The University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine, Knoxville



The Department of Surgery

Melissa P. LaPinska, MD

Associate Professor
Division of General Surgery

Clinical Focus

Abdominal wall reconstruction and complex hernia repair; Surgical endoscopy with a focus on advanced endoscopic techniques for the management of the post-surgical complications; Minimally invasive GI surgery; Single incision surgery

Research Focus

Abdominal wall reconstruction and complex hernia repair; Surgical endoscopy; Surgical education

Education

Medical School
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD

Internship
General Surgery, University of Virginia Health System, Charlottesville, VA

Residency
General Surgery, University of Virginia Health System, Charlottesville, VA

Fellowship
Laparoendoscopic Surgery, University Hospitals, Case Medical Center, Cleveland, OH

Certification

American Board of Surgery

Professional Affiliations

American College of Surgeons
Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons
American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
Association of Women Surgeons
Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract
University of Virginia Gold Humanism Honor Society
American Hernia Society
Knoxville Academy of Medicine
Tennessee Medical Association

Current Publications

Orenstein SB, Raigani S, Wu YV, Pauli EM, Phillips MS, Ponsky JL, Marks JM.
Peroral endoscopic myotomy (POEM) leads to similar results in patients with and without prior endoscopic or surgical therapy. Surgical Endoscopy. 2015 May;29(5):1064-70. Epub 2014 Sep 24.

Cerecedo-Rodriguez J, Phillips M, Figueroa-Barojas P, Kumer SC, Gaidhane M, Schmitt T, Kahaleh M.
Self Expandable Metal Stents for Anastomotic Stricture Following Liver Transplant. Digestive Diseases and Sciences. 2013 Sep;58(9):2661-6.

Current Presentations

Beierle S, Heidel E, Lewis J, Stewart E, Bell J, Gray K, LaPinska M, Mancini M, Nelson HS, McLoughlin J. A novel technique using intraoperative fluoroscopy as a tool to achieve negative margins after a wire-guided partial mastectomy. Presented at Southeastern Surgical Congress Annual Scientific Meeting; 2016 Feb 20-23; Atlanta, GA.

Jeffcoach D, LaCharite T, Barlow P, Powell C, Phillips M, Goldman M. CDI intervention on the documentation patterns of surgical residents. Presented at Academic Surgical Congress; 2015 Feb 3-5; Las Vegas, NV.

Mancini G, Phillips M, Le H. Basic endoscopy and laparoscopy resident course. Presented at Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (Invited Lectureship); 2014 Nov 6-7; Cincinnati, OH.

Phillips M. Laparoscopic and open hernia repair - Myofascial release: Rives-Stoppa and posterior component separation/TAR. Presented at 16th Annual Hernia Repair Conference; 2014 Mar 12-15; Las Vegas, NV.

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