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Department Chairs--The Early Years

Biographical and bibliographical information on the university's department chairs from the historical past.

Arthur Fleming, MD, Chairman, Department of Surgery, 1983-2003

         Dr. Arthur Fleming

(Photo courtesy of the Fleming family)



From the March 18, 1983 Charles R. Drew Postgraduate Medical School and King/Drew Medical Center newsletter, News for Immediate Release, is the announcement of newly hired surgeon and departmental Chairperson of Surgery, Arthur Fleming, M.D., F.A.C.S.






1: Pellegrin K, Neurauter G, Wirleitner B, Fleming AW, Peterson VM, Fuchs D.
Enhanced enzymatic degradation of tryptophan by indoleamine 2,3-dioxygenase
contributes to the tryptophan-deficient state seen after major trauma. Shock.
2005 Mar;23(3):209-15. PubMed PMID: 15718917.

2: Ward RT, Colton DM, Meade PC, Henry JC, Contreras LM, Wilson OM, Fleming AW.
Serum levels of calcium and albumin in survivors versus nonsurvivors after
critical injury. J Crit Care. 2004 Mar;19(1):54-64. PubMed PMID: 15101007.

3: Margulies DR, Cryer HG, McArthur DL, Lee SS, Bongard FS, Fleming AW. Patient
volume per surgeon does not predict survival in adult level I trauma centers. J
Trauma. 2001 Apr;50(4):597-601; discussion 601-3. PubMed PMID: 11303152.

4: Pellegrin K, Peterson VM, Vadgama J, Wu Y, Fleming AW. TNF-alpha in trauma
patients: a touch is just enough. Curr Surg. 2000 Nov;57(6):638. PubMed PMID:

5: Cryer HG, Leong K, McArthur DL, Demetriades D, Bongard FS, Fleming AW, Hiatt
JR, Kraus JF. Multiple organ failure: by the time you predict it, it's already
there. J Trauma. 1999 Apr;46(4):597-604; discussion 604-6. PubMed PMID: 10217221.

6: Brown KA, Brown JR, Kennedy F, Fleming AW. A risk profile of emergency room
adult trauma victims: intentional versus unintentional trauma injuries. Soc Work
Health Care. 1998;27(2):69-86. PubMed PMID: 9606819.CDU Library Resource

7: Kennedy F, Brown JR, Brown KA, Fleming AW. Geographic and temporal patterns of
recurrent intentional injury in south-central Los Angeles. J Natl Med Assoc. 1996
Sep;88(9):570-2. PubMed PMID: 8855648; PubMed Central
PMCID: PMC2608117.

8: Cryer HG, Hiatt JR, Fleming AW, Gruen JP, Sterling J. Continuous use of
standard process audit filters has limited value in an established trauma system.
J Trauma. 1996 Sep;41(3):389-94; discussion 394-5. PubMed PMID: 8810954.

9: Kennedy FR, Cornwell EE, Camel J, Demetriades D, Fleming AW. Aortoesophageal
fistulae due to gunshot wounds: report of two cases with one survivor. J Trauma.
1995 Jun;38(6):971-4. PubMed PMID: 7602650.

10: Kennedy FR, Gonzalez P, Beitler A, Sterling-Scott R, Fleming AW. Incidence of
cervical spine injury in patients with gunshot wounds to the head. South Med J.
1994 Jun;87(6):621-3. PubMed PMID: 8202771.

11: Bostick PJ, Heard JS, Islas JT, Johnson DA, Sims EH, Fleming AW,
Sterling-Scott RP. Management of penetrating colon injuries. J Natl Med Assoc.
1994 May;86(5):378-82. PubMed PMID: 8046767; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC2607672.

12: Sterling-Scott RP, Kelter A, Onwuachi-Saunders C, Menchion K, Wilson JR,
Allmond B, Fleming AW. Firearm injuries in girls and women. The unaddressed
imperative. Arch Surg. 1993 Jun;128(6):663-8. PubMed PMID: 8503770. CDU Library Resource

13: Bostick PJ, Johnson DA, Heard JF, Islas JT, Sims EH, Fleming AW,
Sterling-Scott RP. Management of extraperitoneal rectal injuries. J Natl Med
Assoc. 1993 Jun;85(6):460-3. PubMed PMID: 8366537; PubMed Central PMCID:

14: Fleming AW. Uninsured children and national health care reform. JAMA. 1993
May 19;269(19):2506. PubMed PMID: 8338541.CDU Library Resource

15: Bishop MH, Shoemaker WC, Appel PL, Wo CJ, Zwick C, Kram HB, Meade P, Kennedy
F, Fleming AW. Relationship between supranormal circulatory values, time delays,
and outcome in severely traumatized patients. Crit Care Med. 1993
Jan;21(1):56-63. PubMed PMID: 8420731.

16: Vincent CK, Wakefield TW, Lindblad B, Stanley JC, Fleming AW. Time-related
effects of heparin sulfate on regional and systemic anticoagulation. J Natl Med
Assoc. 1992 Nov;84(11):961-4. PubMed PMID: 1460684; PubMed Central PMCID:

17: Fleming AW, Sterling-Scott RP, Carabello G, Imari-Williams I, Allmond B,
Foster RS, Kennedy F, Shoemaker WC. Injury and violence in Los Angeles. Impact on
access to health care and surgical education. Arch Surg. 1992 Jun;127(6):671-6.
PubMed PMID: 1596167.CDU Library Resource

18: Fleming AW. Examination scores fall with time: but so what? JAMA. 1992 Jan
15;267(3):366. PubMed PMID: 1727956.CDU Library Resource

19: Kennedy FR, Fleming AW, Scott RS. Splenic injury from gunshot wounds to the
chest without diaphragmatic or peritoneal violation: case reports. J Trauma. 1991
Nov;31(11):1561-2. PubMed PMID: 1942185.

20: Bishop M, Shoemaker WC, Jackson G, Williams D, Kram HB, Fleming AW.
Evaluation of a blunt and penetrating trauma algorithm for truncal injury. Crit
Care Clin. 1991 Apr;7(2):383-99. PubMed PMID: 2049645.

21: Shoemaker WC, Kram HB, Appel PL, Fleming AW. The efficacy of central venous
and pulmonary artery catheters and therapy based upon them in reducing mortality
and morbidity. Arch Surg. 1990 Oct;125(10):1332-7; discussion 1337-8. PubMed
PMID: 2222172.CDU Library Resource

22: Fleming AW. 'Normal' overaction of inferior oblique muscles. Arch Ophthalmol.
1989 Aug;107(8):1113. PubMed PMID: 2818729.CDU Library Resource

23: Kram HB, Nathan RC, Stafford FJ, Fleming AW, Shoemaker WC. Fibrin glue
achieves hemostasis in patients with coagulation disorders. Arch Surg. 1989
Mar;124(3):385-7. PubMed PMID: 2465752.CDU Library Resource

24: Shoemaker WC, Corley RD, Liu M, Kram HB, Harrier HD, Williams SW, Fleming AW.
Development and testing of a decision tree for blunt trauma. Crit Care Med. 1988
Dec;16(12):1199-208. PubMed PMID: 3191735.

25: Kram HB, Reuben BI, Fleming AW, Shoemaker WC. Use of fibrin glue in hepatic
trauma. J Trauma. 1988 Aug;28(8):1195-201. PubMed PMID: 2457712.

26: del Junco T Jr, Emmons KA, Sim KT, Ang EC, Goldstein B, Fleming AW. The
utilization of cross-sectional anatomy in a surgical residency training program.
J Natl Med Assoc. 1987 Mar;79(3):289-95. PubMed PMID: 3573059; PubMed Central
PMCID: PMC2571519.

27: Kram HB, Appel PL, Fleming AW, Shoemaker WC. Determination of optimal
positive end-expiratory pressure by means of conjunctival oximetry. Surgery. 1987
Mar;101(3):329-34. PubMed PMID: 3547738.CDU Library Resource

28: Shoemaker WC, Fleming AW. Resuscitation of the trauma patient: restoration of
hemodynamic functions using clinical algorithms. Ann Emerg Med. 1986
Dec;15(12):1437-44. PubMed PMID: 3777617.CDU Library Resource

29: Fobi MA, Fleming AW. Vertical banded gastroplasty vs gastric bypass in the
treatment of obesity. J Natl Med Assoc. 1986 Nov;78(11):1091-8. PubMed PMID:
3795288; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC2571433.

30: Appel PL, Kram HB, Mackabee J, Fleming AW, Shoemaker WC. Comparison of
measurements of cardiac output by bioimpedance and thermodilution in severely ill
surgical patients. Crit Care Med. 1986 Nov;14(11):933-5. PubMed PMID: 3769504.

31: Kram HB, Shoemaker WC, Bratanow N, Appel PL, Sterling RP, Fleming AW.
Noninvasive conjunctival oxygen monitoring during carotid endarterectomy. Arch
Surg. 1986 Aug;121(8):914-7. PubMed PMID: 3729709.CDU Library Resource

32: Kram HB, Appel PL, Fleming AW, Shoemaker WC. Assessment of intestinal and
renal perfusion using surface oximetry. Crit Care Med. 1986 Aug;14(8):707-13.
PubMed PMID: 3720328.

33: Kram HB, Hino ST, Harley DP, Fleming AW, Shoemaker WC. Use of concentrated
fibrinogen in experimental tracheal repair. J Biomed Mater Res. 1986
May-Jun;20(5):579-87. PubMed PMID: 3711135.

34: Kram HB, Hino ST, Harley DP, Fleming AW, Shoemaker WC. Use of concentrated
fibrinogen in experimental splenic trauma. J Biomed Mater Res. 1986
May-Jun;20(5):547-53. PubMed PMID: 2423528.

35: Kram HB, Appel PL, Fleming AW, Shoemaker WC. Conjunctival and mixed-venous
oximeters as early warning devices of cardiopulmonary compromise. Circ Shock.
1986;19(2):211-20. PubMed PMID: 3719921.

36: Kram HB, White RA, Tabrisky J, Appel PL, Fleming AW, Shoemaker WC.
Transcutaneous oxygen recovery and toe pulse reappearance time in the assessment
of peripheral vascular disease. Circulation. 1985 Nov;72(5):1022-7. PubMed PMID:

37: Kram HB, Shoemaker WC, Hino ST, Chiang HS, Harley DP, Fleming AW. Tracheal
repair with fibrin glue. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 1985 Nov;90(5):771-5. PubMed
PMID: 3877216.

38: Sterling RP, Graeber GM, Albus RA, Burton NA, Lough FC, Fleming AW. Results
of myocardial revascularization in black males. Am Heart J. 1984 Sep;108(3 Pt
2):695-9. PubMed PMID: 6475739.

39: Sims EH, Yamaguchi M, Lou MA, Fleming AW. Injuries to the profunda femoris
artery and its branches. J Natl Med Assoc. 1984 Apr;76(4):359-61. PubMed PMID:
6737491; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC2561690.

40: Sims EH, Mandal AK, Schlater T, Fleming AW, Lou MA. Factors affecting outcome
in pancreatic trauma. J Trauma. 1984 Feb;24(2):125-8. PubMed PMID: 6198528.

41: Graeber GM, Reardon MJ, Fleming AW, Head HD, Zajtchuk R, Brott WH, Foster JH.
An analysis of the isoenzymes of creatine phosphokinase and lactic dehydrogenase
in the esophagus. Ann Thorac Surg. 1981 Sep;32(3):230-4. PubMed PMID: 7283514.

42: Fleming AW, Green DC. Traumatic aneurysms of the thoracic aorta. Report of 43
patients. Ann Thorac Surg. 1974 Jul;18(1):91-101. PubMed PMID: 4834728.