Dawn Marie Elfenbein

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Assistant Professor, Surgery
School of Medicine
Assistant Program Director, General Surgery Residency, Surgery
School of Medicine
Course Director, Clinical Foundations I and II
School of Medicine

M.D., Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, 2006
B.S., University of Michigan, 1999
M.P.H., University of North Carolina, 2009

Phone: (714) 456-6327
Email: delfenbe@uci.edu

University of California, Irvine
333 City Blvd. West
Suite 1600
Orange, CA 92868
Research Interests
Surgical Outcomes; Patient Centered Outcomes Research; Decision making in Graves' disease, thyroid cancer, thyroid nodules, and hyperparathyroid; Surgical Education Research
Elfenbein DM. Confidence Crisis Among General Surgery Residents: A Systematic Review and Qualitative Discourse Analysis. 2016 JAMA Surg. [Accepted for Publication, May 2016]
Lou I, Schneider DF, Sippel RS, Chen H, Elfenbein DM. The Changing Pattern of Diagnosing Primary Hyperparathyroidism in Young Patients. Am J Surg. 2016 Jun14 [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 27392754
Elfenbein DM, Katz M, Chen H, Schneider DF, Sippel RS. Thyroidectomy for Graves’ Disease in Children: Indications and Complications. J Pediatr Surg. 2016 Apr 2 [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 27113266
Madkhali TM, Alhefdhi A, Chen H, Elfenbein DM. Primary Hyperparathyroidism. Turkish J of Surg.(Ulus Cerrahi Derg.) 2016 Mar 1;32(1):58-66. PMID: 26985167
Tobin K, Ayers RR, Rajaei M, Sippel RS, Balentine CJ, Elfenbein DM, Chen H, Schndeider DF. Use of the gamma probe to identify multigland disease in primary hyperparathyroidism. Int J Endo Oncol. 2016 Feb;3(1),13-19. PMID: 27127604
Brekke AV, Elfenbein DM, Madkhali T, Schaefer SC, Shumway C, Chen H, Schneider DF, Sippel RS, Balentine CJ. When Patients Call Their Surgeon’s Office: An Opportunity to Improve the Quality of Surgical Care and Prevent Readmissions. Am J Surg. 2016 Mar;211(3):599-604. PMID: 26762830
Elfenbein DM, Schaefer SC, Chumway C, Chen H, Sippel RS, Schneider DF. Prospective Intervention of a Novel Levothryoxine Dosing Protocol based on Body Mass Index after Thyroidectomy. JACS. 2016 Jan;222(1):8308. PMID: 26584573
Nankee L, Chen H, Schneider DF, Sippel RS, Elfenbein DM. Substernal goiter: when is a sternotomy required? J Surg Res. 2015 Nov; 199(1):121-5. PMID: 25976851
Ayers RR, Tobin K, Sippel RS, Balentine C, Elfenbein D, Chen H, Schneider DF. Does levothyroxine administration impace parathyroid localization? J Surg Res. 2015 Oct;198(2):360-5. PMID: 25917998
Ritter K, Elfenbein D, Schneider D, Chen H, Sippel RS. Hypoparathyroidism after total thyroidectomy: incidence and resolution. J Surg Res. 2015 Aug;197(2):348-53. PMID: 25982044
Elfenbein DM, Sippel RS, McDonald R, Watson T, Scarborough JE, Migaly J. Faculty Evaluations of Residents Medical Knowledge: Can they be used to predict ABSITE performance? Am J Surg. 2015 Jun;209(6):1095-101. PMID: 25686512
Elfenbein DM, Schneider DF, Havelna J, Chen H, Sippel, RS. Clinical and Socioeconomic Factors Influence Treatment Decisions in Graves’ Disease. Ann Surg Onc. 2015 Apr;22(4):1196-9. PMID: 25234130
Elfenbein DM, Weber S, Schneider DF, Sippel RS, Chen H. CaPTHUS Scoring Model in Primary Hyperparathyroidism: Can it Eliminate the need for ioPTH? Ann Surg Oncol. 2015 Apr;22(4):1191-5. PMID: 25212837
Sohn JA, Oltmann SC, Schneider DF, Sippel RS, Chen H, Elfenbein DM. Is Intraoperative Parathyroid Hormone Testing in Patients with Renal Insufficiency Undergoing Parathyroidectomy for Primary Hyperparathyroidism Accurate? Am J Surg. 2015 Mar;209(3):483-7. PMID: 25556028
Schneider DF, Elfenbein D, Lloyd RV, Chen H, Sippel RS. Lymph Node Metastases do not Impact Survival in Follicular Variant Papillary Thyroid Cancer. Ann Surg Oncol. 2015 Jan;22(1):158-63. PMID: 25092163
Rajaei MH, Oltmann SC, Adkisson CD, Elfenbein DM, Chen H, Carty SE, McCoy KL. Is intraoperative parathyroid hormone monitoring necessary with ipsilateral parathyroid gland visualization during anticipated unilateral exploration for primary hyperparathyroidism: A two-institution analysis of more than 2,000 patients. Surgery. Oct 2014;156(4):760-768. PMID: 25239313
Elfenbein DM, Schneider DF, Chen H, Sippel RS. Surgical Site Infection after Thyroidectomy: A Rare but Significant Complication. J Surg Res. 2014 Jul;190(1):170-6. PMID: 24739508
Elfenbein DM, Schneider DF. Intraoperative Parathyroid Hormone Testing: Who Should Be the Target? Current Surgery Reports. 2014 Feb;2(46) DOI: 10.1007/s40137-014-0046-1
Elfenbein DM, Sippel RS. Prophylactic Central Neck Dissection Increases the Cost of Thyroid Cancer Care. Ann Surg Onc. 2014 Feb;21(2):354-5. PMID: 24100961
Elfenbein DM, Scheri RP, Roman S, Sosa JA. Detection and management of cervical lymph nodes in papillary thyroid cancer. Expert Review of Endocrinology and Metabolism. 2013 July;8(4):365-378. DOI: 10.1586/177446651.2013.811839.
Foster NA, Elfenbein DM, Kelley W Jr, Brown CR, Foley C, Scarborough JE, Vaslef SN, Shapiro ML. Comparison of helicopter versus ground transport for the interfacility transport of isolated spinal injury. Spine J. 2014 Jul1; 14(7):1147-54. PMID: 24139232
Elfenbein DM, Scarborough JE, Speicher PJ, Scheri RP. Comparison of laparoscopic versus open adrenalectomy: results from American College of Surgeons-National Surgery Quality Improvement Project. J Surg Res. 2013 Sep;184(1):216-20. PMID: 23664532
Rialon K, Barfield M, Elfenbein DM, Tracy E, Lunsford K, Migaly J. Resident Designed Intern Orientation to Address New ACGME Common Program Requirements for Resident Supervision. J Surg Ed. 2013 May-Jun;70(3):350-6. PMID: 23618445
Elfenbein DM, Weber T, Scheri RP. Tumor-Induced Osteomalacia Masking Primary Hyperparathyroidism. Surgery. 2012 Dec;152(6):1256-58. PMID: 23158192
Ceppa EP, Burbridge RA, Rialon KL, Omotosho PA, Emick D, Jowell PS, Branch MS, Pappas TN. Endoscopic Versus Surgical Ampullectomy: An Algorithm to Treat Disease of the Ampulla of Vater. Ann Surg. 2013 Feb;257(2):315-22. PMID: 23059497
Emick DM, Carey TS, Charles AG, Shapiro MS. Repeat imaging in trauma transfers: A retrospective analysis of computed tomography scans repeated upon arrival to a Level I trauma center. J Trauma. 2012 May;72(5):1255-62. PMID: 22673252
Cook MR, Emick D, Foley C, Beatty A, McCormick C, Shapiro M. Daily temperature predicts assault and may allow more efficient policing. Am Surg. 2012 Apr;78(4):194-5. PMID: 22472368
Emick DM, Riall TS, Cameron JC, Winters J, Lillemoe K, Sauter P, Yeo CJ. Hospital readmission after pancreaticoduodenectomy. J Gastrointest Surg. 2006 Nov;10(9):1243-52; discussion 1252-3. PMID: 17114011
Huang MA, Greenson JK, Chao C, Anderson L, Peterman D, Jacobson J, Emick D, Lok AS, Conjeevaram HS. One-Year Intense Nutritional Counseling Results in Histological Improvement in Patients with Non-Alcoholic Steatohepatitis: A Pilot Study. The American Journal of Gastroenterology; 2005 May;100(5):1072-1081. PMID: 15842581
Marrero JA, Su GL, Wei W, Emick D, Conjeevaram HS, Fontana RJ, Lok AS. Des-gamma carboxyprothrombin can differentiate hepatocellular carcinoma from nonmalignant chronic liver disease in American patients. Hepatology; 2003 May;37(5):1114-21. PMID: 12717392
Marrero JA, Fontana RJ, Su GL, Conjeevaram HS, Emick DM, Lok AS. NAFLD may be a Common Underlying Liver Disease in Patients with Hepatocellular Carcinoma in the United States. Hepatology; 2002 Dec;36(6):1349-54. PMID: 12447858
2016 - $9953.75 “Faculty Decentralization and Fragmentation of Instruction in General Surgery Residency Training.” Principal Investigator, School of Medicine Committee on Research and Graduate Academic Programs, University of California, Irvine.
2016 - $11,500 “Creation of Personalized Video for Post-Operative Patient Education Around the Time of Outpatient Surgery.” Lead Investigator. Patient Experience Grant, University of California, Irvine.
2016 - $18,000 “Enhancing the perioperative experience through a patient centered eHealth education process: A collaborative patient satisfaction project with the Departments of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Care, Surgery, Perioperative Nursing and Ambulatory Care.” Co-Investigator. Patient Experience Grant, University of California, Irvine.
Professional Societies
American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists
American Thyroid Association
Association for Academic Surgery
American Association of Endocrine Surgeons
Association of Program Directors in Surgery
Association for Surgical Education
American College of Surgeons
Other Experience
Teacher - High School
Teach for America 1999—2001

Graduate Programs

Endocrine Surgery

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