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Renata B. Fabia, M.D., Ph.D.


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700 Childrens Dr
Columbus, OH 43205

Phone: (614) 722-3900

Email: fabia.1@osu.edu

 

Current OSU Appointments

Assistant Professor-Clinical, Pediatric Surgery

Assistant Professor-Clinical, Pediatrics

 

Biographical

My professional career at Nationwide Children’s Hospital began in 2003 when I was employed as a Surgical Hospitalist in the Division of General Pediatric Surgery at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Initially, my work focused on inpatient surgical care, acute general surgical services, and continuity of care for complex general surgical patients in follow up clinics. Over time my clinical expertise has greatly evolved into a broad pediatric surgical practice that emphasizes on the care of burn and trauma patients as well as dialysis access patients. Focusing on these specific areas has enabled me to achieve not only clinical expertise (referral from peers for most advanced treatment), but also the ability to provide students and residents with specialized teaching and training in these domains.



In my clinical practice, I focus on continuity of care for burn and trauma patients, multi-disciplinary care of renal failure patients and education of students, residents, fellows, nurse practitioners and ancillary service personnel. I have served as the Burn Director at Nationwide Children’s Hospital since 2009. In this capacity, I provide care for the majority of pediatric burn patients, and manage all aspects of the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Burn Program. For many years I cared for the majority of pediatric trauma patients, assuring their continuity of care both in- and out-patient. Based on my experience and patient/staff feedback, I proposed to the faculty group the creation of a surgeon of the week model. This has been adapted and created by my partners, and has successfully improved the quality of and satisfaction with patient care. I initiated close cooperation with the Pulmonary, Dental and Toxicology Services for improved burn patient care, and close cooperation with the Nephrology and Transplant Services (for which I act as liaison with OSU) for patients with end-stage renal diseases (ERDS). In cooperation with the Nephrology Service, I participate in Quality Improvement research and treatment protocols for ERDS patients. I am intensely involved in using various techniques for dialysis access (I perform the majority of these procedures at Nationwide Children’s Hospital). I have been involved in the “Fistula first” initiative for ERDS treatment, and I am the only surgeon at Nationwide Children’s Hospital to create vascular access for selected pediatric patients.



I was appointed as Burn Director at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in 2009. In this capacity, I led the Burn Program to successful re-verification by the American Burn Association in 2012. Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of the few pediatric burn programs at a free-standing pediatric hospital in the United States. Under my guidance, the QI process for burn patients have been re-structured, resuscitation, feeding and pain control protocols have been created or significantly revised, and the newest burn care techniques have been introduced to the practice. Cooperation with the OSU Burn Center has been enhanced, resulting in mutual educational and research projects. I initiated a Nurse Practitioner-run Burn Clinic at Nationwide Children’s Hospital which I supervise weekly. This was the first NP-run clinic in general pediatric surgery at NCH, and it has been overwhelmingly successful.



I was awarded the Physician of the Year Award in 2007, representing the first and only surgeon in >50 years of Nationwide Children’s Hospital history to receive this award. I was chosen as one of the Best Doctors in America in 2012.



Regarding my teaching activities, I have received excellent teaching evaluation from students (national and international), residents, fellows, and International visiting Stecker Scholars. I teach Advanced Burn Life Support (ABLS) to physicians and residents, competency skills to burn nurses, and burn care to EMS/Firefighters.

My academic and scholarly activity has focused on burn and trauma-related research and education, but I am involved in other areas of surgical research as well. I am actively involved in a research project designed to develop an advanced 3-D technique to measure and calculate the total body service area burned in thermally injured patients. I received a Boles Research Foundation Award to support this research earlier this year. During my tenure at NCH (a 1.0 clinical FTE position), I have written 3 book chapters, 9 peer-reviewed articles and 3 reviews, and have delivered 12 regional and national presentations. I have earlier experience in basic science research, having received my Ph.D. degree in the subject of inflammatory bowel disease.

Academic Advising

present Chad Hamner, Nationwide Children's Hospital.
present Cynthia Corpron, Nationwide Children's Hospital.
present International Medical Nationwide Children's Hospital.
present Ann O'Connor, Nationwide Children's Hospital.
present Shahab Abdessalam, Nationwide Children's Hospital.
present Johanna Askegard-Giesmann, Nationwide Children's Hospital.
present Angela Hanna, Nationwide Children's Hospital.
present International Medical Nationwide Children's Hospital.
present Lindsay Grier Nationwide Children's Hospital.
present Sanjay Krishnaswami Nationwide Children's Hospital.
present Keith Webb, Nationwide Children's Hospital.
present Mehul Raval, Nationwide Children's Hospital.
present Katherine Dominquez, Nationwide Children's Hospital.
present Robert Gates, Nationwide Children's Hospital.
present International Student Nationwide Children's Hospital.
present Dorothy Rocourt, Nationwide Children's Hospital.
present Helena Crowley, Nationwide Children's Hospital.
present Laura Boomer, Nationwide Children's Hospital.
present Diane McCarthy, Nationwide Children's Hospital.
present Rajaa Thakkar, Nationwide Children's Hospital.
present Jeffrey Halter, Nationwide Children's Hospital.
present Anthony Georges, Nationwide Children's Hospital.
present Heather Paddock, Nationwide Children's Hospital.
present Thomas Sims.M.D. Nationwide Children's Hospital.
present International Medical Nationwide Children's Hospital.
present International Medical Nationwide Children's Hospital.
present Marc Michalsky, Nationwide Children's Hospital.
present Jennifer Aldrink, Nationwide Children's Hospital.
present Mark Downing, Nationwide Children's Hospital.
2008 - present International Medical Nationwide Children's Hospital.
 

Certifications

1993 - present Ph. D. in Surgery: Lund University
1995 - present E.C.F.M.G. Certificate: Baylor University Medical Center
2008 - present Instructor Certificate for Advanced Burn Life Support: American Burn Association
2005 - 2015 Ohio Medical License: State Medical Board of Ohio
2005 - 2016 General Surgery: American Board of Surgery
 

Chapters in Books

Fabia, R., Teich, S.. "Interventions for Appendiceal Complications." In Reoperative Pediatric Surgery. -. Totawa, NJ: Humana Press, January 2008.

Nthumba,P, Fabia R. "Burns. In Pediatric Surgery." In A Comprehensive Text for Africia. 214-221. Columbus: Global Help Publications, January 2011.

 

Clinical Services

01/01/1985 - 01/01/1986 Internship (Bielsko-Biala, Poland)
01/01/1986 - 01/01/1989 Residency (Bielsko-Biala, Poland)
01/01/1989 - 01/01/1990 Clinical Fellowship (Bielsko- Biala, Poland)
01/01/1999 - 01/01/2003 Assistant Professor-Clinical Instructor (Dept. Surgery The Ohio State University , Columbus)
01/01/2005 - 01/01/2009 Associate Burn Director of Burn Unit (Nationwide Children's Hospital , Columbus)
01/01/2003 - 01/01/2013 Associate Professor Pediatric Surgery (Nationwide Children's Hospital , Columbus)
01/01/2009 - 01/01/2013 Director of Burn Unit (Nationwide Children's Hospital , Columbus)

Conferences

Fabia,R; ARRAJAB,A; Willen,R; Brattsand,R; Erlansson,M; Svensjo,E. "EFFECT OF LOCAL AND SYSTEMIC TREATMENT WITH BUDESONIDE ON ACETIC-ACID INDUCED COLITIS IN THE RAT." In GASTROENTEROLOGY. (April 1993). A697-A697.

Fabia,R; Levy,M,F; Crippin,J; Tillery,W; Netto,G,J; Aguanno,J; Dysert,P; Goldstein,R,M; Husberg,B,S; Gonwa,T,A; Klintmalm,G,B. "De novo hepatitis B infection after liver transplantation: Source of disease, incidence, and impact." In LIVER TRANSPLANTATION AND SURGERY. (March 1998). 119-127.

Paddock,Heather,N; Fabia,Renata; Giles,Shelia; Hayes,John; Lowell,Wendi; Adams,Dawn; Besner,Gail,E. "A silver-impregnated antimicrobial dressing reduces hospital costs for pediatric burn patients." In JOURNAL OF PEDIATRIC SURGERY. (January 2007). 211-213.

Askegard-Giesmann,Johanna,R; Besner,Gail,E; Fabia,Renata; Caniano,Donna,A; Preston,Thomas; Kenney,Brian,D. "Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation as a lifesaving modality in the treatment of pediatric patients with burns and respiratory failure." In JOURNAL OF PEDIATRIC SURGERY. (June 2010). 1330-1335.

Fabia, R., Levy, MF., Crippin, J., Mulligan, D.C., Holmberg, S.B., Goldstein, R.M., Husberg, B.S., Gonwa, T.M., Klintmalm, G.B.;. "DeNovo Hepatitis B after liver implantation." American Association of Transplant Physician Meeting. .

Fabia,R., Ar'Rajab,A., Willen, R., Anderson, R., Ahren, B.,Bengmark, S.,. "Acetic acid-induced colitis. An experimental reproductible model in rats,." The XXVI congress of European Society of Surgical Research. .

Fabia,R.,Ar'Rajab,A.,Willen,R.,Anderson,R., Ahren,B.,Bengmark, S.. "Acetic acid-induced colitis. An experimental reproducible model in rats.." Hepato-Pancreatuc Billiary Surgery Course. .

Fabia,R., Levy, M.F., Mulligan, D.C., Holmberg, S.B., Goldstein, R.M., Husberg, B.S.Gonwa, T. M. ,Klintmalm, G.B.,. "Colon Carcinoma after liver transplantation." Join Congress of Liver Transportation. .

Fabia,R., Ar'Rajab., Erlansson, M., Roempke, K.,Svensjo,E., Willen,R.,. "A novel model of acetic acid induced chronic colitis inthe rat,Effect of Budesonide and 5-ASA." Digestive Disease Week, American Gastroenterological Association Meeting, New Orleans. .

Fabia,R.,Travis,D.L.,Levy,M.F., Goldstein, R.M., Husberg, B.S., Klintmalm,G.B.,. "Effect of Pentoxifylline on porcine hepatic ischemia/reperfusion." Society of University SUrgeons Meeting in Washington,DC. .

 

Degrees

1985 M.D., Medical University of Silesia

1993 Ph.D., Lund University

 

Honors

1981 - 1984 Annual Rector's Prizes for students with best outcome.
1991 Research Grant Award.
1992 Reseach Grant Award.
2001 Resident Research Project Winning Award.
2007 - present Physician of the Year. All employees at Nationwide Children's Hospital.
2013 - present Boles Research Fund Award Nationwide Children's Hospital. NWC Hospital.
2013 - present Boles Research Fund.
 

Journal Articles

Fabia R; Ar'Rajab A; Willén R; Andersson R; Ahrén B; Larsson K; Bengmark S. "Effects of phosphatidylcholine and phosphatidylinositol on acetic-acid-induced colitis in the rat.." Digestion. Vol. 53, no. 1-2. (January 1992.): 35-.

Fabia R; Willén R; Ar'Rajab A; Andersson R; Ahrén B; Bengmark S. "Acetic acid-induced colitis in the rat: a reproducible experimental model for acute ulcerative colitis.." European Surgical Research. Europäische Chirurgische Forschung. Recherches Chirurgicales Européennes. Vol. 24, no. 4. (January 1992.): 211-.

Fabia R; Ar'Rajab A; Johansson ML; Andersson R; Willén R; Jeppsson B; Molin G; Bengmark S. "Impairment of bacterial flora in human ulcerative colitis and experimental colitis in the rat.." Digestion. Vol. 54, no. 4. (January 1993.): 248-.

Fabia R; Ar'Rajab A; Johansson ML; Willén R; Andersson R; Molin G; Bengmark S. "The effect of exogenous administration of Lactobacillus reuteri R2LC and oat fiber on acetic acid-induced colitis in the rat.." Scandinavian Journal Of Gastroenterology. Vol. 28, no. 2. (February 1993.): 155-.

Fabia R; Ar'Rajab A; Willén R; Andersson R; Bengmark S. "Effect of putative phospholipase A2 inhibitors on acetic acid-induced acute colitis in the rat.." The British Journal Of Surgery. Vol. 80, no. 9. (September 1993.): 1199-.

Fabia R; Ar'Rajab A; Willén R; Brattsand R; Erlansson M; Svensjö E. "Topical anticolitic efficacy and selectivity of the glucocorticoid budesonide in a new model of acetic acid-induced acute colitis in the rat.." Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics. Vol. 8, no. 4. (August 1994.): 433-.

Fabia, R. Letter to the editor: Aliment. Parmacol. Ther. 1994. (January 1994.): -.

Fabia, R., Levy, M.F., Travis, D.L., Goldstein, R.M., Husberg, B.S., Klintmalm, G.B.. "The effect of Cyclosporine A pretreatment on porcine hepatic ischemia followed by reperfusion." Surgical Forum. no. 26. (January 1995.): 189-190.

Ar'Rajab A; Dawidson I; Fabia R. "Reperfusion injury.." New Horizons (Baltimore, Md.). Vol. 4, no. 2. (May 1996.): 224-.

Fabia R; Ar'Rajab; Willén R; Marklund S; Andersson R. "The role of transient mucosal ischemia in acetic acid-induced colitis in the rat.." The Journal Of Surgical Research. Vol. 63, no. 2. (July 1996.): 406-.

Drazkiewicz, M., Fabia, R.. "Ulcerative colitis. Diagnostic and theraputic problems.." Polski Przeglad Chirurgiczny. Vol. 6, no. 68. (January 1996.): 616-621.

Fabia, R., Ar'Rajab, A., A., Dawidson. (January 1996.): -.

Fabia R; Travis DL; Levy MF; Husberg BS; Goldstein RM; Klintmalm GB. "Effect of pentoxifylline on hepatic ischemia and reperfusion injury.." Surgery. Vol. 121, no. 5. (May 1997.): 520-.

Bellinger LL; Fabia R; Husberg BS. "Meal patterns prior to and following liver transplantation in rats.." Physiology & Behavior. Vol. 62, no. 3. (September 1997.): 525-.

Fabia R; Levy MF; Crippin J; Tillery W; Netto GJ; Aguanno J; Dysert P; Goldstein RM; Husberg BS; Gonwa TA; Klintmalm GB. "De novo hepatitis B infection after liver transplantation: source of disease, incidence, and impact.." Liver Transplantation And Surgery: Official Publication Of The American Association For The Study Of Liver Diseases And The International Liver Transplantation Society. Vol. 4, no. 2. (March 1998.): 119-.

Fabia R; Levy MF; Testa G; Obiekwe S; Goldstein RM; Husberg BS; Gonwa TA; Klintmalm GB. "Colon carcinoma in patients undergoing liver transplantation.." American Journal Of Surgery. Vol. 176, no. 3. (September 1998.): 265-.

Travis DL; Fabia R; Netto GG; Husberg BS; Goldstein RM; Klintmalm GB; Levy MF. "Protection by cyclosporine A against normothermic liver ischemia-reperfusion in pigs.." The Journal Of Surgical Research. Vol. 75, no. 2. (March 1998.): 116-.

Fabia, R., Giles, S. Critical Measures. Vol. 7, no. 2. (January 2006.): 6-7.

Paddock HN; Fabia R; Giles S; Hayes J; Lowell W; Adams D; Besner GE. "A silver-impregnated antimicrobial dressing reduces hospital costs for pediatric burn patients.." Journal Of Pediatric Surgery. Vol. 42, no. 1. (January 2007.): 211-.

Paddock HN; Fabia R; Giles S; Hayes J; Lowell W; Besner GE. "A silver impregnated antimicrobial dressing reduces hospital length of stay for pediatric patients with burns.." Journal Of Burn Care & Research: Official Publication Of The American Burn Association. Vol. 28, no. 3. (May 2007.): 409-.

Fabia R; Groner JI. "Advances in the care of children with burns.." Advances In Pediatrics. Vol. 56, (January 2009.): 219-.

Fabia RB; Arthur LG 3rd; Phillips A; Galantowicz ME; Caniano DA. "Complete bilateral tracheobronchial disruption in a child with blunt chest trauma.." The Journal Of Trauma. Vol. 66, no. 5. (May 2009.): 1478-.

Askegard-Giesmann JR; Besner GE; Fabia R; Caniano DA; Preston T; Kenney BD. "Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation as a lifesaving modality in the treatment of pediatric patients with burns and respiratory failure.." Journal Of Pediatric Surgery. Vol. 45, no. 6. (June 2010.): 1330-.

Rocourt,Dorothy,V; Hall,Mark; Kenney,Brian,D; Fabia,Renata; Groner,Jonathan,I; Besner,Gail,E. "Respiratory failure after pediatric scald injury." JOURNAL OF PEDIATRIC SURGERY. Vol. 46, no. 9. (September 2011.): 1753-1758.

Odar,Cathleen; Kirschman,Keri,JBrown; Pelley,Terri,J; Butz,Catherine; Besner,Gail,E; Fabia,Renata,B. "Prevalence and Correlates of Posttraumatic Stress in Parents of Young Children Postburn." JOURNAL OF BURN CARE & RESEARCH. Vol. 34, no. 3. (May 2013.): 299-306.

 

Reference Works

January 2007 Nwomeh BC, Caniano DA, Upperman JS, Hayes J, Fabia R, Michalsky MP, Kelleher KJ."Portable computer assisted parental education facilitates informed consent for emergency operations in children." . : 181

Presentations

"Acetic acid-induced colitis. An experimental reproducible model in rats.." Presented at Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Surgery Course, Lund, SE|SWE. (May 1991)

"Acetic acid-induced colitis. An experimental reproducible model in rats.." Presented at The XXVI congress of European Society of Surgical Research, Salzburg, AT|AUT. (May 1991)

"The role of Transient Mucosal ischemia in acetic acid-induced colitis in the rat.." Presented at 23rd Annual Meeting of Nordic Microcirculatory Society, Geilo, NO|NOR. (February 1993)

"A novel model of acetic acid induced chronic colitis in the rat: Effect of Budesonide and 5 ASA.." Presented at American Gastroenterological Association Meeting, New Orleans, LA. (May 1994)

"Colon carcinoma after liver transplantation.." Presented at Join Congress on Liver Transplantation, London. (September 1995)

"DeNovo hepatitis B after liver transplantation.." Presented at American Association of Transplant Physician Meeting, Chicago, IL. (May 1995)

"The effect of Cyclosporine A pretreatment on porcine hepatic ischemia followed by reperfusion.." Presented at 81st Clinical Congress of American College of Surgeons, New Orleans, LA. (October 1995)

"Effect of Pentoxifylline on porcine hepatic ischemia /reperfusion." Presented at The Society of University Surgeons Meeting, Washington, DC. (February 1996)

"Meal pattern analysis prior to and following liver transplantation in the rat.." Presented at The American Physiology Society Meeting, Washington, DC. (April 1996)

"A silver impregnated antimicrobial dressing reduces hospital length stay for pediatric burn patients.." Presented at American Burn Association Annual Meeting, . (April 2006)

"A silver impregnated antimicrobial dressing reduces hospital cost in pediatric burn patients.." Presented at American Pediatric Surgical Association, . (May 2006)

"Portable computer-assisted parental education facilitates informed consent for emergency operations in children." Presented at Second Annual Academic Surgical Congress, Phoenix, AZ. (February 2007)

"Portable computer-assisted parental education facilitates informed consent for emergency operations in children." Presented at Annual Meeting of the Association for Surgical Education, Washington, DC. (April 2007)

"Respiratory Failure after Pediatric Scald Injury.." Presented at American Burn Association Annual Meeting, San Antonio, TX. (March 2009)

 

Professional Activities

2005 - present Member. Trauma Executive Board. Columbus, OH.
2006 - present EMS Continuing Education Lecture Series. Nationwide Children's Hospital. Columbus, OH.
2006 - present EMS Continuing Education Lecture Series, Columbus, OH. Columbus, OH.
2007 - present Lounge and Learn Lecture: " Update of Outpatient Burn Care". Community Pediatrician Education. Columbus, OH.
2008 - present Ohio Multi-Regional Disaster Preparedness Exercise. Veteral Memorial Center. Columbus, OH.
2008 - present Instructor of ABLS course. Nationwide Children's Hospital. Columbus, OH.
2008 - present Compentency Day Lecture Series "Reconstructive Surgery & More in Burn Treatment". Columbus, OH.
2008 - present Reviewer for the Association of American Medical College's MedEdPORTAL Publication. Association of American Medical College.
2008 Mentor for International Medical Student (Germany), Stecker Scholarship. Nationwide Children's Hospital. Columbus, OH.
2007 - 2012 Community Pediatrican Education. Lounge and Learn Lecture Series.