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Kent Choi, MD

Clinical Professor
Director, Surgical Critical Care Fellowship
Surgical Co-Director, Surgical & Neurosciences Intensive Care Unit
Clinical Professor of Surgery - Acute Care Surgery

Contact Information

Primary Office
0091-C-1 RCP
Iowa City, IA 52242


Jinan University, School of Medicine
BS, Chemistry, University of Florida
MD, Medical College of Georgia, School of Medicine
MS, Epidemiology, University of Iowa, Graduate College
Resident, General Surgery, University of West Virginia
Fellow, Critical Care, Washington University

Licensure and Certifications

Board Certified, Surgical Critical Care - American Board of Surgery
Board Certified, General Surgery - American Board of Surgery

Research Summary

Dr. Choi's interests include: 1) Epidemiology study in traumatic injury prevention 2) Trauma system set up and care outcome. 3) Morbid obesity and trauma outcome 4) Surgical infection control 5) Immunology and inflammatory response in obesity


Thenuwara, K., Thomas, J., Ibsen, M., Ituk, U., Choi, K., Nickel, E. & Goodheart, M. J. (2017). Use of hyperbaric oxygen therapy and PEGylated carboxyhemoglobin bovine in a Jehovah's Witness with life-threatening anemia following postpartum hemorrhage. International Journal of Obstetric Anesthesia, 73-90. DOI: 10.1016/j.ijoa.2016.10.006.

Adam, L. A., Choi, K. C. (2016). Chapter 2: , Laryngoscopy and Endotracheal Intubation. In C. Scott-Conner (Eds.) Essential Operative Techniques & Anatomy. pp. 6-13. Elsevier BV.

Kealey, G. P., Dhungel, V., Wideroff, M. J., Liao, J., Choi, K., Skeete, D. A., Lilienthal, M. A., Born, J. & Pitcher, G. (2015). Patient Education & Recall Regarding Post-Splenectomy Immunizations. J Surg Res, 199(2), 580-5. DOI: 10.1016/j.jss.2015.05.063.

Choi, K. C. (2015). Chapter 8: Getting Started. In C. Scott-Conner (Eds.) Medical Writing: A Brief Guide For Beginners. pp. 73-85.

Ahmed, A., Harland, K. K., Hoffman, B., Liao, J., Choi, K. C., Skeete, D. & Denning, G. (2015). Not just an urban phenomenon: Uninsured rural trauma patients at increased risk for mortality. Western Journal of Emergency Medicine, 16(5), 632-41. DOI: 10.5811/westjem.2015.7.27351.

(2015). Obesity Delays Functional Recovery in Trauma Patients. Journal of Surgical Research, 193(1), 415-20. DOI: 10.1016/j.jss.2014.07.027..

Reddy, A., Hitchon, P. W., Al-Nafi, S. & Choi, K. (2015). Entero-paraspinous fistula from recurrent spinal metastatic renal cell carcinoma. Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine, 22(1), 60-3. DOI: 10.3171/2014.10.SPINE14294.

Mohr, N., Harland, K., Skeete, D. A., Pearson, K. & Choi, K. C. (2014). Duration of Prehospital Intubation is not a risk factor for the development of early ventilator-associated pneumonia. Journal of Critical Care, 29(4), 539-44. DOI: 10.1016/j.jcrc.2014.03.030.

Choi, K. C., Adam, L. & Lee, G. (2013). Essential Operative Techniques & Anatomy 4E., C. E. Scott-Conner (Eds.) (4), pp. 533-575. Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

Sun, R., Choi, K. C. & Coots, B. (2013). The use of the Mitek anchoring system on the iliac crest for flank incisional hernia repair. European Journal of Plastic Surgery, 36(5). DOI: 10.1007/s00238-012-0793-0.

Sun, R., Skeete, D. A., Lilienthal, M. A. & Choi, K. C. (2013). A pediatric cervical spine clearance protocol to reduce radiation exposure in children. Journal of Surgical Research. DOI: 10.1016/j.jss.2012.12.048.

Sun, R., Skeete, D., Wetjen, K., Lilienthal, M. & Choi, K. (2013). A pediatric cervical spine clearance protocol to reduce radiation exposure in children. Journal of Surgical research (Impact Factor: 2.02). DOI: DOI: 10.1016/j.jss.2012.12.048..

Philip, A. F., Fangman, W., Liao, J., Lilienthal, M. A. & Choi, K. C. (2013). Helmets Prevent Motorcycle Injuries. Traffic Injury Prevention, 14, 496-500.

Hallam, D., Liao, J. & Choi, K. C. (2012). Manure Pit Injuries: Deadly and Preventable. Journal of Emergencies, Trauma and Shock, 5(3), 253-256. DOI: 10.4103/0974-2700.99702.

Liao, J., Choi, K. (2009). Cost Expansion vs. Cost Control--Lessions from the Canadian System. (Vols. 361). (21), pp. e107. The New England Journal of Medicine.

Choi, K. (2008). Chapter 39: Bilateral Inguinal Hernias, Case. In , C. Scott-Conner (Eds.) The SAGES Manual of Strategic Decision Making, Case Studies in Minimal Access Surgery. pp. 495-505. New York, NY: Springer. DOI: 10.1007/978-0-387-76671-3.

Choi, K. (2008). Feeding Tube Placement, Gastrostomy Versus Jejunostomy. In , C. Scott-Conner (Eds.) The SAGES Manual of Strategic Decision Making, Case Studies in Minimal Access Surgery. pp. 243-252. New York, NY: Springer. DOI: 10.1007/978-0-387-76671-3.

Choi, K., Spence, R. K., Shander, A. & Scott-Conner, C. H. (2008). Chapter 19: Hemostasis, Thrombosis, Anticoagulation, Hematopoiesis & Blood Transfusion. In The Physiologic Basis of Surgery. pp. 533-575. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

Royer, N., O'Brien, A. & Choi, K. C. (2007). Potential etiology of increased mortality among obese trauma patients. (Vols. 137). (2), pp. 284-285. Journal of Surgical Research. DOI: 10.1016/j.jss.2006.12.352.

Choi, K. C., Peek-Asa, C., Lovell, M., Zwerling, C., Torner, J. & Kealey, G. P. (2005). Complications following therapeutic trauma laparotomy. Journal of The American College of Surgeons, 201(4), 546-553.

Choi, K., Sherry, R. M. & Wei, J. P. (1993). Traumatic pseudoaneurysm of the supra-orbital artery associated with von-Willebrand Factor Deficiency. Journal of Trauma, 3(6), 966-967.