Department of Surgery Faculty
Kent Roderick Van Sickle, MD
Associate Professor of Surgery and Chief
Division of General and Minimally Invasive Surgery
Division: General and Minimally Invasive Surgery
Board Certifications: American Board of Surgery, 2001
MD - University of Tennessee, Memphis 1994
Fellowship - Advanced Laparoscopy and GI Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine, 2003-2005
Residency - New Hanover Regional Medical Center, 1996-1999
Internship and Residency - Georgia Baptist Medical Center 1994-1996
Research interests: Surgical education, training, simulation and innovative technologies
Clinical interests: Bariatrics, Foregut, Hernia, Laparoscopy, Endoscopy
Van Sickle KR, Nanda Kumar HR, Parikh A, Ayon AA, Cohn SM. Development of an animal model to investigate optimal laparoscopic trocar site fascial closure. J Surg Res. 2013 May 29. pii: S0022-4804(13)00477-0. doi: 10.1016/j.jss.2013.05.025. [Epub ahead of print].
Willis RE, Richa J, Oppeltz R, Nguyen P, Wagner K, Van Sickle KR, Dent DL. Comparing three pedagogical approaches to psychomotor skills acquisition. Am J Surg. 2012 Jan;203(1):8-13. Epub 2011 Nov 16.
Buck L, Michalek J, Van Sickle K, Schwesinger W, Bingener J. Can Gastric Irrigation Prevent Infection During NOTES Mesh Placement? J Gastrointest Surg. 2008 Aug 13. Epub ahead of print.
Van Sickle KR, Baghai M, Huang IP, Goldenberg A, Smith CD, Ritter EM. Construct validity of an objective assessment method for laparoscopic introcorporeal suturing and knot tying. J Am Surg (2008) 196, 74-80.
Bingener J, Boyd T, Van Sickle K, Jung I, Saha A, Winston J, Lopez PP, Ojeda H, Schwesinger W, Anastakis D. Randomized double-blinded trial investigating the impact of a curriculum focused on error recognition on laparoscopic suturing training. American Journal of Surgery, Volume 195, Issue 2 (February 2008)
Van Sickle KR, Ritter EM, Mc Clusky DA, Baghai M, Goldenberg AE, Smith CD,. The Pre-Trained Novist Bringing Simulation-Based Training to Improve Learning in the Operating Room (In-Press) Surgical Innovation 2006
Van Sickle KR, Smith B, McClusky DA, Baghai M, Smith CD, Gallagher AG. Evaluation of a tensiometer to provide objective feedback in knot-tying performance. Am Surg 2005 Dec;71(12):1018-1023.
Van Sickle KR, Baghai M, Mattar SG, Bowers S, Ramaswamy A, Swafford V, Smith CD, Ramshaw BJ. What happens to the rectus abdominus fascia after laparoscopic ventral hernia repair? Hernia 2005 Aug:1-
Van Sickle KR, McClusky III DA, Gallagher AG, Smith CD. Construct validation of the ProMIS simulator using a novel laparoscopic suturing task. Surg Endosc 2005 Jul
DA McClusky III, AG Gallagher, EM Ritter, AB Lederman, KR Van Sickle, M Baghai, CD Smith. "Virtual Reality Training Improves Junior Residents' Operating Room Performance: Results of a Prospective, Randomized, Double-blinded Study of the Complete Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy." J Am Coll Surg (2004); 199; 3, 73.
Ledermen AB, McClusky III DA, Baghai M., Van Sickle KR, Ritter EM, Seymour NE, Gallagher AG. "Validation of an Objective Method for Assessment of Operative Skills in Minimally Invasive Surgery." World Journal of Surgery (in press).
Khaitan L, Van Sickle KR, Gonzalez R, Lin E, Ramshaw B, Smith CD. "Laparoscopic Revision of Bariatric Surgery Procedures: Is It Feasible?" Am Surg (2005); 71;1, 6-12.
Van Sickle KR, McClusky III DA, Swafford V, Smith CD. "The Use of Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy Tubes in GERD patients with Delayed Gastric Emptying: Analysis of a Management Algorithm." Am J Surg (2005) (in press).
Van Sickle KR, Mattar SG, Swafford V, Smith CD, Baghai M, Ramaswamy A, Ramshaw BJ. "What Happens to the Rectus Abdominus Fascia After Laparoscopic Ventral Hernia Repair?" Hernia: The Journal of Hernia and Abdominal Wall Surgery; 9; 3 (online first).
Van Sickle KR, McClusky III DA, Gallagher AG, Smith CD. (2005) Construct Validation of the ProMIS Simulator Using a Novel Laparoscopic Suturing Task. Surg Endosc; 19;7 (online first).
Biosketch: Dr. Van Sickle received his medical degree from the University of Tennessee in 1994 and completed his surgical residency training at Georgia Baptist Medical Center in Atlanta, GA and New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington, NC. He went into private practice in general surgery for four years in Anderson, SC before returning to academics in 2003 to complete a two-year fellowship in Advanced Laparoscopy and GI Surgery at Emory University Hospital. Dr. Van Sickle joined the faculty at UTHSCSA in Sept. 2005 and is an Associate Professor of Surgery in the Division of General and Minimally Invasive Surgery and Director of the Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS) Fellowship. Dr. Van Sickle has consistently been selected as one of San Antonio's best surgeons by his peers and by his patients.
2010, San Antonio Magazine 'Best Doctors'
Scene in SA 'Top Doc' 2009