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John Kelly  Wright, Jr.

John Kelly Wright, Jr., M.D., F.A.C.S.

Professor of Surgery
Division Chief, Division of Hepatobiliary Surgery and Liver Transplantation
Liver and Hepatobiliary Surgeon

Education
 • 1977 B.S. (Physics) Vanderbilt University• 1981 M.D.  Johns Hopkins School of Medicine Postdoctoral Training:• 1981-1984, Residency in Surgery, Massachusetts General Hospital• 1984-1986, Robert R. Linton Research Fellowship in Surgery, Massachusetts General Hospital• 1986-1988, Residency in Surgery, Massachusetts General Hospital• 1988-1989, Chief, West Surgical Service, Massachusetts General Hospital• 1989-1990, Clinical Fellowship in Transplantation Surgery, Massachusetts General Hospital
Publications
  • Poulose BK, Griffin MR, Moore DE, Zhu Y, Smalley W, Richards WO, Wright JK, Melvin W, Holzman MD. Risk factors for post-operative mortality in bariatric surgery. J. Surg. Res. 2005 Jul 7/1/2005; 127(1): 1-7. PMID: 15964300, PII: S0022-4804(04)00731-0, DOI: 10.1016/j.jss.2004.12.017, ISSN: 0022-4804.
    Available from: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15964300.
  • Poulose BK, Holzman MD, Zhu Y, Smalley W, Richards WO, Wright JK, Melvin W, Griffin MR. National variations in morbid obesity and bariatric surgery use. J. Am. Coll. Surg. 2005 Jul; 201(1): 77-84. PMID: 15978447, PII: S1072-7515(05)00337-6, DOI: 10.1016/j.jamcollsurg.2005.03.022, ISSN: 1072-7515.
    Available from: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15978447.
  • Austin MT, Feurer ID, Chari RS, Gorden DL, Wright JK, Pinson CW. Survival after pediatric liver transplantation: why does living donation offer an advantage?. Arch Surg. 2005 May; 140(5): 465-70; discussion 470. PMID: 15897442, PII: 140/5/465, DOI: 10.1001/archsurg.140.5.465, ISSN: 0004-0010.
    Available from: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15897442.
  • Poulose BK, Griffin MR, Zhu Y, Smalley W, Richards WO, Wright JK, Melvin W, Holzman MD. National analysis of adverse patient safety for events in bariatric surgery. Am Surg. 2005 May; 71(5): 406-13. PMID: 15986971, ISSN: 0003-1348.
    Available from: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15986971.
  • Thomas KT, Welch D, Trueblood A, Sulur P, Wise P, Gorden DL, Chari RS, Wright JK, Washington K, Pinson CW. Effective treatment of biliary cystadenoma. Ann. Surg. 2005 May; 241(5): 769-73; discussion 773. PMID: 15849512, PMCID: PMC1357131, PII: 00000658-200505000-00010, ISSN: 0003-4932.
    Available from: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15849512.
  • Moore DE, Feurer ID, Speroff T, Gorden DL, Wright JK, Chari RS, Pinson CW. Impact of donor, technical, and recipient risk factors on survival and quality of life after liver transplantation. Arch Surg. 2005 Mar; 140(3): 273-7. PMID: 15781792, PII: 140/3/273, DOI: 10.1001/archsurg.140.3.273, ISSN: 0004-0010.
    Available from: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15781792.
  • Moore DE, Feurer ID, Rodgers S, Shaffer D, Nylander W, Gorden DL, Chari RS, Wright JK, Pinson CW. Is there racial disparity in outcomes after solid organ transplantation?. Am. J. Surg. 2004 Nov; 188(5): 571-4. PMID: 15546572, PII: S0002-9610(04)00366-6, DOI: 10.1016/j.amjsurg.2004.07.033, ISSN: 0002-9610.
    Available from: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15546572.
  • Anderson CD, Meranze S, Bream P, Gorden DL, Wright JK, Pinson CW, Chari RS. Contralateral portal vein embolization for hepatectomy in the setting of hepatic steatosis. Am Surg. 2004 Jul; 70(7): 609-12. PMID: 15279184, ISSN: 0003-1348.
    Available from: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15279184.
  • Thomas KT, Bream PR, Berlin J, Meranze SG, Wright JK, Chari RS. Use of percutaneous drainage to treat hepatic abscess after radiofrequency ablation of metastatic pancreatic adenocarcinoma. Am Surg. 2004 Jun; 70(6): 496-9. PMID: 15212401, ISSN: 0003-1348.
    Available from: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15212401.
  • Moore DE, Feurer ID, Holzman MD, Wudel LJ, Strickland C, Gorden DL, Chari R, Wright JK, Pinson CW. Long-term detrimental effect of bile duct injury on health-related quality of life. Arch Surg. 2004 May; 139(5): 476-81; discussion 481. PMID: 15136346, PII: 139/5/476, DOI: 10.1001/archsurg.139.5.476, ISSN: 0004-0010.
    Available from: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15136346.
  • Moore D, Feurer I, Speroff T, Shaffer D, Nylander W, Kizilisik T, Butler J, Awad J, Gorden DL, Chari R, Wright JK, Pinson CW. Survival and quality of life after organ transplantation in veterans and nonveterans. Am. J. Surg. 2003 Nov; 186(5): 476-80. PMID: 14599610, PII: S0002961003003532, ISSN: 0002-9610.
    Available from: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/14599610.
  • Janicki PK, Stoica C, Chapman WC, Wright JK, Walker G, Pai R, Walia A, Pretorius M, Pinson CW. Water warming garment versus forced air warming system in prevention of intraoperative hypothermia during liver transplantation: a randomized controlled trial [ISRCTN32154832]. BMC Anesthesiol. 2002 Nov 11/19/2002; 2(1): 7. PMID: 12441007, PMCID: PMC137608, ISSN: 1471-2253.
    Available from: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12441007.
  • Feurer ID, Wright JK, Payne JL, Kain AC, Wise PE, Hale P, Chapman WC, Speroff T, Pinson CW. Effects of hepatitis C virus infection and its recurrence after liver transplantation on functional performance and health-related quality of life. J. Gastrointest. Surg. 2002 Jan; 6(1): 108-15. PMID: 11986026, PII: S1091255X01000026, ISSN: 1091-255X.
    Available from: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11986026.
  • Wudel LJ, Wright JK, Debelak JP, Allos TM, Shyr Y, Chapman WC. Prevention of gallstone formation in morbidly obese patients undergoing rapid weight loss: results of a randomized controlled pilot study. J. Surg. Res. 2002 Jan; 102(1): 50-6. PMID: 11792152, PII: S002248040196322X, DOI: 10.1006/jsre.2001.6322, ISSN: 0022-4804.
    Available from: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11792152.
  • Wise PE, Shi YY, Washington MK, Chapman WC, Wright JK, Sharp KW, Pinson CW. Radical resection improves survival for patients with pT2 gallbladder carcinoma. Am Surg. 2001 Nov; 67(11): 1041-7. PMID: 11730220, ISSN: 0003-1348.
    Available from: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11730220.
  • Wise PE, Wright JK, Chapman WC, Drinkwater DC, Slovis BS, Pierson RN, Pinson CW. Heart-lung-liver transplant for cystic fibrosis. Transplant. Proc. 2001 Nov; 33(7-8): 3568-71. PMID: 11750518, PII: S0041-1345(01)02537-4, ISSN: 0041-1345.
    Available from: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11750518.
  • Wudel LJ, Wright JK, Pinson CW, Herline A, Debelak J, Seidel S, Revis K, Chapman WC. Bile duct injury following laparoscopic cholecystectomy: a cause for continued concern. Am Surg. 2001 Jun; 67(6): 557-63; discussion 563. PMID: 11409804, ISSN: 0003-1348.
    Available from: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11409804.
  • Giullian JA, Marsh JW, Chung OK, Drougas JG, Wright JK, Chapman WC, Blair KT, Barnard SE, Feurer ID, Pinson CW. Effect of dopamine infusion (3-30 microg/kg/min) on hepatic hemodynamics. J. Surg. Res. 2000 Jan; 88(1): 52-7. PMID: 10644467, PII: S0022480499957876, DOI: 10.1006/jsre.1999.5787, ISSN: 0022-4804.
    Available from: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10644467.
  • Delbeke D, Rose DM, Chapman WC, Pinson CW, Wright JK, Beauchamp RD, Shyr Y, Leach SD. Optimal interpretation of FDG PET in the diagnosis, staging and management of pancreatic carcinoma. J. Nucl. Med. 1999 Nov; 40(11): 1784-91. PMID: 10565771, ISSN: 0161-5505.
    Available from: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10565771.
  • Herline AJ, Pinson CW, Wright JK, Debelak J, Shyr Y, Harley D, Merrill W, Starkey T, Pierson R, Chapman WC. Acute pancreatitis after cardiac transplantation and other cardiac procedures: case-control analysis in 24,631 patients. Am Surg. 1999 Sep; 65(9): 819-25; discussion 826. PMID: 10484083, ISSN: 0003-1348.
    Available from: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10484083.
  • Bradley AL, Chapman WC, Wright JK, Marsh JW, Geevarghese S, Blair KT, Pinson CW. Surgical experience with hepatic colorectal metastasis. Am Surg. 1999 Jun; 65(6): 560-6; discussion 566. PMID: 10366210, ISSN: 0003-1348.
    Available from: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10366210.
  • Zorn GL, Wright JK, Pinson CW, Debelak JP, Chapman WC. Antiperistaltic Roux-en-Y biliary-enteric bypass after bile duct injury: a technical error in reconstruction. Am Surg. 1999 Jun; 65(6): 581-5. PMID: 10366214, ISSN: 0003-1348.
    Available from: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10366214.
  • Rose DM, Chapman WC, Brockenbrough AT, Wright JK, Rose AT, Meranze S, Mazer M, Blair T, Blanke CD, Debelak JP, Pinson CW. Transcatheter arterial chemoembolization as primary treatment for hepatocellular carcinoma. Am. J. Surg. 1999 May; 177(5): 405-10. PMID: 10365881, PII: S0002-9610(99)00069-0, ISSN: 0002-9610.
    Available from: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10365881.
  • Rose DM, Delbeke D, Beauchamp RD, Chapman WC, Sandler MP, Sharp KW, Richards WO, Wright JK, Frexes ME, Pinson CW, Leach SD. 18Fluorodeoxyglucose-positron emission tomography in the management of patients with suspected pancreatic cancer. Ann. Surg. 1999 May; 229(5): 729-37; discussion 737. PMID: 10235532, PMCID: PMC1420818, ISSN: 0003-4932.
    Available from: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10235532.
  • Geevarghese SK, Bradley AL, Atkinson J, Wright JK, Chapman WC, Van Buren DH, Blair KT, Hutchins CH, Jabbour K, Phillips J, Williams PE, Pinson CW. Comparison of arcuate-legged clipped versus sutured hepatic artery, portal vein, and bile duct anastomoses. Am Surg. 1999 Apr; 65(4): 311-6. PMID: 10190352, ISSN: 0003-1348.
    Available from: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10190352.
  • Geevarghese SK, Flakoll P, Bradley AL, Wright JK, Chapman WC, Van Buren D, Sika M, Blair KT, Jabbour K, Williams PE, Hutchins CH, Phillips JL, Pinson CW. The effect of nutritional and hormonal supplementation on protein synthesis immediately after liver transplantation. J. Surg. Res. 1999 Feb; 81(2): 196-200. PMID: 9927540, PII: S0022-4804(98)95509-3, DOI: 10.1006/jsre.1998.5509, ISSN: 0022-4804.
    Available from: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9927540.
  • Rose AT, Rose DM, Pinson CW, Wright JK, Blair T, Blanke C, Delbeke D, Debelak JP, Chapman WC. Hepatocellular carcinoma outcomes based on indicated treatment strategy. Am Surg. 1998 Dec; 64(12): 1128-34; discussion 1134. PMID: 9843330, ISSN: 0003-1348.
    Available from: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9843330.
  • Haddad FF, Wright JK, Blair TK, Chapman WC, Pinson CW. Vanderbilt experience with cryosurgery for 25 advanced hepatic tumors. Tenn Med. 1998 Sep; 91(9): 357-60. PMID: 9737181, ISSN: 1088-6222.
    Available from: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9737181.
  • Rose DM, Rose AT, Chapman WC, Wright JK, Lopez RR, Pinson CW. Management of bronchobiliary fistula as a late complication of hepatic resection. Am Surg. 1998 Sep; 64(9): 873-6. PMID: 9731817, ISSN: 0003-1348.
    Available from: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9731817.
  • Marsh JW, Drougas JG, Wright JK, Chapman WC, Becker YT, Barnard SE, Donovan KL, Feurer I, Sika M, Blair KT, Hamilton KA, Pinson CW. The effect of low dose epinephrine infusion on hepatic hemodynamics. Transplant. Proc. 1998 Aug; 30(5): 2306-8. PMID: 9723484, PII: S0041-1345(98)00633-2, ISSN: 0041-1345.
    Available from: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9723484.
  • Van Buren D, Payne J, Geevarghese S, MacDonell R, Chapman W, Wright JK, Helderman JH, Richie R, Pinson CW. Impact of Sandimmune, Neoral, and Prograf on rejection incidence and renal function in primary liver transplant recipients. Transplant. Proc. 1998 Aug; 30(5): 1830-2. PMID: 9723299, PII: S0041-1345(98)00448-5, ISSN: 0041-1345.
    Available from: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9723299.
  • Van Buren D, Payne J, Geevarghese S, MacDonell R, Chapman W, Wright JK, Helderman JH, Richie R, Pinson CW. Renal function in primary liver transplant recipients receiving neoral (cyclosporine) versus prograf (tacrolimus). Transplant. Proc. 1998 Jun; 30(4): 1401-2. PMID: 9636566, PII: S0041134598002899, ISSN: 0041-1345.
    Available from: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9636566.
  • Delbeke D, Martin WH, Sandler MP, Chapman WC, Wright JK, Pinson CW. Evaluation of benign vs malignant hepatic lesions with positron emission tomography. Arch Surg. 1998 May; 133(5): 510-5; discussion 515. PMID: 9605913, ISSN: 0004-0010.
    Available from: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9605913.
  • Drougas JG, Anthony LB, Blair TK, Lopez RR, Wright JK, Chapman WC, Webb L, Mazer M, Meranze S, Pinson CW. Hepatic artery chemoembolization for management of patients with advanced metastatic carcinoid tumors. Am. J. Surg. 1998 May; 175(5): 408-12. PMID: 9600289, PII: S0002961098000427, ISSN: 0002-9610.
    Available from: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9600289.
  • Geevarghese SK, Bradley AE, Wright JK, Chapman WC, Feurer I, Payne JL, Hunter EB, Pinson CW. Outcomes analysis in 100 liver transplantation patients. Am. J. Surg. 1998 May; 175(5): 348-53. PMID: 9600275, PII: S0002961098000531, ISSN: 0002-9610.
    Available from: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9600275.
  • Bradley AL, Sika M, Becker YT, Blair KT, Jabbour K, Williams PE, Phillips J, Chapman WC, Wright JK, Flakoll PJ, Pinson CW. Net hepatic glucose output is normal on postoperative day 1 after liver transplantation. Am Surg. 1998 Mar; 64(3): 255-8. PMID: 9520818, ISSN: 0003-1348.
    Available from: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9520818.
  • Haddad FF, Chapman WC, Wright JK, Blair TK, Pinson CW. Clinical experience with cryosurgery for advanced hepatobiliary tumors. J. Surg. Res. 1998 Mar; 75(2): 103-8. PMID: 9655082, PII: S0022-4804(98)95280-5, DOI: 10.1006/jsre.1998.5280, ISSN: 0022-4804.
    Available from: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9655082.
  • Pinson CW, Chapman WC, Wright JK, Hunter EB, Awad JA, Raiford DS, Payne JL, Geevarghese S, Blair TK, Van Buren DH. Experience with neoral versus sandimmune in primary liver transplant recipients. Transpl. Int. 1998; 11 Suppl 1: S278-83. PMID: 9664997, ISSN: 0934-0874.
    Available from: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9664997.
  • Delbeke D, Vitola JV, Sandler MP, Arildsen RC, Powers TA, Wright JK, Chapman WC, Pinson CW. Staging recurrent metastatic colorectal carcinoma with PET. J. Nucl. Med. 1997 Aug; 38(8): 1196-201. PMID: 9255148, ISSN: 0161-5505.
    Available from: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9255148.
  • Lomis KD, Vitola JV, Delbeke D, Snodgrass SL, Chapman WC, Wright JK, Pinson CW. Recurrent gallbladder carcinoma at laparoscopy port sites diagnosed by positron emission tomography: implications for primary and radical second operations. Am Surg. 1997 Apr; 63(4): 341-5. PMID: 9124755, ISSN: 0003-1348.
    Available from: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9124755.
  • Drougas JG, Barnard SE, Wright JK, Sika M, Lopez RR, Stokes KA, Williams PE, Pinson CW. A model for the extended studies of hepatic hemodynamics and metabolism in swine. Lab. Anim. Sci. 1996 Dec; 46(6): 648-55. PMID: 9001178, ISSN: 0023-6764.
    Available from: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9001178.
  • Lopez RR, Van Buren DH, Wright JK, Drougas JG, Barnard SE, Stokes KA, Pinson CW. Immediate effect of intravenous cyclosporine on hepatic hemodynamics. Transplant. Proc. 1996 Aug; 28(4): 2241-3. PMID: 8769212, ISSN: 0041-1345.
    Available from: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8769212.
  • Pinson CW, Wright JK, Chapman WC, Garrard CL, Blair TK, Sawyers JL. Repeat hepatic surgery for colorectal cancer metastasis to the liver. Ann. Surg. 1996 Jun; 223(6): 765-73; discussion 773. PMID: 8645050, PMCID: PMC1235229, ISSN: 0003-4932.
    Available from: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8645050.
  • Payne JL, McCarty KR, Drougas JG, Chapman WC, Wright JK, Pinson NY, Beliles KE, Newsom VL, Hunter EB, Raiford DS, Awad JA, Burk RF, Donovan KL, Van Buren DH, Pinson CW. Outcomes analysis for 50 liver transplant recipients: the Vanderbilt experience. Am Surg. 1996 Apr; 62(4): 320-5. PMID: 8600857, ISSN: 0003-1348.
    Available from: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8600857.
  • Vitola JV, Delbeke D, Sandler MP, Campbell MG, Powers TA, Wright JK, Chapman WC, Pinson CW. Positron emission tomography to stage suspected metastatic colorectal carcinoma to the liver. Am. J. Surg. 1996 Jan; 171(1): 21-6. PMID: 8554144, PII: S0002-9610(99)80067-1, DOI: 10.1016/S0002-9610(99)80067-1, ISSN: 0002-9610.
    Available from: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8554144.
  • Becker YT, Raiford DS, Webb L, Wright JK, Chapman WC, Pinson CW. Rupture and hemorrhage of hepatic focal nodular hyperplasia. Am Surg. 1995 Mar; 61(3): 210-4. PMID: 7887531, ISSN: 0003-1348.
    Available from: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/7887531.
  • Wright JK, Roesel JF, Lopez RR. Malrotation of the intestine in adulthood. J Tenn Med Assoc. 1994 Apr; 87(4): 141-5. PMID: 8201824, ISSN: 0040-3318.
    Available from: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8201824.
  • Scaletscky R, Wright JK, Shaw J, Smith JA. Ileal conduit venous varices from portal hypertension as a cause of recurrent, massive hemorrhage: case report and review of the literature. J. Urol. 1994 Feb; 151(2): 417-9. PMID: 8283541, ISSN: 0022-5347.
    Available from: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8283541.
  • Drougas JG, Hunter EB, Raiford DS, Burk RF, Awad JA, Wright JK, Lopez RR, Donovan KL, Franks JJ, Thomas AT. Liver transplantation: results with Vanderbilt's first 25 liver recipients. J Tenn Med Assoc. 1994 Jan; 87(1): 7-10. PMID: 8145559, ISSN: 0040-3318.
    Available from: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8145559.
  • Wright JK. Short gut syndrome--options for management. Compr Ther. 1992 Aug; 18(8): 5-8. PMID: 1424533, ISSN: 0098-8243.
    Available from: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1424533.
  • Lopez RR, Wright JK, Donovan KL, Pinson CW. Overview of liver transplantation for the perfusionist. J Extra Corpor Technol. 1992; 24(2): 26-32. PMID: 10147905, ISSN: 0022-1058.
    Available from: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10147905.