Kamal M.F. Itani, MD

Professor, Surgery

Kamal Itani
857.203.6205
1400 VFW Parkway

Biography

Kamal M. F. Itani, MD, Chief of surgery at the VA Boston Health Care System is a Professor of Surgery at Boston University. Dr Itani attended medical school at the American University of Beirut, residency in surgery at Baylor College of Medicine and a research fellowship in the Department of Surgery at Duke University. Prior to his move to Boston, Dr. Itani was an Associate Professor in the Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery and The Assistant Dean for Graduate Medical Education at Baylor College of Medicine. He was also Chief of General Surgery at the Houston VA Medical Center and a staff surgeon at The Ben Taub General Hospital.

Dr. Itani’s primary clinical interest is in surgical infections, hernia repair and surgical education with a research focus on the improvement of health services and surgical outcomes within his areas of clinical interest. He is the author or co-author of more than 150 peer-reviewed journal articles, editorials, and book chapters and is the lead investigator on several clinical trials.

Dr Itani is a member of various surgical organizations and has served in various leadership positions in these organizations. He currently sits on several National committees including the VA Surgical quality improvement project (VASQIP), the research committee of the American College of Surgeons, and chairs the surgical quality data use group (SQDUG), the research arm of VASQIP. He is also the course director for the American College of Surgeons clinical trials course since 2007. He is a member of the editorial board of the American Journal of Surgery, Surgical Infection ,Hospital Physician, and is a reviewer for several medical and surgical journals. In addition to his various leadership roles in various surgical associations and societies , he is past President of The Association of VA Surgeons.

Other Positions

  • VA Boston Healthcare System

Education

  • American University of Beirut, MD
  • American University of Beirut, BS

Publications

  • Published on 7/3/2018

    Wahl TS, Graham LA, Morris MS, Richman JS, Hollis RH, Jones CE, Itani KM, Wagner TH, Mull HJ, Whittle JC, Telford GL, Rosen AK, Copeland LA, Burns EA, Hawn MT. Association Between Preoperative Proteinuria and Postoperative Acute Kidney Injury and Readmission. JAMA Surg. 2018 Jul 03; e182009. PMID: 29971429.

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  • Published on 7/1/2018

    Mull HJ, Itani KMF, Charns MP, Pizer SD, Rivard PE, Hawn MT, Rosen AK. The Nature and Severity of Adverse Events in Select Outpatient Surgical Procedures in the Veterans Health Administration. Qual Manag Health Care. 2018 Jul/Sep; 27(3):136-144. PMID: 29944625.

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  • Published on 6/1/2018

    Titan A, Graham L, Rosen A, Itani K, Copeland LA, Mull HJ, Burns E, Richman J, Kertesz S, Wahl T, Morris M, Whittle J, Telford G, Wilson M, Hawn M. Homeless Status, Postdischarge Health Care Utilization, and Readmission After Surgery. Med Care. 2018 Jun; 56(6):460-469. PMID: 29746348.

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  • Published on 5/26/2018

    Linsenmeyer K, O'Brien W, Brecher SM, Strymish J, Rochman A, Itani K, Gupta K. Clostridium Difficile Screening for Colonization During an Outbreak Setting. Clin Infect Dis. 2018 May 26. PMID: 29846539.

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  • Published on 4/18/2018

    Mull HJ, Graham LA, Morris MS, Rosen AK, Richman JS, Whittle J, Burns E, Wagner TH, Copeland LA, Wahl T, Jones C, Hollis RH, Itani KMF, Hawn MT. Association of Postoperative Readmissions With Surgical Quality Using a Delphi Consensus Process to Identify Relevant Diagnosis Codes. JAMA Surg. 2018 Apr 18. PMID: 29710234.

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  • Published on 4/4/2018

    Massarweh NN, Kaji AH, Itani KMF. Practical Guide to Surgical Data Sets: Veterans Affairs Surgical Quality Improvement Program (VASQIP). JAMA Surg. 2018 Apr 04. PMID: 29617543.

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  • Published on 3/6/2018

    Chen Q, Rosen AK, Amirfarzan H, Rochman A, Itani KMF. Improving detection of intraoperative medical errors (iMEs) and intraoperative adverse events (iAEs) and their contribution to postoperative outcomes. Am J Surg. 2018 Mar 06. PMID: 29563021.

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  • Published on 2/6/2018

    Pilieci SN, Salim SY, Heffernan DS, Itani KMF, Khadaroo RG. A Randomized Controlled Trial of Video Education versus Skill Demonstration: Which Is More Effective in Teaching Sterile Surgical Technique? Surg Infect (Larchmt). 2018 Apr; 19(3):303-312. PMID: 29406814.

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  • Published on 2/2/2018

    Branch-Elliman W, Ripollone J, O'Brien W, Itani K, Strymish J, Gupta K. Combination antimicrobial prophylaxis for hysterectomy: harm without the benefit? Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2018 May; 218(5):536-537. PMID: 29409849.

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  • Published on 1/23/2018

    Mull HJ, Rosen AK, O'Brien WJ, McIntosh N, Legler A, Hawn MT, Itani KMF, Pizer SD. Factors Associated with Hospital Admission after Outpatient Surgery in the Veterans Health Administration. Health Serv Res. 2018 Jan 23. PMID: 29363106.

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