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Surgical Director, Intestinal Rehabilitation Program

Director of Surgical Research
Associate Director of Clinical Translation, CuSTOM
Director, Center for Bariatric Research and Innovation
Pediatric Surgeon

Professor, UC Department of Surgery

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My Biography & Research

Biography

As a pediatric surgeon-scientist, I’m dedicated to helping patients with intestinal diseases and obesity. I always wanted to be a physician — caring for children and conducting research focused on strategies to improve the outcomes of those with intestinal failure.

My clinical interests are bariatric surgery and surgery to correct intestinal failure. I am the surgical director of the Intestinal Rehabilitation Program. My clinical work allows me to translate gastrointestinal conditions into the laboratory, where we are working to develop highly innovative approaches for treating intestinal diseases.

In my research lab, I’ve established a multidisciplinary team dedicated to translational, clinical and basic science research focused on intestinal diseases. We are characterizing intestinal stem cells during adaptation and are working to develop intestinal regenerative strategies.

I believe that understanding the biology of intestinal stem cells is key to unraveling the mechanisms involved during the disease process. In my lab, we’ve developed in vitro culture techniques to maintain and expand individual human intestinal stem cells derived from human tissue samples, pluripotent stem cells and surgical animal models.

I am the director of Surgical Research and the director of the Center for Bariatric Research and Innovation. In addition, I’m an associate director of the Center for Stem Cell & Organoid Medicine (CuSTOM). I am board certified in General Surgery and Pediatric Surgery. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) provides funding for our lab. I am also part of the Intestinal Stem Cell Consortium (ISCC).

Academic Affiliation

Professor, UC Department of Surgery

Clinical Divisions

Surgery - General and Thoracic, Intestinal Disorders, Surgical Weight Loss

Research Divisions

General and Thoracic Surgery



Blog Posts

Scientists Add Nerves to Intestinal Organoids

Organoids

Scientists Add Nerves to Intestinal Organoids

Michael A. Helmrath, MD, MS, James M. Wells, PhD6/30/2019

Overcoming Natures Complexity to Help Patients with Intestinal Disease

BlogResearch and Discoveries

Overcoming Nature’s Complexity to Help Patients with Intestinal Disease

By Michael Helmrath, MD10/20/2014

My Education

BA: Miami University, Oxford, OH, 1987.

MD: University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Cincinnati, OH, 1993.

MS: University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Cincinnati, OH, 1989.

Certification: Board-certified General Surgery; board-certified, Pediatric Surgery.

My Publications

Enteroendocrine cells couple nutrient sensing to nutrient absorption by regulating ion transport. McCauley, HA; Matthis, AL; Enriquez, JR; Nichol, JT; Sanchez, JG; Stone, WJ; Sundaram, N; Helmrath, MA; Montrose, MH; Aihara, E; et al. Nature Communications. 2020; 11.

Fetal Risk Stratification and Outcomes in Children with Prenatally Diagnosed Lung Malformations: Results from a Multi-Institutional Research Collaborative. Kunisaki, SM; Saito, JM; Fallat, ME; St Peter, SD; Lal, DR; Karmakar, M; Deans, KJ; Gadepalli, SK; Hirschl, RB; Minneci, PC; et al. Annals of Surgery. 2020; Publish Ahead of Print.

Sutureless vs sutured abdominal wall closure for gastroschisis: Operative characteristics and early outcomes from the Midwest Pediatric Surgery Consortium. Fraser, JD; Deans, KJ; Fallat, ME; Helmrath, MA; Kabre, R; Leys, CM; Burns, RC; Corkum, K; Dillon, PA; Downard, CD; et al. Journal of Pediatric Surgery. 2020; 55:2284-2288.

Environmental chemical burden in metabolic tissues and systemic biological pathways in adolescent bariatric surgery patients: A pilot untargeted metabolomic approach. Valvi, D; Walker, DI; Inge, T; Bartell, SM; Jenkins, T; Helmrath, M; Ziegler, TR; La Merrill, MA; Eckel, SP; Conti, D; et al. Environment International. 2020; 143:105957-105957.

Gastrointestinal organoids: A next-generation tool for modeling human development. Singh, A; Poling, HM; Spence, JR; Wells, JM; Helmrath, MA. American Journal of Physiology: Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology. 2020; 319:G375-G381.

Evaluation of transplantation sites for human intestinal organoids. Singh, A; Poling, HM; Sundaram, N; Brown, N; Wells, JM; Helmrath, MA. PLoS ONE. 2020; 15:e0237885-e0237885.

Association of nonoperative management using antibiotic therapy vs laparoscopic appendectomy with treatment success and disability days in children with uncomplicated appendicitis. Minneci, PC; Hade, EM; Lawrence, AE; Sebastiao, YV; Saito, JM; Mak, GZ; Fox, C; Hirschl, RB; Gadepalli, S; Helmrath, MA; et al. Journal of the American Medical Association. 2020; 324:581-593.

Development of a multi-institutional registry for children with operative congenital lung malformations. Kunisaki, SM; Saito, JM; Fallat, ME; Peter, SD S; Lal, DR; Johnson, KN; Mon, RA; Adams, C; Aladegbami, B; Bence, C; et al. Journal of Pediatric Surgery. 2020; 55:1313-1318.

Type I interferon sensing unlocks dormant adipocyte inflammatory potential. Chan, CC; Damen, MS M A; Moreno-Fernandez, ME; Stankiewicz, TE; Cappelletti, M; Alarcon, PC; Oates, JR; Doll, JR; Mukherjee, R; Chen, X; et al. Nature Communications. 2020; 11.

Weight Loss and Health Status 5 Years After Adjustable Gastric Banding in Adolescents. Dewberry, LC; Jalivand, A; Gupta, R; Jenkins, TM; Beamish, A; Inge, TH; Courcoulas, A; Helmrath, M; Brandt, ML; Harmon, CM; et al. Obesity Surgery. 2020; 30:2388-2394.