Cleveland Chiropractic College News
Dr. Larsen has article published
Stephen Larsen, Ph.D., a member of the pre-clinical science faculty at Cleveland University-Kansas City (CU-KC), had a research article published in the Winter 2013/Spring 2014 Journal of the American Society of Abdominal Surgeons, a peer reviewed, internationally recognized periodical.The work, titled “Diverticulum in Small Bowel with Foreign Object,” took more than a year to complete, and detailed the discovery and removal of a foreign object found in an unusual location within the human body. Larsen said this was the first time in its 55-year history that the periodical published photographic images in color.
Cited in the article was the location of the object in a “rare, small intestine diverticulum.” The gross anatomy and embryology of digestive track diverticula is discussed along with “histological features of the diverticula, chemical analysis and identification of the foreign object and consequences of the patient’s health following removal of the foreign object.”
This accomplishment was special for Larsen in that it allowed him to work with several distinguished colleagues, including his brother, an analytical chemist, who determined the composition of the unknown substance that was the focus of the study. He called this collaboration a fulfillment of a “life-long ambition” to co-author a scientific paper with his brother.
“This research effort required interacting with several off-campus physicians and professional laboratories in the community to obtain tissue samples necessary for preparation of gross and histology images,” Larsen said. “I want to thank the multiple CU-KC departments for their assistance in the publication of the paper, including Communications for the photos, the library for literature searches, I.T. for programming microscope software and Financial Aid for assigning a qualified work-study student”
Others from CU-KC who assisted with the paper were J.R. Dobson III, M.D., a member of the pre-clinical science faculty, and Ferris Buhler, D.C., a recent Cleveland Chiropractic College graduate who served as a work-study intern on the project.
Since the completion of this research project, Larsen has incorporated clinically applicable portions of the paper regarding embryology, histology, anatomy, and pathology of the digestive tract into his lectures.
To review the entire article with photos, click here.