Benjamin E. Haithcock

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BACKGROUND Lung adenocarcinoma (LAD) has extreme genetic variation among patients, which is currently not well understood, limiting progress in therapy development and research. LAD intrinsic molecular subtypes are a validated stratification of naturally-occurring gene expression patterns and encompass different functional pathways and patient outcomes.(More)
BACKGROUND Identifying strong markers of prognosis is critical to optimize treatment and survival outcomes in patients with nonsmall cell lung cancer (NSCLC). The authors investigated the prognostic significance of preoperative cardiorespiratory fitness (peak oxygen consumption [VO(2peak)]) among operable candidates with NSCLC. METHODS By using a(More)
BACKGROUND Brain metastases are one of the most malignant complications of lung cancer and constitute a significant cause of cancer related morbidity and mortality worldwide. Recent years of investigation suggested a role of LKB1 in NSCLC development and progression, in synergy with KRAS alteration. In this study, we systematically analyzed how LKB1 and(More)
OBJECTIVE Intrapleural fibrinolytic enzymes have been used for over 60 years in the treatment of complicated pleural effusions to lyse loculations and promote resolution. Despite this extensive history of use, however, little is known about complications that may arise with the use of this therapy. Here we discuss a patient with chronic renal failure on(More)
BACKGROUND The use of fibrinolytics has been described for the treatment of complex pleural processes. This has evolved from streptokinase to urokinase to alteplase. Intrapleural fibrinolysis has added an alternative to surgical intervention in patients with complex pleural processes. This study describes the use of alteplase as an alternative to surgical(More)
PURPOSE The cause of the coagulopathy seen with supraceliac aortic cross-clamping (SC AXC) is unclear. SC AXC for 30 minutes results in both clotting factor consumption and activation of fibrinolytic pathways. This study was undertaken to define the hemostatic alterations that occur with longer intervals of SC AXC. METHODS Seven pigs underwent SC AXC for(More)
BACKGROUND The aim of this study was to define the potential for long-term survival with severe left ventricular dysfunction after coronary bypass and to quantify any improvement in overall functional status. METHODS Left ventricular dysfunction was confirmed preoperatively and the long-term survival and functional outcome after bypass was determined by(More)
BACKGROUND Applications to cardiothoracic training programs have declined dramatically. Increased effort in recruiting trainees is paramount. In this study, we test our hypothesis that mentored instruction on cardiothoracic simulators will enhance the interest of junior medical students in cardiothoracic surgery. METHODS First- and second-year medical(More)
BACKGROUND Endobronchial ultrasonography with transbronchial needle aspiration (EBUS-TBNA) has been shown to be equivalent to mediastinoscopy in lung cancer staging for mediastinal node involvement. Rapid on-site evaluation (ROSE) to determine the adequacy of nodal sampling has been claimed to be beneficial. METHODS A retrospective evaluation was(More)