Takekoshi D, Edson T, Ignacio R. Splenic syndrome: a rare indication for splenectomy. Mil Med. 2008 Dec; 173(12):1233-7. PMID: 19149345.
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    26. Fallat ME, Ignacio RC. Breast disorders in children and adolescents. J Pediatr Adolesc Gynecol. 2008 Dec; 21(6):311-6. PMID: 19064223.
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    27. Foley DS, Sunil I, Debski R, Ignacio RC, Nagaraj HS. Primary hepatic carcinoid tumor in children. J Pediatr Surg. 2008 Nov; 43(11):e25-8. PMID: 18970916.
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    28. Ignacio RC, Falcone RA, Brown RL. A case report of severe tracheal obstruction requiring extracorporeal membrane oxygenation. J Pediatr Surg. 2006 Oct; 41(10):E1-4. PMID: 17011250.
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    29. Allen SR, Ignacio R, Falcone RA, Alonso MH, Brown RL, Garcia VF, Inge TH, Ryckman FC, Warner BW, Azizkhan RG, Tiao GM. The effect of a right-sided aortic arch on outcome in children with esophageal atresia and tracheoesophageal fistula. J Pediatr Surg. 2006 Mar; 41(3):479-83. PMID: 16516619.
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    30. Ignacio RC, Falcone RA, Warner BW. Necrotizing fasciitis: a rare complication of neonatal necrotizing enterocolitis. J Pediatr Surg. 2005 Nov; 40(11):1805-7. PMID: 16291176.
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    31. Necrotizing Enterocolitis (NEC) Guideline Team, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.Evidence-based care guideline for medical management of Very low birth weight infants at risk for NEC. 2005.
    32. Ignacio RC, Burke R, Spencer D, Bissell C, Dorsainvil C, Lucha PA. Laparoscopic versus open appendectomy: what is the real difference? Results of a prospective randomized double-blinded trial. Surg Endosc. 2004 Feb; 18(2):334-7. PMID: 14691696.
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    33. Lucha PA, Ignacio R, Rowley D, Francis M. The incidence of positive peritoneal cytology in colon cancer: a prospective randomized blinded trial. Am Surg. 2002 Nov; 68(11):1018-21. PMID: 12455799.
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    34. Mosnaim, A.D., Freitag, F., Ignacio, R., Salas, M.A., Karoum, F., Wolf, M.E. and Diamond, S.Apparent lack of correlation between tyramine and phenylethylamine content and the occurrence of food-precipitated migraine. Reexamination of a variety of food products frequently consumed in the United States and commonly restricted in tyramine-free diets. Headache Quarterly, Current Treatment and Research. 1996; 3(7):239-249.
    35. Wolf ME, Mosnaim AD, Puente J, Ignacio R. Plasma methionine-enkephalin in PTSD. Biol Psychiatry. 1991 Feb 01; 29(3):305-7. PMID: 2015338.
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    36. Wolf, M.E., Mosnaim, A.D., Puente, J. and Ignacio, R.: .Methionine-enkephalin in post-traumatic stress disorder. Plasma levels and degradation. Res. Comm. Psychology, Psychiatry and Behavior. 1990; 1-2(15):73-38.