Ari Halldorsson, M.D., FACS, FCCP
Professor of Surgery
Medical Director, Trauma/Surgical ICU
Vice Chairman of Surgery
Chief, Division of Thoracic Surgery,
Dr. Halldorsson was born and raised in Reykjavik, Iceland. After completing medical school at the University of Iceland, he chose to come to the United States where he completed his surgical residency training at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston and the University of Arizona in Tucson. During this time, he realized he had a fervent interest in Cardiothoracic Surgery and went on to complete Fellowships in Cardiothoracic Surgery, Oncologic Thoracic Surgery and Heart and Lung Transplantation all at the University of Illinois in Chicago. Upon completion of his Fellowships, Dr. Halldorsson traveled to Shreveport, Louisiana where he received the appointment of Assistant Professor at LSU which he held for three years while he strengthened both his skills as a surgeon and an educator. In 2001, Dr. Halldorsson joined the faculty at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in Lubbock, Texas. In 2005 he was promoted to Full Professor of Surgery with Tenure. During his time at Texas Tech he has served as Division Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery Medical Director of the Trauma and Surgical Intensive Care Unit, Vice Chair of Surgery and Director of CME activities within the Department of Surgery.
Dr. Halldorsson is very passionate about the education of our future physicians but most especially our future surgeons. From 2001-2002 he served as Clerkship Director for third year medical students. Since 2002, he has been the Residency Program Director for the Department of Surgery, a job that he is very enthusiastic about dedicating countless hours to the education and well-being of all of the young men and women that have progressed through his program. He has also developed several programs and courses used by both the Department of Surgery and the School of Medicine at TTUHSC. He has been the recipient of many teaching and role model awards further exemplifying both his skill and passion for surgical education.
Dr. Halldorsson is an accomplished researcher within his field and has approximately 200 publications, presentations and book chapters to his credit. Despite his busy practice, education, administrative work, and research, he has tried to be active in international humanitarian work. He has led or participated in mission trips to Honduras, Mexico and Vietnam.
Special interest in General Thoracic Surgery problems relating to lungs, mediastinum and esophagus. Secondary interest: General Surgery, Intensive Care, Trauma. Strong believer in minimally invasive surgical approaches to thoracic pathology including Video Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery (VATS). Also strong advocate of multidisciplinary approach to evaluation and treatment of lung cancer.
I strongly believe that it is our professional duty to pass on wisdom and experience to the next generation of surgeons. Interacting with surgery residents and seeing them grow from timid interns to well educated, technically skilled and overall competent chief residents is the most rewarding aspect of being in academic practice. I am especially interested in the overall organization of the residency to maximize the residents learning experience and the latest educational and evaluation methods such as OSCE's, Simulation labs and incorporation of the six core competencies into the curriculum and clinical teaching.
Cardiac Surgery, Louisiana State University, Shreveport, Louisiana 1992-1993
General Thoracic Surgery, University of Illinois, Chicago, Illinois 1995-1996
Heart and Lung Transplantation, University of Illinois, Chicago, Illinois 1996-1997
General Surgery, University of Iceland, Reykajvik Iceland 1982-1986
General Surgery: Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas 1986-1989
General Surgery: University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona 1989-1991
Thoracic Surgery: University of Illinois, Chicago, Illinois 1993-1995
University of Iceland, Reykjavik, Iceland 1976-1982
American Board of Surgery
American Board of Thoracic Surgery
Interests include lung and heart transplantation, organ preservation, re-perfusion
injury, cardio-physiology, minimally invasive cardiac and thoracic surgery
medical education, minimally invasive surgery learning
Pain Control After VATS
Prospective study comparing continuous topical local anesthetic (On-Q®) to epidural.
Empyema – Etiology Treatment and Outcome
Retrospective study – TTUHSC experience.
Radio Frequency Ablation in Thoracic Cancer.
Analysis of peritoneal fluid from vacuum packed dressings
Aggressive Surgical Intervention as the Initial Treatment: The Texas Tech Experience
Evaluation of a new surgical technique for inguinal hernia repair.
Use of Intra-aortic balloon pump (IABP) for treatment of septic shock.
TR-01 “Banking of Tissue and Establishing Continuous Cell Lines and Xenografts from
(1)Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas
(2)South Plains Oncology Consortium
Imaging Human Small Intrapulmonary Airways and Blood Vessels in Tissue Slices to Discover
New Mechanism of Lung Diseases
(1)American Heart Association
(2)Lubbock Department of Physiology
(3)Lubbock School of Medicine
HUD (Humanitarian Use Device) – IBV Valve System (implantable one-way valve and delivery
Demographical Review of Oil Field Injuries Seen at a Level 1 Trauma Center
(1)Lubbock Department of Surgery
Extending organ viability ex-vivo using a unique oxygen delivering mobile profusion
1) Organ Transport Systems, Inc.
Extending Organ Viability Ex-Vivo Using a Unique Oxygen Delivering Mobile Profusion
1) Advanced Technology Program THECB
Are Surgical Motor Skills Comparable to Surgical Test Knowledge Skills in a Surgical
Residency and Medical Student?
1) TTUHSC Dean’s Education Fund
In The News:
Craig C, Klein MI, Griswold J, Gaitonde K, McGill T, Halldorsson, A. Using Cognitive Task Analysis to Identify Critical Decisions in the Laparoscopic Environment. Human Factors, 54(6): 1025-1039; December 2012
Wachtel, M., Jumper, C., Halldorsson, A. Prognosis of Metastatic Carcinoma of the Lung in the Bevacizumab Era: Comparison Between Major Histological Types of Lung Cancer. Journal of Surgical Research, 174(1):20-3; May 2012
Salminen PR, Jonassen AK, Aarnes EK, Moen CA, Stangeland Lk, Eliassen F, Kongsvik R, Mater K, Haaverstad R, Grong K. Antiapoptotic Intervention in Repeated Blood Cardioplegia: A Porcine Study of Myocardial Infarction. Annals of Thoracic Surgery, 91 (3): 784-794; March 2011 (Invited Commentary by Halldorsson, A.
Wachtel MS, Halldorsson, A., Dissanaike S, Nottingham Grades of Lobular Carcinoma Lack the Prognostic Implications they Bear for Ductal Carcinoma, Journal of Surgical Research, 166 (1): 19-27; Mar 2011
Radhi, S., Alalawi, R., Jumper, C., Halldorsson, A., Cobos, E. A Rare Mediastinal Tumor - Case Report and Focused Review of the Literature. Journal of Investigative Medicine, 58:2; February 2010
Halldorsson, A., Owens, D., Genitourinary Surgery (book chapter), The Book for Surgical First Assistants (Submitted)
Halldorsson, A., Owens, D., Neurosurgery (book chapter), The Book for Surgical First Assistants (Submitted)
Halldorsson, A., Ford, R., Ear, Nose and Throat Surgery (book chapter), The Book for Surgical First Assistants (Submitted)
Halldorsson, A., Ford, R., Ophthalmologic Surgery (book chapter), The Book for Surgical First Assistants (Submitted)
Halldorsson, A., Arentz, C., Cells and Tissues (book chapter), The Book for Surgical First Assistants (Submitted)
Halldorsson, A., Arentz, C., Peripheral Vascular Disease (book chapter), The Book for Surgical First Assistants (Submitted)
Halldorsson, A., Commitment to Honesty with Patients (book chapter), Professionalism and Ethics in a Surgical Practice, 231-244
JI Nathan MD, NS Kashefi MS, A Halldorsson MD, JA Griswold MD, S Dissanaike MD. Does Performing Surgery After Hours Significantly Increase Procedure Time? North Texas Chapter of the American College of Surgeons Annual Meeting, February 2014
JI Nathan MD, NS Kashefi MS, A Halldorsson MD, JA Griswold MD, S Dissanaike MD. Can Operative Case Time be Used To Evaluate Resident Technical Efficiency? North Texas Chapter of the American College of Surgeons Annual Meeting, February 2014
Wheeler N, Klein M, Craig, C & Halldorsson A. Stress, Movement Error and Adaptation in Laparoscopic Surgery. Texas Association of Surgical Skills Labs Annual Meeting, September 8-9, 2011
Craig C, Klein M, Griswold J, Gaitonde K, McGill T & Halldorsson A. Critical Decisions, Cues, Strategies and Novice Traps in the Laparoscopic Environment. Texas Association of Surgical Skills Labs Annual Meeting, September 8-9, 2011
SCIENTIFIC SESSION I: Surgical Potpourri, JC Thompson Center Moderator: Ari Halldorsson, MD
SCIENTIFIC SESSION III: Presidential Talks JC Thompson Center Moderator: Ari Halldorsson, MD
Gonzalez HF, Simoni J, Simoni G, Halldorsson A., Wasnick JD, Griswold JA. Diagnostic Criteria for Traumatic Brain Injury: Serum S-100 B and Complement Activation. IARS 2011 Annual Meeting, May 21-24, 2011
Fitzwater J., Halldorsson A., McGill T., Staphylococcal Scalded Skin Syndrome after a Laparoscopic Pyloromyotomy – Case Report of a Rare Complication. North Texas Chapter of the American College of Surgeons Annual Meeting, February 18-19, 2011
Fitzwater J., Whitcomb L., Campbell S., Halldorsson A., Santana D., Endovascular Repair of a Ruptured Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm in a Patient with Marfan Syndrome. North Texas Chapter of the American College of Surgeons Annual Meeting, February 18-19, 2011
Brooks S., Woller E., Hirsch B., Halldorsson A., McGill T., Trichobezoar Presenting as Gastric Obstruction: A Case of Rapunzel Syndrome. North Texas Chapter of the American College of Surgeons Annual Meeting, February 18-19, 2011
Hirsch B., Brooks S., Halldorsson A., Campbell S. Mesenteric Ischemia Resulting from Celiomesenteric Trunk Stenosis: A Cast Study. North Texas Chapter of the American College of Surgeons Annual Meeting, February 18-19, 2011
Brooks S., Markarian M., Hirsch B., Halldorsson A. Traumatic Stop Sign Carniofacial Ostotomies. North Texas Chapter of the American College of Surgeons Annual Meeting, February 18-19, 2011
Fitzwater J., White R., Halldorsson A. A Case Report of Blunt Esophageal Trauma with Massive Disruption. North Texas Chapter of the American College of Surgeons Annual Meeting, February 18-19, 2011
Fitzwater J., Griswold J., Halldorsson A., Rahimi M., Dissanaike S. Primary Breast Sarcoma - A Case Report Of A Rare Malignancy. North Texas Chapter of the American College of Surgeons Annual Meeting, February 12-13, 2010
Fitzwater J., Griswold J., Halldorsson A., White R., Dissanaike S. Endoscopic And Surgical Management Of Esophageal Cancer In Western Kenya. North Texas Chapter of the American College of Surgeons Annual Meeting, February 12-13, 2010
Brooks S., Hodges D., Halldorsson A., Dissanaike S. Use of Bioglue In The Treatment Of A Rectovaginal Fistula: A Case Study. North Texas Chapter of the American College of Surgeons Annual Meeting, February 12-13, 2010
Brooks, S., Dissanaike S., Halldorsson A. Traumatic Lung Herniation: A Case Study. North Texas Chapter of the American College of Surgeons Annual Meeting, February 12-13, 2010
Wachtel M., Halldorsson A., Dissnaike S. Grading of Ductal and Lobular Carcinoma, With Emphasis on Differences of Surgically Relevant Tumor Size. 5th Annual Academic Surgical Congress, February 3-5, 2010
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