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Faculty, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

Dr. Agarwal earned his medical degree at the University of Pittsburgh and completed his general surgery residency at the Hospital of Saint Raphael in New Haven, CT. He then completed three fellowships in trauma surgery at Hartford Hospital, Hartford, CT, surgical critical care at University of Connecticut, Farmington, CT and thoracic surgery at University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics.

Dr. Agarwal is certified by the American Board of Surgery in Surgery and Surgical Critical Care. He specializes in burn surgery, trauma surgery, surgical critical care and general surgery. His research interests include chest wall stabilization, inflammation in wounds, trauma, and sepsis and therapy for acute lung injury utilizing a variety of ventilation strategies.


Surgery (General)

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Trauma Clinic
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Trauma and Life Support Center (TLC)
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Hospital Affiliation(s)

University Hospital (primary)
Veterans Hospital - Wm. S. Middleton Memorial, UnityPoint Health - Meriter (secondary)

UW School of Medicine and Public Health

Department of Surgery

Professional Certifications and Education

Board Certification Surgery
Surgical Critical Care

Trauma Surgery, Hartford Hospital, Hartford, CT

Surgical Critical Care, University of Connecticut, Farmington, CT

Thoracic Surgery, University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, Madison, WI

Residency Hospital of Saint Raphael, New Haven, CT
Medical School University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, PA, 1995


Madison Magazine Top Docs 2014

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Our doctors provide a wide range of services. The following list represents some, but not all, of the procedures offered by this physician.

Programs & Conditions


Dr. Agarwal is the principal investigator on a multi-center National Institute of Trauma grant for acute lung injury. He also the principal investigator for an American Association for the Surgery of Trauma-funded study to develop a novel tool for chest wall stabilization.

PubMed Articles
Jesin M Rashewsky S Shapiro M Tobler W Agarwal S Burke P Salama A . Predictors of mortality, hospital utilization, and the role of race in outcomes in head and neck trauma. Oral Surg Oral Med Oral Pathol Oral Radiol. 2016 Jan;121(1):12-6
[PubMed ID: 26455290]
Shafi S Priest EL Crandall ML Klekar CS Nazim A Aboutanos M Agarwal S Bhattacharya B Byrge N Dhillon TS Eboli DJ Fielder D Guillamondegui O Gunter O Inaba K Mowery NT Nirula R Ross SE Savage SA Schuster KM Schmoker RK Siboni S Siparsky N Trust MD Utter GH Whelan J Feliciano DV Rozycki G . Multicenter validation of American association for the surgery of trauma grading system for acute colonic diverticulitis and its use for emergency general surgery quality improvement program. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2015 Dec 14;
[PubMed ID: 26670116]
Utter GH Miller PR Mowery NT Tominaga GT Gunter O Osler TM Ciesla DJ Agarwal SK Jr Inaba K Aboutanos MB Brown CV Ross SE Crandall ML Shafi S . ICD-9-CM and ICD-10-CM mapping of the AAST Emergency General Surgery disease severity grading systems: Conceptual approach, limitations, and recommendations for the future. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2015 May;78(5):1059-65
[PubMed ID: 25909431]
Agarwal SK Kriel RL Cloyd JC Coles LD Scherkenbach LA Tobin MH Krach LE . A pilot study assessing pharmacokinetics and tolerability of oral and intravenous baclofen in healthy adult volunteers. J Child Neurol. 2015 Jan;30(1):37-41
[PubMed ID: 25028414]
Crandall ML Agarwal S Muskat P Ross S Savage S Schuster K Tominaga GT Shafi S . Application of a uniform anatomic grading system to measure disease severity in eight emergency general surgical illnesses. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2014 Nov;77(5):705-708
[PubMed ID: 25494421]
Muthuvel G Tevis SE Liepert AE Agarwal SK Kennedy GD . A composite index for predicting readmission following emergency general surgery. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2014 Jun;76(6):1467-72
[PubMed ID: 24854317]
Knapik DM Perera P Nam J Blazek AD Rath B Leblebicioglu B Das H Wu LC Hewett TE Agarwal SK Jr Robling AG Flanigan DC Lee BS Agarwal S . Mechanosignaling in bone health, trauma and inflammation. Antioxid Redox Signal. 2014 Feb 20;20(6):970-85
[PubMed ID: 23815527]
van der Wilden GM Velmahos GC Joseph DK Jacobs L Debusk MG Adams CA Gross R Burkott B Agarwal S Maung AA Johnson DC Gates J Kelly E Michaud Y Charash WE Winchell RJ Desjardins SE Rosenblatt MS Gupta S Gaeta M Chang Y de Moya MA . Successful nonoperative management of the most severe blunt renal injuries: a multicenter study of the research consortium of New England Centers for Trauma. JAMA Surg. 2013 Oct;148(10):924-31
[PubMed ID: 23945834]
van der Wilden GM Janjua S Wedel SK Agarwal S Shapiro ML Andersen ND Odom SR Gates JD Frakes MA Chang Y Velmahos GC Alam HB King DR De Moya MA . Multi-institutional comparison of helicopter transfers directly to the operating room versus the pit stop in the emergency department. Am Surg. 2013 Sep;79(9):939-43
[PubMed ID: 24069995]
Agarwal SK Kriel RL Brundage RC Ivaturi VD Cloyd JC . A pilot study assessing the bioavailability and pharmacokinetics of diazepam after intranasal and intravenous administration in healthy volunteers. Epilepsy Res. 2013 Aug;105(3):362-7
[PubMed ID: 23561287]
Shafi S Aboutanos MB Agarwal S Jr Brown CV Crandall M Feliciano DV Guillamondegui O Haider A Inaba K Osler TM Ross S Rozycki GS Tominaga GT . Emergency general surgery: definition and estimated burden of disease. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2013 Apr;74(4):1092-7
[PubMed ID: 23511150]
Dan JM Agarwal S Burke P Mahoney EJ . Adult intussusception secondary to colorectal cancer in a young man: a case report. J Emerg Med. 2012 Dec;43(6):983-6
[PubMed ID: 21262558]
Mahoney E Agarwal S Li B Dechert T Abbensetts J Glantz A Sherburne A Kurian D Burke P . Evidence-based guidelines are equivalent to a liberal computed tomography scan protocol for initial patient evaluation but are associated with decreased computed tomography scan use, cost, and radiation exposure. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2012 Sep;73(3):573-8; discussion 578-9
[PubMed ID: 22929486]
Bauzá G Miller G Kaseje N Wang Z Sherburne A Agarwal S Burke PA . Injury-induced changes in liver specific transcription factors HNF-1α and HNF-4α. J Surg Res. 2012 Jun 15;175(2):298-304
[PubMed ID: 21737100]
van der Wilden GM Velmahos GC Emhoff T Brancato S Adams C Georgakis G Jacobs L Gross R Agarwal S Burke P Maung AA Johnson DC Winchell R Gates J Cholewczynski W Rosenblatt M Chang Y . Successful nonoperative management of the most severe blunt liver injuries: a multicenter study of the research consortium of new England centers for trauma. Arch Surg. 2012 May;147(5):423-8
[PubMed ID: 22785635]
Tan JN Burke PA Agarwal SK Mantilla-Rey N Quillen K . A massive transfusion protocol incorporating a higher FFP/RBC ratio is associated with decreased use of recombinant activated factor VII in trauma patients. Am J Clin Pathol. 2012 Apr;137(4):566-71
[PubMed ID: 22431532]
Tobler WD Jr Mella JR Ng J Selvam A Burke PA Agarwal S . Chest X-ray after tracheostomy is not necessary unless clinically indicated. World J Surg. 2012 Feb;36(2):266-9
[PubMed ID: 22167261]
de Moya M Bramos T Agarwal S Fikry K Janjua S King DR Alam HB Velmahos GC Burke P Tobler W . Pain as an indication for rib fixation: a bi-institutional pilot study. J Trauma. 2011 Dec;71(6):1750-4
[PubMed ID: 22182884]
Dorfman JD Burns JD Green DM DeFusco C Agarwal S . Decompressive laparotomy for refractory intracranial hypertension after traumatic brain injury. Neurocrit Care. 2011 Dec;15(3):516-8
[PubMed ID: 21519956]
Walkey AJ Nair S Papadopoulos S Agarwal S Reardon CC . Use of airway pressure release ventilation is associated with a reduced incidence of ventilator-associated pneumonia in patients with pulmonary contusion. J Trauma. 2011 Mar;70(3):E42-7
[PubMed ID: 20526208]