Al-Faraaz Kassam

Al-Faraaz Kassam , MD

Clinical Instructor

Medical Sciences Building
231 Albert Sabin Way
Cincinnati, Ohio 45267-0558
Phone 513-558-4206
Email al-faraaz.kassam@uc.edu

Education

Fellowship: University of Cincinnati Cincinnati, OH, (Surgery)

Bachelor's Degree: Loyola University Chicago, IL, 2011 (Psychology - Human Services)

Medical Degree: Rush University Chicago, IL, 2016

Positions and Work Experience

2010 -2011 Research Assistant for Loyola University Chicago Department of Osteology, Analyzed bone remains uncovered during construction of the Peoria Library. Worked with the FBI to analyze remains from a Civil War cemetery uncovered during reconstruction of a community football field in Alsip. ,

2009 -2012 Research Assistant for the Chicago Healthy Adolescent Transition Study, Worked with children with spina bifida and their families collecting survey data and administering neurological tests. ,

2013 -2014 Research Assistant for the Rush University Medical Center Department of Neurology, Correlation of admission temperature with outcomes in patients admitted with acute ischemic stroke.,

2014 -2016 Research Assistant for Rush University Medical Center Department of General Surgery, Outcomes after gastrostomy tubes only versus gastrostomy tube plus Nissen Fundoplication in pediatric population with neuromuscular disorders. ,

Publications

Peer Reviewed Publications

Kassam A, Skerritt C, Pillai S (2015. ) Newborn male presented with congenital diaphragmatic hernia and ileal atresia: a case report .J Ped Surg Case Reports, , 3 ,444-6

Lee, Tiffany C; Kaiser, Tiffany E; Luckett, Keith; Wima, Koffi; Winer, Leah K; Morris, Mackenzie C; Kassam, Al-Faraaz; Safdar, Kamran; Bari, Khurram; Anwar, Nadeem; Quillin, R Cutler; Shah, Shimul A (2019. ) Use, Safety, and Effectiveness of Viremic Hepatitis B Virus Donor Livers: A Potential Opportunity to Expand the Donor Pool.Liver transplantation : official publication of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases and the International Liver Transplantation Society, , 25 (10 ) ,1581-1584 More Information

Winer, Leah K; Cortez, Alex R; Kassam, Al; Quillin, Ralph C; Goodman, Michael D; Makley, Amy T; Sussman, Jeffrey J; Kuethe, Joshua W (2019. ) The Impact of a Comprehensive Resident Curriculum and Required Participation in "This Week in SCORE" on General Surgery ABSITE Performance and Well-Being.Journal of surgical education, , More Information

Cortez, Alexander R; Freeman, Christopher M; Levinsky, Nick C; Kassam, Al-Faraaz; Wima, Koffi; Jung, Andrew D; Rafferty, Janice F; Paquette, Ian M (2019. ) The impact of preoperative opioid use on outcomes after elective colorectal surgery: A propensity-matched comparison study.Surgery, , More Information

Quillin, Ralph C; Cortez, Alexander R; Garcia, Mario A; Winer, Leah K; Kassam, Al-Faraaz; Kuethe, Joshua W; Pritts, Timothy A (2019. ) Gas off, room lights on: Shedding light on the surgical resident's experience in open and laparoscopic surgery.Surgery, , More Information

Cortez, Alexander R; Kassam, Al-Faraaz; Jenkins, Todd M; Nathan, Christopher J; Nathan, Jaimie D; Alonso, Maria H; Ryckman, Frederick C; Tiao, Greg M; Bondoc, Alexander J (2019. ) The role of surgical shunts in the treatment of pediatric portal hypertension.Surgery, , More Information

Cortez, Alexander R; Winer, Leah K; Kassam, Al-Faraaz; Hanseman, Dennis J; Kuethe, Joshua W; Quillin, Ralph Cutler; Potts, John R (2019. ) See None, Do Some, Teach None: An Analysis of the Contemporary Operative Experience as Nonprimary Surgeon.Journal of surgical education, , More Information

Cortez, Alexander R; Winer, Leah K; Katsaros, Gianna D; Kassam, Al-Faraaz; Shah, Shimul A; Diwan, Tayyab S; Cutler Quillin, R (2019. ) Resident Operative Experience in Hepatopancreatobiliary Surgery: Exposing the Divide.Journal of gastrointestinal surgery : official journal of the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract, , More Information

Cortez, Alexander R; Winer, Leah K; Kassam, Al-Faraaz; Kuethe, Joshua W; Athota, Krishna P; Quillin, R Cutler The Impact of Medical Student Burnout on Surgery Clerkship Performance.Journal of surgical education, , 76 (5 ) ,1241-1247 More Information

Kim, Young; Kassam, Al-Faraaz; McElroy, Imani E; Lee, Sujin; Tanious, Adam; Chou, Elizabeth L; Patel, Shiv S; Pendleton, Anna Alaska; Dua, Anahita (2021. ) The current status of the diversity pipeline in surgical training.American journal of surgery, , More Information

Kassam, Al-Faraaz; Cortez, Alexander R; Johnston, Michael E; Zang, Huaiyu; Fei, Lin; Lin, Tom K; Abu-El-Haija, Maisam; Nathan, Jaimie D (2021. ) Total pancreatectomy with islet autotransplantation reduces resource utilization in pediatric patients.American journal of surgery, , 222 (4 ) ,786-792 More Information

Vaysburg, Dennis M; Cortez, Alexander R; Hanseman, Dennis J; Delman, Aaron M; Morris, Christopher; Kassam, Al-Faraaz; Kutz, David; Lewis, Jaime; Van Haren, Robert M; Quillin, R Cutler (2021. ) An analysis of applicant competitiveness to general surgery, surgical subspecialties, and integrated programs.Surgery, , 170 (4 ) ,1087-1092 More Information

Vaysburg, Dennis M; Morris, Christopher; Kassam, Al-Faraaz; Delman, Aaron M; Ammann, Allison M; Cortez, Alexander R; Van Haren, Robert M; Quillin, Ralph C (2021. ) Who is Committed to Education? An Analysis of Surgical Education Research Publications.Journal of surgical education, , More Information

Kassam, Al-Faraaz; Singer, Kathleen E; Winer, Leah K; Browne, Deborah; Sussman, Jeffrey J; Goodman, Michael D; Makley, Amy T (2021. ) Acquisition and retention of surgical skills taught during intern surgical boot camp.American journal of surgery, , 221 (5 ) ,987-992 More Information

Vaysburg, Dennis M; Wells, Dennis; Lynch, Caroline; Kassam, Al-Faraaz; Cortez, Alexander R; Potts, John R; Starnes, Sandra L; Quillin, R Cutler; Van Haren, Robert M (2021. ) Impact of Integrated Thoracic Residency on General Surgery Residents' Thoracic Operative Volume.The Annals of thoracic surgery, , More Information

Kassam, Al-Faraaz; Levinsky, Nick C; Mallela, Jaya P; Angel, Kira; Opoka, Amy; Lahni, Patrick; Sahay, Rashmi D; Fei, Lin; Nomellini, Vanessa; Wong, Hector R; Alder, Matthew N (2021. ) Olfactomedin 4-Positive Neutrophils Are Upregulated after Hemorrhagic Shock.American journal of respiratory cell and molecular biology, , 64 (2 ) ,216-223 More Information

Kassam, Al-Faraaz; Taylor, Meredith; Cortez, Alexander R; Winer, Leah K; Quillin, Ralph C (2021. ) Gender and ethnic diversity in academic general surgery department leadership.American journal of surgery, , 221 (2 ) ,363-368 More Information

Kassam, Al-Faraaz; Cortez, Alexander R; Winer, Leah K; Conzen, Kendra D; El-Hinnawi, Ashraf; Jones, Christopher M; Matsuoka, Lea; Watkins, Anthony C; Collins, Kelly M; Bhati, Chandra; Selzner, Markus; Sonnenday, Christopher J; Englesbe, Michael J; Diwan, Tayyab S; Dick, André A S; Quillin, Ralph C (2021. ) Extinguishing burnout: National analysis of predictors and effects of burnout in abdominal transplant surgery fellows.American journal of transplantation : official journal of the American Society of Transplantation and the American Society of Transplant Surgeons, , 21 (1 ) ,307-313 More Information

Kassam, Al-Faraaz; Lynch, Caroline A; Cortez, Alexander R; Vaysburg, Dennis; Potts, John R; Quillin, R Cutler Where Has All the Complexity Gone? An Analysis of the Modern Surgical Resident Operative Experience.Journal of surgical education, , 78 (1 ) ,9-16 More Information

Cortez, Alexander R; Kassam, Al-Faraaz; Lin, Tom K; Paulsen, Grant C; Brunner, John; Jenkins, Todd M; Danziger-Isakov, Lara A; Ahmad, Syed A; Abu-El-Haija, Maisam; Nathan, Jaimie D (2020. ) Sterility Cultures Following Pancreatectomy with Islet Autotransplantation in the Pediatric Population: Do They Matter?.Journal of gastrointestinal surgery : official journal of the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract, , 24 (11 ) ,2526-2535 More Information

Kassam, Al-Faraaz; Cortez, Alexander R; Winer, Leah K; Baker, Jennifer E; Hanseman, Dennis J; Wells, Dennis; Yalamanchili, Suma; Habashy, Engy; Chausse, Steve; Makley, Amy T; Goodman, Michael D; Sussman, Jeffrey J; Quillin, Ralph C (2020. ) Swipe right for surgical residency: Exploring the unconscious bias in resident selection.Surgery, , 168 (4 ) ,724-729 More Information

Kassam, Al-Faraaz; Goddard, Gillian R; Johnston, Michael E; Cortez, Alexander R; Trout, Andrew T; Jenkins, Todd M; Miethke, Alexander G; Campbell, Kathleen M; Bezerra, Jorge A; Balistreri, William F; Nathan, Jaimie D; Alonso, Maria H; Tiao, Gregory M; Bondoc, Alexander J (2020. ) Natural Course of Pediatric Portal Hypertension.Hepatology communications, , 4 (9 ) ,1346-1352 More Information

Kassam, Al-Faraaz; Taylor, Meredith E; Morris, Mackenzie C; Watkins, Brad M; Thompson, Jonathan R; Schauer, Daniel P; Smith, Eric P; Diwan, Tayyab S (2020. ) The impact of sleeve gastrectomy on renal function in patients with chronic kidney disease varies with severity of renal insufficiency.Surgery for obesity and related diseases : official journal of the American Society for Bariatric Surgery, , 16 (5 ) ,607-613 More Information

Lee, Tiffany C; Cortez, Alexander R; Kassam, Al-Faraaz; Morris, Mackenzie C; Winer, Leah K; Silski, Latifa S; Quillin, Ralph C; Cuffy, Madison C; Jones, Courtney R; Diwan, Tayyab S; Shah, Shimul A (2020. ) Outcomes of en bloc simultaneous liver-kidney transplantation compared to the traditional technique.American journal of transplantation : official journal of the American Society of Transplantation and the American Society of Transplant Surgeons, , 20 (4 ) ,1181-1187 More Information

Cortez, Alexander R; Winer, Leah K; Kassam, Al-Faraaz; Hanseman, Dennis J; Kuethe, Joshua W; Sussman, Jeffrey J; Quillin, R Cutler (2020. ) Exploring the relationship between burnout and grit during general surgery residency: A longitudinal, single-institution analysis.American journal of surgery, , 219 (2 ) ,322-327 More Information

Kassam, Al-Faraaz; Cortez, Alexander R; Winer, Leah K; Kuethe, Joshua W; Athota, Krishna P; Quillin, R Cutler (2020. ) The impact of medical student interest in surgery on clerkship performance and career choice.American journal of surgery, , 219 (2 ) ,359-365 More Information

Kassam, Al-Faraaz; Mirza, Ahmad; Kim, Young; Hanseman, Dennis; Woodle, E Steve; Quillin, Ralph C; Johnson, Bobby L; Govil, Amit; Cardi, Michael; Schauer, Daniel P; Smith, Eric P; Diwan, Tayyab S (2020. ) Long-term outcomes in patients with obesity and renal disease after sleeve gastrectomy.American journal of transplantation : official journal of the American Society of Transplantation and the American Society of Transplant Surgeons, , 20 (2 ) ,422-429 More Information

Kassam, Al-Faraaz; Kim, Young; Cortez, Alexander R; Dhar, Vikrom K; Wima, Koffi; Shah, Shimul A (2020. ) The impact of opioid use on human and health care costs in surgical patients.Surgery open science, , 2 (2 ) ,92-95 More Information

Isom, Chelsea A; Bisgaard, Erika Kristen; Campbell, Kendrick M; Courtney, Cathleen; Erickson, Caroline; Faber, David A; Gauger, Paul G; Greenberg, Jacob A; Kassam, Al-Faraaz; Mullen, John T; Phares, Amanda; Quillin, R Cutler; Salcedo, Edgardo S; Schaffer, Andrew J; Scaria, Denny; Stahl, Christopher C; Wise, Paul E; Kauffmann, Rondi M; Chen, Xi; Smith, J Joshua; Terhune, Kyla P Does Intentional Support of Degree Programs in General Surgery Residency Affect Research Productivity or Pursuit of Academic Surgery? A Multi-Institutional Study.Journal of surgical education, , 77 (6 ) ,e34-e38 More Information

Rice, Teresa C; Kassam, Al-Faraaz; Lewis, Hannah V; Hobeika, Mark; Cuffy, Madison C; Ratner, Lloyd E; Diwan, Tayyab S Changing Education Paradigms: Training Transplant Fellows for High Stake Procedures.Journal of surgical education, , 77 (4 ) ,830-836 More Information

Winer, Leah K; Vivero, Matthew P; Scully, Brendan F; Cortez, Alexander R; Kassam, Al-Faraaz; Nowygrod, Roman; Griesemer, Adam D; Emond, Jean C; Quillin, Ralph C Exploring Medical Students' Perceptions of Organ Procurement: Need for a Formalized Medical Student Curriculum.Journal of surgical education, , 77 (2 ) ,329-336 More Information

Kassam, Al-Faraaz; Cortez, Alexander R; Diwan, Tayyab S; Bailey, Amanda; Mirza, Ahmad; Sussman, Jeffrey J; Makley, Amy T; Quillin, Ralph Cutler Return to the Real World: A Novel Program to Improve Resident Readiness for the Transplant Surgery Rotation.Journal of surgical education, , 77 (2 ) ,242-245 More Information

Kim, Young; Bailey, Amanda J; Morris, Mackenzie C; Kassam, Al-Faraaz; Shah, Shimul A; Diwan, Tayyab S (2020. ) Kidney transplantation after sleeve gastrectomy in the morbidly obese candidate: results of a 2-year experience.Surgery for obesity and related diseases : official journal of the American Society for Bariatric Surgery, , 16 (1 ) ,10-14 More Information

Cortez, Alexander R; Kassam, Al-Faraaz; Levinsky, Nick C; Jung, Andrew D; Daly, Meghan C; Shah, Shimul A; Rafferty, Janice F; Paquette, Ian M (2019. ) Enhanced recovery protocol improves postoperative outcomes and minimizes narcotic use following resection for colon and rectal cancer.Surgery open science, , 1 (2 ) ,74-79 More Information

Book Chapter

Lee TC, Kassam A, Shah SA (2018 ) Liver transplantation Scientific American Surgery, 8th edition .Decker

Presentations

Poster Presentations

Essner BS, Holmbeck GN, Amaro C, Kassam A, Seivert N (04-2011. ) The association between BMI and activity limitations in children and adolescents with spina bifida .National Conference in Pediatric Psychology, San Antonio, TX. .

Paper Presentations

Levinsky N, Kassam A, Opoka A, Pritts TA, Nomellini V, Wong HR, Alter M (06-2019. ) Fluctuation of olfactomedin-4 positive neutrophil subset in adult blunt trauma patients .Shock Society, San Diego, CA.

Cortez A, Levinsky N, Kassam A, Wima K, Jung A, Paquette I (03-2019. ) The impact of preoperative opioid use on surgical outcomes following elective colorectal resection .Central Surgical Association, Palm Harbor, FL.

Kassam AF, Morris MC, Bercz A, Veile R, Friend LA, Beckmann N, Caldwell CC, Goodman MD (02-2019. ) The role of chemoprophylactic agents in modulating hypercoagulability after traumatic brain injury .Academic Surgical Congress, Houston, TX.

Levinsky N, Kassam AF, Opoka A, Pritts TA, Nomellini V, Wong HR, Alter M (06-2019. ) Fluctuation of olfactomedin-4 positive neutrophil subset in adult blunt trauma patients .Shock Society, San Diego, CA.

Quillin RC 3rd, Cortez AR, Garcia MA, Winer LK, Kassam AF, Kuethe JW, Pritts TA (03-2019. ) Gas off, room lights on: Shedding light on the surgical resident’s experience in open and laparoscopic surgery .Central Surgical Association, Palm Harbor, FL.

Honors and Awards

2006 Illinois State Scholar

2006 Eagle Scout Award through Boy Scouts of America

2010 Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Alternate

2007 -2011 Dean’s List - All semesters at Loyola

2007 -2011 Loyola Academic Scholarship

2011 Damen Award for Outstanding Student

2012 -2014 Dr. Charles E. Gavin Memorial Scholarship

2019 Winner, Department of Surgery Resident Research Competition – Clinical Section

Service

Global Medical Brigades: Annual week-long medical mission trips to Honduras 2008 -2010

EMT-B, Loyola University Chicago Emergency Medical Services 2008 -2011

Indian American Medical Association of Illinois Health Clinic 2012 -2016

Franciscan Shelter for the Homeless 2012 -2016

Community Health Center- Primary Care Clinic and 20/20 Eye Clinic 2012 -2016

Contact Information

Academic - Medical Sciences Building
231 Albert Sabin Way
Cincinnati  Ohio, 45267-0558
Phone: 513-558-4206
al-faraaz.kassam@uc.edu