Shannon Acker, MD
Assistant Professor, Surgery-Peds Surgery

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Medical School:
  • MD, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine (2010)
Undergraduate School:
  • BS, Emory University (GA) (2006)
Internship:
  • University of Colorado (2011)
Residency:
  • University of Colorado, Chief Resident, Surgery (2017)
Fellowships:
  • University of Colorado, Pediatric Surgery (2019)
Languages: English
Department: Surgery-Peds Surgery

Professional Titles

  • Assistant Professor of Pediatric Surgery

Recognition & Awards

  • Golden Apple Award, Resident Teacher of the Year, Department of Surgery, University of Colorado (2017)

Research Interests

In pediatric surgery, clinical judgment is limited by a lack of high-quality data on which to base clinical decisions for the treatment of common pediatric surgical pathology as well as trauma. My motivation to pursue a career in clinical research is to obtain the skills necessary to address the gaps in knowledge that limit our ability to care for patients.

Publications

  • 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
  • Bruny J, Inge T, Rannie M, Acker S, Levitt G, Cumbler E, Brumbaugh D. Transforming surgical morbidity and mortality into a systematic case review. J Pediatr Surg. 2021 Jan;56(1):80-84. PubMed PMID: 33139023
  • 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, 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
  • 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
  • Derderian SC, Phillips R, Acker SN, Bruny J, Partrick DA. Pediatric ulcerative colitis: three- versus two-stage colectomy with ileal pouch-anal anastomosis. Pediatr Surg Int. 2020 Feb;36(2):171-177. PubMed PMID: 31696255
  • 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
  • Derderian SC, Benge MJ, Karrer FM, Acker SN, Roach JP. Filling the gap: Objective data to guide pediatric surgery applicants who do not match on the first attempt. J Pediatr Surg. 2020 Jul;55(7):1330-1333. PubMed PMID: 31126685
  • 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
  • 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, Phillips R, Acker SN, Bruny J, Partrick DA. Pediatric ulcerative colitis: three- versus two-stage colectomy with ileal pouch-anal anastomosis. Pediatr Surg Int. 2019 Nov 6. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 31696255
  • Acker S, Peña A, Wilcox D, Alaniz V, Bischoff A. Transition of care: a growing concern in adult patients born with colorectal anomalies. Pediatr Surg Int. 2019 Feb;35(2):233-237. PubMed PMID: 30392127
  • Acker SN, Kulungowski AM. Error traps and culture of safety in pediatric trauma. Semin Pediatr Surg. 2019 Jun;28(3):183-188. PubMed PMID: 31171155
  • Derderian SC, Benge MJ, Karrer FM, Acker SN, Roach JP. Filling the gap: Objective data to guide pediatric surgery applicants who do not match on the first attempt. J Pediatr Surg. 2019 May 11. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 31126685
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Practice Locations

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

Children's Hospital Colorado South Campus
1811 Plaza Drive
Highlands Ranch, CO 80129
720-478-1234

Hospital Affiliation
  • Children's Hospital Colorado
Center Affiliations

Specialty Information

Specialties
  • Pediatric Surgery, Board Certification
  • Surgery, Board Certification
Clinical Interests
My clinical interests include neonatal surgery and minimally invasive surgery on infants and children including thoracic/lung surgery, and gastroesophageal reflux disease

General Information

Medical Schools:
  • MD, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine (2010)
Undergraduate Schools:
  • BS, Emory University (GA) (2006)
Internships:
  • University of Colorado (2011)
Residency Programs:
  • University of Colorado, Chief Resident, Surgery (2017)
Fellowships:
  • University of Colorado, Pediatric Surgery (2019)
Languages: English
Department: Surgery-Peds Surgery
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