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Demetrius Litwin MD

TitleChair and Professor
InstitutionUniversity of Massachusetts Medical School
DepartmentSurgery
AddressUniversity of Massachusetts Medical School
55 Lake Avenue North
Worcester MA 01655
Phone508-856-7551
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    InstitutionUMMS - School of Medicine
    DepartmentSurgery
    DivisionGeneral Surgery


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    University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Knoxville, TN, United StatesMBABusiness Administration
    University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK, CanadaMD

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    1. Fazzalari A, Pozzi N, Alfego D, Erskine N, Shi Q, Tourony G, Mathew J, Litwin D, Cahan MA. Treatment of appendicitis: Do Medicaid and non-Medicaid-enrolled patients receive the same care? Surgery. 2019 Aug 09. PMID: 31405578.
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    2. Green J, Schlieve CR, Friedrich AK, Baratta K, Ma DH, Min M, Patel K, Stein D, Cave DR, Litwin DE, Cahan MA. Approach to the Diagnostic Workup and Management of Small Bowel Lesions at a Tertiary Care Center. J Gastrointest Surg. 2018 Jun; 22(6):1034-1042. PMID: 29372393.
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    3. Friedrich AU, Baratta KP, Lewis J, Karam AR, Hudlin M, Litwin DE, Cahan MA. Cholecystostomy Treatment in an ICU Population: Complications and Risks. Surg Laparosc Endosc Percutan Tech. 2016 Oct; 26(5):410-416. PMID: 27661202.
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    4. Sneider EB, Lewis J, Friedrich A, Baratta K, Whitman M, Li Y, Biswas M, Litwin DE, Cahan MA. Timing and choice of intervention influences outcome in acute cholecystitis: a prospective study. Surg Laparosc Endosc Percutan Tech. 2014 Oct; 24(5):414-9. PMID: 25222712.
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    5. Cherng N, Witkowski ET, Sneider EB, Wiseman JT, Lewis J, Litwin DE, Santry HP, Cahan M, Shah SA. Use of cholecystostomy tubes in the management of patients with primary diagnosis of acute cholecystitis. J Am Coll Surg. 2012 Feb; 214(2):196-201. PMID: 22192897.
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    6. Cui H, Kelly JJ, Litwin DE. Single-incision laparoscopic cholecystectomy using a modified dome-down approach with conventional laparoscopic instruments. Surg Endosc. 2012 Apr; 26(4):1153-9. PMID: 22083322.
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    7. Orenstein SB, Kaban GK, Litwin DE, Novitsky YW. Evaluation of serum cytokine release in response to hand-assisted, laparoscopic, and open surgery in a porcine model. Am J Surg. 2011 Jul; 202(1):97-102. PMID: 21741520.
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    8. Cahan MA, Starr S, Larkin AC, Litwin DE, Sullivan KM, Quirk ME. Transforming the culture of surgical education: promoting teacher identity through human factors training. Arch Surg. 2011 Jul; 146(7):830-4. PMID: 21768430.
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    9. Litwin DE, Sneider EB, McEnaney PM, Busconi BD. Athletic pubalgia (sports hernia). Clin Sports Med. 2011 Apr; 30(2):417-34. PMID: 21419964.
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    10. Cahan MA, Larkin AC, Starr S, Wellman S, Haley HL, Sullivan K, Shah S, Hirsh M, Litwin D, Quirk M. A human factors curriculum for surgical clerkship students. Arch Surg. 2010 Dec; 145(12):1151-7. PMID: 21173288.
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    11. Larkin AC, Cahan MA, Whalen G, Hatem D, Starr S, Haley HL, Litwin D, Sullivan K, Quirk M. Human Emotion and Response in Surgery (HEARS): a simulation-based curriculum for communication skills, systems-based practice, and professionalism in surgical residency training. J Am Coll Surg. 2010 Aug; 211(2):285-92. PMID: 20670869.
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    12. Sneider EB, Cahan MA, Litwin DE. Laparoscopic repair of acute surgical diseases in the 21st century. Minerva Chir. 2010 Jun; 65(3):275-96. PMID: 20668417.
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    13. Wiseman JT, Sharuk MN, Singla A, Cahan M, Litwin DE, Tseng JF, Shah SA. Surgical management of acute cholecystitis at a tertiary care center in the modern era. Arch Surg. 2010 May; 145(5):439-44. PMID: 20479341.
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    14. Murphy MM, Witkowski ER, Ng SC, McDade TP, Hill JS, Larkin AC, Whalen GF, Litwin DE, Tseng JF. Trends in adrenalectomy: a recent national review. Surg Endosc. 2010 Oct; 24(10):2518-26. PMID: 20336320.
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    15. Burrows AM, Moser RP, Weaver JP, Litwin DE, Pilitsis JG. Massachusetts health insurance mandate: effects on neurosurgical practice. J Neurosurg. 2010 Jan; 112(1):202-7. PMID: 19591545.
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    16. Litwin DE, Cahan MA. Laparoscopic cholecystectomy. Surg Clin North Am. 2008 Dec; 88(6):1295-313, ix. PMID: 18992596.
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    17. Kaban GK, Novitsky YW, Perugini RA, Haveran L, Czerniach D, Kelly JJ, Litwin DE. Use of laparoscopy in evaluation and treatment of penetrating and blunt abdominal injuries. Surg Innov. 2008 Mar; 15(1):26-31. PMID: 18407927.
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    18. Perugini RA, Quarfordt SH, Baker S, Czerniach DR, Litwin DE, Kelly JJ. Metabolic characterization of nondiabetic severely obese patients undergoing Roux-en-Y gastric bypass: preoperative classification predicts the effects of gastric bypass on insulin-glucose homeostasis. J Gastrointest Surg. 2007 Sep; 11(9):1083-90. PMID: 17588192.
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    19. McPhee JT, Hill JS, Whalen GF, Zayaruzny M, Litwin DE, Sullivan ME, Anderson FA, Tseng JF. Perioperative mortality for pancreatectomy: a national perspective. Ann Surg. 2007 Aug; 246(2):246-53. PMID: 17667503.
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    20. Haveran LA, Novitsky YW, Czerniach DR, Kaban GK, Taylor M, Gallagher-Dorval K, Schmidt R, Kelly JJ, Litwin DE. Optimizing laparoscopic task efficiency: the role of camera and monitor positions. Surg Endosc. 2007 Jun; 21(6):980-4. PMID: 17436042.
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    21. Smith JK, McPhee JT, Hill JS, Whalen GF, Sullivan ME, Litwin DE, Anderson FA, Tseng JF. National outcomes after gastric resection for neoplasm. Arch Surg. 2007 Apr; 142(4):387-93. PMID: 17441293.
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    22. Novitsky YW, Czerniach DR, Kercher KW, Kaban GK, Gallagher KA, Kelly JJ, Heniford BT, Litwin DE. Advantages of laparoscopic transabdominal preperitoneal herniorrhaphy in the evaluation and management of inguinal hernias. Am J Surg. 2007 Apr; 193(4):466-70. PMID: 17368290.
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    23. Novitsky YW, Wong J, Kercher KW, Litwin DE, Swanstrom LL, Heniford BT. Severely disordered esophageal peristalsis is not a contraindication to laparoscopic Nissen fundoplication. Surg Endosc. 2007 Jun; 21(6):950-4. PMID: 17177077.
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    24. Haveran LA, Novitsky YW, Czerniach DR, Kaban GK, Kelly JJ, Litwin DE. Benefits of laparoscopic adrenalectomy: a 10-year single institution experience. Surg Laparosc Endosc Percutan Tech. 2006 Aug; 16(4):217-21. PMID: 16921299.
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    25. Novitsky YW, Czerniach DR, Kaban GK, Bergner A, Gallagher KA, Perugini RA, Litwin DE. Immunologic effects of hand-assisted surgery on peritoneal macrophages: comparison to open and standard laparoscopic approaches. Surgery. 2006 Jan; 139(1):39-45. PMID: 16364716.
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    26. Novitsky YW, Kercher KW, Czerniach DR, Kaban GK, Khera S, Gallagher-Dorval KA, Callery MP, Litwin DE, Kelly JJ. Advantages of mini-laparoscopic vs conventional laparoscopic cholecystectomy: results of a prospective randomized trial. Arch Surg. 2005 Dec; 140(12):1178-83. PMID: 16365239.
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    27. Kagalwala DZ, Shankar S, Zota V, Sandor A, Litwin DE. Preoperative computed tomography-guided hookwire needle localization of a peritoneal multilocular inclusion cyst. J Comput Assist Tomogr. 2005 Sep-Oct; 29(5):602-3. PMID: 16163027.
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    28. Kercher KW, Novitsky YW, Park A, Matthews BD, Litwin DE, Heniford BT. Laparoscopic curative resection of pheochromocytomas. Ann Surg. 2005 Jun; 241(6):919-26; discussion 926-8. PMID: 15912041.
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    29. Novitsky YW, Litwin DE, Callery MP. The net immunologic advantage of laparoscopic surgery. Surg Endosc. 2004 Oct; 18(10):1411-9. PMID: 15791361.
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    30. Kaban GK, Czerniach DR, Cohen R, Novitsky YW, Yood SM, Perugini RA, Kelly JJ, Litwin DE. Hand-assisted laparoscopic splenectomy in the setting of splenomegaly. Surg Endosc. 2004 Sep; 18(9):1340-3. PMID: 15803233.
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    31. Kaban GK, Czerniach DR, Perugini RA, Novitsky YW, Kelly JJ, Litwin DE. Use of a laparoscopic hand-assist device for accessory splenectomy. Surg Endosc. 2004 Jun; 18(6):1001. PMID: 15026918.
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    32. Kercher KW, Novitsky YW, Czerniach DR, Litwin DE. Staple line bleeding following laparoscopic splenectomy: intraoperative prevention and postoperative management with splenic artery embolization. Surg Laparosc Endosc Percutan Tech. 2003 Oct; 13(5):353-6. PMID: 14571176.
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    33. Novitsky YW, Kercher KW, Czerniach DR, Litwin DE. Watermelon stomach: pathophysiology, diagnosis, and management. J Gastrointest Surg. 2003 Jul-Aug; 7(5):652-61. PMID: 12850679.
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    34. Perugini RA, Mason R, Czerniach DR, Novitsky YW, Baker S, Litwin DE, Kelly JJ. Predictors of complication and suboptimal weight loss after laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass: a series of 188 patients. Arch Surg. 2003 May; 138(5):541-5; discussion 545-6. PMID: 12742960.
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    35. Novitsky YW, Czerniach DR, Kercher KW, Perugini RA, Kelly JJ, Litwin DE. Feasibility of laparoscopic adrenalectomy for large adrenal masses. Surg Laparosc Endosc Percutan Tech. 2003 Apr; 13(2):106-10. PMID: 12709616.
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    36. Kaban GK, Czerniach DR, Litwin DE, Litwin DE. Hand-assisted laparoscopic surgery. Surg Technol Int. 2003; 11:63-70. PMID: 12931285.
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    37. Dahl DM, L'esperance JO, Trainer AF, Jiang Z, Gallagher K, Litwin DE, Blute RD. Laparoscopic radical prostatectomy: initial 70 cases at a U.S. university medical center. Urology. 2002 Nov; 60(5):859-63. PMID: 12429316.
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    38. Kelly JJ, Kercher KW, Gallagher KA, Litwin DE, Arous EJ. Hand-assisted laparoscopic aortobifemoral bypass versus open bypass for occlusive disease. J Laparoendosc Adv Surg Tech A. 2002 Oct; 12(5):339-43. PMID: 12470408.
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    39. Novitsky YW, Kercher KW, Callery MP, Czerniach DR, Kelly JJ, Litwin DE. Is the use of a bougie necessary for laparoscopic Nissen fundoplication? Arch Surg. 2002 Apr; 137(4):402-6. PMID: 11926942.
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    40. Kercher K, Dahl D, Harland R, Blute R, Gallagher K, Litwin D. Hand-assisted laparoscopic donor nephrectomy minimizes warm ischemia. Urology. 2001 Aug; 58(2):152-6. PMID: 11489685.
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    41. Romanelli JR, Kelly JJ, Litwin DE. Hand-assisted laparoscopic surgery in the United States: an overview. Semin Laparosc Surg. 2001 Jun; 8(2):96-103. PMID: 11441398.
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    42. Ricciardi R, Anwaruddin S, Schaffer BK, Quarfordt SH, Donohue SE, Wheeler SM, Gallagher KA, Callery MP, Litwin DE, Meyers WC. Elevated intrahepatic pressures and decreased hepatic tissue blood flow prevent gas embolus during limited laparoscopic liver resections. Surg Endosc. 2001 Jul; 15(7):729-33. PMID: 11591978.
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    43. Litwin DE, Novitsky Y, Kercher KW, Sandor A, Yood SM, Kelly JJ, Beane RM, Ek S, Meyers WC, Gallagher KA. New Device for Hand-Assisted Laparoscopic Surgery. Surg Technol Int. 2000 Oct; IX:113-116. PMID: 12219287.
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    44. Litwin DE, Novitski Y, Yood SM, Kercher KW, Kelly JJ, Sandor A, Meyers WC, Gallagher KA. Hand-Assisted laparoscopic Surgery. Surg Technol Int. 2000 Oct; IX:43-46. PMID: 12219277.
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    45. Szabo Z, Avery GJ, Sandor A, Litwin DE. Suturing and knotting techniques for thoracoscopic cardiac surgery. Surg Clin North Am. 2000 Oct; 80(5):1555-74. PMID: 11059720.
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    46. Kelly JJ, Puyana JC, Callery MP, Yood SM, Sandor A, Litwin DE. The feasibility and accuracy of diagnostic laparoscopy in the septic ICU patient. Surg Endosc. 2000 Jul; 14(7):617-21. PMID: 10948296.
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    47. Arous EJ, Nelson PR, Yood SM, Kelly JJ, Sandor A, Litwin DE. Hand-assisted laparoscopic aortobifemoral bypass grafting. J Vasc Surg. 2000 Jun; 31(6):1142-8. PMID: 10842151.
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    48. Litwin DE, Darzi A, Jakimowicz J, Kelly JJ, Arvidsson D, Hansen P, Callery MP, Denis R, Fowler DL, Medich DS, O'Reilly MJ, Atlas H, Himpens JM, Swanstrom LL, Arous EJ, Pattyn P, Yood SM, Ricciardi R, Sandor A, Meyers WC. Hand-assisted laparoscopic surgery (HALS) with the HandPort system: initial experience with 68 patients. Ann Surg. 2000 May; 231(5):715-23. PMID: 10767793.
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    49. Lieberman IH, Willsher PC, Litwin DE, Salo PT, Kraetschmer BG. Transperitoneal laparoscopic exposure for lumbar interbody fusion. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2000 Feb 15; 25(4):509-14; discussion 515. PMID: 10707399.
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    50. Litwin DE, Novitski Y, Yood SM, Kercher KW, Kelly JJ, Sandor A, Meyers WC, Gallagher KA. Hand-Assisted laparoscopic Surgery. Surg Technol Int. 2000; 9:43-6. PMID: 21136386.
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    51. Litwin DE, Novitsky Y, Kercher KW, Sandor A, Yood SM, Kelly JJ, Beane RM, Ek S, Meyers WC, Gallagher KA. New device for hand-assisted laparoscopic surgery. Surg Technol Int. 2000; 9:113-6. PMID: 21136396.
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    52. Temple LK, Litwin DE, McLeod RS. A meta-analysis of laparoscopic versus open appendectomy in patients suspected of having acute appendicitis. Can J Surg. 1999 Oct; 42(5):377-83. PMID: 10526524.
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    53. Willsher PC, Sanabria JR, Gallinger S, Rossi L, Strasberg S, Litwin DE. Early laparoscopic cholecystectomy for acute cholecystitis: a safe procedure. J Gastrointest Surg. 1999 Jan-Feb; 3(1):50-3. PMID: 10457324.
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    54. Kelly JJ, Meyers WC, Sandor A, Litwin DE. Laparoscopic gastrectomy in the porcine model: our initial experience with a new hand-assist device. Surg Laparosc Endosc. 1999 Jan; 9(1):49-52. PMID: 9950129.
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    55. Willsher PC, Urbach G, Cole D, Schumacher S, Litwin DE. Outpatient laparoscopic surgery. Aust N Z J Surg. 1998 Nov; 68(11):769-73. PMID: 9814738.
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    56. Tandan VR, Litwin D, Asch M, Margolis M, Gallinger S. Laparoscopic cryosurgery for hepatic tumors. Experimental observations and a case report. Surg Endosc. 1997 Nov; 11(11):1115-7. PMID: 9348387.
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    57. Wilmot C, Watemberg S, Landau O, Litwin D. Of balloon axilloscopy and avoidance of iatrogenic injury to the long thoracic nerve. Arch Surg. 1997 Oct; 132(10):1121-4. PMID: 9336512.
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    58. Litwin DE, Pham QN, Oleniuk FH, Kluftinger AM, Rossi L. Laparoscopic groin hernia surgery: the TAPP procedure. Transabdominal preperitoneal hernia repair. Can J Surg. 1997 Jun; 40(3):192-8. PMID: 9194780.
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    59. Hackam DJ, Saibil F, Wilson S, Litwin D. Laparoscopic management of intussusception caused by colonic lipomata: a case report and review of the literature. Surg Laparosc Endosc. 1996 Apr; 6(2):155-9. PMID: 8680642.
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    60. Rossi L, Litwin DE, Gowda K. Anatomic thoracoscopic lobectomy (ATL) without minithoracotomy: preliminary experience. Surg Laparosc Endosc. 1996 Feb; 6(1):49-55. PMID: 8808561.
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    61. Southerland SR, Remedios AM, McKerrell JG, Litwin D. Laparoscopic approaches to the lumbar vertebrae. An anatomic study using a porcine model. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 1995 Jul 15; 20(14):1620-3. PMID: 7570178.
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    62. Litwin D, Rossi L, Oleniuk F, Kenney B. Laparoscopic groin hernia repair. Int Surg. 1994 Oct-Dec; 79(4):296-9. PMID: 7713694.
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    63. Szabò Z, Hunter JG, Litwin DE, Berci G. Training for advanced laparoscopic surgical skills: suturing, knotting, and anastomosis techniques. Surg Technol Int. 1994; 3:125-38. PMID: 21319081.
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    64. Johnson D, Litwin D, Osachoff J, McIntosh D, Bersheid B, Church D, Yip R, Gallagher C. Postoperative respiratory function after laparoscopic cholecystectomy. Surg Laparosc Endosc. 1992 Sep; 2(3):221-6. PMID: 1341535.
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    65. Girotti MJ, Nagy AG, Litwin DE, Mamazza J, Poulin EC. Laparoscopic surgery--basic armamentarium. Can J Surg. 1992 Jun; 35(3):281-4. PMID: 1535546.
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    66. Litwin DE, Girotti MJ, Poulin EC, Mamazza J, Nagy AG. Laparoscopic cholecystectomy: trans-Canada experience with 2201 cases. Can J Surg. 1992 Jun; 35(3):291-6. PMID: 1535548.
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    67. Nagy AG, Poulin EC, Girotti MJ, Litwin DE, Mamazza J. History of laparoscopic surgery. Can J Surg. 1992 Jun; 35(3):271-4. PMID: 1535544.
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    68. Litwin DE, Taylor BR, Langer B, Greig P. Nonparasitic cysts of the liver. The case for conservative surgical management. Ann Surg. 1987 Jan; 205(1):45-8. PMID: 3800462.
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