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Rana Higgins MD

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Associate Professor

Institution: Medical College of Wisconsin
Department: Surgery
Division: General


Publications (56)

  • The evolution of the general surgery resident operative case experience in the era of robotic surgery (Nwaelugo NS, Goldblatt MI, Gould JC, Higgins RM) Surgical Endoscopy September 2022;36(9):6679-6687 SCOPUS ID: 2-s2.0-85122238880 09/01/2022       1 Citation
  • Robotic surgery training curricula: prevalence, perceptions, and educational experiences in general surgery residency programs (Madion MP, Kastenmeier A, Goldblatt MI, Higgins RM) Surgical Endoscopy September 2022;36(9):6638-6646 SCOPUS ID: 2-s2.0-85122704712 09/01/2022       1 Citation
  • Expertise in perception during robotic surgery (ExPeRtS): What we see and what we say (Green CA, Lin J, Higgins R, O'Sullivan PS, Huang E) American Journal of Surgery September 2022;224(3):908-913 SCOPUS ID: 2-s2.0-85130933667 09/01/2022    
  • Implementation of a standardized multimodal pain regimen significantly reduces postoperative inpatient opioid utilization in patients undergoing bariatric surgery. (Tan WH, Ford J, Kindel T, Higgins RM, Lak K, Gould JC) Surg Endosc 2022 Aug 04 PMID: 35927346 SCOPUS ID: 2-s2.0-85135574000 08/05/2022    
  • Utilization of a National Registry to influence opioid prescribing behavior after hernia repair (Reinhorn M, Dews T, Warren JA, Higgins R, Petro C, Perez A, Poulose B, Rosen M, Ott L, Harris T, Goel A, Potee R, Brummett C, Hafner G, Iacco A) Hernia June 2022;26(3):847-853 SCOPUS ID: 2-s2.0-85114377500 06/01/2022       2 Citations
  • The opioid reduction task force: using the ACHQC Data Registry to combat an epidemic in hernia patients (Higgins RM, Petro CC, Warren J, Perez AJ, Dews T, Phillips S, Reinhorn M) Hernia June 2022;26(3):855-864 SCOPUS ID: 2-s2.0-85123090261 06/01/2022       1 Citation
  • Acceptability and barriers to adopting physical therapy and rehabilitation as standard of care in hernia disease: a prospective national survey of providers and preliminary data (Renshaw S, Peterson R, Lewis R, Olson M, Henderson W, Kreuz B, Poulose B, Higgins RM) Hernia June 2022;26(3):865-871 SCOPUS ID: 2-s2.0-85127741780 06/01/2022    
  • Enhancing robotic efficiency through the eyes of robotic surgeons: sub-analysis of the expertise in perception during robotic surgery (ExPeRtS) study. (Green CA, Lin JA, Huang E, O'Sullivan P, Higgins RM) Surg Endosc 2022 May 17 PMID: 35579701 SCOPUS ID: 2-s2.0-85130460965 05/18/2022    
  • Laparoscopic versus robotic inguinal hernia repair: 1- and 2-year outcomes from the RIVAL trial. (Miller BT, Prabhu AS, Petro CC, Beffa LRA, Carbonell AM, Hope W, Warren J, Higgins RM, Jacob B, Blatnik J, Krpata DM, Tu C, Costanzo A, Rosen MJ) Surg Endosc 2022 May 16 PMID: 35578051 SCOPUS ID: 2-s2.0-85130115725 05/17/2022    
  • Acceptability and barriers to adopting physical therapy and rehabilitation as standard of care in hernia disease: a prospective national survey of providers and preliminary data. (Renshaw S, Peterson R, Lewis R, Olson M, Henderson W, Kreuz B, Poulose B, Higgins RM) Hernia 2022 06;26(3):865-871 PMID: 35399142 SCOPUS ID: 2-s2.0-85127741780 04/12/2022    
  • Transversus abdominis plane blocks for complex abdominal wall reconstruction decrease hospital length of stay compared to epidurals. (Petcka NL, Alter-Troilo K, Hetzel E, Higgins RM, Lak KL, Gould JC, Kindel TL, Kastenmeier AS, Goldblatt MI) Surg Endosc 2022 Oct;36(10):7722-7730 PMID: 35194667 SCOPUS ID: 2-s2.0-85125066286 02/24/2022       1 Citation
  • The opioid reduction task force: using the ACHQC Data Registry to combat an epidemic in hernia patients. (Higgins RM, Petro CC, Warren J, Perez AJ, Dews T, Phillips S, Reinhorn M) Hernia 2022 06;26(3):855-864 PMID: 35039950 SCOPUS ID: 2-s2.0-85123090261 01/19/2022       1 Citation
  • Robotic surgery training curricula: prevalence, perceptions, and educational experiences in general surgery residency programs. (Madion MP, Kastenmeier A, Goldblatt MI, Higgins RM) Surg Endosc 2022 Sep;36(9):6638-6646 PMID: 35001224 SCOPUS ID: 2-s2.0-85122704712 01/11/2022       1 Citation
  • The evolution of the general surgery resident operative case experience in the era of robotic surgery. (Nwaelugo NS, Goldblatt MI, Gould JC, Higgins RM) Surg Endosc 2022 Sep;36(9):6679-6687 PMID: 34981239 SCOPUS ID: 2-s2.0-85122238880 01/05/2022       1 Citation
  • The Effect of Bariatric Surgery Volume on General Surgery Outcomes for Morbidly Obese Patients. (Wilkinson KH, Wu R, Szabo A, Higgins R, Gould J, Kindel T) J Obes 2021;2021:8945091 PMID: 34754518 PMCID: PMC8572633 SCOPUS ID: 2-s2.0-85118924726 11/11/2021    
  • The Impact of Hemoglobin A1c on Post-operative Outcomes in Bariatric Surgery Patients (Sridhar N, Hetzel E, Kindel TL, Gould JC, Higgins RM) Journal of Surgical Research November 2021;267:636-641 SCOPUS ID: 2-s2.0-85110306742 11/01/2021    
  • Robotic-assisted Resection of a Diaphragmatic Metastasis of a Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumor. (Andryk LM, McNamara MA, Linsky PL, Higgins RM) Surg Laparosc Endosc Percutan Tech 2021 Sep 17;32(1):145-147 PMID: 34534200 SCOPUS ID: 2-s2.0-85124055120 09/18/2021    
  • The influence of preoperative carbohydrate loading on postoperative outcomes in bariatric surgery patients: a randomized, controlled trial (Suh S, Hetzel E, Alter-Troilo K, Lak K, Gould JC, Kindel TL, Higgins RM) Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases August 2021;17(8):1480-1488 SCOPUS ID: 2-s2.0-85106298217 08/01/2021       3 Citations
  • The Impact of Hemoglobin A1c on Post-operative Outcomes in Bariatric Surgery Patients. (Sridhar N, Hetzel E, Kindel TL, Gould JC, Higgins RM) J Surg Res 2021 11;267:636-641 PMID: 34273793 SCOPUS ID: 2-s2.0-85110306742 07/18/2021    
  • Bariatric surgery in patients with advanced heart failure: A proposed multi-disciplinary pathway for surgical care in medically complex patients. (Kindel TL, Higgins RM, Lak K, Gould J, Baumann Kreuziger L, Mohammed A, Gaglianello N, Ishizawar D) Surgery 2021 09;170(3):659-663 PMID: 34052027 SCOPUS ID: 2-s2.0-85106595666 05/31/2021       1 Citation
  • The influence of preoperative carbohydrate loading on postoperative outcomes in bariatric surgery patients: a randomized, controlled trial. (Suh S, Hetzel E, Alter-Troilo K, Lak K, Gould JC, Kindel TL, Higgins RM) Surg Obes Relat Dis 2021 Aug;17(8):1480-1488 PMID: 34016554 SCOPUS ID: 2-s2.0-85106298217 05/22/2021       3 Citations
  • Examining current patterns of opioid prescribing and use after bariatric surgery. (Ford J, Kindel T, Higgins RM, Lak KL, Hetzel E, Gould JC) Surg Endosc 2022 04;36(4):2564-2569 PMID: 33978853 SCOPUS ID: 2-s2.0-85105861939 05/13/2021       2 Citations
  • Robotic General Surgery Resident Training Curriculum: A Pilot Experience. (Grannan HR, Hetzel E, Goldblatt MI, Gould JC, Higgins RM) Surg Laparosc Endosc Percutan Tech 2021 Apr 23;31(5):588-593 PMID: 33900227 SCOPUS ID: 2-s2.0-85118283146 04/27/2021       2 Citations
  • Ten-year trends in minimally invasive hernia repair: a NSQIP database review. (Madion M, Goldblatt MI, Gould JC, Higgins RM) Surg Endosc 2021 12;35(12):7200-7208 PMID: 33398576 SCOPUS ID: 2-s2.0-85098791089 01/06/2021       4 Citations
  • Morbidity and Mortality after Bariatric Surgery in Adolescents Versus Adults (Lopez EH, Munie S, Higgins R, Gould J, Kindel T) Journal of Surgical Research December 2020;256:180-186 SCOPUS ID: 2-s2.0-85088125837 12/01/2020       3 Citations
  • Robotic Inguinal vs Transabdominal Laparoscopic Inguinal Hernia Repair: The RIVAL Randomized Clinical Trial. (Prabhu AS, Carbonell A, Hope W, Warren J, Higgins R, Jacob B, Blatnik J, Haskins I, Alkhatib H, Tastaldi L, Fafaj A, Tu C, Rosen MJ) JAMA Surg 2020 05 01;155(5):380-387 PMID: 32186683 PMCID: PMC7081145 SCOPUS ID: 2-s2.0-85082430419 03/19/2020       45 Citations
  • The Robotic Surgery Learning Experience Through the Eyes of the Medical Student: What Do They See? (Higgins RM, O'Sullivan P) J Surg Educ 2020 May - Jun;77(3):549-556 PMID: 31959582 SCOPUS ID: 2-s2.0-85078000031 01/22/2020       3 Citations
  • Comparative analysis of robotic versus laparoscopic revisional bariatric surgery: perioperative outcomes from the MBSAQIP database. (Nasser H, Munie S, Kindel TL, Gould JC, Higgins RM) Surg Obes Relat Dis 2020 Mar;16(3):397-405 PMID: 31932204 SCOPUS ID: 2-s2.0-85077680129 01/15/2020       22 Citations
  • The impact of nausea on post-operative outcomes in bariatric surgery patients. (Suh S, Helm M, Kindel TL, Goldblatt MI, Gould JC, Higgins RM) Surg Endosc 2020 07;34(7):3085-3091 PMID: 31388805 SCOPUS ID: 2-s2.0-85070329324 08/08/2019       6 Citations
  • Postoperative Urinary Retention After Bariatric Surgery: An Institutional Analysis. (Roadman D, Helm M, Goldblatt MI, Kindel TL, Gould JC, Higgins RM) J Surg Res 2019 11;243:83-89 PMID: 31170554 SCOPUS ID: 2-s2.0-85066406487 06/07/2019       1 Citation
  • The Risk of Post-operative Complications in Super-Super Obesity Compared to Super Obesity in Accredited Bariatric Surgery Centers. (Wilkinson KH, Helm M, Lak K, Higgins RM, Gould JC, Kindel TL) Obes Surg 2019 09;29(9):2964-2971 PMID: 31134478 SCOPUS ID: 2-s2.0-85071710606 05/28/2019       9 Citations
  • Buyer's remorse: what predicts post-decision dissonance after bariatric surgery? (Wallace L, Horecki EK, Helm MC, Higgins RM, Gould JC, Lak K, Kindel TL) Surg Obes Relat Dis 2019 Jul;15(7):1182-1188 PMID: 31104956 SCOPUS ID: 2-s2.0-85065611346 05/21/2019       3 Citations
  • The Pros and Cons of Partial Versus Total Fundoplication for Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease. (Higgins RM, Gould JC) J Laparoendosc Adv Surg Tech A 2020 Feb;30(2):117-120 PMID: 31100029 SCOPUS ID: 2-s2.0-85079356224 05/18/2019       4 Citations
  • Blood transfusions increase the risk of venous thromboembolism following ventral hernia repair. (Helm JH, Helm MC, Kindel TL, Gould JC, Higgins RM) Hernia 2019 Dec;23(6):1149-1154 PMID: 30923979 SCOPUS ID: 2-s2.0-85064051833 03/30/2019       8 Citations
  • Preoperative functional health status is a predictor of short-term postoperative morbidity and mortality after bariatric surgery. (Lak KL, Helm MC, Higgins RM, Kindel TL, Gould JC) Surg Obes Relat Dis 2019 Apr;15(4):608-614 PMID: 30850305 SCOPUS ID: 2-s2.0-85062370891 03/10/2019       2 Citations
  • Linear vs. circular-stapled gastrojejunostomy in Roux-en-Y gastric bypass. (Barr AC, Lak KL, Helm MC, Kindel TL, Higgins RM, Gould JC) Surg Endosc 2019 12;33(12):4098-4101 PMID: 30805785 SCOPUS ID: 2-s2.0-85062153988 02/26/2019       10 Citations
  • Perioperative blood transfusion increases risk of surgical site infection after bariatric surgery. (Higgins RM, Helm MC, Kindel TL, Gould JC) Surg Obes Relat Dis 2019 Apr;15(4):582-587 PMID: 30803881 SCOPUS ID: 2-s2.0-85061798542 02/26/2019       8 Citations
  • Peri-operative, intravenous clindamycin may improve the resolution rate of hypertension after Roux-en-Y gastric bypass in morbidly obese patients. (Patz JJ, Helm MC, Higgins RM, Goldblatt MI, Gould JC, Kindel TL) Surg Endosc 2019 12;33(12):3984-3989 PMID: 30734082 SCOPUS ID: 2-s2.0-85061342352 02/09/2019       4 Citations
  • C-Reactive protein as a predictor of post-operative complications in bariatric surgery patients. (Villard MA, Helm MC, Kindel TL, Goldblatt MI, Gould JC, Higgins RM) Surg Endosc 2019 08;33(8):2479-2484 PMID: 30341654 SCOPUS ID: 2-s2.0-85055477335 10/21/2018       10 Citations
  • Postoperative urinary retention after laparoscopic total extraperitoneal inguinal hernia repair. (Roadman D, Helm M, Goldblatt MI, Kastenmeier A, Kindel TL, Gould JC, Higgins RM) J Surg Res 2018 11;231:309-315 PMID: 30278946 SCOPUS ID: 2-s2.0-85049020303 10/04/2018       10 Citations
  • The impact of preoperative anemia and malnutrition on outcomes in paraesophageal hernia repair. (Clark LN, Helm MC, Higgins R, Lak K, Kastenmeier A, Kindel T, Goldblatt M, Gould JC) Surg Endosc 2018 11;32(11):4666-4672 PMID: 29934871 SCOPUS ID: 2-s2.0-85048899302 06/24/2018       2 Citations
  • Effect of adiposity on tissue-specific adiponectin secretion. (Reneau J, Goldblatt M, Gould J, Kindel T, Kastenmeier A, Higgins R, Rengel LR, Schoyer K, James R, Obi B, Moosreiner A, Nicholson K, Sahoo D, Kidambi S) PLoS One 2018;13(6):e0198889 PMID: 29924824 PMCID: PMC6010237 SCOPUS ID: 2-s2.0-85048771061 06/21/2018       23 Citations
  • Preoperative immobility significantly impacts the risk of postoperative complications in bariatric surgery patients. (Higgins RM, Helm M, Gould JC, Kindel TL) Surg Obes Relat Dis 2018 06;14(6):842-848 PMID: 29599072 SCOPUS ID: 2-s2.0-85044583677 03/31/2018       8 Citations
  • Predictors of Postoperative Urinary Tract Infection After Bariatric Surgery. (Helmen ZM, Helm MC, Helm JH, Nielsen A, Kindel T, Higgins R, Gould JC) Obes Surg 2018 07;28(7):1950-1954 PMID: 29318506 SCOPUS ID: 2-s2.0-85040223875 01/11/2018       3 Citations
  • Perioperative bleeding and blood transfusion are major risk factors for venous thromboembolism following bariatric surgery. (Nielsen AW, Helm MC, Kindel T, Higgins R, Lak K, Helmen ZM, Gould JC) Surg Endosc 2018 05;32(5):2488-2495 PMID: 29101558 SCOPUS ID: 2-s2.0-85032808735 11/05/2017       23 Citations
  • Discussion of: "Perioperative complications increase the risk of venous thromboembolism following bariatric surgery". (Helm MC, Simon K, Higgins R, Kindel TL, Gould JC) Am J Surg 2017 12;214(6):1141-1142 PMID: 28985890 SCOPUS ID: 2-s2.0-85030458497 10/08/2017       1 Citation
  • Perioperative complications increase the risk of venous thromboembolism following bariatric surgery. (Helm MC, Simon K, Higgins R, Kindel TL, Gould JC) Am J Surg 2017 Dec;214(6):1135-1140 PMID: 28958647 SCOPUS ID: 2-s2.0-85029797373 09/30/2017       15 Citations
  • Pre-Existing Mesh at the Hiatus in Revisional Surgery Does Not Result in Increased Morbidity: A Case-Control Evaluation. (Higgins RM, Schumm M, Bosler ME, Gould JC) J Laparoendosc Adv Surg Tech A 2017 Oct;27(10):997-1001 PMID: 28696816 SCOPUS ID: 2-s2.0-85031306689 07/12/2017       3 Citations
  • Cost analysis of robotic versus laparoscopic general surgery procedures. (Higgins RM, Frelich MJ, Bosler ME, Gould JC) Surg Endosc 2017 01;31(1):185-192 PMID: 27139704 SCOPUS ID: 2-s2.0-84965066398 05/04/2016       78 Citations
  • Outcomes and Use of Laparoscopic Versus Open Gastric Resection. (Higgins RM, Kubasiak JC, Jacobson RA, Janssen I, Myers JA, Millikan KW, Deziel DJ, Luu MB) JSLS 2015 Oct-Dec;19(4) PMID: 26941544 PMCID: PMC4756354 SCOPUS ID: 2-s2.0-84960469991 03/05/2016       9 Citations
  • The utility of mock oral examinations in preparation for the American Board of Surgery certifying examination. (Higgins RM, Deal RA, Rinewalt D, Hollinger EF, Janssen I, Poirier J, Austin D, Rendina M, Francescatti A, Myers JA, Millikan KW, Luu MB) Am J Surg 2016 Feb;211(2):416-20 PMID: 26686905 SCOPUS ID: 2-s2.0-84955659211 12/22/2015       13 Citations
  • Does initial laparoscopic cholecystectomy influence the outcomes of definitive oncologic resection for gallbladder cancer? (Ballo R, Saeed M, Daly S, Pinzon M, Francescatti A, Millikan KW, Myers JA, Bines SF, Luu MB) Am Surg 2015 Feb;81(2):E54-6 PMID: 25642856 SCOPUS ID: 2-s2.0-84925581212 02/03/2015       2 Citations
  • Chapter 32: Esophageal Cancer (Ballo RM and Millikan KW) Common Surgical Diseases: An Algorithmic Approach to Problem Solving Springer, New York, pp 133-135 01/01/2015    
  • Intestinal Tuberculosis in a Liver Transplant Patient (Ballo RM, Veenstra B, Simon DM, Eswaran S, Chan EY) Journal of Clinical Case Reports 4:364. DOI: 10.4172/2165-7920.1000364 05/30/2014    
  • Does initial laparoscopic cholecystectomy influence the outcomes of definitive oncologic resection for gallbladder cancer? (Ballo RM, Saeed M, Daly S, Pinzon M, Francescatti A, Millikan KW, Myers JA, Bines SF, Luu MB) Gastroenterology, abstract supplement 144(5):S-1115 05/01/2013    
  • Predictors of positive sentinel lymph node in thin melanoma. (Yonick DV, Ballo RM, Kahn E, Dahiya M, Yao K, Godellas C, Shoup M, Aranha GV) Am J Surg 2011 Mar;201(3):324-7; discussion 327-8 PMID: 21367372 SCOPUS ID: 2-s2.0-79952137514 03/04/2011       41 Citations
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