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Jake Cotton, MD
Title: MD Research Fellow
Location: Denver
See Dr. Cotton's Dimensions profile that includes: publications, grants, datasets, patents and clinical trials


Dr. Cotton’s research focuses on quality outcomes in general and cardiothoracic surgery within the VA. He is working to determine the quality and efficiency of Veteran care when referred out to the community compared to those cared for within the VA system.

Dr. Cotton has trained within the VA system since he was a medical student and he recognizes the Veteran population as having unique needs. Referring Veterans to community care is an option for Veterans when there are proximity or temporal barriers to care within the VA. Despite this, the VA has built a robust system to address the comprehensive needs of Veterans, which are often not as well developed in the community. His project serves to ensure all needs are being met within the community and should there be unaddressed Veteran needs, his research will identify the exact barriers to maintaining quality care.

Current investment in community care for Veterans is increasing annually. His work will ensure Veterans are receiving high quality care as benchmarked by the VA system. Concerns regarding the quality or efficiency of care as elucidated by Dr. Cotton’s work may be formally addressed to ensure high quality care for Veterans both within the VA system and when referred to the community.

The following images visualize Dr. Cotton's work. The word cloud is drawn from publication titles. The research collaboration map shows research relationships (click the image to enlarge):

Dr. Cotton's publication titles indicate his primary work is Veteran health
Word cloud from pub titles
Dr. Cotton's collaborations are primarily from the University of Colorado
Research collaboration map
The following research fields have been used to summarize Dr. Cotton's publications and grants. The categories are based on 7 publications and currently, there are no grants to report.
Organ Transplantation
Digestive Diseases
Heart Disease - Coronary Heart Disease
Heart Disease

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Recent Publications




Iguidbashian J, Cotton J, King RW, Carroll AM, Gergen AK, Meguid RA, Fullerton DA, Suarez-Pierre A. Survival following lung transplantation: A population-based nested case-control study. J Card Surg. 2022 May;37(5):1153-1160. doi: 10.1111/jocs.16365. Epub 2022 Feb 27. PMID: 35220624
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Suarez-Pierre A, Iguidbashian J, Stuart C, King RW, Cotton J, Carroll AM, Cleveland JC, Fullerton DA, Pal JD. Appraisal of Donation After Circulatory Death: How Far Could We Expand the Heart Donor Pool? Ann Thorac Surg. 2022 Feb 17:S0003-4975(22)00197-7. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2022.01.042. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 35183504
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Suarez-Pierre A, Choudhury R, Carroll AM, King RW, Iguidbashian J, Cotton J, Colborn KL, Kennealey PT, Cleveland JC, Pomfret E, Fullerton DA. Measuring the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on solid organ transplantation. Am J Surg. 2022 Jul;224(1 Pt B):437-442. doi: 10.1016/j.amjsurg.2021.12.036. Epub 2021 Dec 30. PMCID: PMC8717917. PMID: 34980465
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