Howard Kaufman, MD – Hemorrhoid Specialist Pasadena

Dr. Howard Kaufman is has passionately pursued efforts to reduce the effects of surgical trauma on his patients throughout his career.

Through the early adoption of new technologies, advancements in multidisciplinary care, and leadership positions in patient safety and quality initiatives he was able to achieve this goal. He was one of the early pioneers of minimally invasive surgery for Crohn’s disease and the first surgeon on the west coast to perform colon resections laparoscopically through a tiny single incision in the umbilicus (single port or single incision surgery). Dr. Kaufman also developed multidisciplinary pelvic floor programs on both coasts and demonstrated how advanced pelvic imaging influences surgical treatment decisions.

Dr. Kaufman served as the USC University Hospital Surgeon Champion for the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program and the Vice Chairman for Patient Safety and Quality in Surgery at the Keck School of Medicine. He was the first surgeon at Huntington Hospital and USC to implement the World Health Organization Surgical Safety Checklist, a tool proven to reduce complications and improve outcomes in surgery.

Dr. Kaufman’s research efforts have paralleled his clinical interests and expertise. After publishing over 63 peer-reviewed manuscripts and 16 book chapters, he has presented his work at major national and international meetings. As a member of several national surgical societies and the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, he serves as a scientific advisor to many surgical device corporations. In addition, Dr. Kaufman leads the Colorectal Research Program at the Huntington Medical Research Institute, where he directs numerous clinical and translational studies in both benign and malignant diseases.

 


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Awards:

  • W. Barry Wood Medical Student Research Award, John Hopkins University School of Medicine, 1988
  • Resident’s Clinical Research Award, American College of Surgeons, Maryland Chapter, 1991
  • George D. Zuidema Surgical Research Award, John Hopkins University School of Medicine, 1992
  • Upjohn Achievement Award for Clinical Research, Sinai Hospital of Baltimore and John Hopkins University School of Medicine, 1993
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Howard Kaufman, MD – Hemorrhoid Specialist Pasadena April 19, 2017

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