The University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine, Knoxville



The Department of Surgery

Kaela E. Blake, MD

Assistant Professor
Division of General Surgery

Clinical Focus

Minimally Invasive Surgery, Hernia, and Abdominal Wall Reconstruction.

Education

Medical School
Texas Tech University Health Science Center; Lubbock TX, 2015

Residency
General Surgery
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center; Dallas, TX, 2020

Fellowship
Minimally Invasive Surgery, Advanced GI, Bariatric Surgery
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center; Lebanon, NH, 2021

Abdominal Wall Reconstruction Fellowship
Cleveland Clinic Foundation; Cleveland, OH
2022

Certifications

American Board of Surgery

Professional Affiliations

American College of Surgeons (ACS): Member
Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons
Association of Women Surgeons (AWS): Member
Americas Hernia Society (AHS): Member
American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS)

Current Publications

Parnell KE, Philip J, Billmeier SE, Trus TL.
The effects of using telemedicine for introductory bariatric surgery seminars during the COVID-19 pandemic. Surg Endosc. 2023 Jul;37(7):5509-5515. doi: 10.1007/s00464-022-09640-w

Blake KE, Perlmutter B, Saieed G, Said SA, Maskal SM, Petro CC, Krpata DM, Rosen MJ, Prabhu AS..
The impact of comorbidities on postoperative outcomes of ventral hernia repair: The patients' perspective. Hernia. 2023 Aug;27(4):901-909. doi: 10.1007/s10029-023-02826-8. Epub 2023 Jul 6.

Wehrle CJ, Shukla P, Miller BT, Blake KE, Prabhu AS, Petro CC, Krpata DM, Beffa LR, Tu C, Rosen MJ.
Incisional hernia rates following midline laparotomy in the obese patient: A retrospective review. Hernia. 2023 Jun;27(3):557-563. doi: 10.1007/s10029-022-02688-6

Blake KE, Beffa LR, Petro CC, Krpata DM, Prabhu AS, Rosen MJ.
Surgeon accuracy and interrater reliability when interpreting CT scans after ventral hernia repair. Hernia. 2022 Nov 28. doi: 10.1007/s10029-022-02710-x

Blake KE, Zolin SJ, Tu C, Baier KF, Alaedeen D, Krpata DM, Prabhu AS, Rosen MJ, Petro CC.
Comparing anterior gastropexy to no anterior gastropexy for paraesophageal hernia repair: A study protocol for a randomized control trial. Trials. 2022 Jul 30;23(1):616. doi: 10.1186/s13063-022-06571-8

Leech MM, Herrick MD, Parnell KE, Rosenkranz KM.
Dysautonomia following breast surgery: Disproportionate response to postoperative hematoma. Surg Open Sci. 2022 May 25;10:7-11. doi: 10.1016/j.sopen.2022.05.011

Parnell KE, Kuhlenschmidt K, Madni D, Chernyakhovsky C, Donovan I, Garofalo K, Hambrick S, Scott DJ, Oltmann SC, Luk S.
Using telemedicine on an acute care surgery service: Improving clinic efficiency and access to care. Surg Endosc . 2021 Oct;35(10):5760-5765. doi: 10.1007/s00464-020-08055-9

Current Presentations

Blake KE. How to handle the perineal hernia. Presented at SAGES Annual Meeting; 2024 April; Cleveland, OH.

Park J, Kimball K, Blake K. Robotic approach to sciatic hernia repair. Presented at Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons; 2024 April - 17; Cleveland,OH.

Kaela Blake. Grand rounds: Hernia surgery: Are we there yet? Presented at Ochsner Health Grand Rounds; 2023 Nov - 27; New Orleans,LA.

Park J, Madion M, Blake KE. Ultrasound-guided quadratus lumborum blocks prior to abdominal wall reconstruction: A retrospective cohort study. Presented at AHS Annual Meeting; 2023 September 21; Austin, Texas.

Blake K. How accurate are our predictions using hernia radiology? Presented at AHS Annual Meeting; 2023 September 21; Austin, Texas.

Blake K. How to own the ABSITE and your boards. Presented at University of Tennessee Medical Center Residency Lecture; 2023 September 26; Knoxville,Tennessee.

Blake K. How accurate are our predictions using hernia radiology? Presented at AHS Annual Meeting; 2023 September 29; Austin, Texas.

Blake KE. Top 3 things i learned in my first year of practice. Presented at 3rd Annual Women in Surgery Conference, Cleveland Clinic Foundation; 2023 August; Cleveland, OH.

Blake KE. How to own the ABSITEā€¦and your boards. Presented at 4th Annual Women in Surgery Conference, Cleveland Clinic Foundation; 2023 August; Cleveland, OH.

Blake KE, Beffa LR, Krpata DM, Petro CC, Rosen MJ, Prabhu AS. Surgeon accuracy and interrater reliability when interpreting CT scans after ventral hernia repair. Presented at ACHQC Annual Conference; 2023 March - 4; Denver, CO.

Blake KE. Hernia surgery: Are we there yet? Presented at University of Tennessee Medical Center; 2023 Jan - 5 ; Knoxville, TN.

Blake KE. Abdominal wall reconstruction & body contouring. Presented at ASMBS Weekend; 2022 November - 10; San Antonio, TX.

Blake K, Prabhu AS. Abdominal Wall Reconstruction After Hemipelvectomy. Presented at ACS Clinical Congress; 2022 October-18; San Diego, CA.

Blake K, Beffa LR, Krpata DM, Petro CC, Rosen MJ, Prabhu AS. Surgeon Accuracy and Interrater Reliability when Interpreting CT scans after Ventral Hernia Repair. Presented at 2022 AHS Annual Conference.; 2022 September-16; Charlotte, NC.

Blake K, Perlmutter B, Saieed G, Al-deen Said S, Krpata DM, Petro CC, Rosen MJ, Prabhu AS. The Impact of Patient Perceptions of Co-morbidities on Outcomes following Ventral Hernia Repair. Presented at AHS Annual Conference; 2022 September-16; Charlotte, NC.

Blake K, Billmeier SE, Trus TL. The Effects of Using Telemedicine for Introductory Bariatric Surgery Seminars during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Presented at SAGES Annual Conference; 2022 March-17; Denver, CO.

Blake KE. Trauma/burn ABSITE review. Presented at Cleveland Clinic Foundation; 2022 Jan; Cleveland, OH.

Blake KE. Case scenarios in general surgery. Presented at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center; 2021 May; Lebanon, NH.

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