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COVID-19 Moving Forward

Annals of Surgery remains proud of our contributions to the dissemination of new data, guidelines, and opinions related to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Recently as we have changed the focus of our efforts on how we adapt to life with COVID in the "new normal" of surgical practice, education, and research.  After having provided an expedited review for over 400 manuscript submissions and fast-tracked into on-line publication over 60 papers, we are going to continue to evolve the review process with a change in the focus to the future.  We will continue to provide an expedited review for Brief Clinical Reports and Surgical Perspective articles that we feel would provide immediate impact.  However, large clinical reports, systematic reviews, or even review articles on the COVID experience and other related original manuscripts will now undergo our full peer-review.  We will selectively expedite the publication of such papers in the print journal.  We anticipate the usual stringent Annals peer-review process with our usual acceptance rate of approximately 12% in the selection of manuscripts as we go forward. 

As I have said in the past, that we all still have a lot to learn about this disease and look forward to receiving new and innovative findings from our authors and sharing them with our readership. 

Keith D. Lillemoe, MD
Editor-in-Chief
Annals of Surgery



Latest versions here:

NEW: Covid-19 and Racial Disparities: Moving Towards Surgical Equity*

NEW: Conducting Clinical Trials in the time of a Pandemic*

NEW: Developing an Algorithm to Guide Resumption of Operative Activity in the COVID-19 Pandemic and Beyond*

NEW: COVID-19 Preoperative Assessment and Testing: From Surge to Recovery*

NEW: Telemedicine for Surgical Consultations-- Pandemic Response or Here to Stay? A Report of Public Perceptions*

NEW: The Surgical Health Services Research Agenda for the COVID-19 Pandemic*

NEW: Abdominal Surgery in Patients with COVID-19: Detection of SARS-CoV-2 in Abdominal and Adipose Tissues*

NEW: Successful Virtual Interviews: Perspectives from Recent Surgical Fellowship Applicants and Advice for Both Applicants and Programs*

Comment on A Low Cost, Safe and Effective Method for Smoke Evacuation in Laparoscopic Surgery for Suspected Coronavirus Patients Comment on A Low Cost, Safe and Effective Method for Smoke Evacuation in Laparoscopic Surgery for Suspected Coronavirus Patients 

Comment on “COVID-19 preparedness within the surgical, obstetric and anesthetic ecosystem in Sub Saharan Africa”

Comment on Screening of Patients for SARS-CoV-2: Screening of Asymptomatic Surgical Patients for SARS-CoV-2 from the Covid19 Subcommittee of the Operating Room Executive Committee*

Beware of too aggressive approach in children with acute abdomen during COVID-19 outbreak!

The Perioperative Services Response at a Major Children’s Hospital During the Peak of the COVID-19 Pandemic in New York City

The Effect on Trauma Care Secondary to the COVID-19 Pandemic: Collateral Damage from Diversion of Resources

Social Media Responses to Elective Surgery Cancellations in the Wake of COVID-19

Non-Technical Skill Countermeasures for Pandemic Response

Out Of Darkness

Restarting essential surgery in the era of COVID-19: A cautious data driven approach based on the literature and local data

Should this Operation Proceed?  When Residents and Faculty Disagree During the COVID-19 Pandemic and Recovery

A snapshot of Elective Oncological Surgery in Italy during COVID-19 Emergency: pearls, pitfalls and perspectives

Apples to Oranges: Ethical Considerations in COVID-19 Surgical Recovery

COVID-19 Moves Medicine into a Virtual Space: A Paradigm Shift from Touch to Talk to Establish Trust

Cancer Surgery Scheduling During and After the COVID-19 First Wave: The MD Anderson Cancer Center Experience*

Minimizing the risk of aerosol contamination during elective lung resection surgery.

To a New Normal: Surgery and COVID-19 during the Transition Phase

Veno-Venous Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation for Respiratory Failure in Covid-19 Patients: Early Experience From a Major Academic Medical Center in North America

The Compounding Access Problem for Surgical Care: Innovations in the Post-COVID Era

Coronavirus threatens blood supply: Patient Blood Management now!

Domestic Violence and Safe Storage of Firearms in the COVID-19 Era

Design and Impact of a COVID-19 Multidisciplinary Bundled Procedure Team

COVID-19 and Elective Surgery: 7 Practical Tips for a Safe, Successful and Sustainable Reboot

Transitioning a Surgery Practice to Telehealth During COVID-19

COVID-19 Implications on and of Surgical Practices - Where do we draw the line

Virtual Interviews for Surgical Training Program Applicants during COVID-19

Current Evidence for Minimally Invasive Surgery during the COVID-19 Pandemic and Risk Mitigation Strategies: A narrative review

Cancer Surgery During COVID-19: How We Move Forward

Taking a Second Look at Neoadjuvant Endocrine Therapy for the Treatment of Early Stage Estrogen Receptor Positive Breast Cancer During the COVID-19 Outbreak

Implications of COVID-19 on the General Surgery Match

COVID-19 & The Residency Match: The Added Importance of Mentoring

Tracheobronchial Slough, a Potential Pathology in Endotracheal Tube Obstruction in Patients with Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the Intensive Care Setting

Management Considerations for the Surgical Treatment of Colorectal Cancer During the Global Covid-19 Pandemic

Acute Care Surgeons’ Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic: Observations and Strategies from the Epicenter of the American Crisis 

SARS-CoV-2 is present in peritoneal fluid in COVID-19 patients*

Charting a Roadmap for Value-Based Surgery in the Post-Pandemic Era* 

What Should I Do?

Global Survey on Pancreatic Surgery during the COVID-19 Pandemic

A combined approach to priorities of Surgical Oncology during the COVID-19 epidemic

Gastrointestinal Complications in Critically Ill Patients with COVID-19

Operationalizing the Operating Room: Ensuring Appropriate Surgical Care in the Era of COVID-19 

Prehabilitation Telemedicine in Neoadjuvant Surgical Oncology Patients During the Novel COVID-19 Coronavirus Pandemic

Maintaining Trauma Care Access During the COVID-19 Pandemic: an urban, Level-1 trauma center’s experience  

In Situ Simulation Enables Operating Room Agility in the COVID-19 Pandemic

Changing the Paradigm of Surgical Research during a Pandemic

Virtual Surgical Training During COVID-19

The Consequences of Delaying Elective Surgery: Surgical Perspective

Trailblazers without blades: Surgeons as Palliative Care Physicians in response to COVID-19

Surgical Perspective: A Practical Decontamination Framework for COVID-19 Front-Line Workers Returning Home

Personal Protective Equipment and COVID-19 – A Review for Surgeons

Practical Techniques to Adapt Surgical Resident Education to the COVID-19 Era

Nimble, Together: A Training Program’s Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

Unknown unknowns: Surgical consent during the COVID-19 pandemic

Trauma Does Not Quarantine: Violence During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Approaching surgical triage during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Are we harming cancer patients by delaying their cancer surgery during the COVID-19 pandemic?*

Asymptomatic SARS-CoV-2 Transmission from Community Contacts in Healthcare Workers*

COVID-19, Ethics & Equity – What is our Role as Surgeons? 

Managing COVID-19 in Surgical Systems

Minimally Invasive Surgery and the Novel Coronavirus Outbreak: Lessons Learned in China and Italy

COVID-19 Outbreak and Surgical Practice: Unexpected Fatality in Perioperative Period

Protecting Surgical Teams During the COVID-19 Outbreak

COVID-19 – Considerations and Implications for Surgical Learners

A Multidisciplinary Team Approach for Triage of Elective Cancer Surgery at the Massachusetts General Hospital During the Novel Coronavirus COVID-19 Outbreak

COVID-19 preparedness within the surgical, obstetric and anesthetic ecosystem in Sub Saharan Africa

The Distancing of Surgeon from Patient in the era of COVID-19 -- Bring on the Innovation

Lung Transplantation for elderly patients with end-stage COVID-19 Pneumonia

Emergency surgery in suspected COVID-19 patients with acute abdomen- case series and perspectives

Tracheotomy in ventilated patients with COVID-19

COVID-19 & the General Surgical Department - Measures to reduce spread of SARS-COV-2 among Surgeons

An emergency surgery in severe case infected by COVID-19 with perforated duodenal bulb ulcer

A Low Cost, Safe and Effective Method for Smoke Evacuation in Laparoscopic Surgery for Suspected Coronavirus Patients

Protecting Surgical Teams During the COVID-19 Outbreak: A Narrative Review and Clinical Considerations