Maria C. Russell

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Outcomes in transplantation have been limited by suboptimal long-term graft survival and toxicities associated with current immunosuppressive approaches. T cell costimulation blockade has shown promise as an alternative strategy to avoid the side effects of conventional immunosuppressive therapies, but targeting CD28-mediated costimulation alone has proven(More)
BACKGROUND In comparison with open distal pancreatectomy (ODP), laparoscopic distal pancreatectomy (LDP) is associated with fewer complications and shorter hospital stays, but comparative cost data for the two approaches are limited. METHODS Records of all distal pancreatectomies carried out from January 2009 to June 2013 were reviewed and stratified(More)
Memory T cells promote allograft rejection particularly in co-stimulation blockade–based immunosuppressive regimens. Here we show that the CD2-specific fusion protein alefacept (lymphocyte function–associated antigen-3–Ig; LFA -3–Ig) selectively eliminates memory T cells and, when combined with a co-stimulation blockade–based regimen using cytotoxic T(More)
BACKGROUND The value of routine primary (intraoperative) drain placement after major hepatectomy remains unclear. We sought to determine if primary drainage led to decreased rates of complications, specifically, intra-abdominal biloma or infection requiring a secondary (postoperative) drainage procedure. STUDY DESIGN All patients who underwent major(More)
PURPOSE The development of a genetic signature for the identification of high-risk cutaneous melanoma tumors would provide a valuable prognostic tool with value for stage I and II patients who represent a remarkably heterogeneous group with a 3% to 55% chance of disease progression and death 5 years from diagnosis. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN A prognostic 28-gene(More)
BACKGROUND Open inguinal lymphadenectomy for regionally metastatic melanoma is associated with a high wound-related morbidity. Videoscopic inguinal lymphadenectomy (VIL) is a minimally invasive approach with fewer wound-related complications, yet its adoption has been hindered by a lack of oncologic outcomes data. STUDY DESIGN Data were prospectively(More)
High-grade versions of appendiceal goblet cell carcinoids (‘adenocarcinoma ex-goblet cell carcinoids’) are poorly characterized. We herein document 77 examples. Tumors occurred predominantly in females (74%), mean age 55 years (29–84), most with disseminated abdominal (77% peritoneal, 58% gynecologic tract involvement) and stage IV (65%) disease. Many(More)
BACKGROUND Jejunostomy feeding tubes (J-tubes) are often placed during resection for gastric adenocarcinoma (GAC). Their effect on postoperative complications and receipt of adjuvant therapy is unclear. METHODS Patients who underwent curative-intent resection of GAC at seven institutions of the U.S. Gastric Cancer Collaborative from 2000 to 2012 were(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES The role of HER2 in patients with early stage/resected gastric cancer is controversial. This study investigates the prevalence and prognostic value of HER2 in patients undergoing curative intent resection for gastric adenocarcinoma. METHODS HER2 status was evaluated in 111 patients with gastric adenocarcinoma treated surgically(More)
BACKGROUND Patients with pancreatic cancer who present with biliary symptoms may undergo cholecystectomy and thus delay cancer diagnosis. We hypothesized that prior cholecystectomy leads to decreased overall survival in patients with pancreatic adenocarcinoma. METHODS Retrospective study of hepatobiliary database. RESULTS Three hundred sixty-five(More)