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Agopian, Vatche G

Title(s)Associate Professor-in-Residence, Surgery
SchoolLiver and Pancreas
Phone310-267-9610
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    Integrated analysis of HCC CTCs for Liver Transplant Candidate Selection
    NIH/NCI R01CA246304Apr 1, 2020 - Mar 31, 2025
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Biomimetic NanoVilli Chips for Extracellular Vesicles in Hepatocellular Carcinoma
    NIH/NCI R21CA240887Apr 1, 2020 - Mar 31, 2022
    Role: Co-Principal Investigator
    Click Chemistry-Mediated Microfluidic Sorting for HCC CTCs
    NIH/NCI R21CA235340Apr 2, 2019 - Mar 31, 2022
    Role: Co-Principal Investigator
    Analysis of HCC CTC Phenotype for Liver Transplant Candidate Selection
    NIH/NCI R21CA216807Apr 1, 2018 - Mar 31, 2020
    Role: Principal Investigator

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    1. Hussain SK, Dong TS, Agopian V, Pisegna JR, Durazo FA, Enayati P, Sundaram V, Benhammou JN, Noureddin M, Choi G, Ayoub WS, Lagishetty V, Elashoff D, Goodman MT, Jacobs JP. Dietary Protein, Fiber and Coffee Are Associated with Small Intestine Microbiome Composition and Diversity in Patients with Liver Cirrhosis. Nutrients. 2020 May 13; 12(5). PMID: 32414035.
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    2. Agopian VG. Liver Transplantation in Patients with Pretransplant Renal Dysfunction: A "Safety Net" is in Place, but Who Should Walk the Tightrope? Transplantation. 2020 May 11. PMID: 32413013.
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    3. Agopian V, Verna E, Goldberg D. Changes in liver transplant center practice in response to COVID-19: Unmasking dramatic center-level variability. Liver Transpl. 2020 May 05. PMID: 32369251.
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    4. Pinto Marques H, Gomes da Silva S, De Martin E, Agopian VG, Martins PN. Emerging biomarkers in HCC patients: Current status. Int J Surg. 2020 Apr 25. PMID: 32344023.
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    5. Kardashian A, Agopian V. Reply to: "Role of Sorafenib in Liver Transplantation Outcomes of Patients with Hepatocellular Carcinoma Presenting Beyond Milan Criteria?" Hepatology. 2020 Apr 20. PMID: 32314409.
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    6. Amin A, Molina A, Quach L, Ito T, McMillan R, DiNorcia J, Agopian VG, Kaldas FM, Farmer DG, Busuttil RW, Winston DJ. Liver Transplantation in Patients with Pretransplant Aspergillus Colonization: Is It Safe To Proceed? Transplantation. 2020 Apr 13. PMID: 32301905.
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    7. DiNorcia J, Florman SS, Haydel B, Tabrizian P, Ruiz RM, Klintmalm GB, Senguttuvan S, Lee DD, Taner CB, Verna EC, Halazun KJ, Hoteit M, Levine MH, Chapman WC, Vachharajani N, Aucejo F, Nguyen MH, Melcher ML, Tevar AD, Humar A, Mobley C, Ghobrial M, Nydam TL, Amundsen B, Markmann JF, Berumen J, Hemming AW, Langnas AN, Carney CA, Sudan DL, Hong JC, Kim J, Zimmerman MA, Rana A, Kueht ML, Jones CM, Fishbein TM, Markovic D, Busuttil RW, Agopian VG. Pathologic Response to Pretransplant Locoregional Therapy is Predictive of Patient Outcome After Liver Transplantation for Hepatocellular Carcinoma: Analysis From the US Multicenter HCC Transplant Consortium. Ann Surg. 2020 Apr; 271(4):616-624. PMID: 30870180.
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    8. Kardashian A, Florman SS, Haydel B, Ruiz RM, Klintmalm GB, Lee DD, Taner CB, Aucejo F, Tevar AD, Humar A, Verna EC, Halazun KJ, Chapman WC, Vachharajani N, Hoteit M, Levine MH, Nguyen MH, Melcher ML, Langnas AN, Carney CA, Mobley C, Ghobrial M, Amundsen B, Markmann JF, Sudan DL, Jones CM, Berumen J, Hemming AW, Hong JC, Kim J, Zimmerman MA, Nydam TL, Rana A, Kueht ML, Fishbein TM, Markovic D, Busuttil RW, Agopian VG. Liver Transplantation Outcomes in a U.S. Multicenter Cohort of 789 Patients with Hepatocellular Carcinoma Presenting Beyond Milan Criteria. Hepatology. 2020 Mar 02. PMID: 32124453.
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    9. Gao W, Li J, Nguyen-Buckley C, Nguyen-Lee J, Wray C, Agopian V, Busuttil RW, Steadman RH, Xia VW. Intraoperative Hypertension and Thrombocytopenia Associated With Intracranial Hemorrhage After Liver Transplantation. Transplantation. 2020 Mar; 104(3):535-541. PMID: 31397798.
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    10. Lapisatepun W, Lapisatepun W, Agopian V, Xia VW. Venovenous Bypass During Liver Transplantation: A New Look at an Old Technique. Transplant Proc. 2020 Feb 26. PMID: 32113694.
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    11. Assalino M, Terraz S, Grat M, Lai Q, Vachharajani N, Gringeri E, Bongini MA, Kulik L, Tabrizian P, Agopian V, Mehta N, Brustia R, Vitali GC, Andres A, Berney T, Mazzaferro V, Compagnon P, Majno P, Cillo U, Chapman W, Zieniewicz K, Scatton O, Toso C. Liver transplantation for hepatocellular carcinoma after successful treatment of macrovascular invasion - a multi-center retrospective cohort study. Transpl Int. 2020 May; 33(5):567-575. PMID: 31994238.
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    12. Ershoff BD, Lee CK, Wray CL, Agopian VG, Urban G, Baldi P, Cannesson M. Training and Validation of Deep Neural Networks for the Prediction of 90-Day Post-Liver Transplant Mortality Using UNOS Registry Data. Transplant Proc. 2020 Jan - Feb; 52(1):246-258. PMID: 31926745.
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    13. Ito T, Nakamura K, Kageyama S, Korayem IM, Hirao H, Kadono K, Aziz J, Younan S, DiNorcia J, Agopian VG, Yersiz H, Farmer DG, Busuttil RW, Kupiec-Weglinski JW, Kaldas FM. Impact of Rifaximin Therapy on Ischemia/Reperfusion Injury in Liver Transplantation: A Propensity Score-Matched Analysis. Liver Transpl. 2019 Dec; 25(12):1778-1789. PMID: 31509643.
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    14. Lunsford KE, Agopian VG, Yi SG, Nguyen DTM, Graviss EA, Harlander-Locke MP, Saharia A, Kaldas FM, Mobley CM, Zarrinpar A, Hobeika M, Veale JL, Podder H, Farmer DG, Knight RJ, Danovitch GM, Gritsch HA, Li XC, Ghobrial RM, Busuttil RW, Gaber AO. Delayed Implantation of Pumped Kidneys Decreases Renal Allograft Futility in Combined Liver-Kidney Transplantation. Transplantation. 2019 Oct 23. PMID: 31651787.
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    15. Aby ES, Lee E, Saggi SS, Viramontes MR, Grotts JF, Agopian VG, Busuttil RW, Saab S. Pretransplant Sarcopenia in Patients With NASH Cirrhosis Does Not Impact Rehospitalization or Mortality. J Clin Gastroenterol. 2019 Oct; 53(9):680-685. PMID: 30180152.
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    16. Firl DJ, Sasaki K, Agopian VG, Gorgen A, Kimura S, Dumronggittigule W, McVey JC, Iesari S, Mennini G, Vitale A, Finkenstedt A, Onali S, Hoppe-Lotichius M, Vennarecci G, Manzia TM, Nicolini D, Avolio AW, Agnes S, Vivarelli M, Tisone G, Ettorre GM, Otto G, Tsochatzis E, Rossi M, Viveiros A, Cillo U, Markmann JF, Ikegami T, Kaido T, Lai Q, Sapisochin G, Lerut J, Aucejo FN. Charting the Path Forward for Risk Prediction in Liver Transplant for Hepatocellular Carcinoma: International Validation of HALTHCC Among 4,089 Patients. Hepatology. 2020 Feb; 71(2):569-582. PMID: 31243778.
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    17. Dong J, Jan YJ, Cheng J, Zhang RY, Meng M, Smalley M, Chen PJ, Tang X, Tseng P, Bao L, Huang TY, Zhou D, Liu Y, Chai X, Zhang H, Zhou A, Agopian VG, Posadas EM, Shyue JJ, Jonas SJ, Weiss PS, Li M, Zheng G, Yu HH, Zhao M, Tseng HR, Zhu Y. Covalent chemistry on nanostructured substrates enables noninvasive quantification of gene rearrangements in circulating tumor cells. Sci Adv. 2019 07; 5(7):eaav9186. PMID: 31392269.
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    18. Korayem IM, Agopian VG, Lunsford KE, Gritsch HA, Veale JL, Lipshutz GS, Yersiz H, Serrone CL, Kaldas FM, Farmer DG, Bunnapradist S, Danovitch GM, Busuttil RW, Zarrinpar A. Factors predicting kidney delayed graft function among recipients of simultaneous liver-kidney transplantation: A single-center experience. Clin Transplant. 2019 06; 33(6):e13569. PMID: 31006141.
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    19. Parikh ND, Agopian VG. Moving toward personalizing MELD exceptions in liver transplantation for hepatocellular carcinoma. Am J Transplant. 2019 08; 19(8):2153-2154. PMID: 30953598.
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    20. Kaldas FM, Korayem IM, Russell TA, Agopian VG, Aziz A, DiNorcia J, Farmer DG, Yersiz H, Hiatt JR, Busuttil RW. Assessment of Anastomotic Biliary Complications in Adult Patients Undergoing High-Acuity Liver Transplant. JAMA Surg. 2019 05 01; 154(5):431-439. PMID: 30758485.
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    21. Dong J, Zhang RY, Sun N, Smalley M, Wu Z, Zhou A, Chou SJ, Jan YJ, Yang P, Bao L, Qi D, Tang X, Tseng P, Hua Y, Xu D, Kao R, Meng M, Zheng X, Liu Y, Vagner T, Chai X, Zhou D, Li M, Chiou SH, Zheng G, Di Vizio D, Agopian VG, Posadas E, Jonas SJ, Ju SP, Weiss PS, Zhao M, Tseng HR, Zhu Y. Bio-Inspired NanoVilli Chips for Enhanced Capture of Tumor-Derived Extracellular Vesicles: Toward Non-Invasive Detection of Gene Alterations in Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer. ACS Appl Mater Interfaces. 2019 Apr 17; 11(15):13973-13983. PMID: 30892008.
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    22. Zarrinpar A, Faltermeier CM, Agopian VG, Naini BV, Harlander-Locke MP, Kaldas FM, Farmer DG, Busuttil RW. Metabolic factors affecting hepatocellular carcinoma in steatohepatitis. Liver Int. 2019 03; 39(3):531-539. PMID: 30427105.
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    23. Agopian VG, Chapman WC, Busuttil RW. Response: "Which is the True Role of Bridging Therapies for HCC Patients Waiting for Liver Transplantation?" Ann Surg. 2018 12; 268(6):e57-e60. PMID: 29064906.
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    24. Eyvazian VA, Gordin JS, Yang EH, Aksoy O, Honda HM, Busuttil RW, Agopian VG, Vorobiof G. Incidence, Predictors, and Outcomes of New-Onset Left Ventricular Systolic Dysfunction After Orthotopic Liver Transplantation. J Card Fail. 2019 Mar; 25(3):166-172. PMID: 30412734.
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    25. Fu H, Sun K, Li J, Gong W, Agopian V, Yan M, Busuttil RW, Steadman RH, Xia VW. Preoperative beta blockade and severe intraoperative bradycardia in liver transplantation. Clin Transplant. 2018 12; 32(12):e13422. PMID: 30312516.
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    26. Russell TA, Fritschel E, Do J, Donovan M, Keckeisen M, Agopian VG, Farmer DG, Wang T, Rubin Z, Busuttil RW, Kaldas FM. Minimizing central line-associated bloodstream infections in a high-acuity liver transplant intensive care unit. Am J Infect Control. 2019 03; 47(3):305-312. PMID: 30333081.
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    27. Lunsford KE, Court C, Seok Lee Y, Lu DS, Naini BV, Harlander-Locke MP, Busuttil RW, Agopian VG. Propensity-Matched Analysis of Patients with Mixed Hepatocellular-Cholangiocarcinoma and Hepatocellular Carcinoma Undergoing Liver Transplantation. Liver Transpl. 2018 10; 24(10):1384-1397. PMID: 29573187.
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    28. Halazun KJ, Tabrizian P, Najjar M, Florman S, Schwartz M, Michelassi F, Samstein B, Brown RS, Emond JC, Busuttil RW, Agopian VG. Is it Time to Abandon the Milan Criteria?: Results of a Bicoastal US Collaboration to Redefine Hepatocellular Carcinoma Liver Transplantation Selection Policies. Ann Surg. 2018 10; 268(4):690-699. PMID: 30048307.
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    29. Saab S, Kardashian A, Saggi S, Choi G, Agopian V, Tong MJ. Use of hepatitis C-positive grafts in hepatitis C-negative liver transplant recipients is cost effective. Clin Transplant. 2018 10; 32(10):e13383. PMID: 30129981.
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    30. Jacobs JP, Dong TS, Agopian V, Lagishetty V, Sundaram V, Noureddin M, Ayoub WS, Durazo F, Benhammou J, Enayati P, Elashoff D, Goodman MT, Pisegna J, Hussain S. Microbiome and bile acid profiles in duodenal aspirates from patients with liver cirrhosis: The Microbiome, Microbial Markers and Liver Disease Study. Hepatol Res. 2018 Dec; 48(13):1108-1117. PMID: 29923681.
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    31. Court CM, Hou S, Winograd P, Segel NH, Li QW, Zhu Y, Sadeghi S, Finn RS, Ganapathy E, Song M, French SW, Naini BV, Sho S, Kaldas FM, Busuttil RW, Tomlinson JS, Tseng HR, Agopian VG. A novel multimarker assay for the phenotypic profiling of circulating tumor cells in hepatocellular carcinoma. Liver Transpl. 2018 07; 24(7):946-960. PMID: 29624843.
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    32. Saab S, Challita Y, Chen PH, Jimenez MA, Lee AD, Saab EG, Ahn T, Choi G, Durazo FA, El-Kabany MM, Han SB, Grotts J, Agopian VG, Busuttil RW. Elimination of Hepatitis C in Liver Transplant Recipients. J Clin Transl Hepatol. 2018 Sep 28; 6(3):247-250. PMID: 30271735.
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    33. Agopian VG, Harlander-Locke MP, Markovic D, Dumronggittigule W, Xia V, Kaldas FM, Zarrinpar A, Yersiz H, Farmer DG, Hiatt JR, Busuttil RW. Evaluation of Early Allograft Function Using the Liver Graft Assessment Following Transplantation Risk Score Model. JAMA Surg. 2018 05 01; 153(5):436-444. PMID: 29261831.
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    34. Wagner JP, Lewis CE, Tillou A, Agopian VG, Quach C, Donahue TR, Hines OJ. Use of Entrustable Professional Activities in the Assessment of Surgical Resident Competency. JAMA Surg. 2018 04 01; 153(4):335-343. PMID: 29141086.
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    35. Court CM, Ankeny JS, Sho S, Winograd P, Hou S, Song M, Wainberg ZA, Girgis MD, Graeber TG, Agopian VG, Tseng HR, Tomlinson JS. Circulating Tumor Cells Predict Occult Metastatic Disease and Prognosis in Pancreatic Cancer. Ann Surg Oncol. 2018 Apr; 25(4):1000-1008. PMID: 29442211.
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    36. Venick RS, Farmer DG, Soto JR, Vargas J, Yersiz H, Kaldas FM, Agopian VG, Hiatt JR, McDiarmid SV, Busuttil RW. One Thousand Pediatric Liver Transplants During Thirty Years: Lessons Learned. J Am Coll Surg. 2018 04; 226(4):355-366. PMID: 29410290.
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    37. Jan YJ, Chen JF, Zhu Y, Lu YT, Chen SH, Chung H, Smalley M, Huang YW, Dong J, Chen LC, Yu HH, Tomlinson JS, Hou S, Agopian VG, Posadas EM, Tseng HR. NanoVelcro rare-cell assays for detection and characterization of circulating tumor cells. Adv Drug Deliv Rev. 2018 02 01; 125:78-93. PMID: 29551650.
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    38. Lening C, Agopian VG, Busuttil RW, Liebeskind DS. Incidence, Etiology, and Outcomes of Altered Mental Status in the Perioperative Setting of Liver Transplantation. Neurohospitalist. 2018 Jul; 8(3):124-128. PMID: 29977442.
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    39. Sun K, Hong F, Wang Y, Agopian VG, Yan M, Busuttil RW, Steadman RH, Xia VW. Venovenous Bypass Is Associated With a Lower Incidence of Acute Kidney Injury After Liver Transplantation in Patients With Compromised Pretransplant Renal Function. Anesth Analg. 2017 11; 125(5):1463-1470. PMID: 28742776.
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    40. Russell TA, Angarita SAK, Showen A, Agopian V, Busuttil RW, Kaldas FM. Optimizing the Management of Abnormal Liver Function Tests after Orthotopic Liver Transplant: A Systems-Based Analysis of Health Care Utilization. Am Surg. 2017 Oct 01; 83(10):1152-1156. PMID: 29391114.
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    41. Shen MY, Chen JF, Luo CH, Lee S, Li CH, Yang YL, Tsai YH, Ho BC, Bao LR, Lee TJ, Jan YJ, Zhu YZ, Cheng S, Feng FY, Chen P, Hou S, Agopian V, Hsiao YS, Tseng HR, Posadas EM, Yu HH. Glycan Stimulation Enables Purification of Prostate Cancer Circulating Tumor Cells on PEDOT NanoVelcro Chips for RNA Biomarker Detection. Adv Healthc Mater. 2018 02; 7(3). PMID: 28892262.
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    42. Agopian VG, Harlander-Locke MP, Ruiz RM, Klintmalm GB, Senguttuvan S, Florman SS, Haydel B, Hoteit M, Levine MH, Lee DD, Taner CB, Verna EC, Halazun KJ, Abdelmessih R, Tevar AD, Humar A, Aucejo F, Chapman WC, Vachharajani N, Nguyen MH, Melcher ML, Nydam TL, Mobley C, Ghobrial RM, Amundsen B, Markmann JF, Langnas AN, Carney CA, Berumen J, Hemming AW, Sudan DL, Hong JC, Kim J, Zimmerman MA, Rana A, Kueht ML, Jones CM, Fishbein TM, Busuttil RW. Impact of Pretransplant Bridging Locoregional Therapy for Patients With Hepatocellular Carcinoma Within Milan Criteria Undergoing Liver Transplantation: Analysis of 3601 Patients From the US Multicenter HCC Transplant Consortium. Ann Surg. 2017 09; 266(3):525-535. PMID: 28654545.
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    43. Court CM, Harlander-Locke MP, Markovic D, French SW, Naini BV, Lu DS, Raman SS, Kaldas FM, Zarrinpar A, Farmer DG, Finn RS, Sadeghi S, Tomlinson JS, Busuttil RW, Agopian VG. Determination of hepatocellular carcinoma grade by needle biopsy is unreliable for liver transplant candidate selection. Liver Transpl. 2017 09; 23(9):1123-1132. PMID: 28688158.
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    44. Gaut D, Cone BD, Gregson AL, Agopian VG. Gastrointestinal Mucormycosis After Orthotopic Liver Transplantation Presenting as Femoral Nerve Palsy: A Case Report and Review of the Literature. Transplant Proc. 2017 Sep; 49(7):1608-1614. PMID: 28755897.
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    45. Russell TA, Park S, Agopian VG, Zarrinpar A, Farmer DG, O'Neill S, Korayem I, Ebaid S, Gornbein J, Busuttil RW, Kaldas FM. Peritransplant pancreatitis: A marker of high mortality and graft failure in liver transplant patients. Liver Transpl. 2017 07; 23(7):925-932. PMID: 28294516.
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    46. Bodzin AS, Lunsford KE, Markovic D, Harlander-Locke MP, Busuttil RW, Agopian VG. Predicting Mortality in Patients Developing Recurrent Hepatocellular Carcinoma After Liver Transplantation: Impact of Treatment Modality and Recurrence Characteristics. Ann Surg. 2017 07; 266(1):118-125. PMID: 27433914.
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    47. Aby E, Jimenez MA, Grotts JF, Agopian V, French SW, Busuttil RW, Saab S. Diminishing Use of Liver Biopsy among Liver Transplant Recipients for Hepatitis C. J Clin Transl Hepatol. 2017 Sep 28; 5(3):197-202. PMID: 28936400.
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    48. Lunsford KE, Bodzin AS, Markovic D, Zarrinpar A, Kaldas FM, Gritsch HA, Xia V, Farmer DG, Danovitch GM, Hiatt JR, Busuttil RW, Agopian VG. Avoiding Futility in Simultaneous Liver-kidney Transplantation: Analysis of 331 Consecutive Patients Listed for Dual Organ Replacement. Ann Surg. 2017 05; 265(5):1016-1024. PMID: 27232249.
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    49. Agopian VG. Liver transplantation with donation after cardiac death donors as a strategy for recipients with model for end-stage liver disease score >15: Has the die been cast? Liver Transpl. 2017 05; 23(5):579-580. PMID: 28296066.
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    50. Lee MW, Raman SS, Asvadi NH, Siripongsakun S, Hicks RM, Chen J, Worakitsitisatorn A, McWilliams J, Tong MJ, Finn RS, Agopian VG, Busuttil RW, Lu DSK. Radiofrequency ablation of hepatocellular carcinoma as bridge therapy to liver transplantation: A 10-year intention-to-treat analysis. Hepatology. 2017 06; 65(6):1979-1990. PMID: 28170115.
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    51. Vidhyarkorn S, Siripongsakun S, Yu J, Sayre J, Agopian VG, Durazo F, Lu DS. Longterm follow-up of small pancreatic cystic lesions in liver transplant recipients. Liver Transpl. 2017 03; 23(3):324-329. PMID: 27875639.
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    52. Agopian VG, Hiatt JR. The Timing of Reoperation for Incidental Gallbladder Cancer: Sooner or Later? JAMA Surg. 2017 02 01; 152(2):149. PMID: 27784061.
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    53. Agopian VG, Harlander-Locke MP, Markovic D, Zarrinpar A, Kaldas FM, Cheng EY, Yersiz H, Farmer DG, Hiatt JR, Busuttil RW. Evaluation of Patients With Hepatocellular Carcinomas That Do Not Produce a-Fetoprotein. JAMA Surg. 2017 01 01; 152(1):55-64. PMID: 27706479.
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    54. Sandler KA, Veruttipong D, Agopian VG, Finn RS, Hong JC, Kaldas FM, Sadeghi S, Busuttil RW, Lee P. Stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT) for locally advanced extrahepatic and intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma. Adv Radiat Oncol. 2016 Oct-Dec; 1(4):237-243. PMID: 28740893.
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    55. Huang S, Apinyachon W, Agopian VG, Wray CL, Busuttil RW, Steadman RH, Xia VW. Myocardial injury in patients with hemodynamic derangements during and/or after liver transplantation. Clin Transplant. 2016 12; 30(12):1552-1557. PMID: 27653509.
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    56. Mehrotra P, Yeh J, Hall TR, Agopian VG, Farmer DG, Marcus EA, Venick RS, Wozniak LJ. Intestinal Perforation Following Ileoscopy Through a Prolapsed Stoma in an Pediatric Intestinal Transplant Recipient With an Unrecognized Parastomal Hernia. ACG Case Rep J. 2016 Aug; 3(4):e123. PMID: 27807575.
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    57. Sapisochin G, Facciuto M, Rubbia-Brandt L, Marti J, Mehta N, Yao FY, Vibert E, Cherqui D, Grant DR, Hernandez-Alejandro R, Dale CH, Cucchetti A, Pinna A, Hwang S, Lee SG, Agopian VG, Busuttil RW, Rizvi S, Heimbach JK, Montenovo M, Reyes J, Cesaretti M, Soubrane O, Reichman T, Seal J, Kim PT, Klintmalm G, Sposito C, Mazzaferro V, Dutkowski P, Clavien PA, Toso C, Majno P, Kneteman N, Saunders C, Bruix J. Liver transplantation for "very early" intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma: International retrospective study supporting a prospective assessment. Hepatology. 2016 10; 64(4):1178-88. PMID: 27481548.
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    58. Chen JF, Zhu Y, Lu YT, Hodara E, Hou S, Agopian VG, Tomlinson JS, Posadas EM, Tseng HR. Clinical Applications of NanoVelcro Rare-Cell Assays for Detection and Characterization of Circulating Tumor Cells. Theranostics. 2016; 6(9):1425-39. PMID: 27375790.
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    59. Zarrinpar A, Lee DK, Silva A, Datta N, Kee T, Eriksen C, Weigle K, Agopian V, Kaldas F, Farmer D, Wang SE, Busuttil R, Ho CM, Ho D. Individualizing liver transplant immunosuppression using a phenotypic personalized medicine platform. Sci Transl Med. 2016 Apr 06; 8(333):333ra49. PMID: 27053773.
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    60. Sheen V, Nguyen H, Jimenez M, Agopian V, Vangala S, Elashoff D, Saab S. Routine Laboratory Blood Tests May Diagnose Significant Fibrosis in Liver Transplant Recipients with Chronic Hepatitis C: A 10 Year Experience. J Clin Transl Hepatol. 2016 Mar 28; 4(1):20-5. PMID: 27047768.
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    61. Zarrinpar A, Dutson EP, Mobley C, Busuttil RW, Lewis CE, Tillou A, Cheaito A, Hines OJ, Agopian VG, Hiyama DT. Intraoperative Laparoscopic Near-Infrared Fluorescence Cholangiography to Facilitate Anatomical Identification: When to Give Indocyanine Green and How Much. Surg Innov. 2016 Aug; 23(4):360-5. PMID: 26964557.
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    62. Emuakhagbon V, Philips P, Agopian V, Kaldas FM, Jones CM. Incidence and risk factors for deep venous thrombosis and pulmonary embolus after liver transplantation. Am J Surg. 2016 Apr; 211(4):768-71. PMID: 26852631.
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    63. Uthaya Kumar DB, Chen CL, Liu JC, Feldman DE, Sher LS, French S, DiNorcia J, French SW, Naini BV, Junrungsee S, Agopian VG, Zarrinpar A, Machida K. TLR4 Signaling via NANOG Cooperates With STAT3 to Activate Twist1 and Promote Formation of Tumor-Initiating Stem-Like Cells in Livers of Mice. Gastroenterology. 2016 Mar; 150(3):707-19. PMID: 26582088.
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    64. DiNorcia J, Lee MK, Harlander-Locke MP, Xia V, Kaldas FM, Zarrinpar A, Farmer DG, Yersiz H, Hiatt JR, Busuttil RW, Agopian VG. Damage Control as a Strategy to Manage Postreperfusion Hemodynamic Instability and Coagulopathy in Liver Transplant. JAMA Surg. 2015 Nov; 150(11):1066-72. PMID: 26308380.
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    65. Zhao W, Ge X, Sun K, Agopian VG, Wang Y, Yan M, Busuttil RW, Steadman RH, Xia VW. Acute respiratory distress syndrome after orthotopic liver transplantation. J Crit Care. 2016 Feb; 31(1):163-7. PMID: 26601754.
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    66. Agopian VG, Morshedi MM, McWilliams J, Harlander-Locke MP, Markovic D, Zarrinpar A, Kaldas FM, Farmer DG, Yersiz H, Hiatt JR, Busuttil RW. Complete pathologic response to pretransplant locoregional therapy for hepatocellular carcinoma defines cancer cure after liver transplantation: analysis of 501 consecutively treated patients. Ann Surg. 2015 Sep; 262(3):536-45; discussion 543-5. PMID: 26258323.
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    67. Zarrinpar A, Lee C, Noguchi E, Yersiz H, Agopian VG, Kaldas FM, Farmer DG, Busuttil RW. A rapid, reproducible, noninvasive predictor of liver graft survival. J Surg Res. 2015 Jul; 197(1):183-90. PMID: 25940156.
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    68. Rana A, Gruessner A, Agopian VG, Khalpey Z, Riaz IB, Kaplan B, Halazun KJ, Busuttil RW, Gruessner RW. Survival benefit of solid-organ transplant in the United States. JAMA Surg. 2015 Mar 01; 150(3):252-9. PMID: 25629390.
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    69. Xia VW, Worapot A, Huang S, Dhillon A, Gudzenko V, Backon A, Agopian VG, Aksoy O, Vorobiof G, Busuttil RW, Steadman RH. Postoperative atrial fibrillation in liver transplantation. Am J Transplant. 2015 Mar; 15(3):687-94. PMID: 25657037.
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