Thomas Robinson, MD
Professor, Surgery-GI, Trauma, and Endocrine Surgery

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Medical School:
  • MD, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons (1996)
Undergraduate School:
  • BS, Stanford University (CA) (1991)
Internship:
  • University of Colorado (1997)
Residency:
  • University of Colorado, Surgery (2002)
Fellowships:
  • University of California (San Francisco) Program, Surgery (2003)
Languages: English
Department: Surgery-GI, Trauma, and Endocrine Surgery

Professional Titles

  • Professor, Surgery-GI, Trauma, and Endocrine Surgery
  • Director, MIS Center

Research Interests

My research efforts aim to better understand peri-operative issues in geriatric patients. My current research project is a placebo controlled trial evaluating the effect of tryptophan on the incidence of post-operative delirium.

Publications

  • Hornor MA, Tang VL, Berian J, Robinson TN, Coleman J, Katlic MR, Rosenthal RA, Christensen K, Baker T, Finlayson E, Lagoo-Deenadaayalan SA, Ko CY, Russell MM. Optimizing the Feasibility and Scalability of a Geriatric Surgery Quality Improvement Initiative. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2019 Feb 12. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 30747992
  • Jones TS, Black IH, Robinson TN, Jones EL. Operating Room Fires. Anesthesiology. 2019 Mar;130(3):492-501. PubMed PMID: 30664060
  • Berian JR, Rosenthal RA, Baker TL, Coleman J, Finlayson E, Katlic MR, Lagoo-Deenadayalan SA, Tang VL, Robinson TN, Ko CY, Russell MM. Hospital Standards to Promote Optimal Surgical Care of the Older Adult: A Report From the Coalition for Quality in Geriatric Surgery. Ann Surg. 2018 Feb;267(2):280-290. PubMed PMID: 28277408
  • Robinson TN. Function: An Essential Postoperative Outcome for Older Adults. Ann Surg. 2018 Dec;268(6):918-919. PubMed PMID: 29916873
  • Berian JR, Baker TL, Rosenthal RA, Coleman J, Finlayson E, Katlic MR, Lagoo-Deenadayalan SA, Tang VL, Robinson TN, Ko CY, Russell MM. Application of the RAND-UCLA Appropriateness Methodology to a Large Multidisciplinary Stakeholder Group Evaluating the Validity and Feasibility of Patient-Centered Standards in Geriatric Surgery. Health Serv Res. 2018 Oct;53(5):3350-3372. PubMed PMID: 29569262
  • Berian JR, Zhou L, Russell MM, Hornor MA, Cohen ME, Finlayson E, Ko CY, Rosenthal RA, Robinson TN. Postoperative Delirium as a Target for Surgical Quality Improvement. Ann Surg. 2017 Jul 24. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 28742701
  • Berian JR, Rosenthal RA, Baker TL, Coleman J, Finlayson E, Katlic MR, Lagoo-Deenadayalan SA, Tang VL, Robinson TN, Ko CY, Russell MM. Hospital Standards to Promote Optimal Surgical Care of the Older Adult: A Report From the Coalition for Quality in Geriatric Surgery. Ann Surg. 2018 Feb;267(2):280-290. PubMed PMID: 28277408
  • Overbey DM, Hilton SA, Chapman BC, Townsend NT, Barnett CC, Robinson TN, Jones EL. Hand-to-hand coupling and strategies to minimize unintentional energy transfer during laparoscopic surgery. J Surg Res. 2017 Nov;219:103-107. PubMed PMID: 29078867
  • Moskowitz EE, Overbey DM, Jones TS, Jones EL, Arcomano TR, Moore JT, Robinson TN. Discussion of: "Post-operative delirium is associated with increased 5-year mortality". Am J Surg. 2017 Dec;214(6):1039-1040. PubMed PMID: 29056225
  • Berian JR, Zhou L, Hornor MA, Russell MM, Cohen ME, Finlayson E, Ko CY, Robinson TN, Rosenthal RA. Optimizing Surgical Quality Datasets to Care for Older Adults: Lessons from the American College of Surgeons NSQIP Geriatric Surgery Pilot. J Am Coll Surg. 2017 Dec;225(6):702-712.e1. PubMed PMID: 29054389
  • Moskowitz EE, Overbey DM, Jones TS, Jones EL, Arcomano TR, Moore JT, Robinson TN. Post-operative delirium is associated with increased 5-year mortality. Am J Surg. 2017 Dec;214(6):1036-1038. PubMed PMID: 28947274
  • Berian JR, Zhou L, Russell MM, Hornor MA, Cohen ME, Finlayson E, Ko CY, Rosenthal RA, Robinson TN. Postoperative Delirium as a Target for Surgical Quality Improvement. Ann Surg. 2017 Jul 24. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 28742701
  • Fick DM, Auerbach AD, Avidan MS, Busby-Whitehead J, Ely EW, Jones RN, Marcantonio ER, Needham DM, Pandharipande P, Robinson TN, Schmitt EM, Travison TG, Inouye SK. Network for Investigation of Delirium across the U.S.: Advancing the Field of Delirium with a New Interdisciplinary Research Network. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2017 Oct;65(10):2158-2160. PubMed PMID: 28631268
  • Berian JR, Rosenthal RA, Robinson TN. Confusion Regarding Surgical Delirium-Is Dexmedetomidine the Answer?. JAMA Surg. 2017 Aug 16;152(8):e171511. PubMed PMID: 28593269
  • Fick DM, Auerbach AD, Avidan MS, Busby-Whitehead J, Ely EW, Jones RN, Marcantonio ER, Needham DM, Pandharipande P, Robinson TN, Schmitt EM, Travison TG, Inouye SK. Network for Investigation of Delirium Across the U.S. (NIDUS): Advancing the Field of Delirium with a New Interdisciplinary Research Network. J Gerontol Nurs. 2017 May 1;43(5):4-6. PubMed PMID: 28448673
  • Walston J, Robinson TN, Zieman S, McFarland F, Carpenter CR, Althoff KN, Andrew MK, Blaum CS, Brown PJ, Buta B, Ely EW, Ferrucci L, High KP, Kritchevsky SB, Rockwood K, Schmader KE, Sierra F, Sink KM, Varadhan R, Hurria A. Integrating Frailty Research into the Medical Specialties-Report from a U13 Conference. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2017 Oct;65(10):2134-2139. PubMed PMID: 28422280
  • Jones SB, Munro MG, Feldman LS, Robinson TN, Brunt LM, Schwaitzberg SD, Jones DB, Fuchshuber PR. Fundamental Use of Surgical Energy (FUSE): An Essential Educational Program for Operating Room Safety. Perm J. 2017;21. PubMed PMID: 28333609
  • Jones SB, Munro MG, Feldman LS, Robinson TN, Brunt LM, Schwaitzberg SD, Jones DB, Fuchshuber PR. Fundamental Use of Surgical Energy (FUSE): An Essential Educational Program for Operating Room Safety. Perm J. 2017;21. PubMed PMID: 28241913
  • Jones EL, Madani A, Overbey DM, Kiourti A, Bojja-Venkatakrishnan S, Mikami DJ, Hazey JW, Arcomano TR, Robinson TN. Stray energy transfer during endoscopy. Surg Endosc. 2017 Oct;31(10):3946-3951. PubMed PMID: 28205029
  • Jones EL, Overbey DM, Chapman BC, Jones TS, Hilton SA, Moore JT, Robinson TN. Operating Room Fires and Surgical Skin Preparation. J Am Coll Surg. 2017 Jul;225(1):160-165. PubMed PMID: 28189662
  • Neufeld KJ, Yue J, Robinson TN, Inouye SK, Needham DM. Reply to "Limitations of Conclusions of Systematic Review & Meta-analysis Due to Exclusion of Groups Most at Risk". J Am Geriatr Soc. 2017 Mar;65(3):661-663. PubMed PMID: 28140455
  • Townsend NT, Jones EL, Overbey D, Dunne B, McHenry J, Robinson TN. Single-incision laparoscopic surgery increases the risk of unintentional thermal injury from the monopolar "Bovie" instrument in comparison with traditional laparoscopy. Surg Endosc. 2016 Nov 18. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 27864716
  • Robinson TN, Berian JR. Incorporating Patient-centered Outcomes Into Surgical Care. Ann Surg. 2016 Oct 4. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 27735822
  • Townsend NT, Jones EL, Overbey D, Dunne B, McHenry J, Robinson TN. Single-incision laparoscopic surgery increases the risk of unintentional thermal injury from the monopolar "Bovie" instrument in comparison with traditional laparoscopy. Surg Endosc. 2016 Nov 18. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 27864716
  • Robinson TN, Berian JR. Incorporating Patient-centered Outcomes Into Surgical Care. Ann Surg. 2016 Oct 4. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 27735822
  • Berian JR, Mohanty S, Ko CY, Rosenthal RA, Robinson TN. Association of Loss of Independence With Readmission and Death After Discharge in Older Patients After Surgical Procedures. JAMA Surg. 2016 Sep 21;151(9):e161689. PubMed PMID: 27409710
  • Neufeld KJ, Yue J, Robinson TN, Inouye SK, Needham DM. Antipsychotic Medication for Prevention and Treatment of Delirium in Hospitalized Adults: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2016 Apr;64(4):705-14. PubMed PMID: 27004732
  • Robinson TN, Olasky J, Young P, Feldman LS, Fuchshuber PR, Jones SB, Madani A, Brunt M, Mikami D, Jackson GP, Mischna J, Schwaitzberg S, Jones DB. Fundamental Use of Surgical Energy (FUSE) certification: validation and predictors of success. Surg Endosc. 2015 Aug 15. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 26275533
  • Townsend NT, Nadlonek NA, Jones EL, McHenry JR, Dunne B, Stiegmann GV, Robinson TN. Unintended stray energy from monopolar instruments: beware the dispersive electrode cord. Surg Endosc. 2015 Jul 15. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 26173544
  • Madani A, Watanabe Y, Townsend N, Pucher PH, Robinson TN, Egerszegi PE, Olasky J, Bachman SL, Park CW, Amin N, Tang DT, Haase E, Bardana D, Jones DB, Vassiliou M, Fried GM, Feldman LS. Structured simulation improves learning of the Fundamental Use of Surgical Energy™ curriculum: a multicenter randomized controlled trial. Surg Endosc. 2015 Jun 20. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 26091997
  • Robinson TN, Rosenthal RA. Optimizing the geriatric preoperative assessment: the use of functional dependence and beyond. Ann Surg. 2015 Mar;261(3):438-9. PubMed PMID: 25654561
  • Gajdos C, Kile D, Hawn MT, Finlayson E, Henderson WG, Robinson TN. The significance of preoperative impaired sensorium on surgical outcomes in nonemergent general surgical operations. JAMA Surg. 2015 Jan;150(1):30-6. PubMed PMID: 25409305
  • Jones DB, Brunt LM, Feldman LS, Mikami DJ, Robinson TN, Jones SB. Safe energy use in the operating room. Curr Probl Surg. 2015 Nov;52(11):447-68. PubMed PMID: 26616109
  • Townsend NT, Robinson TN. Surgical Risk and Comorbidity in Older Urologic Patients. Clin Geriatr Med. 2015 Nov;31(4):591-601. PubMed PMID: 26476118
  • Robinson TN, Walston JD, Brummel NE, Deiner S, Brown CH 4th, Kennedy M, Hurria A. Frailty for Surgeons: Review of a National Institute on Aging Conference on Frailty for Specialists. J Am Coll Surg. 2015 Dec;221(6):1083-92. PubMed PMID: 26422746
  • Robinson TN, Jones EL, Dunn CL, Dunne B, Johnson E, Townsend NT, Paniccia A, Stiegmann GV. Separating the Laparoscopic Camera Cord From the Monopolar "Bovie" Cord Reduces Unintended Thermal Injury From Antenna Coupling: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Ann Surg. 2015 Jun;261(6):1056-60. PubMed PMID: 26291952
  • Robinson TN, Olasky J, Young P, Feldman LS, Fuchshuber PR, Jones SB, Madani A, Brunt M, Mikami D, Jackson GP, Mischna J, Schwaitzberg S, Jones DB. Fundamental Use of Surgical Energy (FUSE) certification: validation and predictors of success. Surg Endosc. 2015 Aug 15. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 26275533
  • Townsend NT, Nadlonek NA, Jones EL, McHenry JR, Dunne B, Stiegmann GV, Robinson TN. Unintended stray energy from monopolar instruments: beware the dispersive electrode cord. Surg Endosc. 2015 Jul 15. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 26173544
  • Overbey DM, Townsend NT, Chapman BC, Bennett DT, Foley LS, Rau AS, Yi JA, Jones EL, Stiegmann GV, Robinson TN. Surgical Energy-Based Device Injuries and Fatalities Reported to the Food and Drug Administration. J Am Coll Surg. 2015 Jul;221(1):197-205.e1. PubMed PMID: 26095572
  • Madani A, Watanabe Y, Townsend N, Pucher PH, Robinson TN, Egerszegi PE, Olasky J, Bachman SL, Park CW, Amin N, Tang DT, Haase E, Bardana D, Jones DB, Vassiliou M, Fried GM, Feldman LS. Structured simulation improves learning of the Fundamental Use of Surgical Energy™ curriculum: a multicenter randomized controlled trial. Surg Endosc. 2015 Jun 20. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 26091997
  • Fuchshuber PR, Robinson TN, Feldman LS, Brunt LM, Madani A, Jones SB, Rozner MA, Munro MG, Mishna J, Schwaitzberg SD, Jones DB. Fundamental Use of Surgical Energy (FUSE): Closing a Gap in Medical Education. Ann Surg. 2015 Jul;262(1):20-2. PubMed PMID: 26057558
  • Chapman BC, McIntosh KE, Jones EL, Wells D, Stiegmann GV, Robinson TN. Postoperative pneumoperitoneum: is it normal or pathologic?. J Surg Res. 2015 Jul;197(1):107-11. PubMed PMID: 25940159
  • Townsend NT, Jones EL, Paniccia A, Vandervelde J, McHenry JR, Robinson TN. Antenna coupling explains unintended thermal injury caused by common operating room monitoring devices. Surg Laparosc Endosc Percutan Tech. 2015 Apr;25(2):111-3. PubMed PMID: 25793350
  • Robinson TN, Rosenthal RA. Optimizing the geriatric preoperative assessment: the use of functional dependence and beyond. Ann Surg. 2015 Mar;261(3):438-9. PubMed PMID: 25654561
  • Gajdos C, Kile D, Hawn MT, Finlayson E, Henderson WG, Robinson TN. The significance of preoperative impaired sensorium on surgical outcomes in nonemergent general surgical operations. JAMA Surg. 2015 Jan;150(1):30-6. PubMed PMID: 25409305
  • Robinson TN, Sauaia A. Reply to Letter: "Slower Walking Speed Forecasts Increased Postoperative Morbidity and 1-Year Mortality Across Surgical Specialties". Ann Surg. 2014 Mar 18. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 24646536
  • Paniccia A, Rozner M, Jones EL, Townsend NT, Varosy PD, Dunning JE, Girard G, Weyer C, Stiegmann GV, Robinson TN. Electromagnetic interference caused by common surgical energy-based devices on an implanted cardiac defibrillator. Am J Surg. 2014 Dec;208(6):932-6; discussion 935-6. PubMed PMID: 25440480
  • Robinson TN, Rosenthal RA. The ACS NSQIP Geriatric Surgery Pilot Project: improving care for older surgical patients. Bull Am Coll Surg. 2014 Oct;99(10):21-3. PubMed PMID: 25345216
  • Townsend NT, Robinson TN. Does walking speed predict postoperative morbidity?. Adv Surg. 2014;48:53-64. PubMed PMID: 25293607
  • Fuchshuber PR, Robinson TN, Feldman LS, Jones DB, Schwaitzberg SD. The SAGES FUSE program: bridging a patient safety gap. Bull Am Coll Surg. 2014 Sep;99(9):18-27. PubMed PMID: 25272419
  • Robinson TN, Dunn CL, Adams JC, Hawkins CL, Tran ZV, Raeburn CD, Moss M. Tryptophan supplementation and postoperative delirium--a randomized controlled trial. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2014 Sep;62(9):1764-71. PubMed PMID: 25112175
  • Robinson TN, Varosy PD, Guillaume G, Dunning JE, Townsend NT, Jones EL, Paniccia A, Stiegmann GV, Weyer C, Rozner MA. Effect of radiofrequency energy emitted from monopolar "Bovie" instruments on cardiac implantable electronic devices. J Am Coll Surg. 2014 Sep;219(3):399-406. PubMed PMID: 25087940
  • Overbey DM, Jones EL, Robinson TN. How hemostatic agents interact with the coagulation cascade. AORN J. 2014 Aug;100(2):148-59. PubMed PMID: 25080416
  • Madani A, Jones DB, Fuchshuber P, Robinson TN, Feldman LS. Fundamental Use of Surgical Energy™ (FUSE): a curriculum on surgical energy-based devices. Surg Endosc. 2014 Sep;28(9):2509-12. PubMed PMID: 24939162
  • Robinson TN, Finlayson E. How to best forecast adverse outcomes following geriatric trauma: an ageless question?. JAMA Surg. 2014 Aug;149(8):773. PubMed PMID: 24920098
  • Robinson TN, Sauaia A. Reply to Letter: "Slower Walking Speed Forecasts Increased Postoperative Morbidity and 1-Year Mortality Across Surgical Specialties". Ann Surg. 2014 Mar 18. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 24646536
  • Jones TS, Dunn CL, Wu DS, Cleveland JC Jr, Kile D, Robinson TN. Relationship between asking an older adult about falls and surgical outcomes. JAMA Surg. 2013 Dec;148(12):1132-8. PubMed PMID: 24108317
  • Robinson TN, Wu DS, Sauaia A, Dunn CL, Stevens-Lapsley JE, Moss M, Stiegmann GV, Gajdos C, Cleveland JC Jr, Inouye SK. Slower walking speed forecasts increased postoperative morbidity and 1-year mortality across surgical specialties. Ann Surg. 2013 Oct;258(4):582-8; discussion 588-90. PubMed PMID: 23979272
  • Gajdos C, Kile D, Hawn MT, Finlayson E, Henderson WG, Robinson TN. Advancing age and 30-day adverse outcomes after nonemergent general surgeries. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2013 Sep;61(9):1608-14. PubMed PMID: 23927841
  • Robinson TN, Wu DS, Pointer L, Dunn CL, Cleveland JC Jr, Moss M. Simple frailty score predicts postoperative complications across surgical specialties. Am J Surg. 2013 Oct;206(4):544-50. PubMed PMID: 23880071
  • Jones EL, Dunn CL, Townsend NT, Jones TS, Bruce Dunne J, Montero PN, Govekar HR, Stiegmann GV, Robinson TN. Blend mode reduces unintended thermal injury by laparoscopic monopolar instruments: a randomized controlled trial. Surg Endosc. 2013 Nov;27(11):4016-20. PubMed PMID: 23739984
  • Gajdos C, Hawn MT, Kile D, Robinson TN, Henderson WG. Risk of major nonemergent inpatient general surgical procedures in patients on long-term dialysis. JAMA Surg. 2013 Feb;148(2):137-43. PubMed PMID: 23560284
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Practice Locations

Denver Veterans Affairs Medical Center
1055 Clermont St
Denver, CO 80220
1-888-336-8262

Hospital Affiliation
  • University of Colorado Hospital

Specialty Information

Specialties
  • Surgery, Board Certification (2003)
Clinical Interests
I am interested in Advanced Laparoscopic Surgery, General Surgery, Laparoscopic Surgery and Endocrine Surgery to treat Hernia, Lipoma (Tumors), Lymph Nodes and Hemorrhoids.

General Information

Medical Schools:
  • MD, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons (1996)
Undergraduate Schools:
  • BS, Stanford University (CA) (1991)
Internships:
  • University of Colorado (1997)
Residency Programs:
  • University of Colorado, Surgery (2002)
Fellowships:
  • University of California (San Francisco) Program, Surgery (2003)
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Languages: English
Department: Surgery-GI, Trauma, and Endocrine Surgery
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