Christopher Janowak

Christopher Francis Janowak , MD,FACS

Associate Professor of Clinical-Affiliate

231 Albert Sabin Way
ML 0558
Cincinnati, Ohio 45267
Phone 513-558-5661


General Surgery Residency: University of Wisconsin Madison, WI, 2015

Trauma and Critical Care Fellowship: University of Indiana Indianapolis, IN, 2016

Medical Degree: Loyola University Maywood, IL, 2010

Bachelors in Science: University of Wisconsin Madison, Wisconsin, (Genetics)


American Board of Surgery (Surgery Critical Care) (Certification Date: 09-12-2016 )

American Board of Surgery (Certification Date: 03-09-2016 )

Clinical Interests

Critical Care Surgery

General Surgery

Abdominal Hernia

Acalculous Cholecystitis


Bile Duct Stones

Biliary Dyskinesia

Billiary Disease

Bleeding in the Small Bowel

Bowel Obstruction




Colonic Diverticulitis

Diverticular Disease


Femoral Hernia

Fractured Ribs

Gallbladder Disease

Gallbladder Inflammation (Cholecystitis)


Groin Hernias


Lung Collapse (Pneumothorax)


Pilonidal Cyst

Pilonidal Dimple

Pilonidal Sinus

Pyloric Stenosis

Traumatic Injury

Umbilical Hernia

Ventral Hernia

Research and Practice Interests

Interests in Trauma and General Surgical clinical outcomes research, including Chest Wall Injuries and comprehensive management of thoracic trauma (rib fracture, sternal fracture, pulmonary contusion) with particular emphsis on large volume data sets, chest wall reconstruction, mechanical ventilation, and surgical critical care.


Published Abstracts

Janowak, CF Mercier, PJ Agarwal, SK (2014. ) The Impact of Comorbidity on Mortality in Trauma Outcomes .[Abstract]Journal of Surgical Research, 186 (2 ) ,511

Peer Reviewed Publications

Janowak, Christopher F; Blasberg, Justin D; Taylor, Lauren; Maloney, James D; Macke, Ryan A (2015. ) The Surgical Apgar Score in esophagectomy.The Journal of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery, , 150 (4 ) ,806-12 More Information

Janowak, Christopher F; Dolejs, Scott; Zarzaur, Ben L (2017. ) Who is John Doe? A Case-Match Analysis. The American surgeon, , 83 (8 ) ,294-296

Janowak, Christopher F; Agarwal, Suresh K; Zarzaur, Ben L (2019. ) What's in a Name? Provider Perception of Injured John Doe Patients.The Journal of surgical research, , 238 ,218-223 More Information

Dolejs, Scott C; Janowak, Christopher F; Zarzaur, Ben L (2017. ) Medication Errors in Injured Patients. The American surgeon, , 83 (7 ) ,780-785

Baker, Jennifer E; Skinner, Mitchell; Heh, Victor; Pritts, Timothy A; Goodman, Michael D; Millar, D Anderson; Janowak, Christopher F (2019. ) Readmission Rates and Associated Factors Following Rib Cage Injury.The journal of trauma and acute care surgery, , More Information

Baker, Jennifer E; Millar, D Anderson; Heh, Victor; Goodman, Michael D; Pritts, Timothy A; Janowak, Christopher F (2020. ) Does chest wall Organ Injury Scale (OIS) or Abbreviated Injury Scale (AIS) predict outcomes? An analysis of 16,000 consecutive rib fractures.Surgery, , 168 (1 ) ,198-204 More Information

Skinner, Mitchell; Baker, Jennifer; Heh, Victor; Goodman, Michael; Pritts, Timothy; Janowak, Christopher (2021. ) Rib Season: Temporal Variation in Chest Wall Injuries.The Journal of surgical research, , 260 ,129-133 More Information

Zingg, S Whitney; Millar, D A; Goodman, Michael D; Pritts, Timothy A; Janowak, Christopher F (2021. ) The Association Between Pulmonary Contusion Severity and Respiratory Failure.Respiratory care, , More Information

Niziolek, Grace; Goodman, Michael D; Makley, Amy; Millar, D Anderson; Heh, Victor; Pritts, Timothy A; Janowak, Christopher (2021. ) "Early results after initiation of a rib fixation programme: A propensity score matched analysis".Injury, , More Information

Delman, Aaron M; Turner, Kevin M; Ammann, Allison M; Millar, D A; Goodman, Michael D; Janowak, Christopher F (2022. ) A method for identifying the learning curve for the surgical stabilization of rib fractures.The journal of trauma and acute care surgery, , 93 (6 ) ,743-749 More Information

Zingg, S Whitney; Gomaa, Dina; Blakeman, Thomas C; Rodriquez, Dario; Salvator, Ann; Goodman, Michael D; Janowak, Christopher F (2022. ) Oxygenation and Respiratory System Compliance Associated With Pulmonary Contusion.Respiratory care, , 67 (9 ) ,1100-1108 More Information

Janowak, Christopher Francis; Becker, Bradley Robert; Philpott, Carolyn Dosen; Makley, Amy Teres; Mueller, Eric William; Droege, Christopher Allen; Droege, Molly Elizabeth (2022. ) Retrospective Evaluation of Intrapleural Tissue Plasminogen Activator With or Without Dornase Alfa for the Treatment of Traumatic Retained Hemothorax: A 6-Year Experience.The Annals of pharmacotherapy, , 10600280221077383 More Information

Wallen, Taylor E; Singer, Kathleen E; Makley, Amy T; Athota, Krishna P; Janowak, Christopher F; Hanseman, Dennis; Salvator, Ann; Droege, Molly E; Strilka, Richard; Droege, Christopher A; Goodman, Michael D (2022. ) Intercostal liposomal bupivacaine injection for rib fractures: A prospective randomized controlled trial.The journal of trauma and acute care surgery, , 92 (2 ) ,266-276 More Information

Woodyard, Kiersten C; Lee, Ermina; Ferguson, Riley; Dembinski, Douglas; Effendi, Maleeh; Janowak, Christopher F; Gobble, Ryan M (2023. ) Surgical Fellowships Demonstrate Variable Improvement in Gender Representation Despite Greater Female Enrollment in General Surgery Residencies.Journal of surgical education, , 80 (8 ) ,1104-1112 More Information

Childers, Betzaira G; Donovan, Eileen; Lo, Winifred M; Janowak, Lauren M; Sussman, Jeffrey; Janowak, Christopher F (2023. ) Operative management of immune checkpoint colitis following in-transit melanoma: Case report.Frontiers in oncology, , 13 ,1120808 More Information

Eriksson, Evert A; Waite, Amanda; Whitbeck, SarahAnn S; Bach, John A; Bauman, Zachary M; Cavlovic, Lindsey; Dale, Kate; DeVoe, William B; Doben, Andrew R; Edwards, John G; Forrester, Joseph D; Kaye, Adam J; Green, John M; Hsu, Jeremy; Hufford, Andrea; Janowak, Christopher F; Kartiko, Susan; Moore, Ernest E; Patel, Bhavik; Pieracci, Fredric; Sarani, Babak; Schubl, Sebastian D; Semon, Gregory; Thomas, Bradley W; Tung, Jamie; Van Lieshout, Esther M M; White, Thomas W; Wijffels, Mathieu M E; Wullschleger, Martin E (2024. ) An initiative to assess and improve the resources and patient care processes used among Chest Wall Injury Society collaborative centers study (CWIS-CC2).The journal of trauma and acute care surgery, , 96 (4 ) ,618-622 More Information

Eriksson, Evert Austin; Wijffels, Mathieu Mathilde Eugene; Kaye, Adam; Forrester, Joseph Derek; Moutinho, Manuel; Majerick, Sarah; Bauman, Zachary Mitchel; Janowak, Christopher Francis; Patel, Bhavik; Wullschleger, Martin; Clevenger, Leanna; Van Lieshout, Esther M M; Tung, Jamie; Woodfall, Michelle; Hill, Thomas Russell; White, Thomas William; Doben, Andrew Ross (2024. ) Incidence of surgical rib fixation at chest wall injury society collaborative centers and a guide for expected number of cases (CWIS-CC1).European journal of trauma and emergency surgery : official publication of the European Trauma Society, , 50 (2 ) ,417-423 More Information

Woodyard, Kiersten C; Hogan, Elise; Dembinski, Douglas R; Madzia, Jules; Guyton, Lane; Janowak, Christopher F; Pan, Brian S; Gobble, Ryan M (2024. ) A Review of Meta-Analyses in Plastic Surgery: Need for Adequate Assessment of Publication Bias.The Journal of surgical research, , 296 ,781-789 More Information

Childers B.G.; Donovan E.; Lo W.M.; Janowak L.M.; Sussman J.; Janowak C.F. (01-01-2023. ) Operative management of immune checkpoint colitis following in-transit melanoma: Case report.Frontiers in Oncology, , 13 , More Information

Invited Publications

Janowak CF, Janowak LM (2019. ) Misidentifying the Unidentified – John Doe and the EHR .PSNet: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, US Department of Health and Human Services,

Other Publications

Janowak, CF Goodman, MD (2020. ) Letter in response to “Plate of Ribs” by Griffard J, Daley B, Campbell M, et al. Trauma Surgery & Acute Care Open, 5 (1 ) , BMJ Journals

Additional Publications


Poster Presentations

S. Doljes, C. Janowak, B. Zarzaur, (2016. ) Medication variances in injured patients .Southeastern Surgical Congress Annual Scientific Meeting, Nashville, TN. . Professional Meeting. . Level:National


Janowak, CF (2016. ) Intra-Abdominal Hypertension and Abdominal Compartment Syndrome: Prevention not reaction? .French Lick, IN. Other Institution. Level:State

Janowak, CF (2015. ) The Story of Abdominal Adhesions .Madison, WI. Other Institution. Level:University

Paper Presentations

C. Janowak, S. Doljes, B. Zarzaur (2016. ) Who is John Doe? A Case-Match Analysis .Nashville, TN. Professional Meeting. Level:National

S. Doljes, C. Janowak, B. Zarzaur, (2016. ) Medication variances in injured patients .Nashville, TN. Professional Meeting. Level:National


American College of Surgeons (Stop the Bleed Campaign ) Program Coordinator Type:Public Level:Local 2016

Contact Information

Academic - 231 Albert Sabin Way
Cincinnati  Ohio, 45267
Phone: 513-558-5661