David Partrick, MD
Professor, Surgery-Peds Surgery

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Medical School:
  • MD, University of Washington School of Medicine (1992)
Undergraduate School:
  • BS, University of Washington (WA) (1988)
Residency:
  • University of Colorado, Surgery (1999)
Fellowships:
  • University of Colorado (Children's Hospital Colorado) Program, Pediatric Surgery (2001)
Languages: English
Department: Surgery-Peds Surgery

Professional Titles

  • Professor, Surgery-Peds Surgery
  • Director of Surgical Endoscopy for Infants and Children
  • Medical Director of 6th Floor, The Children's Hospital
  • Chief of Pediatric Surgery, Denver Health Medical Center

Recognition & Awards

  • Top Doctor in Denver, 5280 Magazine (2011)
    Voted a 5280 best doctor by my peers in response to the question, "Which physician would you trust to treat you and your family?"
  • Top Doctor, 5280 Magazine (2008)
  • Top Doctor, 5280 Magazine (2007)
  • Top Doctor, 5280 Magazine (2006)
  • Teacher of the Year, University of Colorado Department of Surgery (2005)

Publications

  • 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. 2017 Dec 28. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 29283967
  • 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. 2017 Dec 28. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 29283967
  • Clopton RG, Friesen R, Partrick D, Wilson N, Jaggers J, Ivy DD, Schwartz LI, Ing RJ. The Anesthetic Challenges of Lung Biopsy-Associated Intrathoracic Hemorrhage in a Child With Suprasystemic Pulmonary Hypertension. Semin Cardiothorac Vasc Anesth. 2016 Nov 3. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 27815350
  • Acker SN, Bredbeck B, Partrick DA, Kulungowski AM, Barnett CC, Bensard DD. Shock index, pediatric age-adjusted (SIPA) is more accurate than age-adjusted hypotension for trauma team activation. Surgery. 2016 Nov 1. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 27814956
  • Acker SN, Hall B, Hill L, Partrick DA, Bensard DD. Adult-Based Massive Transfusion Protocol Activation Criteria Do Not Work in Children. Eur J Pediatr Surg. 2016 Aug 17. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 27533313
  • Acker SN, Trinh BB, Partrick DA, Stewart CL, Bensard DD. Is Routine Upper Gastrointestinal Contrast Study Necessary prior to Laparoscopic Gastrostomy Tube Placement in Children?. Eur J Pediatr Surg. 2016 Feb;26(1):29-33. PubMed PMID: 26382658
  • Acker SN, Ross JT, Partrick DA, Tong S, Bensard DD. Pediatric specific shock index accurately identifies severely injured children. J Pediatr Surg. 2015 Feb;50(2):331-4. PubMed PMID: 25638631
  • Acker SN, Seedorf GJ, Abman SH, Nozik-Grayck E, Kuhn K, Partrick DA, Gien J. Altered Pulmonary Artery Endothelial-Smooth Muscle Cell Interactions in Experimental Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia. Pediatr Res. 2015 Jan 12. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 25580737
  • Acker SN, Petrun B, Partrick DA, Roosevelt GE, Bensard DD. Lack of utility of repeat monitoring of hemoglobin and hematocrit following blunt solid organ injury in children. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2015 Dec;79(6):991-4. PubMed PMID: 26680138
  • Acker SN, Ross JT, Partrick DA, Bensard DD. A pediatric specific shock index in combination with GMS identifies children with life threatening or severe traumatic brain injury. Pediatr Surg Int. 2015 Nov;31(11):1041-6. PubMed PMID: 26349487
  • Nadlonek NA, Acker SN, Bensard DD, Bansal S, Partrick DA. Early diffuse slowing on electroencephalogram in pediatric traumatic brain injury: Impact on management and prognosis. J Pediatr Surg. 2015 Aug;50(8):1338-40. PubMed PMID: 26220888
  • Acker SN, Stewart CL, Roosevelt GE, Partrick DA, Moore EE, Bensard DD. When is it safe to forgo abdominal CT in blunt-injured children?. Surgery. 2015 Aug;158(2):408-12. PubMed PMID: 25999252
  • Acker SN, Kulungowski AM, Hodges M, Crombleholme TM, Somme S, Partrick DA. Pyloric stenosis--postoperative care on a nonsurgical ward. J Surg Res. 2015 Nov;199(1):149-52. PubMed PMID: 25972312
  • Acker SN, Gonzales D, Ross JT, Dishop MK, Deterding RR, Partrick DA. Factors that increase diagnostic yield of surgical lung biopsy in pediatric oncology patients. J Pediatr Surg. 2015 Sep;50(9):1490-2. PubMed PMID: 25957864
  • Acker SN, Roach JP, Partrick DA, Karrer FM, Bensard DD, Sirotnak AP. Beyond morbidity and mortality: the social and legal outcomes of non-accidental trauma. J Pediatr Surg. 2015 Apr;50(4):604-7. PubMed PMID: 25840071
  • Bansal S, Karrer FM, Hansen K, Partrick DA. Contrast blush in pediatric blunt splenic trauma does not warrant the routine use of angiography and embolization. Am J Surg. 2015 Aug;210(2):345-50. PubMed PMID: 25827492
  • Acker SN, Linton J, Tan GM, Garrington TP, Bruny J, Hilden JM, Hoffman LM, Partrick DA. A multidisciplinary approach to the management of anterior mediastinal masses in children. J Pediatr Surg. 2014 Oct 3. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 25783332
  • Acker SN, Ross JT, Partrick DA, Tong S, Bensard DD. Pediatric specific shock index accurately identifies severely injured children. J Pediatr Surg. 2015 Feb;50(2):331-4. PubMed PMID: 25638631
  • Acker SN, Seedorf GJ, Abman SH, Nozik-Grayck E, Kuhn K, Partrick DA, Gien J. Altered Pulmonary Artery Endothelial-Smooth Muscle Cell Interactions in Experimental Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia. Pediatr Res. 2015 Jan 12. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 25580737
  • Kulungowski AM, Acker SN, Hoffenberg EJ, Neigut D, Partrick DA. Initial operative treatment of isolated ileal Crohn's disease in adolescents. Am J Surg. 2014 Oct 13. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 25457242
  • Acker SN, Bruny JL, Garrington TP, Partrick DA. Minimally invasive surgical techniques are safe in the diagnosis and treatment of pediatric malignancies. Surg Endosc. 2014 Aug 27. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 25159642
  • Acker SN, Linton J, Tan GM, Garrington TP, Bruny J, Hilden JM, Hoffman LM, Partrick DA. A multidisciplinary approach to the management of anterior mediastinal masses in children. J Pediatr Surg. 2014 Oct 3. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 25783332
  • Acker SN, Ross JT, Partrick DA, DeWitt P, Bensard DD. Injured children are resistant to the adverse effects of early high volume crystalloid resuscitation. J Pediatr Surg. 2014 Dec;49(12):1852-5. PubMed PMID: 25487499
  • Nadlonek NA, Acker SN, Deterding RR, Partrick DA. Intraoperative chest tube removal following thoracoscopic lung biopsy results in improved outcomes. J Pediatr Surg. 2014 Nov;49(11):1573-6. PubMed PMID: 25475796
  • Kulungowski AM, Acker SN, Hoffenberg EJ, Neigut D, Partrick DA. Initial operative treatment of isolated ileal Crohn's disease in adolescents. Am J Surg. 2014 Oct 13. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 25457242
  • Liptzin DR, Fan LL, Stillwell PC, Dannull KA, Fadell MF, Partrick DA, Dishop MK. Flip-flop lung. An unusual etiology of bronchiectasis. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2014 Oct 15;190(8):e29. PubMed PMID: 25317474
  • Acker SN, Staulcup S, Partrick DA, Sømme S. Evolution of minimally invasive techniques within an academic surgical practice at a single institution. J Laparoendosc Adv Surg Tech A. 2014 Nov;24(11):806-10. PubMed PMID: 25290379
  • Roach JP, Acker SN, Bensard DD, Sirotnak AP, Karrer FM, Partrick DA. Head injury pattern in children can help differentiate accidental from non-accidental trauma. Pediatr Surg Int. 2014 Nov;30(11):1103-6. PubMed PMID: 25252922
  • Acker SN, Bruny JL, Garrington TP, Partrick DA. Minimally invasive surgical techniques are safe in the diagnosis and treatment of pediatric malignancies. Surg Endosc. 2014 Aug 27. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 25159642
  • Acker SN, Ross JT, Partrick DA, Nadlonek NA, Bronsert M, Bensard DD. Glasgow motor scale alone is equivalent to Glasgow Coma Scale at identifying children at risk for serious traumatic brain injury. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2014 Aug;77(2):304-9. PubMed PMID: 25058258
  • Acker SN, Stovall RT, Moore EE, Partrick DA, Burlew CC, Bensard DD. Trauma remains a surgical disease from cradle to grave. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2014 Aug;77(2):219-25. PubMed PMID: 25058245
  • Fox D, Campagna EJ, Friedlander J, Partrick DA, Rees DI, Kempe A. National trends and outcomes of pediatric gastrostomy tube placement. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2014 Nov;59(5):582-8. PubMed PMID: 24979479
  • 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
  • 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
  • Sauaia A, Miller JI, Moore EE, Partrick D. Firearm injuries of children and adolescents in 2 Colorado trauma centers: 2000-2008. JAMA. 2013 Apr 24;309(16):1683-5. PubMed PMID: 23613070
  • 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
  • Acker SN, Seedorf GJ, Abman SH, Nozik-Grayck E, Partrick DA, Gien J. Pulmonary artery endothelial cell dysfunction and decreased populations of highly proliferative endothelial cells in experimental congenital diaphragmatic hernia. Am J Physiol Lung Cell Mol Physiol. 2013 Dec;305(12):L943-52. PubMed PMID: 24124189
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Professional Memberships

  • American College of Surgeons (ACS), Member
  • American Pediatric Surgical Association, Member
  • American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), Member
  • International Pediatric Endoscopy Group, Member
  • Western Surgical Association, Member
  • Southwestern Surgical Congress, Member
  • Shock Society, Member
  • Association for Academic Surgery, Member
  • Denver Academy of Surgery, Member

Practice Locations

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

Children's Hospital Colorado North Campus
469 West State Highway 7
Broomfield, CO 80023
720-777-1340

Hospital Affiliation
  • Children's Hospital Colorado
  • University of Colorado Hospital

Specialty Information

Specialties
  • Surgery, Board Certification
  • Pediatric Surgery, Board Certification
Clinical Interests
I am interested in minimally invasive surgery, pectus excavatum (Nuss Bar)/carinatum, neonatal surgery, thoracic/lung surgery and gastroesophageal reflux disease.

General Information

Medical Schools:
  • MD, University of Washington School of Medicine (1992)
Undergraduate Schools:
  • BS, University of Washington (WA) (1988)
Residency Programs:
  • University of Colorado, Surgery (1999)
Fellowships:
  • University of Colorado (Children's Hospital Colorado) Program, Pediatric Surgery (2001)
Languages: English
Department: Surgery-Peds Surgery
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