Kamal M.F. Itani, MD

Professor, Surgery

Kamal Itani
1400 VFW Parkway


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


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


  • Published on 10/22/2018

    Graham LA, Wagner TH, Richman JS, Morris MS, Copeland LA, Harris AH, Itani KM, Hawn MT. Exploring Trajectories of Health Care Utilization Before and After Surgery. J Am Coll Surg. 2018 Oct 22. PMID: 30359825.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 9/1/2018

    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 Sep 01; 153(9):e182009. PMID: 29971429.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 9/1/2018

    Sidhwa F, Itani KMF. Discussion: Fight or Flight: The Role of Staged Approaches to Complex Abdominal Wall Reconstruction. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2018 Sep; 142(3S Current Concepts in Abdominal Wall Reconstruction):45S-46S. PMID: 30138265.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 8/27/2018

    Mull HJ, Itani KMF, Pizer SD, Charns MP, Rivard PE, McIntosh N, Hawn MT, Rosen AK. Development of an Adverse Event Surveillance Model for Outpatient Surgery in the Veterans Health Administration. Health Serv Res. 2018 Dec; 53(6):4507-4528. PMID: 30151826.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 8/17/2018

    Sartelli M, Kluger Y, Ansaloni L, Coccolini F, Baiocchi GL, Hardcastle TC, Moore EE, May AK, Itani KMF, Fry DE, Boermeester MA, Guirao X, Napolitano L, Sawyer RG, Rasa K, Abu-Zidan FM, Adesunkanmi AK, Atanasov B, Augustin G, Bala M, Cainzos MA, Chichom-Mefire A, Cortese F, Damaskos D, Delibegovic S, Demetrashvili Z, De Simone B, Duane TM, Ghnnam W, Gkiokas G, Gomes CA, Hecker A, Karamarkovic A, Kenig J, Khokha V, Kong V, Isik A, Leppäniemi A, Litvin A, Lostoridis E, Machain GM, Marwah S, McFarlane M, Mesina C, Negoi I, Olaoye I, Pintar T, Pupelis G, Rems M, Rubio-Perez I, Sakakushev B, Segovia-Lohse H, Siribumrungwong B, Talving P, Ulrych J, Vereczkei AG, Labricciosa FM, Catena F. Knowledge, awareness, and attitude towards infection prevention and management among surgeons: identifying the surgeon champion. World J Emerg Surg. 2018; 13:37. PMID: 30140304.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 8/1/2018

    Massarweh NN, Kaji AH, Itani KMF. Practical Guide to Surgical Data Sets: Veterans Affairs Surgical Quality Improvement Program (VASQIP). JAMA Surg. 2018 Aug 01; 153(8):768-769. PMID: 29617543.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 8/1/2018

    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 Aug 01; 153(8):728-737. PMID: 29710234.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 7/4/2018

    Borzecki AM, Chen Q, O'Brien W, Shwartz M, Najjar PA, Itani KMF, Rosen AK. The Patient Safety Indicator Perioperative Pulmonary Embolism or Deep Vein Thrombosis: Is there associated surveillance bias in the Veterans Health Administration? Am J Surg. 2018 Nov; 216(5):974-979. PMID: 30005806.

    Read at: PubMed
  • 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.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 6/1/2018

    Bigelow TA, Thomas CL, Wu H, Itani KMF. Histotripsy Treatment of S. Aureus Biofilms on Surgical Mesh Samples Under Varying Scan Parameters. IEEE Trans Ultrason Ferroelectr Freq Control. 2018 Jun; 65(6):1017-1024. PMID: 29856719.

    Read at: PubMed

View 202 more publications: View full profile at BUMC

View all profiles