dr_joshua_argoJoshua L. Argo, MD, MSPH

Dr. Argo began practice with Surgical Specialists of Alabama July 2011. He has an interest in broad based general surgery, endoscopy, and breast surgery. In addition he participates in the DCH wound healing center. He and his wife Katherine have three children.

Specialty:

General Surgery, Advanced Laparoscopic Surgery, Breast Surgery

Academic Appointments

Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery, University of Alabama, College of Community Health Sciences 2011 – present

Hospital Staff Appointments

  • DCH Regional Medical Center, Active Staff 2011 – present
  • DCH Northport Medical Center, Active Staff 2011 – present
  • Tuscaloosa Surgical Center, Active Staff 2011 – present
  • Bryce Hospital, Consultant 2011 – present
  • DCH Wound Healing Panel physician 2011 – present

Education and Surgical Training

Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science
    Samford University, Homewood, AL
    Major in Biology, May 1997
  • Doctor of Medicine
    University of Alabama School of Medicine
    Birmingham, AL, 2004
  • Master of Science in Public Health
    University of Alabama at Birmingham
    Birmingham, AL, 2009

Surgical Internship and Residency

The University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL 2004-2011

Research

Clinical Research Fellow
University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL
Health Services Training Program, 2007-2009

Licensures

Alabama Medical License #00027037

Professional Memberships

  • American College of Surgeons (Resident Member)
  • Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (Resident Member)
  • Southeastern Surgical Congress (Resident Member)
  • Alabama Chapter of the American College of Surgeons
  • Medical Association of the State of Alabama

Honors and Awards

2009 Excellence in Research Award
University of Alabama at Birmingham Resident Research Day
Elective surgical case cancellation in the Veterans Health Administration system: identifying areas for improvement

2009 Election into Delta Omega Honor Society

2009 Best Paper Award, Social and Behavioral Sciences
University of Alabama at Birmingham Graduate Student Research Days
Laparoscopic versus open approach for implantation of the peritoneal catheter during ventriculoperitoneal shunt placement

2009 Second Place Paper, Post Doctoral Section
University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health
Public Health Research Day
A quality improvement analysis of cancellation of elective surgeries in the Veterans Health Administration system

2008 Excellence in Research Award
University of Alabama at Birmingham Resident Research Day
Elective surgical case cancellation in the Veterans Health Administration system: rates and reasons

2008 James Glenn Donald, III, MD, FACS Memorial Best Resident Paper
Alabama Chapter of the American College of Surgeons
Pancreatectomy with islet autotransplant for the treatment of severe chronic pancreatitis

Publications

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Argo JL, Contreras JL, Wesley MM, Christein JD. Pancreatic resection with islet cell autotransplant for the treatment of severe chronic pancreatitis. Am Surg. Jun 2008;74(6):530-536; discussion 536-537.

Argo JL, Yellumahanthi DK, Ballem N, Harrigan MR, Fisher WS 3rd, Wesley MM, Taylor TH, Clements RH. Laparoscopic versus open approach for implantation of the peritoneal catheter during ventriculoperitoneal shunt placement. Surg Endosc. 2009 Jul;23(7):1449-55.

Argo JL, Vick CC, Graham LA, Itani KI, Bishop MJ, Hawn MT. Elective surgical case cancellation in the Veterans Health Administration system: Identifying areas for improvement. Am J Surg. 2009 Nov;198(5):600-6.

ABSTRACTS AND PRESENTATIONS

Argo JL, McKenna MA, McDonald JM. Monitoring human osteoclast differentiation from peripheral blood monocytes by measuring TRAP activity in culture media. Poster presentation, Medical Student Research Day, University of Alabama School of Medicine, November 2001, Birmingham, AL.

Argo JL, Hawn MT, Christein JD, Wesley M, Drelichman ER. Ventral herniorrhaphy in contaminated operative fields using Permacol mesh. Poster Presentation, Southeastern Surgical Congress Annual Scientific Meeting, February 2008, Birmingham, AL.

Christein JD, Argo JL, Contreras JL. Pancreatic resection with islet cell autotransplant for chronic pancreatitis. Oral presentation, Southeastern Surgical Congress Annual Scientific Meeting, February 2008, Birmingham, AL.

Argo JL, Vick CC, Itani KM, Bishop MJ, Hawn MT. Elective surgical case cancellation in the Veterans Health Administration system: rates and reasons. Oral presentation, Graduate Student Research Days, University of Alabama at Birmingham, February 2008, Birmingham, AL.

Argo JL, Yellumahanthi DK, Ballem N, Vick CC, Taylor TH, Harrigan MR, Clements RH. Laparoscopic versus open approach for implantation of the peritoneal catheter during ventriculoperitoneal shunt placement. Oral presentation, Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons Annual Meeting, April 2008, Philadelphia, PA.

Argo JL, Vick CC, Graham LA, Itani KM, Bishop MJ, Hawn MT. Elective surgical case cancellation in the Veterans Health Administration system: rates and reasons. Oral presentation, Association of VA Surgeons Annual Scientific Symposium, May 2008, Dallas, TX.

Argo JL, Vick CC, Graham LA, Itani KM, Bishop MJ, Hawn MT. Elective surgical case cancellation in the Veterans Health Administration system: rates and reasons. Oral presentation, Resident Research Day, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Department of Surgery, June 2008, Birmingham, AL.

Ballem N, Yellumahanthi KD, Argo JL, Clements RH. Symptom improvement post roux-en-y gastric bypass: Long term analysis. Oral presentation. American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Annual Meeting, June 2008, Washington, DC.

Argo JL, Contreras JL, Wesley MM, Christein JD. Pancreatectomy with islet cell autotransplant for the treatment of severe chronic pancreatitis. Oral presentation, Alabama Chapter of the American College of Surgeons Annual Meeting, June 2008, Point Clear, AL.

Argo JL, Yellumahanthi DK, Ballem N, Vick CC, Taylor TH, Harrigan MR, Clements RH. Laparoscopic versus open approach for implantation of the peritoneal catheter during ventriculoperitoneal shunt placement. Oral presentation, World Congress of Endoscopic Surgery, September 2008, Yokohama, Japan.

Argo JL, Ballem N, Hunter J, Clements RH. Laparoscopic median arcuate ligament release in a patient with median arcuate ligament syndrome. Video presentation, American College of Surgeons Clinical Congress, October 2008, San Francisco, CA.

Argo JL, Vick CC, Itani KM, Bishop MJ, Hawn MT. A quality improvement analysis of cancellation of elective surgeries in the Veterans Health Administration system. Poster presentation, VA Health Services Research and Development (HSR&D) Service Quality Enhancement Research Initiative (QUERI) National Meeting, December 2008, Phoenix, AZ.

Argo JL, Vick CC, and Hawn MT. Effect of acute surgical care on surgeon workload. Oral presentation, Association for Academic Surgery Academic Surgical Congress, February 2009, Sanibel Harbor, FL.

Argo JL, Vick CC, Itani KM, Bishop MJ, Hawn MT. Effect of comorbidities and incomplete evaluation on elective surgery cancellation: A case for coordinated multidisciplinary preoperative evaluation. Oral presentation, VA Health Services Research and Development (HSR&D) National Meeting, February 2009, Baltimore, MD.

Argo JL, Yellumahanthi DK, Ballem N, Vick CC, Taylor TH, Harrigan MR, Clements RH. Laparoscopic versus open approach for implantation of the peritoneal catheter during ventriculoperitoneal shunt placement. Oral presentation, Graduate Student Research Days, University of Alabama at Birmingham, February 2009, Birmingham, AL.

Argo JL, Vick CC, and Hawn MT. Effect of acute surgical care on surgeon workload. Oral presentation, Alabama Chapter of the American College of Surgeons Annual Meeting, April 2009, Birmingham, AL.

Argo JL, Vick CC, Itani KM, Bishop MJ, Hawn MT. A quality improvement analysis of cancellation of elective surgeries in the Veterans Health Administration system. Poster presentation, Public Health Research Day, University of Alabama at Birmingham, April 2009, Birmingham, AL.

Argo JL, Vick CC, Graham LA, Crawford MS, Itani KM, Bishop MJ, Hawn MT. Elective surgical case cancellation in the Veterans Health Administration system: identifying areas for improvement. Oral presentation, Association of VA Surgeons Annual Scientific Symposium, April 2009, Cambridge, MA.

Argo JL, Vick CC, Blackledge CD, Hawn MT. Do race and insurance status affect access to surgical care? Health Disparities Research Symposium, University of Alabama at Birmingham, April 2009, Birmingham, AL.

Argo JL, Contreras JL, Varadarajulu S, Blackledge CD, Christein JD. Quality of life after pancreatic resection with islet cell autotransplantation for the treatment of severe chronic pancreatitis. Oral presentation. The Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract Annual Meeting (Digestive Disease Week), June 2009, Chicago, IL.

Argo JL, Vick CC, Graham LA, Itani KM, Bishop MJ, Hawn MT. Elective surgical case cancellation in the Veterans Health Administration system: identifying areas for improvement. Oral presentation, Resident Research Day, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Department of Surgery, June 2009, Birmingham, AL.

Argo JL, Vick CC, Blackledge CD, Hawn MT. An assessment of race and insurance status on access to surgical care. Oral presentation. American College of Surgeons Clinical Congress, October 2009, Chicago, IL.

Argo JL, Ballem N, Hunter J, Clements RH. Laparoscopic median arcuate ligament release in a patient with median arcuate ligament syndrome. Video presentation, American College of Surgeons Clinical Congress, October 2009, Chicago, IL.

Naftel RP, Argo JL, Shannon CN, Harrigan, MR. Body mass index and ventriculoperitoneal shunt surgery outcomes: lack of clear association in open and laparoscopic cohorts. Poster presentation. Congress of Neurosurgical Surgeons Annual Meeting, October 2010, San Francisco, CA.