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Romeo Ignacio

Title(s)Associate Clinical Professor, Surgery
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    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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    1. Optimal Resources for Children's Surgical Care: Executive Summary. World J Surg. 2019 Feb 06. PMID: 30725368.
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    2. Global Initiative for Children's Surgery: A Model of Global Collaboration to Advance the Surgical Care of Children. World J Surg. 2019 Jan 08. PMID: 30623232.
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    3. 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 Jan 01; 184(1-2):e186-e189. PMID: 29982574.
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    4. 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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    5. 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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    6. 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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    7. 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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    8. 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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    9. 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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    10. 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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    11. 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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    12. 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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    13. 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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    14. 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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    15. 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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    16. 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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    17. 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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    18. 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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    19. 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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    20. 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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    21. 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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    23. 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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    24. 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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    25. 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.
    26. 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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    27. 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.