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Myriam Curet

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Contact Information

  • Clinical Offices
    VA Palo Alto Health Care System 3801 Miranda Ave Palo Alto, CA 94304
    Tel Work (650) 493-5000 Fax (650) 496-2502
  • Academic Offices
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Professional Overview

Clinical Focus

  • General Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery

Administrative Appointments

  • Program Committee, Association of Surgical Education (2004 - 2007)
  • Chair, Committee on Resident Education,, American College of Surgeons (2004 - 2008)
  • Membership Committee,, Society of University Surgeons (2003 - 2006)
  • Chair, Awards Committee,, Association of Surgical Education (2003 - 2004)
  • Chair, Committee on Diversity, American College of Surgeons (2002 - 2004)
  • President, Association of Women Surgeons (2001 - 2002)

Honors and Awards

  • Master Teacher Award, Association for Surgical Education (2006)
  • 2003 The Henry J. Kaiser Award for Excellence in Clinical Teaching,, Stanford University School of Medicine (2003)
  • The John Austin Collins Memorial Award for Outstanding Resident Teaching,, Department of Surgery, Stanford University (2003)
  • Medical Student Teaching Award, Surgery rotation,, Department of Surgery, Stanford University (2002, 2003)
  • Khatali Award for Excellence in Teaching,, University of New Mexico (2000)
  • Faculty Teaching Excellence Award,, University of New Mexico (1999)
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Professional Education

Residency: University of Chicago Hospitals IL (1989)
Fellowship: University of New Mexico NM (1994)
Board Certification: General Surgery, American Board of Surgery (1990)
Internship: University of Chicago Hospitals IL (1983)
Medical Education: Harvard Medical School MA (1982)
MD: Harvard University, Medicine (1982)

Scientific Focus

Current Research and Scholarly Interests

My main areas of research interest are in surgical education, laparoscopic surgery, bariatric surgery and robotic surgery

In laparoscopic surgery, I have performed both animal and clinical studies. The animal studies have focused on investigating the safety of pneumoperitoneum and increased intra-abdominal pressure during pregnancy. In clinical studies, I have performed prospective, randomized trials investigating laparoscopic vs open surgery for colon cancer and investigating outpatient vs inpatient management of patients undergoing laparoscopic cholecystectomy. I have a variety of ongoing projects looking at the advantages of laparoscopic surgery for various disease processes.

In the area of surgical education, I am particularly interested in teaching and assessing surgical skills. I initiated a surgical skills curriculum for residents and I am investigating whether teaching surgical skills outside of the operating room translates into improved outcomes (decreased time and complications) in the operating room.

I am also investigating methods of evaluating educational programs and work environment. Fewer and fewer medical students are interested in pursuing surgery as a future career. As a surgeon and program director, I am trying to identify the causes for this decreased interest and methods for correcting it.

I have a very busy bariatric surgery practice. I am actively involved in numerous projects investigating outcomes in bariatric surgery. Some of these have included examining the learning curve for laparoscopic gastric bypass, studying the effect of preoperative weight loss on the results of bariatric surgery and determining factors that will identify successful outcomes postoperatively.

Recently, I performed the first totally robotic laparoscopic gastric bypass with the daVinci robotic system. We are currently studying the use of the robot in bariatric surgery, including comparing this technique to a pure laparosocpic hand-sewn technique, evaluating the learning curve of the robot and investigating the ergonomic benefits of the robot compared to laparoscopic surgery


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