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Department of Surgery

Faculty:  


John A. Griswold, M.D., FACS

Professor and Chairman, Department of Surgery
Medical Director, Timothy J Harnar Burn Center,
Medical Director of Nutrition Support Services,
Medical Director, Regional Transport/Dispatch,
Medical Director, Enterostomal Therapy,
Director of Trauma Services,
Co-Director, Advanced Trauma Life Support,
Medical Director, Borden County EMS

 



Patient Appointments:
General Surgery: 806-743-2373
Burn Clinic: 806-743-2373
Clinic Location:
General Surgery: Pavillion 4th Floor
Burn: Medical Office Plaza, Suite G40

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Education:

  • Fellowship:
    Burn Clinical Fellow, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, 1987-1988
    Burn Research Fellow, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, 1986-1987
  • Residency:
    General Surgery, Texas Tech Health Sciences Center, Lubbock, Texas, 1982-1986
  • Medical School:
    Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska, 1977-1981

Certifications:

American Board of Surgery: 1990, Recertification 1999
American Board of Critical Care: 1991, Recertification 2000

Research:

Research Interests:

  • Nutrition in critical care
  • Pseudomonas infection and virulence
  • Serum specific indicators of severity of injury
  • Stroma free hemoglobin effect on cytokine production in acute and chronic illness

Recent Funding:

Enterra Therapy: An emerging treatment option for drug-refractory gastroparesis

499E02-A Phase 2 Study of Recombinant Human Thrombin (rh Thrombin) Administered Using a Spray Applicator in Subjects Undergoing Autologous Skin Grafting Following Burn or Traumatic Skin Injury.

ACCESS: A Controlled Comparison of Eritoran Tetrasodium and Placebo in Patients with Severe Sepsis

A Phase III, Multi-center, Randomized, Evaluation Committee-blinded Study to Assess the Efficacy of Topical Administration of Omiganan 1.0% Gel in Preventing Local Catheter Site Infections and Catheter Colonization in Patients undergoing Central Venous Catheterization.

A Study To Evaluate The Safety And Efficacy Of Fibrin Sealant With 4IU/ML Thrombin Vapor Heated, Solvent/Detergent Treated (FS 4IU VH S/D) To Adhere Tissues And Improve Wound Healing

Analyzing the antibiotic resistance profile of bacterial isolates obtained from severely burned patients.

Burn Treatment Outcomes: A retrospective study for different protocols.

Relationship of Pseudomonas Aeruginosa virulence factors to clinical outcome of wound infection.

Functional outcome of 80 and 90 year old burn patients.

Trauma Team Activation from the Field

Radiology-Trauma Study

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Publications and Presentations:

Peer Reviewed Publications:

Hammond AA, Miller KG, Kruczek CJ, Dertien J, Colmer-Hamood JA, Griswold JA, Horswill AR, Hamood AN. An in vitro biofilm model to examine the effect of antibiotic ointments on biofilms produced by burn wound bacterial isolates. Burns, Volume 37, Issue 2, March 2011, Pages 312-321

Wachtel MS, Cordero J, Griswold JA. Follicle Cell Differentiation Influences Presentation and Prognosis among Patients with Anaplastic Thyroid Carcinoma. Journal of Surgical Research, Volume 165, Issue 2, February 2011, Page 337

Wachtel MS, Haynes 3rd AL, Griswold JA: Signet Ring, High Grade, and Undifferentiated Colorectal Adenocarcinomas Differ. Journal of Surgical Research, Volume 163, Issue 2, October 2010, Pages 250-256

Hammond A, Dertien J, Colmer-Hamood JA, Griswold JA, Hamood AN: Serum Inhibits P. Aeruginosa Biofilm Formation on Plastic Surfaces and Intravenous Catheters. Journal of Surgical Research, Volume 159, Issue 2, April 2010, Pages 735-746

Dissanaike S, Wishnew J, Rahimi M, Zhang Y, Hester C, Griswold J: Burns as Child Abuse: Risk Factors and Legal Issues in West Texas and Eastern New Mexico. Journal of Burn Care and Research. 31(1):176-183, January/February 2010.

Arentz C, Griswold J, Dissanaike S. The accuracy of surgery resident versus radiologist interpretation of trauma CT scans. Am J Surg 2008 Dec;196(6):809-12.

Dissanaike S, Berry M, Ginos J, McNabb W, Griswold JA. Variations in perception of trauma related complications among attending surgeons, surgery residents, critical care nurses and medical students. Accepted Am J Surg May 2008.

Frezza E., Halldorsson A., Griswold J. Future Directions in Training Surgical Residents to Perform Endoscopic Examinations. American Surgeon. 74(2): 187-8;2008

DeLeon, K., Watters, C., Baldin, F., Hamood, A., Griswold, J., Sreedharan, S., and Rumbaugh, KP. Gallium maltolate treatment eradicates Pseudomonas aeruginosa infection in thermally injured mice. Antimicrob Agents Chemother. 2009 Apr;53(4):1331-7.

Arentz C, Griswold JA, Halldorsson A, Quattromani F, Dissanaike S. Best poster award: Accuracy of Surgery Residents' Interpretation of Computed Tomography Scans in Trauma. Am J Surg. 2008 Dec;196(6):809-12.

Scientific Presentations:

Garcia J, Watson C, Markarian M, Halldorsson AO, Griswold JA, Dissanaike S: Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy (PEG) - More Complicated than it Looks? North Texas Chapter - American College of Surgeons 50th Annual Meeting, Dallas, TX, February 18-19, 2011. (Oral)

Jones WH, Burgueno-Vega D, Miller K, Hammond AA, Hamood AN, Gard R, Griswold JA: Fighting with Multidrug Resistant Bacteria in Wounds: Is In Vitro Biofilm Assays More Efficient Than Traditional Micro Dilution Antibiograms? North Texas Chapter - American College of Surgeons 50th Annual Meeting, Dallas, TX, February 18-19, 2011. (Poster)

Castillo JX, Simoni G, Campbell SJ, Griswold JA, Simoni J: Influence of Temperature, pH and Oxygen Affinity on ATP Release from Human Red Blood Cells. UNT HSC Conference Proceeding 3, 2010 Conference: North Texas Undergraduate Research Symposium, Fort Worth, TX, November 5, 2010.

Mane S, Lopez J, Jain S, Lie DY, Dissanaike S, Banister R and Griswold J. An intelligent RFID-based hand-washing compliance monitoring system for the reduction of nosocomial infections. International Conference of System Science and Engineering, Taipei, Taiwan July 1-3, 2010

Simoni J, Castillo III JX, Simoni P, Tomison MD, Simoni G, Moeller JF, Campbell SJ, Griswold JA: Biochemical and Functional Changes in Red Blood Cells and Platelets Induced by Iodinated Radiographic Contrast Media (ICM). American Society for Artificial Internal Organs, Baltimore, MD, May 27-29, 2010

Simoni J, Wenthold RM, Simoni G, London SJ, Campbell SJ, Griswold JA, Wesson DE: Influence of Hemocor HPH-Hemoconcentrator on ATP Release from Human Erythrocytes. American Society for Artificial Internal Organs, Baltimore, MD, May 27-29, 2010

S Dissanaike, MD,  S Brooks, MD, M Berry, RN, C Cline, RN, J Griswold, MD, A Halldorsson, MD.  A Variation in the Perception of Trauma Related Morbidity and Mortality Between Surgery Residents, Attending Surgeons, Nurses and Medical Students.  North Texas Chapter of the American College of Surgeons. February 2008. Southwestern Surgical Congress, Acapulco Mexico March, 2008.

Arentz C, Griswold J, Halldorsson A, Quattromani F, Dissanaike S. A Comparison of General Surgery Resident versus Radiologist Interpretation of Trauma Cat Scans. North Texas Chapter of the American College of Surgeons, Dallas, Texas. February 2008 (Presentation). South West Surgical Congress, Acapulco, Mexico. March 2008 (Poster)

DeLeon, K., Hamood, A., Griswold, J., Wirtz, U., Sreedharan, S., and Rumbaugh, KP. Efficacy of gallium maltolate in treating Pseudomonas aeruginosa infection in a thermally-injured mouse model. American Society for Microbiology, Boston, MA. June 2008.

Griswold J, Dissanaike S, Rumbaugh K. Gallium maltolate treatment eradicates lethal Pseudomonas aeruginosa infection in a thermally-injured mouse model. ISBI, Montreal Canada. September 2008.

John Fitzwater, M.D., John Griswold, M.D., Melinda Banister, M.D., Ari Halldorsson, M.D.Sharmila Dissanaike, M.D. The Use of High Frequency Ventilation as the First Line Therapy for Severe Inhalation Injury. North Texas Chapter of the American College of Surgeons, Dallas, TX February, 2008.

Lewis R, McNabb W, Sassin J, Griswold J, Dissanaike S. Emergency medical services accuracy at determining level of trauma activation. North Texas Chapter of the American College of Surgeons, Dallas, TX. February, 2008.

Wishnew J, Griswold J, Hester C, Dissanaike S. Incidence and factors associated with child abuse in a large pediatric burn population. North Texas Chapter of the American College of Surgeons, Dallas, TX. February, 2008.  American Burn Association 40th Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL. April, 2008.

Halldorsson A, Shannon J, Warren T, Dissanaike S, Couch M, Ford R, Griswold JA. Asynchronous Independent Lung Ventilation Using High Frequency Oscillator in the Management of Tracheal Injury. North Texas Chapter of the American College of Surgeons, Dallas, TX. February, 2008. XXXVI Biennial World Congress of the International College of Surgeons, Vienna, Austria, December, 2008.

Halldorsson A, Ford R, Parapudi S, Dissanaike S, Hodges J, Frezza EE, Griswold JA. Extensive Portal Venous Gas and Pneumatosis Intestinalis in the Absence of Bowel Ischemia. North Texas Chapter of the American College of Surgeons, Dallas, TX. February, 2008.

Santana-Aponte, D., Dhillon, G., Sun, A., Griswold, J., Halldorsson, A. Aortic Dissection in a Pregnant Woman. North Texas Chapter of the American College of Surgeons, Dallas, TX. February, 2008.

Fitzwater, J., Kruse, I., Roumeliotis, P., Sperry, N., Griswold J., Halldorsson, A., Dissanaike, S. Rising Incidence of Fatal Motorcycle Crashes Since Amendment of the Helmet Use Law. North Texas Chapter of the American College of Surgeons, Dallas, TX. February, 2008. XXXVI Biennial World Congress of the International College of Surgeons, Vienna, Austria, December, 2008.

Santana-Aponte, D., Dhillon, G., Schutt, R., Griswold, J., Halldorsson, A. Unique Case of Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm in a Young Patient with Turner Syndrome and Goodpasteur Disease. North Texas Chapter of the American College of Surgeons, Dallas, TX. February, 2008. (Poster)

Santana-Aponte, D., Dhillon, G., Schmedes, G., Griswold, J., Halldorsson, A. Preoperative Embolization in the Treatment of Carotid Body Tumors. North Texas Chapter of the American College of Surgeons, Dallas, TX. February, 2008. XXXVI Biennial World Congress of the International College of Surgeons, Vienna, Austria, December, 2008.

Lewis, R., McNabb, W., Griswold, J., Berry, M., Mowrey, B., Sasin, E., Halldorsson, A., Dissanaike, S. Evaluation of the Utilization of Paramedics to Activate the Trauma Team from the Field: A Prospective Study at a Level I Trauma Center. North Texas Chapter of the American College of Surgeons, Dallas, TX. February, 2008.

Wenthold RM, Simoni J, London SJ, Moeller JF, Simoni G, Tomison MD, Griswold JA. Biocompatibility evaluation of Hemocor HPH� Hemoconcentrator: Effects on RBC, Platelets and Plasma Protein/Free Hemoglobin Clearance Ex Vivo. American Society for Artificial Internal Organs 54th Annual Conference. San Francisco, CA. June, 2008.

Candy Arentz, M.D., John Griswold, M.D., Mindy Banister, M.D. Quality of Life over Technology in a 34% Electrical Burn. International Society for Burn Injuries. September 2008; (Poster)

Candy Arentz, M.D., John Griswold, M.D., Mindy Banister, M.D. Surviving Necrotizing Fasciitis. International Society for Burn Injuries. September 2008; (Poster )

Griswold JA, McNabb W. A Coordinated Approach to Initial Trauma Resuscitation. American College of Surgeons, October 2008 (Video)

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  Personal Interests  

I have been married now for 27 years to my wife Margaret. We have three children: a 26 year old daughter and a 23 year old son, both attending Tech, and a 16 year old son. I enjoy very much working here at Tech as well as being with my family. My personal hobbies/interests include aerobic exercise and weight lifting (we have a number of excellent gyms here in Lubbock), cooking, and fresh water pond gardening.

  Clinical Interests  

 

  Educational Interests  

The Department of Surgery is fortunate to have dedicated attendings representing every surgical specialty. Yet, and most importantly, there are no other surgical residencies and/or fellowships within the department that compete for cases. In other words, the general surgery residents in our program do not compete with ENT residents for radical neck cases. They do not compete with Urology residents for radical nephrectomies. They do not have to stand in line behind Vascular fellows to participate in open vascular surgery or endovascular procedures. We feel our program is among the few in the country that can say when residents complete our program they have in-depth experience in a broad breadth of surgery which truly earns them the name general surgeon. This translates to an environment where residents completing are able to pursue whatever field of surgery they enjoy or to undertake any procedure they wish based on their preference, not because "I didn't do enough radical neck procedures in my residency or I didn't have enough opportunity to scrub on nephrectomies, or my vascular surgery experience was diluted due to the vascular fellowship at our program". Our residents are able to choose the exact type of practice they want as their experience is broad and complete. This means our program provides unique experiences that many programs in the country are not able to provide. I invite you to peruse our web site and more importantly, apply and explore opportunities of joining our residency program for what I feel is one of the best training environments in the country!

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