Catherine Garrison Velopulos, MD
Associate Professor, Surgery-GI, Trauma, and Endocrine Surgery

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Medical School:
  • MD, University of Texas Medical School at Houston (2003)
Graduate School :
  • MHS, Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health (2013)
Undergraduate School:
  • BA, University of Texas–Austin (TX) (1998)
Internship:
  • University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston Program (2004)
Residency:
  • University of Florida Program, Chief Resident, Surgery (2008)
Fellowships:
  • University of Florida Program, Surgical Critical Care (2009)
  • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine Program, Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
Department: Surgery-GI, Trauma, and Endocrine Surgery

Publications

  • Carmichael H, Samuels JM, Jamison EC, Bol KA, Coleman JJ, Campion EM, Velopulos CG. Finding the Elusive Trauma Denominator: Feasibility of Combining Data Sets to Quantify the True Burden of Firearm Trauma. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2020 Oct 22. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 33105286
  • Samuels JM, Carmichael H, Kovar A, Urban S, Vega S, Velopulos C, McIntyre RC Jr. Exercise Caution Using Hepatic Angioembolization in the Stable Trauma Patient: In reply to Clements and Colleagues. J Am Coll Surg. 2020 Dec;231(6):778. PubMed PMID: 32972833
  • El Hechi M, Kongkaewpaisan N, El Moheb M, Aicher B, Diaz J Jr, O'Meara L, Decker C, Rodriquez J, Schroeppel T, Rattan R, Vasileiou G, Yeh DD, Simonosk U, Turay D, Cullinane D, Emmert C, McCrum M, Wall N, Badach J, Goldenberg-Sanda A, Carmichael H, Velopulos C, Choron R, Sakran J, Bekdache K, Black G, Shoultz T, Chadnick Z, Sim V, Madbak F, Steadman D, Camazine M, Zielinski M, Hardman C, Walusimbi M, Kim M, Rodier S, Papadopoulos V, Tsoulfas G, Perez J, Kaafarani H. The emergency surgery score (ESS) and outcomes in elderly patients undergoing emergency laparotomy: A post-hoc analysis of an EAST multicenter study. Am J Surg. 2020 Sep 4. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 32917366
  • Rozeboom PD, Bronsert MR, Velopulos CG, Henderson WG, Colborn KL, Hammermeister KE, Lambert-Kerzner A, Hall MG, McIntyre RC Jr, Meguid RA. A comparison of the new, parsimonious tool Surgical Risk Preoperative Assessment System (SURPAS) to the American College of Surgeons (ACS) risk calculator in emergency surgery. Surgery. 2020 Dec;168(6):1152-1159. PubMed PMID: 32900494
  • Aicher BO, Hernandez MC, Betancourt-Ramirez A, Grossman MD, Heise H, Schroeppel TJ, Kongkaewpaisan N, Kaafarani HMA, Wagner A, Grabo D, Scott M, Peck G, Chang G, Matsushima K, Cullinane DC, Cullinane LM, Stocker B, Posluszny J, Simonoski UJ, Catalano RD, Vasileiou G, Yeh DD, Agrawal V, Truitt MS, Pickett M, Dultz L, Muller A, Ong AW, San Roman JL, Barth N, Fackelmayer O, Velopulos CG, Hendrix C, Estroff JM, Gambhir S, Nahmias J, Jeyamurugan K, Bugaev N, Portillo V, Carrick MM, O'Meara L, Kufera J, Zielinski MD, Bruns BR. Colorectal resection in emergency general surgery: An EAST multicenter trial. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2020 Dec;89(6):1023-1031. PubMed PMID: 32890337
  • Carmichael H, Moore A, Steward L, Velopulos CG. Disparities in Emergent Versus Elective Surgery: Comparing Measures of Neighborhood Social Vulnerability. J Surg Res. 2020 Aug 7;256:397-403. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 32777556
  • Foster SM, Knight J, Velopulos CG, Bonne S, Joseph D, Santry H, Coleman JJ, Callcut RA. Gender distribution and leadership trends in trauma surgery societies. Trauma Surg Acute Care Open. 2020;5(1):e000433. PubMed PMID: 32518837
  • Samuels JM, Carmichael H, Kovar A, Urban S, Vega S, Velopulos C, McIntyre RC Jr. Reevaluation of Hepatic Angioembolization for Trauma in Stable Patients: Weighing the Risk. J Am Coll Surg. 2020 Jul;231(1):123-131.e3. PubMed PMID: 32422347
  • Bernard M, Martin MJ, Corsa J, Robinson B, Zeeshan M, Joseph B, Morris D, Shillinglaw W, Schurr M, Smith T, Lara S, Brown C, Harrell K, Maxwell R, Berndtson AE, Curry T, Kaups K, Dirks R, Rott M, Schroeppel T, Stillman Z, Warriner Z, Inaba K, Burlew C, Robinson C, Jackson R, Dunn J, Chapin T, Wilson A, Moulton S, Phillips R, Shahi N, Urban S, Velopulos C, Davenport D, C Bernard A. Into the wild and on to the table: A Western Trauma Association multicenter analysis and comparison of wilderness falls in rock climbers and nonclimbers. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2020 Sep;89(3):570-575. PubMed PMID: 32265389
  • Kaafarani HMA, Kongkaewpaisan N, Aicher BO, Diaz JJ Jr, O'Meara LB, Decker C, Rodriquez J, Schroeppel T, Rattan R, Vasileiou G, Yeh DD, Simonoski UJ, Turay D, Cullinane DC, Emmert CB, McCrum ML, Wall N, Badach J, Goldenberg-Sandau A, Carmichael H, Velopulos C, Choron R, Sakran JV, Bekdache K, Black G, Shoultz T, Chadnick Z, Sim V, Madbak F, Steadman D, Camazine M, Zielinski MD, Hardman C, Walusimbi M, Kim M, Rodier S, Papadopoulos VN, Tsoulfas G, Perez JM, Velmahos GC. Prospective validation of the Emergency Surgery Score in emergency general surgery: An Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma multicenter study. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2020 Jul;89(1):118-124. PubMed PMID: 32176177
  • Carmichael H, Cowan M, McIntyre R, Velopulos C. Disparities in colorectal cancer mortality for rural populations in the United States: Does screening matter?. Am J Surg. 2020 Jun;219(6):988-992. PubMed PMID: 31604486
  • Carmichael H, Cowan M, McIntyre R, Velopulos C. Disparities in colorectal cancer mortality for rural populations in the United States: Does screening matter?. Am J Surg. 2019 Sep 26. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 31604486
  • Carmichael H, Steward L, Velopulos CG. It doesn't just happen to "Other" people - An exploration of occupation and education level of women who die from intimate partner violence. Am J Surg. 2019 Oct;218(4):744-748. PubMed PMID: 31350003
  • Noble R, Moore HB, Velopulos CG, Birnbaum E, Vogel JB. Pneumoperitoneum not created equally. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2019 Aug;87(2):502-504. PubMed PMID: 31348405
  • Velopulos CG, Carmichael H, Zakrison TL, Crandall M. Comparison of male and female victims of intimate partner homicide and bidirectionality-an analysis of the national violent death reporting system. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2019 Aug;87(2):331-336. PubMed PMID: 31348402
  • Moore AN, Carmichael H, Steward L, Velopulos CG. Cholecystectomy: Exploring the Interplay Between Access to Care and Emergent Presentation. J Surg Res. 2019 Dec;244:352-357. PubMed PMID: 31323390
  • Carmichael H, Moore A, Steward L, Velopulos CG. Using the Social Vulnerability Index to Examine Local Disparities in Emergent and Elective Cholecystectomy. J Surg Res. 2019 Nov;243:160-164. PubMed PMID: 31177035
  • Abolarin J, McLafferty L, Carmichael H, Velopulos CG. Family Can Hurt You the Most: Examining Perpetrators in Multiple Casualty Events. J Surg Res. 2019 Oct;242:172-176. PubMed PMID: 31078902
  • Carmichael H, Steward L, Peltz ED, Wright FL, Velopulos CG. Preventable death and interpersonal violence in the United States: Who can be saved?. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2019 Jul;87(1):200-204. PubMed PMID: 31045724
  • Velopulos CG, Carmichael H, Zakrison TL, Crandall M. COMPARISON OF MALE AND FEMALE VICTIMS OF INTIMATE PARTNER HOMICIDE AND BIDIRECTIONALITY- AN ANALYSIS OF THE NATIONAL VIOLENT DEATH REPORTING SYSTEM. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2019 Apr 1. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 30939583
  • Rushing A, Bugaev N, Jones C, Como JJ, Fox N, Cripps M, Robinson B, Velopulos C, Haut ER, Narayan M. Management of acute appendicitis in adults: A practice management guideline from the Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2019 Jul;87(1):214-224. PubMed PMID: 30908453
  • Carmichael H, Wiktor AJ, McIntyre RC, Lambert Wagner A, Velopulos CG. Regional disparities in access to verified burn center care in the United States. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2019 Jul;87(1):111-116. PubMed PMID: 30865160
  • Heelan Gladden AA, Peltz ED, McIntyre RC Jr, Vega S, Krell R, Velopulos C, Ferrigno L, Wright FL. Effect of Pre-Hospital Use of the Assessment of Blood Consumption Score and Pre-Thawed Fresh Frozen Plasma on Resuscitation and Trauma Mortality. J Am Coll Surg. 2019 Feb;228(2):141-147. PubMed PMID: 30476549
  • Carmichael H, Steward L, Velopulos CG. It doesn't just happen to "Other" people - An exploration of occupation and education level of women who die from intimate partner violence. Am J Surg. 2019 Oct;218(4):744-748. PubMed PMID: 31350003
  • Noble R, Moore HB, Velopulos CG, Birnbaum E, Vogel JB. Pneumoperitoneum not created equally. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2019 Aug;87(2):502-504. PubMed PMID: 31348405
  • Velopulos CG, Carmichael H, Zakrison TL, Crandall M. Comparison of male and female victims of intimate partner homicide and bidirectionality-an analysis of the national violent death reporting system. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2019 Aug;87(2):331-336. PubMed PMID: 31348402
  • Moore AN, Carmichael H, Steward L, Velopulos CG. Cholecystectomy: Exploring the Interplay Between Access to Care and Emergent Presentation. J Surg Res. 2019 Dec;244:352-357. PubMed PMID: 31323390
  • Carmichael H, Moore A, Steward L, Velopulos CG. Using the Social Vulnerability Index to Examine Local Disparities in Emergent and Elective Cholecystectomy. J Surg Res. 2019 Nov;243:160-164. PubMed PMID: 31177035
  • Abolarin J, McLafferty L, Carmichael H, Velopulos CG. Family Can Hurt You the Most: Examining Perpetrators in Multiple Casualty Events. J Surg Res. 2019 Oct;242:172-176. PubMed PMID: 31078902
  • Carmichael H, Steward L, Peltz ED, Wright FL, Velopulos CG. Preventable death and interpersonal violence in the United States: Who can be saved?. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2019 Jul;87(1):200-204. PubMed PMID: 31045724
  • Rushing A, Bugaev N, Jones C, Como JJ, Fox N, Cripps M, Robinson B, Velopulos C, Haut ER, Narayan M. Management of acute appendicitis in adults: A practice management guideline from the Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2019 Jul;87(1):214-224. PubMed PMID: 30908453
  • Carmichael H, Wiktor AJ, McIntyre RC, Lambert Wagner A, Velopulos CG. Regional disparities in access to verified burn center care in the United States. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2019 Jul;87(1):111-116. PubMed PMID: 30865160
  • Heelan Gladden AA, Peltz ED, McIntyre RC Jr, Vega S, Krell R, Velopulos C, Ferrigno L, Wright FL. Effect of Pre-Hospital Use of the Assessment of Blood Consumption Score and Pre-Thawed Fresh Frozen Plasma on Resuscitation and Trauma Mortality. J Am Coll Surg. 2019 Feb;228(2):141-147. PubMed PMID: 30476549
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Professional Memberships

  • Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma, Program Committee
  • Association of Academic Surgeons, Publications Committee
  • American College of Surgeons, FACS
  • Society of Critical Care Medicine, Member

Practice Locations

UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital Trauma Center
12505 E. 16th Avenue
Anschutz Inpatient Pavilion 2, First floor
Aurora, CO 80045
720-848-2711

Hospital Affiliation
  • University of Colorado Hospital

Specialty Information

Specialties
  • Surgical Critical Care, Board Certification
  • Trauma and Acute Care Surgery, Board Certification
  • American Board of Surgery, Board Certification (0001)
  • ABS Surgical Critical Care, Board Certification (0001)
  • Health Finance and Management, Certificate (0001)
Care Philosophy
Interested in how Policy, Economics, and Behavior intersect to affect Access to Care and Health Care delivery, and how these are influenced by the physical environment and social determinants of health.

General Information

Medical Schools:
  • MD, University of Texas Medical School at Houston (2003)
Graduate Schools:
  • MHS, Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health (2013)
Undergraduate Schools:
  • BA, University of Texas–Austin (TX) (1998)
Internships:
  • University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston Program (2004)
Residency Programs:
  • University of Florida Program, Chief Resident, Surgery (2008)
Fellowships:
  • University of Florida Program, Surgical Critical Care (2009)
  • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine Program, Trauma and Acute Care Surgery (0001)
Department: Surgery-GI, Trauma, and Endocrine Surgery
Contact Us
CU Anschutz
Fitzsimons Building

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

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