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Frank E. Primus M.D.

Frank E. Primus M.D.

Postdoctoral Reseach Fellow
Infection Injury and Immunity Lab
Division of General Surgery

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  • Stanford University, Stanford, CA, B.A., Human Biology, 2000.
  • University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine, Chicago, IL,
  • Medical Doctorate, 2008.
  • University of California, San Francisco, 6/2013
  • NIH Post-Doctoral Scholar, 2010-2013
  • Hernia Prevention
  • Wound healing
  • Critical Care
After starting my clinical career in Chicago, I transferred my efforts to the west coast and joined Dr. Hobart Harris' Immunity, Infection, and Injury lab as a NIH Post-Doctoral Fellow to further my research experience. After three productive years primarily working on an innovative approach to prevent incisional hernias as well as improving wound care, I re-entered the clinical setting and spent the next two years as a surgical resident at UCSF. My research interests then drew me back to the lab to continue on the same project, of which is still ongoing currently.
There are 4-5 million abdominal incisions performed annually in the United States with hernias resulting after 11-23% of these procedures. Importantly, incisional hernias result in severe morbidity beyond the cosmetic deformity of a visible bulge in the anterior abdominal wall, including intestinal obstruction, bowel ischemia, enterocutaneous fistula and significant limitations on a patient?s physical activity and gainful employment. We set out to investigate a novel method of preventing incisional hernias by employing a bioactive microparticles and fibrin composite using an established animal hernia model with rats.