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Tara Sotsky Kent, MD, MS

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Phone: (617) 667-0779
Fax: (617) 667-7756


tkent@bidmc.harvard.edu

Tara Sotsky Kent, MD, MS

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

EDUCATIONAL TITLES

  • Assistant Professor, Surgery, Harvard Medical School
  • Program Director, General Surgery Residency, Surgery, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
  • Associate Clerkship Director, Surgery, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

DF/HCC PROGRAM AFFILIATION

Research Abstract

I am a general surgeon specializing in pancreatic and biliary surgical disease, particularly pancreatic cancer, benign and premalignant lesions, as well as pancreatitis. In addition to my clinical pancreatic and biliary surgical practice, I have outcomes research focused on pancreatic surgical patients, primarily investigating problems and potential process improvement associated with transitions of care from inpatient to outpatient. This effort has incorporated both database work and qualitative and survey-based methodology, for which I have a foundation through my undergraduate and master’s theses, both of which utilized this methodology. My current efforts, in collaboration with my clinical partners and our Institute for Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic Surgery, are to expand the scope of such research to incorporate patient-centered approaches to improving care for our surgical patients, through better and more accessible patient/family information and streamlined access to care. My third area of focus is surgical education. As general surgery residency program director, I am continuously involved in both managing our current residents and residency, as well as in ongoing program self-evaluation efforts and improvement. This position has led to a nascent surgical education research program, through which I am investigating the impact of regulations on current surgical training, as well as evaluating efforts to develop our trainees as teachers themselves and developing an understanding of best practice for intraoperative and bedside teaching, as well as curricular development.

Publications

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  • Ecker BL, McMillan MT, Asbun HJ, Ball CG, Bassi C, Beane JD, Behrman SW, Berger AC, Dickson EJ, Bloomston M, Callery MP, Christein JD, Dixon E, Drebin JA, Castillo CF, Fisher WE, Fong ZV, Haverick E, Hollis RH, House MG, Hughes SJ, Jamieson NB, Javed AA, Kent TS, Kowalsky SJ, Kunstman JW, Malleo G, Poruk KE, Salem RR, Schmidt CR, Soares K, Stauffer JA, Valero V, Velu LKP, Watkins AA, Wolfgang CL, Zureikat AH, Vollmer CM. Characterization and Optimal Management of High-Risk Pancreatic Anastomoses During Pancreatoduodenectomy. Ann Surg 2017. PubMed
  • Tabatabaie O, Kasumova GG, Kent TS, Eskander MF, Fadayomi AB, Ng SC, Critchlow JF, Tawa NE, Tseng JF. Upper extremity deep venous thrombosis after port insertion: What are the risk factors? Surgery 2017. PubMed
  • McMillan MT, Ecker BL, Behrman SW, Callery MP, Christein JD, Drebin JA, Fraker DL, Kent TS, Lee MK, Roses RE, Sprys MH, Vollmer CM. Externalized Stents for Pancreatoduodenectomy Provide Value Only in High-Risk Scenarios. J Gastrointest Surg 2016; 20:2052-2062. PubMed
  • Abbott DE, Tzeng CW, McMillan MT, Callery MP, Kent TS, Christein JD, Behrman SW, Schauer DP, Hanseman DJ, Eckman MH, Vollmer CM. Pancreas fistula risk prediction: implications for hospital costs and payments. 2016. PubMed
  • Kennedy GT, McMillan MT, Sprys MH, Bassi C, Greig PD, Hansen PD, Jeyarajah DR, Kent TS, Malleo G, Marchegiani G, Minter RM, Vollmer CM. The influence of fellowship training on the practice of pancreatoduodenectomy. 2016. PubMed
  • Kasumova GG, Eskander MF, Kent TS, Ng SC, Moser AJ, Ahmed M, Pleskow DK, Callery MP, Tseng JF. Hemorrhage after pancreaticoduodenectomy: does timing matter? 2016; 18:861-869. PubMed
  • Bliss LA, Eskander MF, Kent TS, Watkins AA, de Geus SW, Storino A, Ng SC, Callery MP, Moser AJ, Tseng JF. Early surgical bypass versus endoscopic stent placement in pancreatic cancer. 2016; 18:671-7. PubMed
  • McMillan MT, Allegrini V, Asbun HJ, Ball CG, Bassi C, Beane JD, Behrman SW, Berger AC, Bloomston M, Callery MP, Christein JD, Dickson E, Dixon E, Drebin JA, Fernandez-Del Castillo C, Fisher WE, Fong ZV, Haverick E, Hollis RH, House MG, Hughes SJ, Jamieson NB, Kent TS, Kowalsky SJ, Kunstman JW, Malleo G, McElhany AL, Salem RR, Soares KC, Sprys MH, Valero V, Watkins AA, Wolfgang CL, Zureikat AH, Vollmer CM. Incorporation of Procedure-specific Risk Into the ACS-NSQIP Surgical Risk Calculator Improves the Prediction of Morbidity and Mortality After Pancreatoduodenectomy. Ann Surg 2016. PubMed
  • Storino A, Castillo-Angeles M, Watkins AA, Vargas C, Mancias JD, Bullock A, Demirjian A, Moser AJ, Kent TS. Assessing the Accuracy and Readability of Online Health Information for Patients With Pancreatic Cancer. JAMA Surg 2016. PubMed
  • McMillan MT, Soi S, Asbun HJ, Ball CG, Bassi C, Beane JD, Behrman SW, Berger AC, Bloomston M, Callery MP, Christein JD, Dixon E, Drebin JA, Castillo CF, Fisher WE, Ven Fong Z, House MG, Hughes SJ, Kent TS, Kunstman JW, Malleo G, Miller BC, Salem RR, Soares K, Valero V, Wolfgang CL, Vollmer CM. Risk-adjusted Outcomes of Clinically Relevant Pancreatic Fistula Following Pancreatoduodenectomy: A Model for Performance Evaluation. Ann Surg 2016. PubMed
  • McMillan MT, Christein JD, Callery MP, Behrman SW, Drebin JA, Hollis RH, Kent TS, Miller BC, Sprys MH, Watkins AA, Strasberg SM, Vollmer CM. Comparing the burden of pancreatic fistulas after pancreatoduodenectomy and distal pancreatectomy. Surgery 2015. PubMed
  • de Geus SW, Bliss LA, Eskander MF, Ng SC, Vahrmeijer AL, Mahadevan A, Kent TS, Moser AJ, Callery MP, Bonsing BA, Tseng JF. A Tale of Two Cities: Reconsidering Adjuvant Radiation in Pancreatic Cancer Care. J Gastrointest Surg 2015. PubMed
  • Bliss LA, Yang CJ, Eskander MF, de Geus SW, Callery MP, Kent TS, Moser AJ, Freedman SD, Tseng JF. Surgical management of chronic pancreatitis: current utilization in the United States. 2015; 17:804-10. PubMed
  • Brook OR, Brook A, Vollmer CM, Kent TS, Sanchez N, Pedrosa I. Structured reporting of multiphasic CT for pancreatic cancer: potential effect on staging and surgical planning. Radiology 2015. PubMed
  • Downs-Canner S, Van der Vliet WJ, Thoolen SJ, Boone BA, Zureikat AH, Hogg ME, Bartlett DL, Callery MP, Kent TS, Zeh HJ, Moser AJ. Robotic surgery for benign duodenal tumors. J Gastrointest Surg 2015; 19:306-12. PubMed
  • McKinley SK, Petrusa ER, Fiedeldey-Van Dijk C, Mullen JT, Smink DS, Scott-Vernaglia SE, Kent TS, Black-Schaffer WS, Phitayakorn R. A multi-institutional study of the emotional intelligence of resident physicians. Am J Surg 2014; 209:26-33. PubMed
  • McMillan MT, Christein JD, Callery MP, Behrman SW, Drebin JA, Kent TS, Miller BC, Lewis RS, Vollmer CM. Prophylactic octreotide for pancreatoduodenectomy: more harm than good? 2014; 16:954-62. PubMed
  • Bliss LA, Yang CJ, Chau Z, Ng SC, McFadden DW, Kent TS, Moser AJ, Callery MP, Tseng JF. Patient selection and the volume effect in pancreatic surgery: unequal benefits? 2014. PubMed
  • McKinley SK, Petrusa ER, Fiedeldey-Van Dijk C, Mullen JT, Smink DS, Scott-Vernaglia SE, Kent TS, Black-Schaffer WS, Phitayakorn R. Are there gender differences in the emotional intelligence of resident physicians? J Surg Educ 2014. PubMed
  • Chau Z, West JK, Zhou Z, McDade T, Smith JK, Ng SC, Kent TS, Callery MP, Moser AJ, Tseng JF. Rankings versus reality in pancreatic cancer surgery: a real-world comparison. 2014. PubMed
  • Miller BC, Christein JD, Behrman SW, Callery MP, Drebin JA, Kent TS, Pratt WB, Lewis RS, Vollmer CM. Assessing the impact of a fistula after a pancreaticoduodenectomy using the Post-operative Morbidity Index. 2013; 15:781-8. PubMed
  • Glass CC, Gondek SP, Vollmer CM, Callery MP, Kent TS. Readmission following pancreatectomy: what can be improved? 2013. PubMed
  • Sachs TE, Pratt WB, Kent TS, Callery MP, Vollmer CM. The pancreaticojejunal anastomotic stent: friend or foe? Surgery 2013; 153:651-62. PubMed
  • Lewis R, Drebin JA, Callery MP, Fraker D, Kent TS, Gates J, Vollmer CM. A contemporary analysis of survival for resected pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma. 2012; 15:49-60. PubMed
  • Kalish BT, Vollmer CM, Kent TS, Nealon WH, Tseng JF, Callery MP. Quality assessment in pancreatic surgery: what might tomorrow require? J Gastrointest Surg 2013. PubMed
  • Kent TS, Sachs TE, Callery MP, Vollmer CM. The burden of infection for elective pancreatic resections. Surgery 2012. PubMed
  • Callery MP, Pratt WB, Kent TS, Chaikof EL, Vollmer CM. A prospectively validated clinical risk score accurately predicts pancreatic fistula after pancreatoduodenectomy. J Am Coll Surg 2012. PubMed
  • Vollmer CM, Sanchez N, Gondek S, McAuliffe J, Kent TS, Christein JD, Callery MP, . A root-cause analysis of mortality following major pancreatectomy. J Gastrointest Surg 2012; 16:89-102; discussion 102-3. PubMed
  • Kent TS, Sachs TE, Sanchez N, Vollmer CM, Callery MP. Conditional survival in pancreatic cancer: better than expected. 2011; 13:876-80. PubMed
  • Kent TS, Sachs TE, Callery MP, Vollmer CM. Readmission after major pancreatic resection: a necessary evil? J Am Coll Surg 2011; 213:515-23. PubMed
  • Kent TS, Callery MP, Vollmer CM. The bridge stent technique for salvage of pancreaticojejunal anastomotic dehiscence. 2010; 12:577-82. PubMed
  • Demirjian AN, Kent TS, Callery MP, Vollmer CM. The inconsistent nature of symptomatic pancreatico-jejunostomy anastomotic strictures. 2010; 12:482-7. PubMed
  • Kent TS, Raptopoulos V, Callery MP, Gautam S, Vollmer CM. Escalating computed tomography angiogram (CTA) grade predicts unresectability and margin status for pancreaticobiliary neoplasms. 2010; 12:115-22. PubMed
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