Tjasa Hranjec, MD
As a trauma/critical care/acute care surgeon, I take care of patients who have acute surgical emergencies – anything from injuries caused by falls, car accidents and assault weapons to appendicitis, perforated bowel and gallbladder problems. I perform biliary tract reconstruction and treat bowel obstructions, injuries to the abdomen, enterocutaneous fistulas and abdominal hernias, among other conditions. I am also a member of the Memorial Transplant Institute team. The Transplant Institute provides evaluation of patients with end-stage renal disease and comprehensive pediatric and adult care.
The complexity and critical nature of my specialty is what most appeals to me. At the end of the day, there is nothing more satisfying than seeing a patient leave the hospital healthy and ready to move on with life. I will always fight for my patients and bend over backwards to provide them with high-quality care. If I can help improve someone's life, then I have accomplished my job.
Several areas of scientific research spark my interest. From a clinical standpoint, I am interested in improving sepsis, lung injuries and infections commonly seen in critically ill patients. The use of thromboelastography and extracorporeal bypass to improve survival of injured patients is my current focus. I also like basic science and research relating to organ regeneration involving stem cells.
Being a mentor to medical students and residents brings me great joy. When I inspire someone to become a better teacher, doctor or nurse, I feel complete. I have received several teaching awards and hope to continue striving to be a good mentor and teacher.
I spend most of my time outside of work with my family. We love participating in outdoor activities and traveling together.
- State University Of New York-Stony Brook, 2006
- University Of Virginia Medical Center, 2007
- University Of Virginia Medical Center, 2013, Surgery
- University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, 2014
- University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, 2016, Transplant Surgery
American Board of Surgery-Surgical Critical Care
- Use of recipient stem cells to create histologically compatible kidneys for organ transplantation in porcine model; Nov 2015-present; basic science/translational research
- Use of CARDIOHELP (extracorporeal life support) to revolutionize and merge the care of trauma and transplant patients; Nov 2015-present; clinical/translational research
- Liver transplant porcine ECMO model; June 2013- 2014; basic science research
- Critical care research involving antibiotic administration in ICU patients; June 2008- present; clinical research
- Obtained Master’s degree in clinical research with extensive focus on statistical programming
- Worked intimately with vascular, thoracic, cardiac, transplant and general surgery departments to develop statistical plans and analyze their data
- Subject: Balkan Endemic Nephropathy (BEN); July 2004- 2007; field research
- Spent 1 month in Sl. Brod, Croatia (dialysis clinic and field research)
- Development of questionnaire in order to establish potential risk factors of BEN
- Administering and evaluating epidemiological questionnaires to BEN patients
- Establishing alliances between US and the Departments of Urology and Pathology in Croatia
- Subject: Balkan Endemic Nephropathy (BEN); 2003-2004; basic science research
- DNA extraction from kidneys of Croatian patients with BEN, compared to DNA from rat kidneys; rats fed with Aristolochic Acid (environmental carcinogen, proposed to cause BEN)
- Identifying DNA adducts in renal/urothelial tissues on patients with BEN using 32P- postlabeling/PAGE analysis