Director, Trauma Program Program Director, PDRTC
Attending Physician
Associate Professor of Surgery w/ Tenure, Keck School of Medicine of USC
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Clinical Interests

Trauma, Disaster Preparedness; Injury Prevention


Medical School: 

New Jersey Medical School


University Hospital, New Jersey Medical School, General Surgery


University Hospital, New Jersey Medical School, General Surgery; Administrative Chief Resident.


Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, Pediatric Surgery



Surgery: American Board of Surgery; Pediatric Surgery: American Board of Surgery

Professional Memberships: 

American College of Surgeons; American Academy of Pediatrics; American Pediatric Surgical Association; Allegheny County Medical Society (ACMS), 2000-2005; American College of Surgeons (ACS), Southwestern Pennsylvania Chapter, 2000-2005; American College of Surgeons (ACS), Southern California Chapter, 2006- present; Pittsburgh Surgical Society, 2003-2005


Permanent Member, Reviewer for PEDS, NICHD Pediatric Surgery Section 06/2006-present; Panel Reviewer for DSR at NICHD in response to RFA-HD-04-004, National; Institute of Child Health and Human Development, NIH, Washington, DC, 10/2004; Duquesne Light/WQED Multimedia African-American Leadership Award for Civic, Community & Humanitarium, 2004; New Pittsburgh Courier, 40 Under 40 Award, 2003; The 15th Annual Stuart S. Stevenson Memorial Lecture, May 16, 2003; The Jewish Chronicle Newsmaker, 2003; Pittsburgh Tribune Review Newsmaker, 2002 and 2003; Robert Wood Johnson Research Fellowship Award, 2002; Robert Wood Johnson Research Fellowship, Finalist, 2000; Children�s Hospital of Pittsburgh, Employee Service Star,1991 and 2000; Shock Society Twentieth Annual Conference Travel Award; The American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons: Colorectal Postgraduate Course Scholarship, 1993; Pfizer-Roerig Educational Grant, 1993; Ciba Geigy Junior Community Service Award, 1989 and 1990; Union County Medical Society Auxiliary Scholarship, 1989 and 1990; The Joseph Lanza Annual Scholarship Award, New Jersey Medical School;1988 and 1989 J.M. Foundation Scholarship to attend Summer School of Alcohol and Drug Studies, 1988 and 1989; National Finalist, Healthcare Forum's W. Glenn Ebersole Essay Contest, 1988; Stanford University Dean�s Service Award, 1987


Zamora, R.; Grishin, A.; Wong, C.; Boyle, P.; Wang, J.; Hackam, D.; Upperman, JS, Tracey, K. J.; Ford, H. R. Carbon monoxide protects against the development of experimental necrotizing enterocolitis. Am J Physiol Gastrointest Liver Physiol 2005;289(3):G607-13

Potoka D, McClain R, Upperman JS. Pediatric cystadenoma of the mesocolon. Pediatr Surg. 2006 Jan;41(1):e63-4

Wang KS, Ford HR, Upperman JS. Metabolic Response to Stress in the Surgical Neonates. Neoreviews 2006 7: e410-e418

Cetin S, Leaphart C, Li J, Ischenko I, Hayman M, Upperman JS, Zamora R, Watkin SK, Ford HR, Wang JH, Hackam DJ. Nitric Oxide Inhibits Enterocyte Migration through Activation of RhoA-GTPase in a SHP-2 Dependent Manner. Am J Physiol Gastrointest Liver Physiol. 2007 Feb 1

Research Interests: 

Necrotizing Enterocolitis; Nitric Oxide in Gut Barrier Failure; Pediatric Trauma; Pediatric Disaster Preparedness. RESEARCH IN PROGRESS: The Role of Nitric Oxide and Reactive Nitrogen Species in Gut Barrier Failure; Genomics of Necrotizing Enterocolitis; Cytokine Gene Polymorphisms in Necrotizing Enterocolitis; Mathematical Modeling in Necrotizing Enterocolitis; Pediatric Disaster Preparedness in Los Angeles County

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