Bellal Joseph, MD

Professor of Surgery

Medical Director, Southern Arizona Telemedicine and Telepresence (SATT) Program
Program Director, International Research Fellowship
Liaison, Multi-Specialty Surgery Clinic at UMC

Arizona Health Sciences Center
Division of Trauma, Critical Care and Emergency Surgery
Department of Surgery
P.O. Box 245063

Phone: 
(520) 626-5056

Fax: (520) 626-5016       

Patient Appointments: (520) 694-6144       

Education: 
  • MD: 2003 Saba University School of Medicine       
  • 2003-08 Intern and Resident in General Surgery, Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit       
  • 2007-08 Administrative Chief Resident, General Surgery, Henry Ford Hospital       
  • 2008 Trauma/Surgical Critical Care Fellow University of Maryland, R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center       
Major Areas of Research Interest: 
  • Emergency General Surgery
  • Penetrating Trauma
  • International Trauma
  • Quality and Process Improvement
  • Long term Clinical and Functional Outcomes after Trauma
Selected Publications: 

1.      Joseph B, Phelan H, Hassan A, Orouji Jokar T, O’Keeffe T, Azim A, Gries L, Kulvatunyou N, Latifi R, Rhee P. The Impact of Frailty on Failure-to-Rescue in Geriatric Trauma Patients; A Prospective Study. Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery. (Accepted; waiting to be published) (First Author, Project Idea, Data search, methodology, manuscript writing and editing)

2.      Joseph B, Khalil M, Harrison C, Swartz T, Kulvatunyou N, Haider AA, Orouji Jokar T, Burk D, Mahmoud A, Latifi R, Rhee P. Assessing The Efficacy of Prothrombin Complex Concentrate in Multiply Injured Patients with High-Energy Pelvic and Extremity Fractures. Journal of Orthopedic Trauma(Accepted; waiting to be published) (First Author, Project Idea, Data search, methodology, manuscript writing and editing)

3.      Ilyas M, Bardiya Z, Joseph B, Nfonsam VN, Maegawa F, Wexner SD.  Are there differences in outcomes after elective Sigmoidectomy for Diverticular disease and Cancers? A National Inpatient Sample Study. Colorectal Disease. July 2016 Pub Status: in print.  (Data search, methodology, manuscript writing and editing)

4.      Joseph B, Azim A, Haider A, Kulvatunyou N, O’Keeffe T, Hassan A, Gries L, Tran E, Latifi R, Rhee P. Bicycle Helmets Works the Most when it Matters the Most. The American Journal of Surgery. (Accepted; waiting to be published) (First Author, Project Idea, Data search, methodology, manuscript writing and editing)

5.      Haider A, Azim A, Rhee P, Kulvatunyou N, Ibraheem K, Tang A, O’Keeffe T, Iftikhar H, Vercruysse G, Joseph B. Substituting Systolic Blood Pressure with Shock Index in the National Trauma Triage Protocol.  Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery.  (Accepted; waiting to be published) (Senior Author, Data search, methodology, manuscript writing and editing)

6.      Azim A, Haider A, Rhee P, Verma K, Windell E, Orouji Jokar T, Kulvatunyou N, Meer M, Latifi R, Joseph B. Early Feeds not Force Feeds: Enteral Nutrition in Traumatic Brain Injury. Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery. PMID: 27116412  (Senior Author, Data search, methodology, manuscript writing and editing)

1.      Joseph B, Hadeed S, Haider A, Ditillo M, Joseph A, Pandit V, Kulvatunyou N, Tang A, Latifi R, Rhee P. Obesity and trauma mortality: Sizing up the Risks in Motor Vehicle Crashes PMID: 26996285 (First Author, Project Idea, Data search, methodology, manuscript writing and editing)

2.      Joseph B, Haider A, Ibraheem K, Kulvatunyou N, Tang A, Azim A, O'Keeffe T, Gries L, Vercruysse G, Rhee P. Revitalizing Vital Signs: The Role of Delta Shock Index. Shock.

PMID: 27058044. (First Author, Project Idea, Data search, methodology, manuscript writing and editing)

3.      Joseph B, Ibraheem K, Haider AA, Kulvatunyou N, Tang A, O'Keeffe T, Bauman ZM, Green DJ, Latifi R, Rhee P. Identifying potential utility of REBOA: An autopsy study.  Journal of Trauma and Acute Care SurgeryPMID: 27192469 (First Author, Project Idea, Data search, methodology, manuscript writing and editing)

4.      Joseph B, Parvaneh S, Swartz T, Haider A, Hassan A, Kulvatunyou N , Tang A, Latifi R, Najafi B, Rhee P.  Stress among Surgical Attendings and Trainees: A Quantitative Assessment during Trauma Activation and Emergency Surgeries. Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery.  (Accepted; waiting to be published) (First Author, Project Idea, Data search, methodology, manuscript writing and editing)

5.      Toosizadeh N, Joseph B, Heusser MR, Orouji Jokar T, Mohler J, Phelan HA, Najafi B. Assessing Upper-Extremity Motion: An Innovative, Objective Method to Identify Frailty in Older Bed-Bound Trauma Patients. Journal of American College of Surgeons. PMID: 27155751 (Clinical project idea, Data search, methodology, manuscript writing and editing)

6.      Joseph B, Khalil M , Hashmi A, Hecker L, Kulvatunyou N, Tang A, Friese RS, Rhee P. Survival Benefits of Remote Ischemic Conditioning in Sepsis. Journal of Surgical Research. Feb 18, 2016. In press  (First Author, Project Idea, Data search, methodology, manuscript writing and editing)

7.      Fortuna G, DubBose J, Mendelsberg R, Inaba K, Haider A, Joseph B, Skarupa D, Selleck M, Nicolas JH, Ouw KC. Contemporary outcomes of lower extremity vascular repairs extending below the knee: A multicenter retrospective study. Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery2016 Jul;81(1):63-70. PMID: 26885995  (Data search, manuscript writing and editing)

Sponsored Research Through MSRP: 

Christopher Larkins (MSRP 2010): " The Use of Anti-Platelet Drugs and Platelet Function after Traumatic Brain Injury with Intra-Cranial Hemorrhage."

George Hadeed (MSRP 2011): "Use of Handheld Wireless Devices in the Treatment and Management of Trauma and General Surgery Patients"

Sandeep Bains (MSRP 2013): "An Educational Research/Outreach Campaign Against Texting anad Driving." 

Tianyi Swartz (MSRP 2014): "Heart Rate Variability on Trauma Team Members."

Chelsey Santino (MSRP 2016): "Impact of Frailty on Quality of Life"

NIH Undergraduate Diversity Program: 

 Emily Tran, 2015; "Studying Trauma Surgery"

Advanced Research - Research Distinction Track (RDT): 

 Christopher Larkins (RDT 2013): "Traumatic Brain Injury in Patients Taking Anti-Platelet Medication: Is Platelet Transfusion Advantageous?"

Sandeep Bains (RDT 2016): "Campaign Against Texting and Driving"

Gagan Kaur (RDT 2016): "The Impact of Pre-Injury Selective Serotonin Re-Uptake Inhibitors in Traumatic Brain Injury"

Last Updated: 
June 23, 2017