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Michael Zobel, M.D.

Michael Zobel, M.D.

Resident Research Fellow
General Surgery 

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  • 2011-2015, Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, Doctor of Medicine, Alpha Omega Alpha, inducted 2014
  • 2007-2011, University of Southern California, College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences & Marshall School of Business, Los Angeles, CA
  • 2010, Bachelor of Science & Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude Biological Sciences and Business Administration, Double Major Phi Beta Kappa
  • 2015- present, University of California, San Francisco
  • Pediatric Surgery
  • General Surgery

Michael J. Zobel, M.D. is currently a resident in the UCSF Department of Surgery. He received his medical degree from the Keck School of Medicine of USC, graduating with Distinction in Research and as a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha honor medical society. Earlier he completed his undergraduate education at the University of Southern California, where he was elected to the Phi Beta Kappa honor society, receiving degrees in Biological Sciences and Business Administration.

Beginning in the summer of 2018, Dr. Zobel will be a Surgery Research Fellow at Children's Hospital Los Angeles where he will be working with Dr. Eugene Kim to identify novel treatments for the aggressive childhood cancer, neuroblastoma.

Dr. Zobel is a recipient of the American College of Surgeons Resident Research Scholarship. He has published three peer-reviewed papers with two additional publications currently under review. Two of his research projects were presented at plenary podiums at the Pacific Coast Surgical Association conference: "Hyponatremia and Complex Biliary disease" and "Outcomes of Sutureless and Sutured Gastroschisis Closure".

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  • American College of Surgeons, Resident Research Scholarship, 2018-2020
  • Award Winner, J. Engelbert Dunphy Resident Research Symposium, 2018
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, 2015
  • Winner, MEDSTARS Research Competition, 2013
  • Dean's Recognition, Keck School of Medicine of USC, 2012-2015
  • Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society, 2010
  • Presidential Scholarship, USC, 2007-2011
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  1. Zobel M, Zamora A, Sura A, Wang L, Stein J, Marachelian A, Kim ES. The Clinical Management and Outcomes of Pelvic Neuroblastic Tumors. J Surg Res. 2020 Jan 06; 249:8-12. View in PubMed
  2. Zobel MJ, Ewbank C, Mora R, Idowu O, Kim S, Padilla BE. The incidence of neuropathic pain after intercostal cryoablation during the Nuss procedure. Pediatr Surg Int. 2019 Nov 23. View in PubMed
  3. Luu HY, Zobel MJ, Jonzzon S, Lin M, Lee D, Eichler C, Lin MYC. Predictors and Outcomes of Paramedian Incisional Hernia After Anterior Spine Exposure. J Surg Res. 2019 Nov 18. View in PubMed
  4. Zobel MJ, McFarland C, Ferrera-Cook CT, Padilla BE. Surgical management of medically-refractory hyperinsulinism. Am J Surg. 2019 Sep 10. View in PubMed
  5. Zobel M, Gologorsky R, Lee H, Vu L. Congenital lung lesions. Semin Pediatr Surg. 2019 Aug; 28(4):150821. View in PubMed
  6. Graves CE, Moyer J, Zobel MJ, Mora R, Smith D, O'Day M, Padilla BE. Intraoperative intercostal nerve cryoablation During the Nuss procedure reduces length of stay and opioid requirement: A randomized clinical trial. J Pediatr Surg. 2019 Nov; 54(11):2250-2256. View in PubMed
  7. Graves CE and Moyer J, Zobel MJ, Mora R, Smith D, O’Day M, and Padilla BE. Intraoperative Intercostal Nerve Cryoablation during the Nuss Procedure Reduces Length of Stay and Opioid Requirement: A Randomized Clinical Trial . Journal of Pediatric Surgery. 2019; (in press). View in PubMed
  8. Witt RG, Zobel M, Padilla B, Lee H, MacKenzie TC, Vu L. Evaluation of Clinical Outcomes of Sutureless vs Sutured Closure Techniques in Gastroschisis Repair. JAMA Surg. 2019 01 01; 154(1):33-39. View in PubMed
  9. Short SS, Wang J, Castle SL, Fernandez GE, Smiley N, Zobel M, Pontarelli EM, Papillon SC, Grishin AV, Ford HR. Low doses of celecoxib attenuate gut barrier failure during experimental peritonitis. Lab Invest. 2013 Dec; 93(12):1265-75. View in PubMed
  10. Falor AE, Zobel M, de Virgilio C. External iliac artery fibrosis in endurance athletes successfully treated with bypass grafting. Ann Vasc Surg. 2013 Nov; 27(8):1183.e1-4. View in PubMed
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  1. 2018, "Hyponatremia and Complex Biliary Disease." M. Zobel, L., StewartPacific Coast Surgical Association- Napa, CA
  2. 2018, "Outcomes of Sutureless and Sutured Gastroschisis Closure." R. Witt, M. Zobel, L.  VuPacific Coast Surgical Association- Napa, CA
  3. 2018, "Incidence of Paramedian Incisional Hernia after Anterior Spine Exposure."H. Luu, M. Zobel, M. Lin.International Hernia Congress- Miami, FL
  4. 2015, "Using Student Feedback to Improve the OSCE as an Assessment   of Clinical Skills." M. Zobel, R. Agarwal.Innovations in Medical Education Conference- Los Angeles, CA
  5. 2014, "Total Laparoscopic Partial Splenectomy and Splenopexy as Management of an Extremely Large Splenic Cyst." U. Garza Serna, M. Zobel, N. Nguyen International Pediatric Endosurgery Group Annual Congress- Edinburgh, GB
  6. 2013, "Role of Prostaglandin E Receptor (EP1) in Inflammatory Gut Barrier Failure."M. Zobel, S. Short, H. A. Ford, J. Wang, S. Papillon, A. Grishin, H. Ford.MEDSTARS Research Competition, University of Southern California
  7. 2013, "EP1 Receptor  Deficiency Protects  Mice  from  Gut Barrier Breakdown during LPS-Induced Peritonitis." S. Short, H. Ford, M. Zobel, J. Wang, S. Papillon, E. Pontarelli, B. Bell, A. Grishin, H. Ford.Academic Surgical Congress- New Orleans, LA
  8. 2013, "EP1  Deficiency  Protects  Gut  Barrier during Endotoxemia  but not Polymicrobial Sepsis." S. Short, J. Wang, H. Ford, M. Zobel, A. Grishin, H. Ford.Society of Black Academic Surgeons Scientific Assembly- Jackson, MI
  9. 2012, "Endofibrosis of the External Iliac Artery in Endurance Athletes."A. Falor, M. Zobel, and C. deVirgilio.Southern California Vascular Surgery Society- Ojai, CA
  10. 2012, "Admission Variables Associated with Gangrenous Cholecystitis."A. Falor, M. Zobel, A. Kaji, C. deVirgilio.Southern California Chapter of the American College of Surgeons- Santa Barbara, CA
  11. 2011, "Distribution of Neurons Expressing Nitric Oxide Synthase, Acetylcholinesterase, and Hypocretin/Orexin in the Rat Hypothalamus: Relation to Basal and Stimulated Levels of Fos and phospho-ERK." M. Zobel.Society of Neuroscience Conference- San Diego, CA
  12. 2008, "Activity-dependent Regulation of Ribosomes in Rat Hippocampal Neurons."Yoon, M. Zobel. Howard Hughes Medical Institute- Pasadena, CA
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