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Meet Our Faculty

Ilan S Rubinfeld, MD

Office Address:
Henry Ford Hospital
2799 W Grand Blvd
Detroit, MI 48202
Phone: 313-916-3057
SPECIALTY: Critical Care Surgery, Clinical Informatics, Surgery

Trauma and critical care surgery, medical education, bariatric surgery, systems and based quality improvement


– American Board of Preventive Medicine – Clinical Informatics
– American Board of Surgery – Surgery
– American Board of Surgery – Surgical Critical Care

– MBA, University of Michigan, MI
– MD, University of Michigan, MI, 2001
– BS, University of Michigan, MI, 1992

– Henry Ford Hospital, General Surgery, MI, 1997

– University of California, San Diego, Trauma, CA, 1999


  1. Kandagatla P, Su WK, Adrianto I, Jordan J, Haeusler J, Rubinfeld I. The Effects of Harm Events on 30-Day Readmission in Surgical Patients. J Healthc Qual. 2021;43(2):101-109. doi:10.1097/JHQ.0000000000000261
  2. Stefanou A, Worden A, Kandagatla P, Reickert C, Rubinfeld I. Surgical Wound Misclassification to Clean From Clean-Contaminated in Common Abdominal Operations. J Surg Res. 2020;246:131-138. doi:10.1016/j.jss.2019.09.001
  3. Larsen KD, Rubinfeld IS. Changing risk of perioperative myocardial infarction. Perm J. 2012;16(4):4-9. doi:10.7812/tpp/12-033
  4. Ismael H, Horst M, Farooq M, Jordon J, Patton JH, Rubinfeld IS. Adverse effects of preoperative steroid use on surgical outcomes. Am J Surg. 2011;201(3):305-309. doi:10.1016/j.amjsurg.2010.09.018
  5. Hodari A, Hammoud ZT, Borgi JF, Tsiouris A, Rubinfeld IS. Assessment of morbidity and mortality after esophagectomy using a modified frailty index. Ann Thorac Surg. 2013;96(4):1240-1245. doi:10.1016/j.athoracsur.2013.05.051
  6. Rao S, Swartz A, Obeid L, et al. E-portfolio competency metadata: pilot study for a call to action. J Med Syst. 2012;36(2):457-462. doi:10.1007/s10916-010-9490-3
  7. Adams P, Ghanem T, Stachler R, Hall F, Velanovich V, Rubinfeld I. Frailty as a predictor of morbidity and mortality in inpatient head and neck surgery. JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2013;139(8):783-789. doi:10.1001/jamaoto.2013.3969
  8. Tsiouris A, Velanovich V, Whitehouse S, Syed Z, Rubinfeld I. Predicting surgical risk: exclusion of laboratory data set maintains predictive accuracy. Am J Med Qual. 2013;28(4):352-356. doi:10.1177/1062860612474063
  9. Kolbe N, Bakey S, Louwers L, et al. Predictors of Clavien 4 Complications and Mortality After Necrosectomy: Analysis of the NSQIP Database. J Gastrointest Surg. 2015;19(6):1086-1092. doi:10.1007/s11605-015-2815-2
  10. Mailey J, Digiovine B, Baillod D, Gnam G, Jordan J, Rubinfeld I. Reducing hospital standardized mortality rate with early interventions. J Trauma Nurs. 2006;13(4):178-182. doi:10.1097/00043860-200610000-00010
  11. Ali R, Schwalb JM, Nerenz DR, Antoine HJ, Rubinfeld I. Use of the modified frailty index to predict 30-day morbidity and mortality from spine surgery. J Neurosurg Spine. 2016;25(4):537-541. doi:10.3171/2015.10.SPINE14582
  12. Swartz AL, Azuh O, Obeid LV, et al. Developing an experimental model for surgical drainage investigations: an initial report. Am J Surg. 2012;203(3):388-391. doi:10.1016/j.amjsurg.2011.09.015
  13. Stefanou AJ, Reickert CA, Velanovich V, Falvo A, Rubinfeld I. Laparoscopic colectomy significantly decreases length of stay compared with open operation. Surg Endosc. 2012;26(1):144-148. doi:10.1007/s00464-011-1840-9
  14. Syed Z, Saeed M, Rubinfeld I. Identifying High-Risk Patients without Labeled Training Data: Anomaly Detection Methodologies to Predict Adverse Outcomes. AMIA Annu Symp Proc. 2010;2010:772-776. Published 2010 Nov 13.
  15. Karam J, Tsiouris A, Shepard A, Velanovich V, Rubinfeld I. Simplified frailty index to predict adverse outcomes and mortality in vascular surgery patients. Ann Vasc Surg. 2013;27(7):904-908. doi:10.1016/j.avsg.2012.09.015
  16. Karamanos E, Wei B, Siddiqui A, Rubinfeld I. Tobacco Use and Body Mass Index as Predictors of Outcomes in Patients Undergoing Breast Reduction Mammoplasty. Ann Plast Surg. 2015;75(4):383-387. doi:10.1097/SAP.0000000000000192
  17. Park KU, Eichenhorn M, Digiovine B, Ritz J, Jordan J, Rubinfeld I. Different Harm and Mortality in Critically Ill Medical vs Surgical Patients: Retrospective Analysis of Variation in Adverse Events in Different Intensive Care Units. Perm J. 2018;22:16-189. doi:10.7812/TPP/16-189
  18. Paxton JH, Rubinfeld IS. Medical errors education: A prospective study of a new educational tool. Am J Med Qual. 2010;25(2):135-142. doi:10.1177/1062860609353345
  19. Karamanos E, Schmoekel N, Blyden D, Falvo A, Rubinfeld I. Association of Unplanned Reintubation with Higher Mortality in Old, Frail Patients: A National Surgical Quality-Improvement Program Analysis. Perm J. 2016;20(4):16-017. doi:10.7812/TPP/16-017
  20. Eichhorn-Wharry LI, Talpos GB, Rubinfeld I. Laparoscopic versus open adrenalectomy: another look at outcome using the Clavien classification system. Surgery. 2012;152(6):1090-1095. doi:10.1016/j.surg.2012.08.020
  21. Neale JA, Reickert C, Swartz A, Reddy S, Abbas MA, Rubinfeld I. Accuracy of national surgery quality improvement program models in predicting postoperative morbidity in patients undergoing colectomy. Perm J. 2014;18(1):14-18. doi:10.7812/TPP/12-133
  22. Velanovich V, Antoine H, Swartz A, Peters D, Rubinfeld I. Accumulating deficits model of frailty and postoperative mortality and morbidity: its application to a national database. J Surg Res. 2013;183(1):104-110. doi:10.1016/j.jss.2013.01.021
  23. Farhat JS, Velanovich V, Falvo AJ, et al. Are the frail destined to fail? Frailty index as predictor of surgical morbidity and mortality in the elderly. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2012;72(6):1526-1531. doi:10.1097/TA.0b013e3182542fab
  24. Kolbe N, Carlin AM, Bakey S, Louwers L, Horst HM, Rubinfeld I. Assessing Risk of Critical Care Complications and Mortality in the Elective Bariatric Surgery Population Using a Modified Frailty Index. Obes Surg. 2015;25(8):1401-1407. doi:10.1007/s11695-014-1532-3
  25. Louwers L, Schnickel G, Rubinfeld I. Use of a simplified frailty index to predict Clavien 4 complications and mortality after hepatectomy: analysis of the National Surgical Quality Improvement Project database. Am J Surg. 2016;211(6):1071-1076. doi:10.1016/j.amjsurg.2015.09.015
  26. Paxton JH, Rubinfeld IS. Medical errors education for students of surgery: a pilot study revealing the need for action. J Surg Educ. 2009;66(1):20-24. doi:10.1016/j.jsurg.2008.07.007
  27. Spadafore MT, Syed Z, Rubinfeld IS. Automated Detection of Benzodiazepine Dosage in ICU Patients through a Computational Analysis of Electrocardiographic Data. AMIA Annu Symp Proc. 2015;2015:2083-2091. Published 2015 Nov 5.
  28. Loughnan TE, Webb A, Rubinfeld A. Non-pharmacologic cause of anti-emetic resistant postoperative nausea and vomiting. Anaesth Intensive Care. 2001;29(1):78.