Gustavo Villalona, MD
Gustavo Villalona, MD
Assistant Professor of Surgery
Division of Pediatric Surgery
Saint Louis University School of Medicine


 

Education

M.D.

Universidad Iberoamericana (UNIBE),
Santo Domingo, D.R.

Career

08/2015 to present      Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital, Assistant Professor St. Louis, MO

07/2013 to 06/2015     Yale-New Haven Hospital, Pediatric Surgery Fellow New Haven, CT

07/2010 to 06/2013     Harlem Hospital Center, General Surgery Resident, New York, NY

07/2008 to 06/2010     Yale-New Haven Hospital, Research Fellow, New Haven, CT

07/2007 to 06/2008     Harlem Hospital Center, General Surgery Resident, New York, NY

07/2006 to 06/2007     Harlem Hospital Center, General Surgery Internship, New York, NY

05/2004 to 05/2006     Clinica Del Laser, Surgical Assistant, Santo Domingo, DR

 

Board Certification

1. General Surgery, January 28, 2014

2. Pediatric Surgery, February 29, 2016

Professional Honors or Recognition

1. Saint Louis University, Fleur-de-lis Grant 2016

2. Pediatric Surgery Chief Resident 2015, Yale-New Haven Hospital 2015

3. General Surgery Chief Resident, Columbia University at Harlem Hospital 2013

4. Oshe Science Grant Award 2009

5. Seashore Research Fellow, Laboratory of Tissue Engineering, Yale University 2008

6. General Surgery Intern, Columbia University at Harlem Hospital 2013

7. Cum Laude, Universidad Iberoamericana (UNIBE)  2004

 

Profesional Society Membership and Services

1. American College of Surgeons

2. American Pediatric Surgery Association

3. American Academy of Pediatrics

4. International Pediatric Endosurgery Group

5. Missouri State Medical Association

6. Invited Reviewer: Journal of Pediatric Surgery, Tissue Engineering Journal, Pediatric Surgery International, Pediatric Research, Global Journal of Surgery

 

Grants, contracts and sponsored research

1. Fleur-de-lis Award Grant. Villalona, G A. (PI), Jain, A. (Co-Investigator). “Role of enteral bile acids as gut growth promoters in an animal model of short bowel syndrome”. Funder: Saint Louis University. $25,000. Received. (Sub: April 15, 2016, start: July 1, 2016, end: June 30, 2016).

2. Sadiq, F. H. (Collaborator), Hawkins, M. B. (Other), Fitzpatrick, C. M. (Principal), Chatoorgoon, K. K. (Collaborator), Greenspon, Y. J. (Collaborator), Villalona, G. A. (Collaborator), 19880, Contract, ""Timing of Inguinal Hernia Repair in Premature Infants: A randomized Trial."", Vanderbilt University, University, $2,075.00, Pending. (sub: June 23, 2016, start: March 1, 2016, end: August 31, 2018).

3. Oshe Research Grant Award. Villalona, G A. (PI), Shionka, T. (Collaborator), Breuer, C. K. (Collaborator). “Immunocompetence and Tissue Engineered Vascular Grafts; Correlating a Small Animal Stenosis Model to a Human Trial”. Funder: Yale University School of Medicine, Department of Surgery, $10,000. Received. (Sub: Feb 1, 2009, start: Feb 1, 2009, end: Jan 30, 2010).

 

Certifications:

BLS, ACLS, PALS certified

ATLS certified

 

Committees

 

1. Clinical Competency Committee, Pediatric Surgery Fellowship                    2015-present

2. Program Evaluation Committee, Pediatric Surgery Fellowship                     2015-present

3. Nutritional Advisory Committee, Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital     2016-present

 

 


Presentations:

1. International Pediatric Endosurgery Group. Novel technique for management of esophageal strictures: double ‘‘J’’ stents and the use of urologic dilators. Gustavo A. Villalona MD, Mohammad Sarhan MD, Rajinder Gandhi MD. (Abstract number: 53). 2009 (Poster Presentation)

 

2. Interdepartmental Vascular Biology Laboratories. Immunocompetence and Tissue Engineered Vascular Grafts; Correlating a Small Animal Stenosis Model to a Human Trial. Gustavo A. Villalona MD. 2009 Surgical Research Seminar Lecture (Oral Presentation)

 

3. New England Surgical Society Resident Research Day at Harvard University School of Medicine. Pathophysiologic Characterization of Tissue Engineered Vascular Graft Stenosis in a Murine Model. Gustavo A. Villalona MD, Narutoshi Hibino MD, PhD, Edward McGillicuddy MD, Rajendra Sawh-Martinez, Tamar Mirensky MD, Toshiharu Shinoka MD, PhD, Christopher K. Breuer MD Yale University School of Medicine. 2009 (Oral Presentation)

4. New England Surgical Society.  Pathophysiologic Characterization of Tissue Engineered Vascular Graft Stenosis in a Murine Model.  Gustavo A. Villalona MD, Narutoshi Hibino MD, PhD, Edward McGillicuddy MD, Rajendra Sawh-Martinez, Tamar Mirensky MD, Toshiharu Shinoka MD, PhD, Christopher K. Breuer MD.  Yale University School of Medicine.  2009 (Poster Presentation)

5. Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital: Determination of the Cellular Origin of Vascular Neotissue in Tissue Engineered Vascular Grafts. Gustavo A. Villalona MD, Toshiharu Shin'oka, and Christopher K. Breuer. 2010 Pediatric Surgery Grand Rounds Lecture (Oral Presentation)

6. American Pediatrics Surgery Association: Determination of the Cellular Origin of Vascular Neotissue in Tissue Engineered Vascular Grafts. Gustavo A. Villalona, MD, Narutoshi Hibino, Nicholas Pietris, Daniel R. Duncan, Adam Schoffner, Jason D. Roh, Tai Yi, Wawrzyniec Dobrucki, Dane Mejias, Rajendra Sawh-Martinez, Jamie Harrington, Albert Sinusas, Diane Krause, Themis Kyriakides, W. Mark Saltzman, Jordan S. Pober, Toshiharu Shin'oka, and Christopher K. Breuer, Yale School of Medicine (Abstract number: 53). 2010 (Oral Presentation)

7. International Pediatric Endosurgery Group: A more secure laparoscopic gastrostomy: a modification of the georgeson technique. Karen A. Diefenbach, MD, Gustavo A. Villalona, MD, MIlissa A. Mckee, MD, MPH, Yale School of Medicine (Abstract number: V031). 2010 (Video Presentation)

8. International Pediatric Endosurgery Group: Laparoscopic Repair of Incarcerated Right Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia. Gustavo A. Villalona MD, MD, Milissa A. McKee, MD, Karen A. Diefenbach, MD, Yale School of Medicine (Abstract number: V042). 2010 (Video Presentation)

9. International Pediatric Endosurgery Group: Modified Laparoscopic Gastrostomy Technique Reduces Gastrostomy Tract Dehiscence. Gustavo A. Villalona MD, Karen A. Diefenbach MD, Milissa A. Mckee MD, MPH, Yale School of Medicine (Abstract number: S029). 2010 (Oral Presentation)

10. International Pediatric Endosurgery Group: Cardiac Mucosa and Gastroesophageal Reflu Disease in Pediatric Patients. Gustavo A. Villalona MD, Sarhan M, Chandrasoma P, Gandhi R 2011 (Poster Presentation)

11. Saint Louis University Department of Pediatrics/SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital   Cholecystectomy After Gallstone Pancreatitis in Children. When is the Optimal Time? Badru F, Puckett Y, Breeden R, Bourdillon M, Vane D, Villalona G, Pediatric Science Day. April 2016. (Poster Presentation)

12. American College of Surgeons-Missouri Chapter Lake of the Ozarks, MO. Puckett Y, Badru F, Vernon S, Bonacorsi L, Villalona G, Chatoorgoon K, Greenspon J, Fitzpatrick C, Vane D. Pit Bull Breed Represents A Significant Risk to Children For Dog Bites. June 2016 Regional meeting. (Oral Presentation)

 

13. American Pediatric Surgery Association: Complicated Appendicitis Outcomes in Children: Timing of Appendectomy and Complications. Faidah Badru MD, MPH; Yana Puckett MD, MPH; Nicholas Piening MS; Jose Greenspon, MD; Kaveer Chatoorgoon, MD; Colleen Fitzpatrick MD; Gustavo A. Villalona MD. Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center, St. Louis, MO, USA, Saint Louis University School of Medicine. 2016 (Abstract Summited)

 

14. American Pediatric Surgery Association. Antibiotic Duration for Complicated Appendicitis Prior to Interval Appendectomy in Children. Faidah Badru MD, MPH; Yana Puckett MD, MPH; Nicholas Piening MS; Jose Greenspon, MD; Kaveer Chatoorgoon, MD; Colleen Fitzpatrick MD; Gustavo A. Villalona MD. Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center, St. Louis, MO, USA, Saint Louis University School of Medicine. 2016 (Abstract Summited)

Book Chapters:

1. Greenspon J, Lipskar A, Villalona G, Chatoorgoon K, “Crohn Disease” in the Pediatric Surgery NaT, May 1, 2016 (http://www.pedsurglibrary.com/apsa/view/Pediatric-Surgery-NaT/829045/all/Crohn_Disease)

 

2. Rajendra Sawh-Martinez, Edward A. McGillicuddy MD, Gustavo A. Villalona MD, Toshiharu Shin’oka MD, PhD and Christopher K. Breuer MD: Cardiovascular System Tissue Engineered Vascular Grafts, in Nicolas L'Heureux. Stem cells and Tissue Engineering 2011

 

Bibliography:

 

1. Gustavo A. Villalona MD, Mohammad Sarhan MD, Rajinder Gandhi MD. Novel technique for management of esophageal strictures: Double “J” Stents and the use of Urologic Dilators (Case Report). Pediatric Surgery International Journal 2009

 

2. Gustavo A. Villalona MD, Brooks Udelsman, Daniel R. Duncan, Rajendra F. Sawh-Martinez, Edward A. McGillicuddy MD, Narutoshi Hibino MD, PhD, Christopher Painter, Tamar Mirensky MD, Benjamin Erickson, Toshiharu Shinoka MD, PhD, Christopher K. Breuer MD. Cell Seeding Techniques in Vascular Tissue Engineering (Review). Tissue Engineering Journal 2010

 

3. Gustavo A. Villalona MD, Karen A. Diefenbach MD, Robert J. Touloukian MD. Congenital and Acquired Mesocolic Hernias Presenting with Small Bowel Obstruction in Infancy and Childhood (Case Series). Journal of Pediatric Surgery 2010

 

4. Tamar Mirensky MD, Narutoshi Hibino MD, PhD,  Rajendra F. Sawh-Martinez, Tai Yi, Gustavo A. Villalona, Toshiharu Shinoka MD, PhD, Christopher K. Breuer MD. Tissue-engineered vascular grafts: does cell seeding matter? (Original Article). Journal of Pediatric Surgery 2010 (Published)

 

5. Edward A. McGillicuddy MD, Cassius Iyad Ochoa Chaar MD, Christopher Flynn MD, Gustavo A. Villalona MD, Cologastric fistula with a foreign body in a patient with Crohn's disease (Case Report). Yale Journal of Biology and Medicine 2010

 

6. Brooks Udelsman, Narutoshi Hibino MD, PhD, Gustavo A. Villalona MD, Edward McGillicuddy, MD, Yuki Sakamoto, Shojiro Matsuda, PhD, Toshiharu Shinoka MD, PhD, and Christopher K. Breuer, MD. Development of an operator independent method for seeding tissue engineered vascular grafts (Original Article). Tissue Engineering Part C (Methods) 2011

 

7. Gustavo A. Villalona MD, Milissa A. Mckee MD, MPH, Karen A. Diefenbach MD. Modified Laparoscopic Gastrostomy Technique Reduces Gastrostomy Tract Dehiscence (Case Series/Technique Report). Journal of Laparoendoscopic & Advanced Surgical Techniques 2011

 

8. Gustavo A. Villalona MD, Narutoshi Hibino, Nicholas Pietris, Daniel R. Duncan, Adam Schoffner, Jason D. Roh, Tai Yi, Wawrzyniec Dobrucki, Dane Mejias, Rajendra Sawh-Martinez, Jamie Harrington, Albert Sinusas, Diane Krause, Themis Kyriakides, W. Mark Saltzman, Jordan S. Pober, Toshiharu Shin'oka, and Christopher K. Breuer. Tissue engineered vascular grafts form neovessels that arise from regeneration of the adjacent blood vessel (Original Article). Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology 2011

 

9. Jamie K. Harrington, Halima Chahboune, Jason M. Criscione, Alice Y. Li, Narutoshi Hibino, Tai Yi, Gustavo A. Villalona MD, Serge Kobsa, Dane Meijas, Daniel R. Duncan, Lesley Devine, Xenophon Papademetri, Toshiharu Shin’oka, Tarek Fahmy, and Christopher K. Breuer. Determining the Fate of Seeded Bone Marrow Mononuclear Cells in Tissue Engineered Vascular Grafts using MRI. (Original Article). Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology 2011

 

10. JK Harrington MD, H Chahboune MD, JM Criscione MD, AY Li MD, T Yi MD, G A Villalona MD,  S Kobsa MD, D Meijas MD, DR Duncan MD, L Divine MD, X Papademetri MD, T Shin’oka MD, TM Fahmy MD, CK Breuer MD.  Determining the fate of seeded cells in venous tissue-engineered vascular grafts using serial MRI.  (Case Report) FASEB J.  2011 Dec; 25(12):4150-61

 

11. Gustavo A. Villalona MD, Milissa A. Mckee MD, MPH, Karen A. Diefenbach MD. Damage Control Surgery in a <1kg Neonate: A Brief Report (Case Report). Yale Journal of Biology and Medicine 2013

 

12. Valerie Luks, Craig Moores MD, Gustavo Villalona MD, David Stitelman MD and Michael Caty MD. Successful non-operative management of a contained tracheal tear following iatrogenic endotracheal tube injury. (Case Report). Journal of Pediatric Surgery Case Reports 2014

 

13. Long H. Tu, Gustavo A. Villalona, MD, Robert A. Cowles, MD, Cicero T. Silva, MD. Duodenal intussusception secondary to web presenting as recurrent pancreatitis in a seven-year-old girl. (Case Report). Pediatric Radiology 2016 Mar;46(3):426-9.

 

 

15.  F. Badru MD, T. Litton MD, Y. Puckett MD, S. Bansal MD, M. Guzman MD, D. Vane MD,

G. A. Villalona MD.  Spontaneous gallbladder perforation in a child secondary to a                             gallbladder cyst: a rare presentation and review of literature.  (Case Report).  Pediatric

surgery International 2016 June32(6):629-34.