Thomas G Weiser, MD

Trauma and critical care surgeon

I am a general and trauma surgeon, and surgical intensivist. I treat and care for injured patients and those with acute surgical emergencies, and mange critically ill surgical patients in the Intensive Care Unit.

My research is focused on evaluating the role surgical care plays in the delivery of health services in resource poor settings, in particular low and middle income countries. I am interested in barriers to access and provision of surgical care, the quality of surgical services, and outcomes research. My current projects focus on quality and cost effectiveness of care, and strategies for improving the safety and reliability of surgical delivery in resource poor settings. I have been involved in surgical program assessment projects in Cambodia, India, the UK, and the United States. From 2006-2009 I was part of the World Health Organization’s Safe Surgery Saves Lives program where we quantified the global volume of surgery and created, implemented, evaluated, and promoted the WHO Surgical Safety Checklist.

Trauma Service

  • 300 Pasteur Drive
  • Stanford, CA 94305
  • Phone: 650-723-7570
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Professional Education

Residency: Brigham and Women's Hospital Harvard Medical School (2011) MA

Board Certification: General Surgery, American Board of Surgery (2012)

Board Certification: Surgical Critical Care, American Board of Surgery (2012)

Fellowship: Harborview Medical Center (2012) WA

Residency: UC Davis Medical Center (2008) CA

Medical Education: University of New Mexico (2002) NM

In-hospital Death following Inpatient Surgical Procedures in the United States, 1996-2006
Weiser, T. G., Semel, M. E., Simon, A. E., Lipsitz, S. R., Haynes, A. B., & Gawande, A. A. (2011). In-hospital Death following Inpatient Surgical Procedures in the United States, 1996-2006. WORLD JOURNAL OF SURGERY, 35(9), 1950-1956.

Global operating theatre distribution and pulse oximetry supply: an estimation from reported data
Funk, L. M., Weiser, T. G., Berry, W. R., Lipsitz, S. R., Merry, A. F., & Gawande, A. A. (2010). Global operating theatre distribution and pulse oximetry supply: an estimation from reported data. LANCET, 376(9746), 1055-1061.

Standardised metrics for global surgical surveillance
Weiser, T. G., Makary, M. A., Haynes, A. B., Dziekan, G., Berry, W. R., & Gawande, A. A. (2009). Standardised metrics for global surgical surveillance. LANCET, 374(9695), 1113-1117.

A Surgical Safety Checklist to Reduce Morbidity and Mortality in a Global Population.
Haynes, A. B., Weiser, T. G., Berry, W. R., Lipsitz, S. R., Breizat, A.-H. S., & Gawande, A. A. (2009). A Surgical Safety Checklist to Reduce Morbidity and Mortality in a Global Population. NEW ENGLAND JOURNAL OF MEDICINE, 360(5), 491-499.

An estimation of the global volume of surgery: a modelling strategy based on available data
Weiser, T. G., Regenbogen, S. E., Thompson, K. D., Haynes, A. B., Lipsitz, S. R., & Gawande, A. A. (2008). An estimation of the global volume of surgery: a modelling strategy based on available data. LANCET, 372(9633), 139-144.

Cost-effectiveness of surgery and its policy implications for global health: a systematic review and analysis
Chao, T. E., Sharma, K., Mandigo, M., Hagander, L., Resch, S. C., & Meara, J. G. (2014). Cost-effectiveness of surgery and its policy implications for global health: a systematic review and analysis. LANCET GLOBAL HEALTH, 2(6), E334-E345.

Evaluation of a large-scale donation of Lifebox pulse oximeters to non-physician anaesthetists in Uganda
Finch, L. C., Kim, R. Y., Ttendo, S., Kiwanuka, J. K., Walker, I. A., & Gawande, A. A. (2014). Evaluation of a large-scale donation of Lifebox pulse oximeters to non-physician anaesthetists in Uganda. ANAESTHESIA, 69(5), 445-451.

The epidemiology of trauma-related mortality in the United States from 2002 to 2010
Sise, R. G., Calvo, R. Y., Spain, D. A., Weiser, T. G., & Staudenmayer, K. L. (2014). The epidemiology of trauma-related mortality in the United States from 2002 to 2010. JOURNAL OF TRAUMA AND ACUTE CARE SURGERY, 76(4), 913-919.

The role of surgery in global health: analysis of United States inpatient procedure frequency by condition using the Global Burden of Disease 2010 framework.
Rose, J., Chang, D. C., Weiser, T. G., Kassebaum, N. J., & Bickler, S. W. (2014). The role of surgery in global health: analysis of United States inpatient procedure frequency by condition using the Global Burden of Disease 2010 framework. PloS one, 9(2).

Thyroid surgery in a district hospital: a vertical program embedded in a rural hospital.
Weiser, T. G. (2013). Thyroid surgery in a district hospital: a vertical program embedded in a rural hospital. World journal of surgery, 37(7), 1574-1575.

Safety in the operating theatre--a transition to systems-based care.
Weiser, T. G., Porter, M. P., & Maier, R. V. (2013). Safety in the operating theatre--a transition to systems-based care. Nature reviews. Urology, 10(3), 161-173.

Review article: perioperative checklist methodologies.
Weiser, T. G., & Berry, W. R. (2013). Review article: perioperative checklist methodologies. Canadian journal of anaesthesia = Journal canadien d'anesthésie, 60(2), 136-142.

Mass casualty incident training in a resource-limited environment (Br J Surg 2012; 99: 356-361)
Weiser, T. G. (2012). Mass casualty incident training in a resource-limited environment (Br J Surg 2012; 99: 356-361). BRITISH JOURNAL OF SURGERY, 99(3), 361-361.

Rates and patterns of death after surgery in the United States, 1996 and 2006
Semel, M. E., Lipsitz, S. R., Funk, L. M., Bader, A. M., Weiser, T. G., & Gawande, A. A. (2012). Rates and patterns of death after surgery in the United States, 1996 and 2006. SURGERY, 151(2), 171-182.

Postgame Analysis: Using Video-Based Coaching for Continuous Professional Development
Hu, Y.-Y., Peyre, S. E., Arriaga, A. F., Osteen, R. T., Corso, K. A., & Greenberg, C. C. (2012). Postgame Analysis: Using Video-Based Coaching for Continuous Professional Development. JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN COLLEGE OF SURGEONS, 214(1), 115-124.

Surgical outcome measurement for a global patient population: Validation of the Surgical Apgar Score in 8 countries
Haynes, A. B., Regenbogen, S. E., Weiser, T. G., Lipsitz, S. R., Dziekan, G., & Gawande, A. A. (2011). Surgical outcome measurement for a global patient population: Validation of the Surgical Apgar Score in 8 countries. SURGERY, 149(4), 519-524.

Changes in safety attitude and relationship to decreased postoperative morbidity and mortality following implementation of a checklist-based surgical safety intervention
Haynes, A. B., Weiser, T. G., Berry, W. R., Lipsitz, S. R., Breizat, A.-H. S., & Gawande, A. A. (2011). Changes in safety attitude and relationship to decreased postoperative morbidity and mortality following implementation of a checklist-based surgical safety intervention. BMJ QUALITY & SAFETY, 20(1), 102-107.

HEALTH POLICY All-or-none compliance is the best determinant of quality of care
Weiser, T. G. (2010). HEALTH POLICY All-or-none compliance is the best determinant of quality of care. NATURE REVIEWS UROLOGY, 7(10), 541-542.

Perspectives in quality: designing the WHO Surgical Safety Checklist
Weiser, T. G., Haynes, A. B., Lashoher, A., Dziekan, G., Boorman, D. J., & Gawande, A. A. (2010). Perspectives in quality: designing the WHO Surgical Safety Checklist. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL FOR QUALITY IN HEALTH CARE, 22(5), 365-370.

Adopting A Surgical Safety Checklist Could Save Money And Improve The Quality Of Care In U.S. Hospitals
Semel, M. E., Resch, S., Haynes, A. B., Funk, L. M., Bader, A., & Gawande, A. A. (2010). Adopting A Surgical Safety Checklist Could Save Money And Improve The Quality Of Care In U.S. Hospitals. HEALTH AFFAIRS, 29(9), 1593-1599.

Effect of A 19-Item Surgical Safety Checklist During Urgent Operations in A Global Patient Population
Weiser, T. G., Haynes, A. B., Dziekan, G., Berry, W. R., Lipsitz, S. R., & Gawande, A. A. (2010). Effect of A 19-Item Surgical Safety Checklist During Urgent Operations in A Global Patient Population. ANNALS OF SURGERY, 251(5), 976-980.

Population Health Metrics for Surgery: Effective Coverage of Surgical Services in Low-Income and Middle-Income Countries
Ozgediz, D., Hsia, R., Weiser, T., Gosselin, R., Spiegel, D., & McQueen, K. (2009). Population Health Metrics for Surgery: Effective Coverage of Surgical Services in Low-Income and Middle-Income Countries. WORLD JOURNAL OF SURGERY, 33(1), 1-5.