Individualized Venous Thromboembolism Risk Stratification and Chemoprophylaxis in Surgical Patients

The research team of Christopher Pannucci, MD, and Benjamin Brooke, MD, set out to determine whether chemoprophylaxis for VTE among surgical patients could be better achieved through individualized risk stratification using established Caprini scores. They performed a meta-analysis of nearly 15,000 surgery patients, stratified by Caprini scores for VTE risk levels. Continue reading → Individualized Venous Thromboembolism Risk Stratification and Chemoprophylaxis in Surgical Patients

Readmission Destination and the Risk of Mortality Following Major Surgery

University of Utah Health investigator Benjamin Brooke, MD, PhD, and colleagues sought to determine whether patients who are readmitted following major surgery achieve better outcomes if they return to the same hospital and surgeons who performed their initial operation. Continue reading → Readmission Destination and the Risk of Mortality Following Major Surgery

Research Statement

Dr. Brooke’s research group focuses on patient-centered models to improve care coordination for medically complex patients during transitions of surgical care across all different types of surgical specialties. This includes investigating ways to identify individualized patient risk prior to surgery (i.e. frailty assessment tools), delivering patient-centered pain management programs to reduce opioid use, and evaluate patient-reported outcomes following surgery. He also leads several projects focused on the design of health information technology (HIT) tools to improve care coordination and decision support for surgical providers. Goals include applying implementation science models to incorporate and evaluate HIT tools in surgical practice.