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Dr. Barry E. LoSasso2018-07-31T07:55:12+00:00

Dr. LoSasso and Dr. Nuss

The Chest Wall International Group Conference 2016

Barry E. LoSasso, M.D. was born in New York City and received his undergraduate degree from Yale University. He attended medical school at the University of Florida and completed his fellowship in pediatric surgery at Babies Hospital, Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center in 1984. Dr. LoSasso started his pediatric surgical career practicing at Kaiser Permanente Hospital in San Diego, California. From there he opened his private practice in 1987, which continues today. In early 2017, Dr. LoSasso joined the Pediatric Surgical Associates, P.A. in Paramus, New Jersey.

In addition, Dr. LoSasso served as the Director of Trauma Services at Rady Children’s Hospital- San Diego from February 1998 until June of 2006, Chairman for the Safe Kid’s Coalition in San Diego from 2001 until 2006, and Scientific Coordinator for the Fourteenth Annual Pediatric Critical Care Colloquium in San Diego in October 2002.

Dr. LoSasso has spent extensive time working with world renowned, Dr. Donald Nuss, creator of the Nuss Procedure, at the Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughter in Norfolk, Virginia. Dr. LoSasso has devoted much of his practice to the research and performance of the minimally-invasive Nuss Procedure for the correction of Pectus Excavatum( also known as sunken chest), developing the successful Center of Excellence for Pectus Deformities in 2006.

Board Certifications:

  • Pediatric Surgery, April 1996
    Recertified November 2005
  • General Surgery, June 1991
    Recertified October 2000
    Recertified October 2009

Hospital Affiliations:

  • The Valley Hospital
  • Children’s Hospital, San Diego

Education:

  • Yale University New Haven, Connecticut Bachelor of Science 1969 – 1973

Residencies:

  • Babies Hospital, Columbia Presbyterian M edical
    Center New York , New YorkFellow, Pediatric Surgery
    July 1982 – June 1984
  • Cedars-Sinai , Medical Center at Los Angeles Resident 111-V, General Surgery
    April 1980- June 1982
  • University of Southern California Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles
    Resident, 11, Research Follow
    April 1980 – June 1980
  • University of California at Los Angeles Resident II, Head and Neck Surgery
    1979 – March 1980
  • University of California at Los Angeles Resident I, General Surgery
    1978 – 1979

Internship:

  • University of California at Los Angeles Surgery
    1977 – 1978

Medical:

  • University of Florida School of Medicine Gainesville, Florida
    Doctor of Medicine 1973 – 1977

Premedical:

  • Yale University New Haven, Connecticut Bachelor of Science
    1969 – 1973

High School:

  • Melbourne High School Melbourne, Florida Diploma
    1966 – 1969

Licenses:

California: G-041471
New York: 153127

Positions Held:

  • Director of Trauma Services February
    1998 to June 2006
    Rady Children’s Hospital and Health Center 3020 Children’s Way
    San Diego, California 92123
  • Division Chief of Pediatric Surgery
    January 1996-December 2003
    Rady Children’s Hospital and Health Center 3020 Children’s Way
    San Diego, California 92123
  • Med Staff Executive Committee
    January 1996-June 2006
    Rady Children’s Hospital and Health Center 3020 Children’s Way
    San Diego, California 92123

Attending Pediatric Surgeon: Work Chronology

  • Kaiser Permanente Medical Center
    4647 Zion Avenue
    San Diego, CA 92120
    April 1985-May 1987
  • Rady Children’s Hospital and Health Center 3020 Children’s Way
    San Diego, California 92123
    1986
  • Tri-City Medical Center
    4002 Vista Way
    Oceanside, California 92056
    June 25, 1987-August 02, 2003
  • Sharp Memorial Hospital
    7901 Frost Street
    San Diego, California 92123
  • Scripps Mercy Medical Center 4077 5th A venue
    San Diego, California 92103
    January 25, 1990-March 13, 2000

Academic Appointment:

  • UCSD Medical Center 200 W. Arbor Drive San Diego, CA 92103

Certificates:

  • ATLS Provider
  • ATLS Instructor
  • PALS Provider

Honors & Awards:

  • Physician Leadership Award in recognition of leadership in elevating Children’s Trauma Program to preeminent status including treatment, prevention and research.
    Rady Children’s Hospital, San Diego, CA. November 0 1, 1999
  • Medical Assistance Program, Foreign Fellowship Recipient
    Mission Hospitals, India and Nepal
    March -June 1977
  • Foreign Exchange Fellowship
    Department of Medicine, St. Thomas Hospital
    London, England
    January -February 1977
  • National Science Foundation Summer Fellowship
    Roswell Park Memorial Institute
    Buffalo, New York 1976

Societies & Committees:

  • Member of ACS California Committee on Trauma
  • Member of the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma
  • San Diego Medical Society
  • San Diego Society of General Surgeons
  • Society of Laparoscopic Surgeons
  • Member of the American Pediatric Surgical Association
  • Fellow of the American College of Surgeons
  • Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics

Other Accomplishments:

As Director of Trauma Services

Initial ACS Verification for Level One Trauma Center Program at Rady Children’s Hospital, San Diego, CA 92123 was achieved in 2000.
Recertification for ACS Level One Program was accomplished 2003 and 2006(twice) during Directorship.

Specialized Training

Studied with Professor Lewis Spitz in London, England to learn Spitz Procedure for Isolated Wide Gap Esophageal Atresia for 2 weeks at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, University College London in October 1998.

Studied with John Foker , M.D. at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, Minnesota to learn the Faker Procedure for Isolated Wide Gap Esophageal Atresia in April 2006.

First Surgical Attending to train with Dr. Donald Nuss and learn Nuss Procedure 1999. Started pectus deformities services in 1999. Continued working with Dr. Nuss at Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters in Norfolk, VA in 2002 and 2006. Dr. Nuss visited Rady Children’s Hospital in 2004 to work with me in San Diego, Ca.

Director of the West Coast Center of Excellence for the Nuss Procedure

Designated the only West Coast Center of Excellence and Second National Center of Excellence for the Nuss Procedure in March 2006.

Director and Instructor of the Western United States Regional Nuss Training Symposium at Rady Children’s Hospital with 7 attendees. July 18, 2008.

Publications:

  • Peters, E., LoSasso, B.E, Foley, J., Rodarte, A., Duthie, S., Senac, M., Blunt Bowel and Mesenteric Injuries in Children: Do Non-Specific CT Findings Reliably Identify Head Injuries Pediatric Critical Care Medicine Vol. 7, 551-556. November 2006
  • Textbook: Chapter: Pediatric Trauma: Textbook of Critical Care 5th Editi on, Chapter: Abdominal/Renal Injuries Edited by Fink et al; 2005
  • Prince, J.S., LoSasso, B.E. Unusual Seat Belt Injuries in Children (accepted for publication in Journal of Trauma), January 2003
  • McAleer , IM, Kaplan, GW, LoSasso, B.E, et al. Genitourinary Injury and Pelvic Fractures in Pediatric Patients. American Urological Association 15 (l ); 123-6 discuss io n 126. January 2002 Else vier Science Inc. 2002
  • McAleer, IM, Kaplan, GW, LoSasso, BE, Renal and Testis Injuries in Team Sports. The Journal of Urology. 168M 1805-1807, October 2002.
  • Bichell, DP, Saenz, NC, LoSasso, BE, Sobo, EJ Pediatric Aortic Pseudoaneurysm Associated with Gunshot wound to the chest. The Journal of Trauma. 48 (4): 791 January 2000
  • Meltzer, H., LoSasso, BE, Sobo, E, Depressed Occipital Sku ll Fracture wit h Associated Sagittal Sinus Occlusion, The Journal of Trauma. 49 (5); 981 2000
  • Canty, TO, Collins, D, LoSasso, BE, Lynch, FP, Brown, C Laparoscopic Appendectomy for Simple and Perforated Appendicitis in Children: The Procedure of Choice’! Journal of Pediatric Surgery. 35(11); 1582-1585. November 2000
  • LoSasso, B, Cox, S, Douglas, R, Maresh, L. Pacyna, S., CIREN: A study to Correlate Crash Data: Matching Human Injuries with Vehicular Damage (approved 8/97 – on-going)
  • D. Bischell, M.D., N. Saenz, M.D., B. LoSasso, M.D., E. Sobo, PhD
    Pediatric Aortic Pseudoaneurysm Associated with a Gunshot Wound to the Chest, The Journal of Trauma In jury, Volume 48, No. 4 – January 25, 2000
  • T. Canty, Sr., M.D., B. LoSasso, M.D.
    One-Stage Esophagectomy and In Situ Colon Interposition for
    Esophageal Replacement in Children, Journal of Pediatric Surgery February 1997
  • K. Greason, M.D., W. Thompson, M.D., E. Downey,M.D., B. LoSasso, M.D. Laparoscopic Pyloromyotomy for Infantile Hypertrophic Pyloric Stenosis-Report of Eleven Cases, Journal of Pediatric Surgery December 1994

Posters:

  • Child Abuse Screening: A Collaborative Approach in an ACS Level I Regional Pediatric Trauma Center, Susan Cox, R.N., M.S., Renee Douglas, R.N.,A.S., Marilyn Kaufh o ld, M.D., Cynthia Kuelbs, M.D., Barry LoSasso, M.D., Society of Trauma Nurses, 2007 Meeting, Las Vegas, NV.
  • Age Specific Bypass: One Innovative Solution to a Pediatric Trauma Center’s Bed Capacity Management Challenge, Susan Cox, R.N., M.S., Renee Douglas, R.N., A.S., Peg Hollingsworth­ Fridlund, R.N., B.S.N., David Hoyt, M.D., F.A.C.S., Barry LoSasso, M.D.. F.A.C.S., Pamela Stein, R.N.,M.S.

Presentations:

  • Scripps Mercy Hospital CME Grand Rounds Lecture on Pectus Deformities San Diego, CA, October 25, 2007
  • Mission Hospital Pediatric Grand Rounds Lecture on Pectus Deformities Mission Hospital, Mission Viejo, CA, March 21,2 007
  • Scripps Mercy Hospital CME Grand Rounds Lecture on Pectus Deformities San Diego, CA, August 31, 2006
  • Palomar Medical Center CME Grand Rounds Lecture Escondido, CA, July 17, 2006
  • Tri-City Medical Center CME Grand Rounds Lecture Oceanside, CA, June 06, 2006
  • “Minimally Invasive Repair of Pectus Excavatum: The Nuss Procedure” Salvatore’s Restaurant, San Diego, California
    March 2006
  • Scripps Mercy Hospital ” Code Trauma” Workshop. Instructor for ·T he ABC’s and Major Pitfalls in Pediatric Trauma”
    San Diego, CA, December 07, 2002.
  • Scripps Mercy Pediatric Trauma Conference-Instructor for “The ABC’s and Major Pitfalls in Pediatric Trauma”
    San Diego,CA, November 14, 2000
  • “Surgical Emergencies in the Neonate: Recent Advances” The Fetus and Newborn Conference, Coronado, California September 1997
  • “Tracheoesophageal Fistula Repair in the Newborn”
    Children’s Hospital and Health Center, San Diego , California November 1996
  • “Laparoscopic Fundoplication and the Use of MIC Buttons/Tubes” Children’s Hospital and Health Center, San Diego, California August 1996
  • “Bowel Obstruction of the Neonate and Necrotizing Enterocolitis” Sharp Hospital, Mary Birch Center, San Diego, California, April 1996
  • “Bowel Obstruction of the Neonate and Necrotizing Enterocolitis” Sharp Hospital, Mary Birch Center, San Diego, California
    June 1995
  • “Evaluation: Techniques and New Approaches of Abdominal Pain” Scripp s Memorial Hospital, La Jolla, California
    June 1995
  • “Traumatic Bowel Injuries”
    Children’s Hospital and Health Center, San Diego, California May 1995
  • “Blunt Abdominal Trauma with Pancreatic Injury”
    Children’s Hospital and Health Center, San Diego, California December 1994
  • “Necrotizing Enterocolitis”
    Sharp Hospital, Mary Birch Center, San Diego, California November 1994
  • “Necrotizing Enterocolitis”
    Sharp Hospital, Mary Birch Center, San Diego, California June 1994
  • “Gastrointestinal Emergencies in the Newborn” Palomar Medical Center, Escondido, California May 1993
  • “How to Evaluate a Child’s Painful Abdomen”
    Tri-City Medical Center, Department of Pediatrics, Ocean side, California February 1992
  • “Intestinal Obstruction in the Newborn”
    Tri-City Medical Center, Department of Pediatrics, Oceanside , California June 1990

Community Outreach:

  • National Annual Pediatric Critical Care Colloquium and First San Diego Pediatric Trauma Conference, October 205, 2002 Co-Director
  • Blue Ribbon Panel of National Head Injury Trauma Specialists to establish treatment guidelines for Head Injury for the San Diego Trauma System, 1999
  • Scripps Mercy Pediatric Trauma Conference-Instructor for ABC’s and Major Pitfalls in Pediatric Trauma , November 14, 2000.
  • Pediatric Trauma Symposium-Children’ s Hospital and UCSD Medical Center participated in “Pediatric Head Injury” Children’s Hospital San Diego, CA. May 31, 2001.
  • Scripps Mercy Hospital “Code Trauma” Workshop. Instructor for “The ABC ‘ s and Major Pitfalls in Pediatric Trauma”, December 07, 2002.
  • Advanced Trauma Symposium Children’ s Hospital, San Diego, CA CIREN: Correlation of Patterns of Injury with Specific Car Designs and Crash Analysis, June 07, 2003.
  • Advanced Trauma Symposium Children’ s Hospital, San Diego, CA, April 30, 2004.
  • Scripps Mercy Trauma Symposium-Management of Childhood Trauma at Adult Trauma Centers, June 11, 2004.
  • Advanced Trauma Symposium Children’ s Hospital, San Diego, CA, July 30, 2004. Advanced Trauma Symposium Children’ s Hospital, San Diego, CA, November 04, 2004. Advanced Trauma Symposium Children’ s Hospital, San Diego, CA , November 02, 2005.
  • UCSD California Trauma Conference at the Hilton San Diego Resort Hotel, San Diego, CA, January 26-28, 2006
  • Tri-City Medical Center CME Grand Rounds Lecture on Pectus Deformities Oceanside, CA, June 06, 2006
  • Palomar Medical Center CME Grand Rounds Lecture on Pectus Deformities Escondido, CA, July 17, 2006
  • Scripps Mercy Hospital CME Grand Rounds Lecture on Pectus Deformities San Diego, CA, August 31, 2006
  • Mission Hospital Pediatric Grand Rounds Lecture on Pectus Deformities, Missio n Hospital, Mission Viejo, CA, March 21,2007
  • Scripps Mercy Hospital CME Grand Rounds Lecture on Pectus Deformities San Diego, CA, October 25, 2007
  • Multiple Television Interviews to raise public awareness with regards to Injury Mechanisms (i.e. ATV, pool safety, avoidance of locked cars in summer, TV injuries) from 1998 through 2006.
  • ATLS Teaching:
    • Classes taught at Balboa Naval Hospital on 07/18 and 07/19/2001. Instructor Classes taught at Balboa Naval Hospital on 10 /27- 10/28/08, 11/05-11/07/08 and 08/17 – 08/19/11.
    • Classes taught at UCSD on 12/06 and 12/07 /01, 07/23/02, 01/23/04, 08/24/07, 02/22 08, and 06/24/10-06/25/10.
  • APSMA- American Pediatric Surgical Management Association Annual National Conference Lecture on “Developing and Maintaining a Trauma Center” Coronado, CA, May 2007.
  • Founding Member with Dr. David Collins of the Border Area Pediatric Surgical Frontera Group (a collaboration with Physicians from Mexico). 1993-present day
  • Principal Investigator for the Injury Free Coalition for Kids, San Diego. 20 01- 2006. The Injury Free Coalition for Kids is a nation al organization dedicated to preventing child hood injury based on a data-driven approach to community programming.
  • Advisor to Rady Children’s Hospital Safe Routes to School initiative. 2001-2006. Safe Routes to School is a comprehensive multi-disciplinary approach utilizing the five E’s of injury prevention to improve pedestrian safety around schools.
  • Injury Prevention Media Spokes person for Rady Children’s Hospital. 1998-2000. Participated in numerous press interviews, both proactive and reactive, to promote child safety.