Leah C. Tatebe, MD, FACS  

Languages: English


Surgical Critical Care, Trauma & Burns


John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital


Surgery, Trauma & Burns

Faculty Rank:

Assistant Professor of Surgery

Board Certification:

General Surgery; Surgical Critical Care

Medical Education:

University of Texas Southwestern Medical School


Baylor University Medical Center


Northwestern University

Clinical Expertise:

Prehospital trauma care, injury prevention


LC Tatebe, N Rajaram Siva, C Brown, A Wheeler, C Reese, C Butler, M Kaminsky, T Messer, V Schlanser, F Starr, F Bokhari, AJ Dennis. “Heroes In Crisis: Trauma Centers Should Be Screening for and Intervening On Post-Traumatic Stress In Our Emergency Responders.” J Trauma Acute Care Surg. Accepted 2020 Jan. A Wheeler, LC Tatebe, E Clifford, S Constantine, E Deyo, A Guedikian, E Liesen, S Pekarek, N Rajaram Siva, M Kaminsky, T Messer, V Schlanser, F Starr, C Reese, F Bokhari, AJ Dennis. “The Scales of Recovery: Balancing Posttraumatic Stress with Resilience in the Violently Injured.” J Trauma Acute Care Surg. Accepted 2020 Jan. J Dvorak, E Lester, P Maluso, LC Tatebe, V Schlanser, M Kaminsky, T Messer, AJ Dennis, F Starr, F Bokhari. “The Obesity Paradox in the Trauma Patient: Normal May not Be Better.” World J Surg. EPub 2020 Jan 31. EK Ludi, AC Weber Reitz, PO Peñaranda Dávalos, G Moraes, M Jackson, L Lopez, LC Tatebe, JE Foianini, M Swaroop “TRUE-Bolivia (Trauma Responders Unifying to Empower Communities) in Santa Cruz Bolivia: The Participants and Their Feedback” Panam J Trauma Crit Care Emerg Surg. Accepted 2020 Jan. CY Fu, F Bajani, M Bokhari, LC Tatebe, F Starr, T Messer, M Kaminsky, A Dennis, V Schlanser, J Mis, R Toor, S Poulakidas, F Bokhari. “Obesity is Associated with Worse Outcomes Among Abdominal Trauma Patients Undergoing Laparotomy: A Propensity-Matched Nationwide Cohort Study.” World J Surg. 2020;44(3):755-763. EPub 2019 Nov 11. T Barnum, LC Tatebe, IB Helenowski, AD Yang, A Halverson, DD Odell. “Outcomes associated with insertion of indwelling catheters by medical students in the operating room.” Acad Med. EPub 2019 Oct 22. A Dennis, F Bajani, V Schlanser, L Tatebe, A Impens, K Ivkovic, A Li, T Pickett, C Butler, M Kaminsky, T Messer, F Starr, J Mis, F Bokhari. “Missing expectations: Tourniquet use without formal training yields poor results.” J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2019;87(5):1096-1103. LC Tatebe, S Speedy, D Kang, B Wondimu, T Barnum, F Cosey-Gay, S Regan, L Stone, M Swaroop. “Empowering Bystanders to Intervene: The Trauma Responders Unify to Empower (TRUE) Communities Project.” J Surg Res. 2019 Jun;238:255-264. CY Fu, F Bajani, L Tatebe, C Butler, F Starr, A Dennis, M Kaminsky, T Messer, V Schlanser, K Kramer, S Poulakidas, CT Cheng, J Mis, F Bokhari. “Right Hospital, Right Patients: Penetrating Injury Patients Treated at High-Volume Penetrating Trauma Centers Have Lower Mortality.” J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2019 Jun;86(6):961-966. S Cherukupalli, MB Bhatia, MA Boeck, KJ Blair, N Nagarajan, S Gupta, LC Tatebe, S Sharma, A Bhalla, BC Nwomeh, M Swaroop. “SOSAS Study in Rural India: Using Accredited Social Health Activists as Enumerators.” Ann Glob Health. 2019 Mar 14;85(1). LC Tatebe, R Gray, K Tatebe, F Garcia, B Putty. “Socioeconomic factors and parity of access to robotic surgery in a county health system.” J Robot Surg. 2018 Mar; 12(1);35-41. LC Tatebe, A Jennings, K Tatebe, A Handy, P Prajapati, M Smith, T Do, GO Ogola, RR Gandhi, TM Duane, S Luk, LB Petrey. “Traumatic colon injury in damage control laparotomy - A multicenter trial: Is it safe to do a delayed anastomosis?” J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2017 Apr;82(4):742-749.

Research Interests:

Post-traumatic stress and resiliency; prehospital trauma care and hemorrhage control; injury prevention; firearm-related injury