Clay Cothren Burlew, MD
Professor, Surgery-GI, Trauma, and Endocrine Surgery

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Medical School:
  • MD, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas Southwestern Medical School (1997)
Undergraduate School:
  • BA, Amherst College (MA) (1992)
Internship:
  • University of Colorado (1998)
Residency:
  • University of Colorado, Chief Resident, Surgery (2002)
Fellowships:
  • University of Colorado, Surgical Critical Care (2004)
Languages: English
Department: Surgery-GI, Trauma, and Endocrine Surgery

Professional Titles

  • Professor of Surgery
  • Trauma Surgeon

Teaching

  • Professor of Surgery (2002)
    School of Medicine, Surgery

Publications

  • Schwed AC, Wagenaar A, Reppert AE, Gore AV, Pieracci FM, Platnick KB, Lawless RA, Campion EM, Coleman JJ, Cohen MJ, Moore EE, Burlew CC. Trust the FAST: Confirmation that the FAST examination is highly specific for intra-abdominal hemorrhage in over 1,200 patients with pelvic fractures. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2021 Jan 1;90(1):137-142. PubMed PMID: 32976327
  • Witt CE, Burlew CC. Evaluation and Management of Blunt Cerebrovascular Injury. JAMA Surg. 2020 Dec 16. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 33326003
  • Coleman JR, Moore EE, Vintimilla DR, Parry J, Nelson JT, Samuels JM, Sauaia A, Cohen MJ, Burlew CC, Mauffrey C. Association between Young-Burgess pelvic ring injury classification and concomitant injuries requiring urgent intervention. J Clin Orthop Trauma. 2020 Nov-Dec;11(6):1099-1103. PubMed PMID: 33192014
  • Leasia K, Douglas I, Lawless R, Burlew CC, Platnick KB, Moore EE, Pieracci FM. Validation of current procedural terminology codes for surgical stabilization of rib fractures. Injury. 2020 Nov;51(11):2500-2506. PubMed PMID: 32962828
  • Heelan AA, Freedberg M, Moore EE, Platnick BK, Pieracci FM, Cohen MJ, Lawless R, Campion EM, Coleman JJ, Hoehn M, Burlew CC. Worth looking! venous thromboembolism in patients who undergo preperitoneal pelvic packing warrants screening duplex. Am J Surg. 2020 Dec;220(6):1395-1399. PubMed PMID: 32958159
  • Coleman JR, Burlew CC, Platnick KB, Campion E, Pieracci F, Lawless R, Werner N, Coleman J, Hoehn M, Moore EE, Cohen MJ. Maintaining Trauma Care Access During the COVID-19 Pandemic: An Urban, Level-1 Trauma Center's Experience. Ann Surg. 2020 Aug;272(2):e58-e60. PubMed PMID: 32675497
  • 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
  • Michetti CP, Burlew CC, Bulger EM, Davis KA, Spain DA. Performing tracheostomy during the Covid-19 pandemic: guidance and recommendations from the Critical Care and Acute Care Surgery Committees of the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma. Trauma Surg Acute Care Open. 2020;5(1):e000482. PubMed PMID: 32368620
  • Pieracci FM, Burlew CC, Spain D, Livingston DH, Bulger EM, Davis KA, Michetti C. Tube thoracostomy during the COVID-19 pandemic: guidance and recommendations from the AAST Acute Care Surgery and Critical Care Committees. Trauma Surg Acute Care Open. 2020;5(1):e000498. PubMed PMID: 32411822
  • Campion EM, Cralley A, Robinson C, Sauaia A, Pieracci FM, Lawless RA, Platnick B, Robinson J, Edwards D, McVaney K, Moore EE, Cohen MJ, Coleman JJ, Fox C, Burlew CC. Prehospital end-tidal carbon dioxide predicts massive transfusion and death following trauma. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2020 Oct;89(4):703-707. PubMed PMID: 32590557
  • Martin MP 3rd, Rojas D, Dean CS, Lockwood W, Nadeau J, Maertens A, Parry J, Maher M, Funk A, Stacey S, Burlew CC, Mauffrey C. Psychological outcomes affect functional outcomes in patients with severe pelvic ring fractures. Injury. 2020 Feb 17. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 32151428
  • Parry JA, Smith WR, Moore EE, Burlew CCC, Mauffrey C. The past, present, and future management of hemodynamic instability in patients with unstable pelvic ring injuries. Injury. 2020 Feb 22. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 32115215
  • Kovar A, Moskowitz E, Sauaia A, Moore EE, Platnick KB, Coleman JJ, Campion EM, Lawless RA, Cohen MJ, Pieracci FM, Burlew CC. Trends in hematologic markers after blunt splenic trauma: Risk factor or Epiphenomenon?. Am J Surg. 2020 Aug;220(2):489-494. PubMed PMID: 31879019
  • Campion EM, Burlew CC. Re: End-tidal carbon dioxide underestimates plasma carbon dioxide during emergent trauma laparotomy leading to hypoventilation and misguided resuscitation: A Western Trauma Association Multicenter study. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2020 Feb;88(2):e104-e105. PubMed PMID: 31688784
  • Schellenberg M, Brown CVR, Trust MD, Sharpe JP, Musonza T, Holcomb J, Bui E, Bruns B, Hopper HA, Truitt MS, Burlew CC, Inaba K, Sava J, Vanhorn J, Eastridge B, Cross AM, Vasak R, Vercuysse G, Curtis EE, Haan J, Coimbra R, Bohan P, Gale S, Bendix PG. Rectal Injury After Foreign Body Insertion: Secondary Analysis From the AAST Contemporary Management of Rectal Injuries Study Group. J Surg Res. 2020 Mar;247:541-546. PubMed PMID: 31648812
  • Osterberg EC, Veith J, Brown CVR, Sharpe JP, Musonza T, Holcomb JB, Bui E, Bruns B, Hopper HA, Truitt M, Burlew CC, Schellenberg M, Sava J, Van Horn J. Concomitant bladder and rectal injuries: Results from the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma Multicenter Rectal Injury Study Group. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2020 Feb;88(2):286-291. PubMed PMID: 31343599
  • Samuels JM, Urban S, Peltz E, Schroeppel T, Heise H, Dorlac WC, Britton LJ, Burlew CC, Robinson C, Swope ML, McIntyre RC Jr. A modern, multicenter evaluation of hepatic angioembolization - Complications and readmissions persist. Am J Surg. 2020 Jan;219(1):117-122. PubMed PMID: 31272677
  • Frazee R, Regner J, Truitt MS, Agrawal V, Swope M, Burlew CC, Dissanaike S, Vangipurum D, Bruns B, O'Meara L, Stivers J, Kwok A, Grover BT, Kothari SN, Cibari C, Dunn J, McIntyre RC Jr, Wright F, Scherer EP, Crane C, Schroeppel TJ, Callaghan E, Gordy S, Todd R. The southwestern surgical congress multi-center trial on suspected common duct stones. Am J Surg. 2019 Jan 2. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 30654919
  • Kovar A, Moskowitz E, Sauaia A, Moore EE, Platnick KB, Coleman JJ, Campion EM, Lawless RA, Cohen MJ, Pieracci FM, Burlew CC. Trends in hematologic markers after blunt splenic trauma: Risk factor or Epiphenomenon?. Am J Surg. 2019 Dec 20. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 31879019
  • Schellenberg M, Brown CVR, Trust MD, Sharpe JP, Musonza T, Holcomb J, Bui E, Bruns B, Hopper HA, Truitt MS, Burlew CC, Inaba K, Sava J, Vanhorn J, Eastridge B, Cross AM, Vasak R, Vercuysse G, Curtis EE, Haan J, Coimbra R, Bohan P, Gale S, Bendix PG. Rectal Injury After Foreign Body Insertion: Secondary Analysis From the AAST Contemporary Management of Rectal Injuries Study Group. J Surg Res. 2019 Oct 21. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 31648812
  • Moskowitz EE, McIntyre RC, Burlew CC, Helmkamp LJ, Peltz ED, Coleman JR, Kovar A, Truitt M, Agrawal V, Onkendi E, Dev R, Diaz JJ, Eaton B, Campion EM. Evaluation of a water-soluble contrast protocol for small bowel obstruction: A southwestern surgical congress multicenter trial. Am J Surg. 2019 Dec;218(6):1046-1051. PubMed PMID: 31623878
  • Sumislawski JJ, Moore HB, Moore EE, Swope ML, Pieracci FM, Fox CJ, Campion EM, Lawless RA, Platnick KB, Sauaia A, Cohen MJ, Burlew CC. Not all in your head (and neck): Stroke after blunt cerebrovascular injury is associated with systemic hypercoagulability. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2019 Nov;87(5):1082-1087. PubMed PMID: 31453984
  • Hardin KS, Leasia KN, Haenel J, Moore EE, Burlew CC, Pieracci FM. The Sequential Clinical Assessment of Respiratory Function (SCARF) score: A dynamic pulmonary physiologic score that predicts adverse outcomes in critically ill rib fracture patients. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2019 Dec;87(6):1260-1268. PubMed PMID: 31425473
  • Campion EM, Robinson CK, Brant N, Ferrigno L, McIntyre R, Biesterveld B, Alam H, Callcut R, Mishra S, Platt B, Moore MM, Nahmias J, Grigorian A, Dance S, Britton L, Schroeppel T, Rodriquez J, Shatz D, Becker J, Spalding MC, Wolff TW, Privette AR, Eriksson E, Sahi SL, Patel A, Moore SM, Stiles AL, Moore EE, Cohen MJ, Sauaia A, Burlew CC, Urban S, Osi Udekwu P, Nguyen M, Dibbert A, Conroy A, Ross E, Nunez Garcia B, Albertson S, Dunn J, Alnachaoukati O, Stillman Z, Decker C, Heise H, Burton JS. End-tidal carbon dioxide underestimates plasma carbon dioxide during emergent trauma laparotomy leading to hypoventilation and misguided resuscitation: A Western Trauma Association Multicenter Study. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2019 Nov;87(5):1119-1124. PubMed PMID: 31389913
  • Richman A, Burlew CC. Lessons from Trauma Care: Abdominal Compartment Syndrome and Damage Control Laparotomy in the Patient with Gastrointestinal Disease. J Gastrointest Surg. 2019 Feb;23(2):417-424. PubMed PMID: 30276590
  • Moskowitz E, Campion EM, Burlew CC, Helmkamp LJ, Peltz ED, Gansar BL, McIntyre RC. Obstruction reduction: Use of water-soluble contrast challenge to differentiate between partial and complete small bowel obstruction. Am J Surg. 2019 Nov;218(5):913-917. PubMed PMID: 30910130
  • Frazee R, Regner J, Truitt MS, Agrawal V, Swope M, Burlew CC, Dissanaike S, Vangipurum D, Bruns B, O'Meara L, Stivers J, Kwok A, Grover BT, Kothari SN, Cibari C, Dunn J, McIntyre RC Jr, Wright F, Scherer EP, Crane C, Schroeppel TJ, Callaghan E, Gordy S, Todd R. The southwestern surgical congress multi-center trial on suspected common duct stones. Am J Surg. 2019 Jun;217(6):1006-1009. PubMed PMID: 30654919
  • Pieracci FM, Eustaquio M, Sholl B, Byyny R, Burlew CC. Challenges in acute care surgery: Zone III neck stab wound. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2019 Aug;87(2):508-509. PubMed PMID: 31349353
  • Stahel PF, Moore EE, Burlew CC, Henderson C, Peña AJ, Harry D, Pieracci FM. Preperitoneal Pelvic Packing Is Not Associated With an Increased Risk of Surgical Site Infections After Internal Anterior Pelvic Ring Fixation. J Orthop Trauma. 2019 Dec;33(12):601-607. PubMed PMID: 31356446
  • Harmon L, Bilow R, Shanmuganathan K, Lauerman M, Todd SR, Cardenas J, Haugen CE, Albrecht R, Pittman S, Cohen M, Kaups K, Dirks R, Burlew CC, Fox CJ, Con J, Inaba K, Harrison PB, Berg GM, Waller CJ, Kallies KJ, Kozar RA. Delayed splenic hemorrhage: Myth or mystery? A Western Trauma Association multicenter study. Am J Surg. 2019 Sep;218(3):579-583. PubMed PMID: 31284948
  • Moskowitz EE, Garabedian L, Harden K, Perkins-Pride E, Asfaw M, Preslaski C, Liasia KN, Lawless R, Burlew CC, Pieracci F. Corrigendum to "A double-blind, randomized controlled trial of gabapentin vs. placebo for acute pain management in critically ill patients with rib fractures" [Injury 49 (9) (2018) 1693-1698]. Injury. 2019 Jul;50(7):1406. PubMed PMID: 31196599
  • Richman A, Burlew CC. Lessons from Trauma Care: Abdominal Compartment Syndrome and Damage Control Laparotomy in the Patient with Gastrointestinal Disease. J Gastrointest Surg. 2018 Oct 1. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 30276590
  • Trust MD, Veith J, Brown CVR, Sharpe JP, Musonza T, Holcomb J, Bui E, Bruns B, Andrew Hopper H, Truitt M, Burlew C, Schellenberg M, Sava J, Vanhorn J, Eastridge B, Cross AM, Vasak R, Vercuysse G, Curtis EE, Haan J, Coimbra R, Bohan P, Gale S, Bendix PG. Traumatic rectal injuries: Is the combination of computed tomography and rigid proctoscopy sufficient?. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2018 Dec;85(6):1033-1037. PubMed PMID: 30211848
  • Moore HB, Moore EE, Chapman MP, McVaney K, Bryskiewicz G, Blechar R, Chin T, Burlew CC, Pieracci F, West FB, Fleming CD, Ghasabyan A, Chandler J, Silliman CC, Banerjee A, Sauaia A. Plasma-first resuscitation to treat haemorrhagic shock during emergency ground transportation in an urban area: a randomised trial. Lancet. 2018 Jul 28;392(10144):283-291. PubMed PMID: 30032977
  • Moskowitz EE, Garabedian L, Harden K, Perkins-Pride E, Asfaw M, Preslaski C, Liasia KN, Lawless R, Burlew CC, Pieracci F. A double-blind, randomized controlled trial of gabapentin vs. placebo for acute pain management in critically ill patients with rib fractures. Injury. 2018 Sep;49(9):1693-1698. PubMed PMID: 29934099
  • 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
  • Burlew CC, Sumislawski JJ, Behnfield CD, McNutt MK, McCarthy J, Sharpe JP, Croce MA, Bala M, Kashuk J, Spalding MC, Beery PR, John S, Hunt DJ, Harmon L, Stein DM, Callcut R, Wybourn C, Sperry J, Anto V, Dunn J, Veith JP, Brown CVR, Celii A, Zander TL, Coimbra R, Berndtson AE, Moss TZ, Malhotra AK, Hazelton JP, Linden K, West M, Alam HB, Williams AM, Kim J, Inaba K, Moulton S, Choi YM, Warren HL, Collier B, Ball CG, Savage S, Hartwell JL, Cullinane DC, Zielinski MD, Ray-Zack MD, Morse BC, Rhee P, Rutherford EJ, Udekwu P, Reynolds C, Toschlog E, Gondek S, Ju T, Haan JM, Lightwine KL, Kulvatunyou N, Coates B, Khouqeer AF, Todd SR, Zarzaur B, Waller CJ, Kallies KJ, Neideen T, Eddine SBZ, Peck KA, Dunne CE, Kramer K, Bokhari F, Dhillon TS, Galante JM, Cohen MJ. Time to stroke: A Western Trauma Association multicenter study of blunt cerebrovascular injuries. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2018 Nov;85(5):858-866. PubMed PMID: 29847537
  • Halpern AL, Burlew CC. Computed Tomography in a Patient With Blunt Trauma. JAMA Surg. 2018 Aug 1;153(8):772-773. PubMed PMID: 29801105
  • Christian NT, Burlew CC, Moore EE, Geddes AE, Wagenaar AE, Fox CJ, Pieracci FM. The focused abdominal sonography for trauma examination can reliably identify patients with significant intra-abdominal hemorrhage in life-threatening pelvic fractures. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2018 Jun;84(6):924-928. PubMed PMID: 29794689
  • Burlew CC. Preperitoneal pelvic packing: A 2018 EAST Master Class Video Presentation. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2018 Jul;85(1):224-228. PubMed PMID: 29554048
  • 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
  • Moskowitz EE, Burlew CC, Moore EE, Pieracci FM, Fox CJ, Campion EM, Lawless RA, Cohen MJ. Preperitoneal pelvic packing is effective for hemorrhage control in open pelvic fractures. Am J Surg. 2018 Apr;215(4):675-677. PubMed PMID: 29179908
  • Brown CVR, Teixeira PG, Furay E, Sharpe JP, Musonza T, Holcomb J, Bui E, Bruns B, Hopper HA, Truitt MS, Burlew CC, Schellenberg M, Sava J, VanHorn J, Eastridge PB, Cross AM, Vasak R, Vercruysse G, Curtis EE, Haan J, Coimbra R, Bohan P, Gale S, Bendix PG. Contemporary management of rectal injuries at Level I trauma centers: The results of an American Association for the Surgery of Trauma multi-institutional study. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2018 Feb;84(2):225-233. PubMed PMID: 29140953
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Professional Memberships

  • American College of Surgeons (ACS), Member
  • Association for Academic Surgery (AAS), Member
  • Society of University Surgeons (SUS), Member
  • Western Trauma Association (WTA), Member
  • American Association for the Surgery of Trauma (AAST), Member
  • Western Surgical Association (WSA), Member
  • Southwestern Surgical Congress, Member
  • Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM), Member
  • Association of Women Surgeons (AWS), Member
  • European Society for Trauma and Emergency Surgery , Member

Practice Locations

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

Hospital Affiliation
  • Denver Health Medical Center

Specialty Information

Specialties
  • Surgery, Board Certification (2003, 2011)
  • Surgical Critical Care, Board Certification (2005, 2015)

General Information

Medical Schools:
  • MD, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas Southwestern Medical School (1997)
Undergraduate Schools:
  • BA, Amherst College (MA) (1992)
Internships:
  • University of Colorado (1998)
Residency Programs:
  • University of Colorado, Chief Resident, Surgery (2002)
Fellowships:
  • University of Colorado, Surgical Critical Care (2004)
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Languages: English
Department: Surgery-GI, Trauma, and Endocrine Surgery
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