Denis Bensard, MD
Professor, Surgery-Peds Surgery

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Undergraduate School:
  • BA, University of Colorado - Denver (CO) (1982)
Languages: English
Department: Surgery-Peds Surgery

Publications

  • Reppucci ML, Stevens J, Pickett K, Bensard DD, Moulton SL. Pediatric cardiac and great vessel injuries: Recent experience at two pediatric trauma centers. J Pediatr Surg. 2021 Dec 3. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 34955290
  • Stevens J, Phillips R, Meier M, Reppucci ML, Acker S, Shahi N, Shirek G, Bensard D, Moulton S. Novel tool (BIS) heralds the need for blood transfusion and/or failure of non-operative management in pediatric blunt liver and spleen injuries. J Pediatr Surg. 2021 Oct 2. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 34756419
  • Stevens J, Reppucci ML, Meier M, Phillips R, Shahi N, Shirek G, Acker S, Bensard D, Moulton S. Pre-hospital and emergency department shock index pediatric age-adjusted (SIPA) "cut points" to identify pediatric trauma patients at risk for massive transfusion and/or mortality. J Pediatr Surg. 2021 Oct 9. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 34753559
  • Reppucci ML, Phillips R, Meier M, Acker SN, Stevens J, Moulton SL, Bensard D. Pediatric age-adjusted shock index as a tool for predicting outcomes in children with or without traumatic brain injury. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2021 Nov 1;91(5):856-860. PubMed PMID: 34695062
  • Shahi N, Kaizer A, Stevens J, Phillips R, Acker SN, Choi YM, Shirek G, Bensard D, Bruny J, Dannull K, Moulton SL. A surgeon's predicament: Clinical predictors of surgery and mortality in neutropenic enterocolitis. J Pediatr Surg. 2021 Sep 4. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 34635341
  • Stevens J, Phillips R, Reppucci ML, Pickett K, Moore H, Bensard D. Does the mechanism matter? Comparing thrombelastography between blunt and penetrating pediatric trauma patients. J Pediatr Surg. 2021 Sep 20. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 34588132
  • Phillips R, Shahi N, Acker SN, Meier M, Shirek G, Stevens J, Recicar J, Moulton S, Bensard D. Not as simple as ABC: Tools to Trigger Massive Transfusion in Pediatric Trauma. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2021 Sep 16. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 34538826
  • Phillips R, Moore H, Bensard D, Shahi N, Shirek G, Reppucci ML, Meier M, Recicar J, Acker S, Kim J, Moulton S. It is time for TEG in pediatric trauma: unveiling meaningful alterations in children who undergo massive transfusion. Pediatr Surg Int. 2021 Nov;37(11):1613-1620. PubMed PMID: 34533617
  • Shahi N, Phillips R, Meier M, Shirek G, Choi YM, Acker SN, Bensard D, Moulton S. Comparison of non-invasive physiological assessment tools between simple and perforated appendicitis in children. Pediatr Surg Int. 2021 Jul;37(7):851-857. PubMed PMID: 33783635
  • Phillips R, Meier M, Shahi N, Acker S, Reppucci M, Shirek G, Recicar J, Moulton S, Bensard D. Elevated pediatric age-adjusted shock-index (SIPA) in blunt solid organ injuries. J Pediatr Surg. 2021 Feb;56(2):401-404. PubMed PMID: 33358417
  • Shahi N, Shahi AK, Phillips R, Shirek G, Bensard D, Moulton SL. Decision-making in pediatric blunt solid organ injury: A deep learning approach to predict massive transfusion, need for operative management, and mortality risk. J Pediatr Surg. 2021 Feb;56(2):379-384. PubMed PMID: 33218680
  • Shahi N, Phillips R, Rodenburg C, Meier M, Shirek G, Recicar J, Moulton S, Bensard D. Combining Cribari matrix and Need For Trauma Intervention (NFTI) to accurately assess undertriage in pediatric trauma. J Pediatr Surg. 2021 Aug;56(8):1401-1404. PubMed PMID: 32951889
  • Shahi N, Phillips R, Acker SN, Meier M, Goldsmith A, Shirek G, Ladd P, Moulton SL, Bensard D. Enough is enough: Radiation doses in children with gastrojejunal tubes. J Pediatr Surg. 2021 Apr;56(4):668-673. PubMed PMID: 32921427
  • Phillips R, Meier M, Shahi N, Acker S, Reppucci M, Shirek G, Recicar J, Moulton S, Bensard D. Elevated pediatric age-adjusted shock-index (SIPA) in blunt solid organ injuries. J Pediatr Surg. 2020 Oct 24. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 33358417
  • Shahi N, Shahi AK, Phillips R, Shirek G, Bensard D, Moulton SL. Decision-making in pediatric blunt solid organ injury: a deep learning approach to predict massive transfusion, need for operative management, and mortality risk. J Pediatr Surg. 2020 Oct 24. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 33218680
  • Shahi N, Phillips R, Rodenburg C, Meier M, Shirek G, Recicar J, Moulton S, Bensard D. Combining Cribari matrix and Need For Trauma Intervention (NFTI) to accurately assess undertriage in pediatric trauma. J Pediatr Surg. 2020 Aug 22. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 32951889
  • Shahi N, Phillips R, Acker SN, Meier M, Goldsmith A, Shirek G, Ladd P, Moulton SL, Bensard D. Enough is enough: Radiation doses in children with gastrojejunal tubes. J Pediatr Surg. 2020 Aug 15. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 32921427
  • Phillips R, Shahi N, Bensard D, Meier M, Shirek G, Goldsmith A, Recicar J, Haasz M, Schroeppel T, Moulton S. Guns, scalpels, and sutures: The cost of gunshot wounds in children and adolescents. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2020 Sep;89(3):558-564. PubMed PMID: 32833412
  • Phillips R, Acker S, Shahi N, Shirek G, Meier M, Goldsmith A, Recicar J, Moulton S, Bensard D. The shock index, pediatric age-adjusted (SIPA) enhanced: Prehospital and emergency department SIPA values forecast transfusion needs for blunt solid organ injured children. Surgery. 2020 Oct;168(4):690-694. PubMed PMID: 32660865
  • Shahi N, Phillips R, Meier M, Nehler M, Jacobs D, Recicar J, Bensard D, Moulton S. Anti-coagulation management in pediatric traumatic vascular injuries. J Pediatr Surg. 2020 Feb;55(2):324-330. PubMed PMID: 31732119
  • Phillips R, Acker SN, Shahi N, Meier M, Leopold D, Recicar J, Kulungowski A, Patrick D, Moulton S, Bensard D. The ABC-D score improves the sensitivity in predicting need for massive transfusion in pediatric trauma patients. J Pediatr Surg. 2020 Feb;55(2):331-334. PubMed PMID: 31718872
  • Acker SN, Hill LRS, Bensard DD, Moulton S, Partrick DA. The benefits of limiting scheduled blood draws in children with a blunt liver or spleen injury. J Pediatr Surg. 2020 Jul;55(7):1219-1223. PubMed PMID: 31133284
  • Shahi N, Phillips R, Meier M, Nehler M, Jacobs D, Recicar J, Bensard D, Moulton S. Anti-coagulation management in pediatric traumatic vascular injuries. J Pediatr Surg. 2019 Oct 31. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 31732119
  • Phillips R, Acker SN, Shahi N, Meier M, Leopold D, Recicar J, Kulungowski A, Patrick D, Moulton S, Bensard D. The ABC-D score improves the sensitivity in predicting need for massive transfusion in pediatric trauma patients. J Pediatr Surg. 2019 Nov 1. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 31718872
  • Marenco CW, Do WS, Lammers DT, Morte KR, Eckert MJ, Eckert CM, Bensard D, Martin MJ. Big problems in little patients: Nationwide blunt cerebrovascular injury outcomes in the pediatric population. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2019 Nov;87(5):1088-1095. PubMed PMID: 31658238
  • Acker SN, Hill LRS, Bensard DD, Moulton S, Partrick DA. The benefits of limiting scheduled blood draws in children with a blunt liver or spleen injury. J Pediatr Surg. 2019 May 16. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 31133284
  • Derderian SC, Good R, Vuille-Dit-Bille RN, Carpenter T, Bensard DD. Central venous lines in critically ill children: Thrombosis but not infection is site dependent. J Pediatr Surg. 2019 Sep;54(9):1740-1743. PubMed PMID: 30661643
  • Moskowitz EE, Burlew CC, Kulungowski AM, Bensard DD. Survival after emergency department thoracotomy in the pediatric trauma population: a review of published data. Pediatr Surg Int. 2018 Aug;34(8):857-860. PubMed PMID: 29876644
  • Hodges MM, Burlew CC, Acker SN, Moore EE, Roosevelt GE, Schubert A, Hill LRS, Partrick DA, Bensard D. Pediatric appendicitis: Is referral to a regional pediatric center necessary?. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2018 Apr;84(4):636-641. PubMed PMID: 29283967
  • Stewart CL, Acker SN, Pyle L, Smith DS, Bensard DD, Moulton SL. Mapping pediatric injuries to target prevention, education, and outreach. J Pediatr Surg. 2016 Dec 30. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 28073490
  • Moore HB, Moore EE, Burlew CC, Biffl WL, Pieracci FM, Barnett CC, Bensard DD, Jurkovich GJ, Fox CJ, Sauaia A. Establishing Benchmarks for Resuscitation of Traumatic Circulatory Arrest: Success-to-Rescue and Survival among 1,708 Patients. J Am Coll Surg. 2016 Jul;223(1):42-50. PubMed PMID: 27107826
  • Acker SN, Hurst AL, Bensard DD, Schubert A, Dewberry L, Gonzales D, Parker SK, Tong S, Partrick DA. Pediatric appendicitis and need for antibiotics at time of discharge: Does route of administration matter?. J Pediatr Surg. 2016 Jul;51(7):1170-3. PubMed PMID: 27041226
  • Gonzalez E, Moore EE, Moore HB, Chapman MP, Chin TL, Ghasabyan A, Wohlauer MV, Barnett CC, Bensard DD, Biffl WL, Burlew CC, Johnson JL, Pieracci FM, Jurkovich GJ, Banerjee A, Silliman CC, Sauaia A. Goal-directed Hemostatic Resuscitation of Trauma-induced Coagulopathy: A Pragmatic Randomized Clinical Trial Comparing a Viscoelastic Assay to Conventional Coagulation Assays. Ann Surg. 2016 Jun;263(6):1051-9. PubMed PMID: 26720428
  • Falcone RA Jr, Milliken WJ, Bensard DD, Haas L, Daugherty M, Gray L, Tuggle DW, Garcia VF. A paradigm for achieving successful pediatric trauma verification in the absence of pediatric surgical specialists while ensuring quality of care. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2016 Mar;80(3):433-9. PubMed PMID: 26713979
  • Acker SN, Partrick DA, Ross JT, Nadlonek NA, Bronsert M, Bensard DD. Blood component transfusion increases the risk of death in children with traumatic brain injury. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2014 Apr;76(4):1082-8. PubMed PMID: 24662875
  • Jones EL, Stovall RT, Jones TS, Bensard DD, Burlew CC, Johnson JL, Jurkovich GJ, Barnett CC, Pieracci FM, Biffl WL, Moore EE. Intra-abdominal injury following blunt trauma becomes clinically apparent within 9 hours. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2014 Apr;76(4):1020-3. PubMed PMID: 24662866
  • Acker SN, Partrick DA, Ross JT, Nadlonek NA, Bronsert M, Bensard DD. Head injury and unclear mechanism of injury: initial hematocrit less than 30 is predictive of abusive head trauma in young children. J Pediatr Surg. 2014 Feb;49(2):338-40. PubMed PMID: 24528981
  • Moore HB, Faulk LW, Moore EE, Pierraci F, Cothren Burlew C, Holscher CM, Barnett CC, Jurkovich GJ, Bensard DD. Mechanism of injury alone is not justified as the sole indication for computed tomographic imaging in blunt pediatric trauma. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2013 Dec;75(6):995-1001. PubMed PMID: 24256672
  • Chapman BC, Moore EE, Barnett C, Stovall RT, Biffl WL, Burlew CC, Bensard DD, Jurkovich GJ, Pieracci FM. Hypercoagulability following blunt solid abdominal organ injury: when to initiate anticoagulation. Am J Surg. 2013 Dec;206(6):917-22; discussion 922-3. PubMed PMID: 24112665
  • Stewart CL, Holscher CM, Moore EE, Bronsert M, Moulton SL, Partrick DA, Bensard DD. Base deficit correlates with mortality in pediatric abusive head trauma. J Pediatr Surg. 2013 Oct;48(10):2106-11. PubMed PMID: 24094965
  • Holscher CM, Faulk LW, Moore EE, Cothren Burlew C, Moore HB, Stewart CL, Pieracci FM, Barnett CC, Bensard DD. Chest computed tomography imaging for blunt pediatric trauma: not worth the radiation risk. J Surg Res. 2013 Sep;184(1):352-7. PubMed PMID: 23746760
  • Stovall RT, Haenal JB, Jenkins TC, Jurkovich GJ, Pieracci FM, Biffl WL, Barnett CC, Johnson JL, Bensard DD, Moore EE, Cothren Burlew C. A negative urinalysis rules out catheter-associated urinary tract infection in trauma patients in the intensive care unit. J Am Coll Surg. 2013 Jul;217(1):162-6. PubMed PMID: 23639202
  • Boatright DH, Byyny RL, Hopkins E, Bakes K, Hissett J, Tunson J, Easter JS, Sasson C, Vogel JA, Bensard D, Haukoos JS. Validation of rules to predict emergent surgical intervention in pediatric trauma patients. J Am Coll Surg. 2013 Jun;216(6):1094-102, 1102.e1-6. PubMed PMID: 23623222
  • Garst GC, Moore EE, Banerjee MN, Leopold DK, Burlew CC, Bensard DD, Biffl WL, Barnett CC, Johnson JL, Sauaia A. Acute appendicitis: a disease severity score for the acute care surgeon. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2013 Jan;74(1):32-6. PubMed PMID: 23271074
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Practice Locations

Denver Health
777 Bannock St
Denver, CO 80204
303-436-6000

Children's Hospital Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
13123 East 16th Ave
Aurora, CO 80045
720-777-1234

Hospital Affiliation
  • Denver Health Medical Center
  • Children's Hospital Colorado

Specialty Information

Specialties
  • Pediatric Surgery, Board Certification
  • Surgical Critical Care, Board Certification

General Information

Undergraduate Schools:
  • BA, University of Colorado - Denver (CO) (1982)
Languages: English
Department: Surgery-Peds Surgery
Contact Us
CU Anschutz
Fitzsimons Building

13001 East 17th Place
Campus Box C290
Aurora, CO 80045

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