Richard A. Prinz, M.D.

Richard A. Prinz, M.D.

Richard A. Prinz, M.D.

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Conditions & Procedures


Adrenal Disorders, Endocrine Cancer, Hyperparathyroidism, Parathyroid


Adrenal Surgery, Endocrine Surgery, Parathyroid Surgery, Thyroid & Parathyroid Surgery, Thyroid Surgery

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NorthShore Medical Group

Academic Rank

Clinical Professor



Board Certified


Clinical Service

Surgical Oncology

Education, Training & Fellowships

Medical School

Loyola University Medical School, 1972


Barnes-Jewish Hospital, 1973


Barnes-Jewish Hospital, 1974
Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine, 1977


Royal Postgraduate Medical School, 1980



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  • A Graded Evaluation of Outcomes Following Pancreaticoduodenectomy with Major Vascular Resection in Pancreatic Cancer.

    Journal of gastrointestinal surgery : official journal of the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract 2015 Oct 22

    Authors: Kantor O,
    Previous studies examining short- and long-term outcomes of pancreaticoduodenectomy with vascular resection for pancreatic adenocarcinoma have not graded perioperative complication severity. These studies may provide incomplete assessments of the efficacy of vascular resection. In the current study, we evaluated 36 patients who had pancreaticoduodenectomy with major vascular resection. These were matched 1:3 by tumor stage and age to patients who had pancreaticoduodenectomy without vascular resection. Charts were reviewed to identify all complications and 90-day readmissions. Complications were graded as either severe or minor adverse postoperative outcomes, taking into account the total length of stay. There were no statistical differences in patient demographics, comorbidities, or symptoms between the groups. Patients who had vascular resection had significantly increased rates of severe adverse postoperative outcomes, readmissions, lengths of hospital stay, as well as higher hospital costs. Hypoalbuminemia and major vascular resection were independent predictors of severe adverse postoperative outcomes. On multivariate Cox-regression survival analysis, patients who had vascular resection had decreased recurrence-free (12 vs. 17 months) and overall (17 vs. 29 months) survival. Major vascular resection was a predictor of mortality, may be an independent prognostic factor for survival, and may warrant incorporation into future staging systems.
    PMID: 26493974 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
  • Risk factors for central lymph node metastasis in papillary thyroid carcinoma: A National Cancer Data Base (NCDB) study.

    Surgery 2015 Oct 1

    Authors: Suman P,
    There is no consensus regarding prophylactic central lymph node dissection (pCLND) in patients with papillary thyroid carcinoma (PTC). Identification of risk factors for central lymph node metastasis (CLNM) in patients with PTC could assist surgeons in determining whether to perform selective pCLND.
    The National Cancer database was queried from 1998 to 2011 for patients with clinical staging T1-4cN0M0 PTC. All patients underwent near, sub-, or total thyroidectomy with or without pCLND. Univariate and multivariable logistic regressions were performed on the following clinical variables: age, sex, race and tumor size as risk factors for pathologic CLNM (pN1a).
    In 39,562 patients with T1-4cN0M0 PTC, 61% underwent pCLND. Patients with age >45 years, African American race, tumor size ≤1 cm, unifocal tumors, follicular variant PTC, no insurance, and treatment at community cancer facilities were less likely to have pCLND (P < .001). In the pCLND group, 15.6% of patients had CLNM. On adjusted multivariable logistic regression, age ≤45 years, Asian race, male sex, and larger tumors were statistically significantly associated with CLNM.
    Age ≤45 years, Asian race, male sex, and larger tumors are associated with the presence of CLNM, which allows for selective pCLND in PTC.
    PMID: 26435436 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
  • Early National Experience with Laparoscopic Pancreaticoduodenectomy for Ductal Adenocarcinoma: A Comparison of Laparoscopic Pancreaticoduodenectomy and Open Pancreaticoduodenectomy from the National Cancer Data Base.

    Journal of the American College of Surgeons 2015 Jul

    Authors: Sharpe SM,
    There is considerable debate about the safety and clinical equivalence of laparoscopic pancreaticoduodenectomy (LPD) and open pancreaticoduodenectomy (OPD) for pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDCA).
    We queried the National Cancer Data Base to identify patients undergoing LPD and OPD for PDCA between 2010 and 2011. Chi-square and Student's t-tests were used to evaluate differences between the 2 approaches. Multivariable logistic regression modeling was performed to identify patient, tumor, or facility factors associated with perioperative mortality.
    Four thousand and thirty-seven (91%) patients underwent OPD. Three hundred and eighty-four (9%) patients underwent LPD. There were no statistical differences between the 2 surgical cohorts with regard to age, race, Charlson score, tumor size, grade, stage, or treatment with neoadjuvant chemoradiotherapy. Laparoscopic pancreaticoduodenectomy demonstrated a shorter length of stay (10 ± 8 days vs 12 ± 9.7 days; p < 0.0001) and lower rates of unplanned readmission (5% vs 9%; p = 0.027) than OPD. In an unadjusted comparison, there was no difference in 30-day mortality between the LPD and OPD cohorts (5.2% vs 3.7%; p = 0.163). Multivariable logistic regression modeling predicting perioperative mortality controlling for age, Charlson score, tumor size, nodal positivity, stage, facility type, and pancreaticoduodenectomy volume identified age (odds ratio [OR] = 1.05; p < 0.0001), positive margins (OR = 1.45; p = 0.030), and LPD (OR = 1.89; p = 0.009) as associated with an increased probability of 30-day mortality; higher hospital volume was associated with a lower risk of 30-day mortality (OR = 0.98; p < 0.0001). In institutions that performed ≥10 LPDs, the 30-day mortality rate of the laparoscopic approach was equal to that for the open approach (0.0% vs 0.7%; p = 1.00).
    Laparoscopic pancreaticoduodenectomy is equivalent to OPD in length of stay, margin-positive resection, lymph node count, and readmission rate. There is a higher 30-day mortality rate with LPD, but this appears driven by a surmountable learning curve for the procedure.
    PMID: 26095569 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
  • The laparoscopic approach to distal pancreatectomy for ductal adenocarcinoma results in shorter lengths of stay without compromising oncologic outcomes.

    American journal of surgery 2015 Mar

    Authors: Sharpe SM,
    The oncologic equivalence of laparoscopic distal pancreatectomy (LDP) to open pancreatectomy (ODP) for ductal adenocarcinoma (DAC) is not established.
    The National Cancer Data Base was used to compare perioperative outcomes following LDP and ODP for DAC between 2010 and 2011.
    One hundred forty-five patients underwent LDP; 625 underwent ODP. Compared with ODP, patients undergoing LDP were older (68 ± 10.1 vs 66 ± 10.5 years, P = .027), more likely treated in academic centers (70% vs 59%, P = .01), and had shorter hospital stays (6.8 ± 4.6 vs 8.9 ± 7.5 days, P < .001). Demographic data, lymph node count, 30-day unplanned readmission, and 30-day mortality were identical between groups. Multivariable regression identified a lower probability of prolonged length of stay with LDP (odds ratio .51, 95% confidence interval .327 to .785, P = .0023). There was no association between surgical approach and node count, readmission, or mortality.
    LDP for DAC provides shorter postoperative lengths of stay and rates of readmission and 30-day mortality similar to OPD without compromising perioperative oncologic outcomes.
    PMID: 25596756 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
  • Comparison of tumor markers for predicting outcomes after resection of nonfunctioning pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors.

    Surgery 2014 Dec

    Authors: Cherenfant J, Talamonti MS, Hall CR, Thurow TA, Gage MK, Stocker SJ, Lapin B, Wang E, Silverstein JC, Mangold K, Odeleye M, Kaul KL, Lamzabi I, Gattuso P, Winchester DJ, Marsh RW, Roggin KK, Bentrem DJ, Baker MS, Prinz RA,
    This study compares the predictability of 5 tumor markers for distant metastasis and mortality in pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors (PNETs).
    A total of 128 patients who underwent pancreatectomy for nonfunctioning PNETs between 1998 and 2011 were evaluated. Tumor specimens were stained via immunochemistry for cytoplasmic and nuclear survivin, cytokeratin 19 (CK19), c-KIT, and Ki67. Univariate and multivariate regression analyses and receiver operating characteristics curve were used to evaluate the predictive value of these markers.
    A total of 116 tumors (91%) were positive for cytoplasmic survivin, 95 (74%) for nuclear survivin, 85 (66.4%) for CK19, 3 for c-KIT, and 41 (32%) for Ki67 >3%. Twelve (9%) tumors expressed none of the markers. Survivin, CK19, and c-KIT had no substantial effect on distant metastasis or mortality. Age >55 years, grade 3 histology, distant metastasis, and Ki67 >3% were associated with mortality (P < .05). A cut-off of Ki67 >3% was the best predictor (83%) of mortality with an area under the curve of 0.85. Ki67 >3% also predicted occurrence of distant metastases with odds ratio of 9.22 and 95% confidence interval of 1.55-54.55 (P < .015).
    Of the 5 markers studied, only Ki67 >3% was greatly associated with distant metastasis and death. Survivin, CK19, and c-KIT had no prognostic value in nonfunctioning PNETs.
    PMID: 25456943 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
  • The sonic hedgehog signaling pathway maintains the cancer stem cell self-renewal of anaplastic thyroid cancer by inducing snail expression.

    The Journal of clinical endocrinology and metabolism 2014 Nov

    Authors: Heiden KB,
    Cancer stem cells (CSCs) have been recently identified in thyroid neoplasm. Anaplastic thyroid cancer (ATC) contains a higher percentage of CSCs than well-differentiated thyroid cancer. The signaling pathways and the transcription factors that regulate thyroid CSC self-renewal remain poorly understood.
    The objective of this study is to use two ATC cell lines (KAT-18 and SW1736) as a model to study the role of the sonic hedgehog (Shh) pathway in maintaining thyroid CSC self-renewal and to understand its underlying molecular mechanisms.
    The expression and activity of aldehyde dehydrogenase (ALDH), a marker for thyroid CSCs, was analyzed by Western blot and ALDEFLUOR assay, respectively. The effect of three Shh pathway inhibitors (cyclopamine, HhAntag, GANT61), Shh, Gli1, Snail knockdown, and Gli1 overexpression on thyroid CSC self-renewal was analyzed by ALDEFLUOR assay and thyrosphere formation. The sensitivity of transfected KAT-18 cells to radiation was evaluated by a colony survival assay.
    Western blot analysis revealed that ALDH protein levels in five thyroid cancer cell lines (WRO82, a follicular thyroid cancer cell line; BCPAP and TPC1, two papillary thyroid cancer cell lines; KAT-18 and SW1736, two ATC cell lines) correlated with the percentage of the ALDH(High) cells as well as Gli1 and Snail expression. The Shh pathway inhibitors, Shh and Gli1 knockdown, in KAT-18 cells decreased thyroid CSC self-renewal and increased radiation sensitivity. In contrast, Gli1 overexpression led to increased thyrosphere formation, an increased percentage of ALDH(High) cells, and increased radiation resistance in KAT-18 cells. Inhibition of the Shh pathway by three specific inhibitors led to decreased Snail expression and a decreased number of ALDH(High) cells in KAT-18 and SW1736. Snail gene knockdown decreased the number of ALDH(High) cells in KAT-18 and SW1736 cells.
    The Shh pathway promotes the CSC self-renewal in ATC cell lines by Gli1-induced Snail expression.
    PMID: 25078145 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
  • Using a modification of the Clavien-Dindo system accounting for readmissions and multiple interventions: defining quality for pancreaticoduodenectomy.

    Journal of surgical oncology 2014 Sep

    Authors: Baker MS,
    The Clavien-Dindo system (CD) does not change the grade assigned a complication when multiple readmissions or interventions are required to manage a complication. We apply a modification of CD accounting for readmissions and interventions to pancreaticoduodenectomy (PD).
    PDs done between 1999 and 2009 were reviewed. CD grade IIIa complications requiring more than one intervention and II and IIIa complications requiring significantly prolonged lengths of stay including all 90-day readmissions were classified severe-adverse-postoperative-outcomes (SAPO). CD IIIb, IV, and V complications were also classified SAPOs. All other complications were considered minor-adverse-postoperative-outcomes (MAPO).
    Four-hundred forty three of 490 PD patients (90.4%) had either no complication or a complication of low to moderate CD grade (I, II, IIIa). When reclassified by the new metric, 92 patient-outcomes (19%) were upgraded from CD II or IIIa to SAPO. One-hundred thirty nine patients (28.4%) had a SAPO. Multivariable regression identified age >75 years, pylorus preservation and operative blood loss >1,500 ml as predictors of SAPO. Age was not associated with poor outcome using the unmodified CD system.
    Established systems may under-grade the severity of some complications following PD. We define a procedure-specific modification of CD accounting for readmissions and multiple interventions. Using this modification, advanced age, pylorus preservation, and significant blood loss are associated with poor outcome.
    PMID: 24861871 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
  • The pathological features of surgically managed adrenal cysts: a 15-year retrospective review.

    The American surgeon 2013 Nov

    Authors: Saadai P,
    Adrenal cysts are rare. Most are benign but some may contain malignancy. There are no established guidelines for their surgical management. The purpose of this study was to determine the pathological findings and likelihood of malignancy in hormonally inactive adrenal cysts after adrenalectomy. Using the pathology registries at two centers, we identified patients who underwent excision of an adrenal cyst between 1994 and 2009. Hormonally active cysts including pheochromocytomas were excluded. Charts were reviewed for patient demographics, presentation, surgical management, and postoperative course. Of 551 adrenalectomy specimens, 15 (2.7%) contained an inactive adrenal cyst or cystic component. Cysts were more likely to be in women (67%) and right-sided (73%). Three patients (20%) were symptomatic from their lesion. Laparoscopic adrenalectomy was performed in nine patients (60%). Pathology revealed eight hemorrhagic cysts, four lymphangiomas, one hemangioma, one epithelial cyst, and one metastatic pulmonary adenocarcinoma. Laboratory and radiographic workup are essential in determining whether adrenal cysts have hormonal function or a solid tissue component before adrenalectomy. Although nonfunctional adrenal cysts may contain malignancy, most are benign. It is reasonable to observe asymptomatic, nonfunctioning, benign-appearing adrenal cysts in patients in whom follow-up can be ensured.
    PMID: 24165250 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
  • Variations in clinicopathologic characteristics of thyroid cancer among racial ethnic groups: analysis of a large public city hospital and the SEER database.

    American journal of surgery 2013 Nov

    Authors: Moo-Young TA,
    Clinicopathologic variables influence the treatment and prognosis of patients with thyroid cancer.
    A retrospective analysis of public hospital thyroid cancer database and the Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results 17 database was conducted. Demographic, clinical, and pathologic data were compared across ethnic groups.
    Within the public hospital database, Hispanics versus non-Hispanic whites were younger and had more lymph node involvement (34% vs 17%, P < .001). Median tumor size was not statistically different across ethnic groups. Similar findings were demonstrated within the Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results database. African Americans aged <45 years had the largest tumors but were least likely to have lymph node involvement. Asians had the most stage IV disease despite having no differences in tumor size, lymph node involvement, and capsular invasion.
    There is considerable variability in the clinical presentation of thyroid cancer across ethnic groups. Such disparities persist within an equal-access health care system. These findings suggest that factors beyond socioeconomics may contribute to such differences.
    PMID: 24157347 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
  • Predicting aggressive behavior in nonfunctioning pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors.

    Surgery 2013 Oct

    Authors: Cherenfant J,
    The biologic potential of nonfunctioning pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors (PNETs) is highly variable and difficult to predict before resection. This study was conducted to identify clinical and pathologic factors associated with malignant behavior and death in patients diagnosed with PNETs.
    We used International Classification of Diseases 9th edition codes to identify patients who underwent pancreatectomy for PNETs from 1998 to 2011 in the databases of 4 institutions. Functioning PNETs were excluded. Multivariate regression Cox proportional models were constructed to identify clinical and pathologic factors associated with distant metastasis and survival.
    The study included 128 patients-57 females and 71 males. The age (mean ± standard deviation) was 55 ± 14 years. The body mass index was 28 ± 5 kg/m(2). Eighty-nine (70%) patients presented with symptoms, and 39 (30%) had tumors discovered incidentally. The tumor size was 3.3 ± 2 cm with 56 (44%) of the tumors measuring ≤2 cm. Seventy-three (57%) patients had grade 1 histology tumors, 37 (29%) had grade 2, and 18 (14%) had grade 3. Peripancreatic lymph node involvement was present in 31 patients (24%), absent in 75 (59%), and unknown in 22 (17%). Distant metastasis occurred in 18 patients (14%). There were 12 deaths, including 1 perioperative, 8 disease related, and 3 of unknown cause. With a median follow-up of 33 months, the overall 5-year survival was 75%. Multivariate Cox regression analysis identified age >55 (hazard ratio [HR], 5.89; 95% confidence interval [CI], 1.64-20.58), grade 3 histology (HR, 6.08; 95% CI, 1.32-30.2), and distant metastasis (HR, 8.79; 95% CI, 2.67-28.9) as risk factors associated with death (P < .05). Gender, race, body mass index, clinical symptoms, lymphovascular and perineural invasion, and tumor size were not related to metastasis or survival (P > .05). Three patients with tumors ≤2 cm developed distant metastasis resulting in 2 disease-related deaths.
    Age >55 years, grade 3 histology, and distant metastasis predict a greater risk of death from nonfunctioning PNETs. Resection or short-term surveillance should be considered regardless of tumor size.
    PMID: 24074416 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
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