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Thomas A. Santora, MDthomas a santora, md



Professor, Surgery

Telephone:  215-707-3078

Email: thomas.santora@tuhs.temple.edu



Department of Surgery, Division of

Trauma & Surgical Critical Care


Educational Background:


BS, Chemistry, Kent State University, Kent, Ohio, 1980


MD, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Cincinnati, OH, 1984


Internship, General Surgery, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC, 1985


Residency, General Surgery, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC, 1989


Fellowship, Surgical Critical Care, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA, 1990


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clinical Interests:

  • Control of surgical infections
  • Abdominal wall herniae
  • Bilary tract disease
  • ARDS management
  • Trauma care

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board certification(s):

  • American Board of Surgery, 1990; recertified 1998
  • Advanced Trauma Life Support, Instructor, 1990; Surgical Critical Care 1991, recertification 2001

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professional affiliations:


  • American Medical Association, 1985 to present
  • Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons, 1988 to present
  • Founding President, Society of Carolina Surgeons, 1989 to present
  • Society of Critical Care Medicine, 1990 to present
  • American Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition, 1990 to present
  • Pennsylvania Medical Society, 1990 to present
  • Drinker Society, 1990 to present
  • Philadelphia Medical Society, 1990 to present
  • Association for Academic Surgery, 1991 to present
  • Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma, 1993 to present
  • Fellow, American College of Surgeons, 1993 to present
  • Surgical Infection Society, 1994 to present
  • Pennsylvania Committee on Trauma, 1996 to present
  • American Association for the Surgery of Trauma, 1996 to present
  • Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract, 1996 to present
  • Philadelphia Academy of Surgery, 1999 to present

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research interests:


  • Mechanical ventilation
  • Trauma systems development

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Ginwalla RF, Mullarkey J, Santora TA.  Mechanical Ventilation Basics.   In: Competency-Based Handbook of Surgery.  Mann B (ed), Elsevier Publishing, Philadelphia, PA. August 2006.


Santora TA.  Shock: Principles in Management.  In: Competency-Based Handbook of Surgery.  Mann B (ed), Elsevier Publishing, Philadelphia, PA. August 2006.


Gupta D, Santora TA.  Introduction to Hemodynamic Monitoring.  In: Competency-Based Handbook of Surgery.  Mann B (ed), Elsevier Publishing, Philadelphia, PA. August 2006.


Blank-Reid C, Kaplan LJ, Santora TA.  Neuroscience Critical Care Management,  Elsevier Publishing, St. Louis, MO.  August 2005.


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Recent Medically Related Publications, Obtained from PubMed (Click on PubMed ID to view abstract)

24977749. Taghavi S, Jayarajan SN, Ferrer LM, Vora H, McKee C, Milner RE, Gaughan JP, Dujon J, Sjoholm LO, Pathak A, Rappold JF, Santora TA, Houser SR, Goldberg AJ, "Permissive hypoventilation" in a swine model of hemorrhagic shock. J Trauma Acute Care Surg 77:1(14-9)2014 Jul

24401498. Taghavi S, Vora HP, Jayarajan SN, Gaughan JP, Pathak AS, Santora TA, Goldberg AJ, Prehospital intubation does not decrease complications in the penetrating trauma patient. Am Surg 80:1(9-14)2014 Jan

24344945. Singhal A, Mukerji AN, Thomaides A, Karachristos A, Maloo M, Sanchez B, Keresztury M, Santora TA, Jain A, Chronotropic incompetence on dobutamine stress echocardiography in candidates for a liver transplant. Exp Clin Transplant 11:6(546-53)2013 Dec

23609274. Taghavi S, Jayarajan SN, Khoche S, Duran JM, Cruz-Schiavone GE, Milner RE, Holt-Bright L, Gaughan JP, Rappold JF, Sjoholm LO, Dujon J, Pathak A, Santora TA, Houser SR, Goldberg AJ, Examining prehospital intubation for penetrating trauma in a swine hemorrhagic shock model. J Trauma Acute Care Surg 74:5(1246-51)2013 May

22846936. Taghavi S, Duran JM, Jayarajan S, Cruz-Schiavone GE, Milner RE, Gaughan JP, Sjoholm LO, Pathak A, Santora TA, Houser SR, Goldberg AJ, Still making the case against prehospital intubation: a rat hemorrhagic shock model. J Trauma Acute Care Surg 73:2(332-7; discussion 337)2012 Aug

22828144. Taghavi S, Jayarajan SN, Duran JM, Gaughan JP, Pathak A, Santora TA, Willis AI, Goldberg AJ, Does payer status matter in predicting penetrating trauma outcomes? Surgery 152:2(227-31)2012 Aug

20838128. Seamon MJ, Franco MJ, Stawicki SP, Smith BP, Kulp H, Goldberg AJ, Santora TA, Gaughan JP, Do chronic liver disease scoring systems predict outcomes in trauma patients with liver disease? A comparison of MELD and CTP. J Trauma 69:3(568-73)2010 Sep

20009703. Torres DM, Pathak AS, Pieri PG, Santora TA, Cohen G, Goldberg AJ, Seamon MJ, Ruptured gallbladder: delayed presentation after motor vehicle collision. J Trauma 67:6(1451)2009 Dec

19667874. Seamon MJ, Smoger D, Torres DM, Pathak AS, Gaughan JP, Santora TA, Cohen G, Goldberg AJ, A prospective validation of a current practice: the detection of extremity vascular injury with CT angiography. J Trauma 67:2(238-43; discussion 243-4)2009 Aug

18188091. Seamon MJ, Pathak AS, Bradley KM, Fisher CA, Gaughan JA, Kulp H, Pieri PG, Santora TA, Goldberg AJ, Emergency department thoracotomy: still useful after abdominal exsanguination? J Trauma 64:1(1-7; discussion 7-8)2008 Jan

17622878. Seamon MJ, Fisher CA, Gaughan J, Lloyd M, Bradley KM, Santora TA, Pathak AS, Goldberg AJ, Prehospital procedures before emergency department thoracotomy: "scoop and run" saves lives. J Trauma 63:1(113-20)2007 Jul

17563680. Seamon MJ, Choudry R, Santora T, Goldberg A, Roberts A, Pathak A, Bradley K, Thyrocervical trunk transection: a rare cause of massive hemothorax. J Trauma 62:6(1534)2007 Jun

17426536. Seamon MJ, Pieri PG, Fisher CA, Gaughan J, Santora TA, Pathak AS, Bradley KM, Goldberg AJ, A ten-year retrospective review: does pyloric exclusion improve clinical outcome after penetrating duodenal and combined pancreaticoduodenal injuries? J Trauma 62:4(829-33)2007 Apr


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