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Thomas M. Attard, MD

TitleMedical Director Polyposis Center
InstitutionChildren's Mercy Kansas City
DepartmentPediatrics
Address2401 Gillham Rd
Kansas City MO 64108
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    TitlePediatric Gastroenterologist
    InstitutionChildren's Mercy Kansas City
    DepartmentPediatrics

    TitleProfessor of Pediatrics
    InstitutionUniversity of Missouri-Kansas City
    DepartmentPediatrics

    TitleClinical Professor of Pediatrics
    InstitutionUniversity of Kansas Medical Center
    DepartmentPediatrics


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    University of Malta Medical School, Pieta, MaltaMD1993Medicine and Surgery
    Creighton University/University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NEResidency1998Pediatrics
    The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MDFellowship1999Pediatric Gastroenterology
    The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MDResearch Fellow2001Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nu
    Sheffield Children's Hospital , South Yorkshire, England2015Advanced Endoscopy
    Centre hospitalier de l'Université de Montréal, Montreal, Quebec, Canada2018Advanced Endoscopy

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    Dr. Attard is broadly interested and active in defining management of children with hereditary polyposis syndromes and hereditary predisposition to intestinal cancer, chemoprevention of polyp progression and microbiome modulation of polyp growth. He is interested in health services research and its clinical applicability in diverse pediatric gastrointestinal scenarios ranging from procedure complications and outcomes to gastrointestinal disorder profiling in autism. Dr. Attard is actively involved in faculty development using HSR tools to enhance division-wide academic productivity.

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    1. Hall M, Attard TM, Berry JG. Improving Cohort Definitions in Research Using Hospital Administrative Databases-Do We Need Guidelines? JAMA Pediatr. 2022 Mar 21. PMID: 35312756.
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    2. Fleishman NR, Richardson T, Attard TM. A multicenter cohort analysis of fractures in histamine-2-receptor antagonist treated pediatric patients. Curr Med Res Opin. 2022 Apr; 38(4):565-570. PMID: 35112645.
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    3. Ahmed I, Yusuf K, Roy BC, Stubbs J, Anant S, Attard TM, Sampath V, Umar S. Dietary Interventions Ameliorate Infectious Colitis by Restoring the Microbiome and Promoting Stem Cell Proliferation in Mice. Int J Mol Sci. 2021 Dec 29; 23(1). PMID: 35008767.
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    4. Fraser JA, Briggs KB, Svetanoff WJ, Attard TM, Oyetunji TA, St Peter SD. Evaluation of a Symptom-Based Algorithm for Managing Battery Ingestions in Children. Eur J Pediatr Surg. 2022 Feb; 32(1):2-8. PMID: 34918312.
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    5. Pacheco-Pereira C, Almeida FT, Acevedo AC, Geha H, Septer S, Friesen LR, Attard TM, Guerra ENS. A comparison of panoramic radiographic findings in patients with familial adenomatous polyposis and the general population: a multicenter study. Oral Surg Oral Med Oral Pathol Oral Radiol. 2022 03; 133(3):349-357. PMID: 34758938.
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    6. Roy BC, Ahmed I, Stubbs J, Zhang J, Attard T, Septer S, Welch D, Anant S, Sampath V, Umar S. Correction: DCLK1 isoforms and aberrant Notch signaling in the regulation of human and murine colitis. Cell Death Discov. 2021 Aug 02; 7(1):200. PMID: 34341333.
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    7. Roy BC, Ahmed I, Stubbs J, Zhang J, Attard T, Septer S, Welch D, Anant S, Sampath V, Umar S. DCLK1 isoforms and aberrant Notch signaling in the regulation of human and murine colitis. Cell Death Discov. 2021 Jun 17; 7(1):169. PMID: 34226497.
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    8. Attard TM, Burke CA, Hyer W, Durno C, Hurley KE, Lawson CE, Church J, Cohen S, Maddux MH. ACG Clinical Report and Recommendations on Transition of Care in Children and Adolescents With Hereditary Polyposis Syndromes. Am J Gastroenterol. 2021 04; 116(4):638-646. PMID: 33982929.
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    9. Friesen CS, Attard TM, Cole M, Berry JG, Hall M. Meckel's diverticulum in adults: seldom suspected and frequently found. J Investig Med. 2021 03; 69(3):789-791. PMID: 33443055.
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    10. Kaur P, Attard TM, Fishman DS, Zapata F, Ditsch D, Thomson M, Schurman JV. A Conceptual Framework for Rescheduling Elective Pediatric Gastroenterology Procedures Following COVID-19 Pandemic Lockdown. Gastroenterol Nurs. 2020 Sep/Oct; 43(5):375-381. PMID: 33003024.
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    11. Low Kapalu CM, Ibrahimi N, Mentrikoski JM, Attard T. Pediatric Recurrent Intentional Foreign Body Ingestion: Case Series and Review of the Literature. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2020 08; 71(2):232-236. PMID: 32404744.
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    12. Kaur P, Attard TM, Fishman DS, Zapata F, Ditsch D, Thomson M, Schurman JV. A CONCEPTUAL FRAMEWORK FOR RESCHEDULING ELECTIVE PEDIATRIC GASTROENTEROLOGY PROCEDURES FOLLOWING COVID-19 PANDEMIC LOCKDOWN. Gastroenterol Nurs. 2020 Jul/Aug; 43(4):327-329. PMID: 32740025.
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    13. Fleishman N, Richardson T, Attard T. The Clinical Characteristics of Fractures in Pediatric Patients Exposed to Proton Pump Inhibitors. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2020 06; 70(6):815-819. PMID: 32443038.
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    14. Martin I, Hawkins J, Hyer W, Attard T, Cohen S, Spigelman A, Clark SK, Latchford A. Upper GI in patients with FAP-the need for formal research. Gastrointest Endosc. 2020 01; 91(1):206-207. PMID: 31865993.
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    15. Low Kapalu C, Lantos J, Booser A, Thomson M, Attard T. Preventing Self-Harm From Repeat Foreign-Body Ingestion. Pediatrics. 2020 01; 145(1). PMID: 31831671.
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    16. Ibrahimi N, Septer SS, Lee BR, Garola R, Shah R, Attard TM. Polyp Characteristics of Nonsyndromic and Potentially Syndromic Juvenile Polyps: A Retrospective Cohort Analysis. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2019 12; 69(6):668-672. PMID: 31765335.
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    17. Kumar AS, Bani Yaghoub M, Rekab K, Hall M, Attard TM. Pediatric multicenter cohort comparison of percutaneous endoscopic and non-endoscopic gastrostomy technique outcomes. J Investig Med. 2020 02; 68(2):413-418. PMID: 31562228.
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    18. Krishnamachary B, Subramaniam D, Dandawate P, Ponnurangam S, Srinivasan P, Ramamoorthy P, Umar S, Thomas SM, Dhar A, Septer S, Weir SJ, Attard T, Anant S. Targeting transcription factor TCF4 by ?-Mangostin, a natural xanthone. Oncotarget. 2019 Sep 24; 10(54):5576-5591. PMID: 31608135.
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    19. Hijaz NM, Attard TM, Colombo JM, Mardis NJ, Friesen CA. Comparison of the use of wireless capsule endoscopy with magnetic resonance enterography in children with inflammatory bowel disease. World J Gastroenterol. 2019 Jul 28; 25(28):3808-3822. PMID: 31391775.
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    20. Chandra S, Friesen C, Attard TM. Trends in the epidemiology of pediatric acute and chronic cholecystitis-related admissions in the USA: a nationwide emergency department and inpatient sample study. J Investig Med. 2019 12; 67(8):1155-1159. PMID: 31324692.
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    21. Attard T, He L. Linking Nanoscale Chemical Changes to Bulk Material Properties in IEPM Polymer Composites Subject to Impact Dynamics. ACS Appl Mater Interfaces. 2019 Jun 05; 11(22):20404-20416. PMID: 31070883.
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    22. Attard TM, Miller M, Walker AA, Lee B, McGuire SR, Thomson M. Pediatric elective therapeutic procedure complications: A multicenter cohort analysis. J Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2019 Sep; 34(9):1533-1539. PMID: 30729573.
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    23. Cohen S, Hyer W, Mas E, Auth M, Attard TM, Spalinger J, Latchford A, Durno C. Management of Juvenile Polyposis Syndrome in Children and Adolescents: A Position Paper From the ESPGHAN Polyposis Working Group. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2019 03; 68(3):453-462. PMID: 30585890.
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    24. Hyer W, Cohen S, Attard T, Vila-Miravet V, Pienar C, Auth M, Septer S, Hawkins J, Durno C, Latchford A. Management of Familial Adenomatous Polyposis in Children and Adolescents: Position Paper From the ESPGHAN Polyposis Working Group. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2019 03; 68(3):428-441. PMID: 30585891.
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    25. Latchford A, Cohen S, Auth M, Scaillon M, Viala J, Daniels R, Talbotec C, Attard T, Durno C, Hyer W. Management of Peutz-Jeghers Syndrome in Children and Adolescents: A Position Paper From the ESPGHAN Polyposis Working Group. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2019 03; 68(3):442-452. PMID: 30585892.
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    26. Zhao HM, Yang YJ, Duan JQ, Ouyang HJ, Liu L, Yi LC, Xiao ZH, Zheng Y, Peng L, Attard TM, Li DY, You JY. Clinical and Genetic Study of Children With Peutz-Jeghers Syndrome Identifies a High Frequency of STK11 De Novo Mutation. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2019 02; 68(2):199-206. PMID: 30334930.
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    27. Kumar AS, Beutler BL, Attard TM. One-day oral polyethylene glycol based cleanout is effective for pre-colonoscopy preparation in children. BMC Gastroenterol. 2018 Nov 07; 18(1):170. PMID: 30404598.
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    28. Trubetskaya A, Kling J, Ershag O, Attard TM, Schröder E. Removal of phenol and chlorine from wastewater using steam activated biomass soot and tire carbon black. J Hazard Mater. 2019 03 05; 365:846-856. PMID: 30481735.
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    29. Attard TM, Lawson CE. Comparison of the demographic characteristics of pediatric and adult colorectal cancer patients: a national inpatient sample based analysis. World J Pediatr. 2019 Feb; 15(1):37-41. PMID: 30259389.
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    30. Attard TM, Grima AM, Thomson M. Pediatric Endoscopic Procedure Complications. Curr Gastroenterol Rep. 2018 Sep 01; 20(10):48. PMID: 30173321.
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    31. Attard TM, Miller M, Lee B, Champion TW, Thomson M. Pediatric Elective Diagnostic Procedure Complications: A Multicenter Cohort Analysis. J Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2019 Jan; 34(1):147-153. PMID: 29900588.
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    32. Septer S, Bohaty B, Onikul R, Kumar V, Williams KB, Attard TM, Friesen CA, Friesen LR. Dental anomalies in pediatric patients with familial adenomatous polyposis. Fam Cancer. 2018 04; 17(2):229-234. PMID: 28887722.
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    33. Belsha D, Urs A, Attard T, Thomson M. Effectiveness of Double-balloon Enteroscopy-facilitated Polypectomy in Pediatric Patients With Peutz-Jeghers Syndrome. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2017 11; 65(5):500-502. PMID: 28319601.
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    34. Attard TM, Miller M, Pant C, Kumar A, Thomson M. Mortality associated with gastrointestinal bleeding in children: A retrospective cohort study. World J Gastroenterol. 2017 Mar 07; 23(9):1608-1617. PMID: 28321162.
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    35. Attard TM, Miller M, Pant C, Thomson M. Readmission after Gastrointestinal Bleeding in Children: A Retrospective Cohort Study. J Pediatr. 2017 05; 184:106-113.e4. PMID: 28237379.
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    36. Smarrazzo A, Misak Z, Costa S, Micetic-Turk D, Abu-Zekry M, Kansu A, Abkari A, Bouziane-Nedjadi K, Ben Hariz M, Roma E, Velmishi V, Legarda Tamara M, Attard T, Djurisic V, Greco L, Magazzù G. Diagnosis of celiac disease and applicability of ESPGHAN guidelines in Mediterranean countries: a real life prospective study. BMC Gastroenterol. 2017 Jan 21; 17(1):17. PMID: 28109250.
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    37. Shakhnovich V, Dinwiddie D, Hildreth A, Attard T, Kingsmore S. A Novel Compound-Heterozygous Epithelial Cell Adhesion Molecule Mutation in Tufting Enteropathy. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2017 01; 64(1):e14-e16. PMID: 25383784.
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    38. Lawson CE, Attard TM, Dai H, Septer S. Genetic Counselor Practices Involving Pediatric Patients with FAP: an Investigation of their Self-Reported Strategies for Genetic Testing and Hepatoblastoma Screening. J Genet Couns. 2017 Jun; 26(3):586-593. PMID: 27913912.
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    39. Septer S, Lawson CE, Anant S, Attard T. Familial adenomatous polyposis in pediatrics: natural history, emerging surveillance and management protocols, chemopreventive strategies, and areas of ongoing debate. Fam Cancer. 2016 07; 15(3):477-85. PMID: 27056662.
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    40. Hijaz NM, Septer SS, Attard TM. Present Standard in Pediatric Gastroenterology Fellowship Training in the Interpretation of Capsule Endoscopy. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2015 Oct; 61(4):421-3. PMID: 25905543.
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    41. Attard TM, McElroy CR, Hunt AJ. Economic Assessment of Supercritical CO2 Extraction of Waxes as Part of a Maize Stover Biorefinery. Int J Mol Sci. 2015 Jul 31; 16(8):17546-64. PMID: 26263976.
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    42. Slowik V, Attard T, Dai H, Shah R, Septer S. Desmoid tumors complicating Familial Adenomatous Polyposis: a meta-analysis mutation spectrum of affected individuals. BMC Gastroenterol. 2015 Jul 16; 15:84. PMID: 26179480.
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    43. Tucci F, Astarita L, Abkari A, Abu-Zekry M, Attard T, Ben Hariz M, Bilbao JR, Boudraa G, Boukthir S, Costa S, Djurisic V, Hugot JP, Irastorza I, Kansu A, Kolacek S, Magazzù G, Micetic-Turk D, Misak Z, Roma E, Rossi P, Terzic S, Velmishi V, Arcidiaco C, Auricchio R, Greco L. Celiac disease in the Mediterranean area. BMC Gastroenterol. 2014 Feb 11; 14:24. PMID: 24517104.
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    44. Septer S, Slowik V, Morgan R, Dai H, Attard T. Thyroid cancer complicating familial adenomatous polyposis: mutation spectrum of at-risk individuals. Hered Cancer Clin Pract. 2013 Oct 05; 11(1):13. PMID: 24093640.
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    45. Septer S, Cuffari C, Attard TM. Esophageal polyps in pediatric patients undergoing routine diagnostic upper gastrointestinal endoscopy: a multicenter study. Dis Esophagus. 2014 Jan; 27(1):24-9. PMID: 23551692.
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    46. Hijaz NM, Septer SS, Degaetano J, Attard TM. Clinical outcome of pediatric collagenous gastritis: case series and review of literature. World J Gastroenterol. 2013 Mar 07; 19(9):1478-84. PMID: 23538318.
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    47. Septer S, Zhang L, Lawson CE, Cocjin J, Attard T, Ardinger HH. Aggressive juvenile polyposis in children with chromosome 10q23 deletion. World J Gastroenterol. 2013; 19(14):2286-92. PMID: 23599658.
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    48. Greco L, Timpone L, Abkari A, Abu-Zekry M, Attard T, Bouguerrà F, Cullufi P, Kansu A, Micetic-Turk D, Mišak Z, Roma E, Shamir R, Terzic S. Burden of celiac disease in the Mediterranean area. World J Gastroenterol. 2011 Dec 07; 17(45):4971-8. PMID: 22174546.
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    49. Azzopardi N, Ellul P, Attard T, Attard J, DeGaetano J, Vassallo M, Piscopo T. A difficult case of Crohn's disease? BMJ Case Rep. 2011 Mar 08; 2011. PMID: 22707669.
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    50. Quiros JA, Heyman MB, Pohl JF, Attard TM, Pieniaszek HJ, Bortey E, Walker K, Forbes WP. Safety, efficacy, and pharmacokinetics of balsalazide in pediatric patients with mild-to-moderate active ulcerative colitis: results of a randomized, double-blind study. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2009 Nov; 49(5):571-9. PMID: 19633577.
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    51. Stoner J, Qi Y, Erdman SH, Attard TM. A web-based assessment of pediatrics resident medical knowledge in childhood hereditary gastrointestinal cancer predisposing syndromes. J Cancer Educ. 2009; 24(4):254-6. PMID: 19838880.
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    52. Attard TM, Tajouri T, Peterson KD, Tinley S, Thorson AG, Lynch HT. Familial adenomatous polyposis in children younger than age ten years: a multidisciplinary clinic experience. Dis Colon Rectum. 2008 Feb; 51(2):207-12. PMID: 18157572.
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    53. Lynch HT, Lynch JF, Lynch PM, Attard T. Hereditary colorectal cancer syndromes: molecular genetics, genetic counseling, diagnosis and management. Fam Cancer. 2008; 7(1):27-39. PMID: 17999161.
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    54. Attard TM, Giglio P, Koppula S, Snyder C, Lynch HT. Brain tumors in individuals with familial adenomatous polyposis: a cancer registry experience and pooled case report analysis. Cancer. 2007 Feb 15; 109(4):761-6. PMID: 17238184.
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    55. Attard TM, Young RJ, Stoner JA, Lynch HT. Population differences in familial adenomatous polyposis may be an expression of geographic differences in APC mutation pattern. Cancer Genet Cytogenet. 2007 Jan 15; 172(2):180-2. PMID: 17213033.
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    56. Attard TM, Young RJ. Diagnosis and management of gastrointestinal polyps: pediatric considerations. Gastroenterol Nurs. 2006 Jan-Feb; 29(1):16-22; quiz 23-4. PMID: 16552295.
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    57. Lynch HT, Tinley ST, Lynch JF, Attard TM. Challenging pedigrees seen in a hereditary cancer consultation center. Cancer Genet Cytogenet. 2004 Sep; 153(2):91-101. PMID: 15350297.
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    58. Attard TM, Horton KM, DeVito K, Darbari A, Oliva-Hemker M, Thompson R, Cuffari C. Pediatric jejunoileitis: a severe Crohn's disease phenotype that requires intensive nutritional management. Inflamm Bowel Dis. 2004 Jul; 10(4):357-60. PMID: 15475743.
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    59. Attard TM, Cuffari C, Tajouri T, Stoner JA, Eisenberg MT, Yardley JH, Abraham SC, Perry D, Vanderhoof J, Lynch H. Multicenter experience with upper gastrointestinal polyps in pediatric patients with familial adenomatous polyposis. Am J Gastroenterol. 2004 Apr; 99(4):681-6. PMID: 15089902.
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    60. Lynch HT, Tinley ST, Shaw TG, Lynch JF, Howe JR, Attard TM. Challenging colonic polyposis pedigrees: differential diagnosis, surveillance, and management concerns. Cancer Genet Cytogenet. 2004 Jan 15; 148(2):104-17. PMID: 14734220.
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    61. Attard TM, Abraham SC, Cuffari C. The clinical spectrum of duodenal polyps in pediatrics. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2003 Jan; 36(1):116-9. PMID: 12500006.
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    62. Attard TM, Yardley JH, Cuffari C. Gastric polyps in pediatrics: an 18-year hospital-based analysis. Am J Gastroenterol. 2002 Feb; 97(2):298-301. PMID: 11866265.
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    63. Attard TM, Giardiello FM, Argani P, Cuffari C. Fundic gland polyposis with high-grade dysplasia in a child with attenuated familial adenomatous polyposis and familial gastric cancer. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2001 Feb; 32(2):215-8. PMID: 11321399.
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    64. Attard TM, Askin FB, Cuffari C. Appendiceal inversion as a lead point for ileocolic intussusception in a child with cystic fibrosis. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2000 Sep; 31(3):300-2. PMID: 10997376.
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    65. Attard TM, Dhawan A, Kaufman SS, Collier DS, Langnas AN. Use of disodium pamidronate in children with hypercalcemia awaiting liver transplantation. Pediatr Transplant. 1998 May; 2(2):157-9. PMID: 10082449.
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