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Tyler Loftus - University of Florida. Gainesville, FL, US

Tyler Loftus

Assistant Professor | University of Florida

Gainesville, FL, UNITED STATES

Dr. Tyler Loftus uses artificial intelligence for clinical decision making to improve surgical care while attending to bioethical principles


Dr. Tyler J. Loftus is a trauma surgeon and data scientist. Dr. Loftus’s research has introduced and validated the concept of aligning patient acuity with resource intensity after major surgery and is poised to change the way surgeons and intensivists make postoperative triage decisions and allocate sparse critical care resources. His research overlaps with the healthcare quality domain where he serves as an assistant chair of quality for the Department of Surgery.

Areas of Expertise (6)


Crtical care

Machine Learning

Artificial Intelligence

Trauma Surgery

Medical Education

Media Appearances (3)

Tech Tuesday: Trauma surgeon’s award

ABC News WCJB 20  tv


A trauma surgeon from North Central Florida wants to help doctors make better decisions for intensive care patients. In this week’s Tech Tuesday, our partners at UF innovate and SCAD media tell us how Tyler Loftus’s invention won an award.

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Surgical Revolution: Exploring AI’s Impact on Modern Practices

AZO Robotics  online


The surgeons, recognized as trailblazers in integrating AI into their practices and exploring its potential applications, showcased how this technology is transforming patient care in the lead-up to surgery, during the procedure, and in the post-operative period. This presentation occurred on Monday, October 23, as part of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Clinical Congress 2023 in Boston, Massachusetts.

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The AI Revolution: Surgeons Share Insights on Integrating AI into Surgical Care

ACS News  


A panel of leading surgeons convened recently to discuss the transformative role of artificial intelligence (AI) in modern surgical practices. The surgeons, all pioneers in adopting AI into their work and studying potential applications, illustrated how this technology is revolutionizing patient care before, during, and after surgery.

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Articles (3)

Overtriage, Undertriage, and Value of Care after Major Surgery: An Automated, Explainable Deep Learning-Enabled Classification System

Journal of the American College of Surgeons

Tyler J. Loftus, et. al


In single-institution studies, overtriaging low-risk postoperative patients to ICUs has been associated with a low value of care; undertriaging high-risk postoperative patients to general wards has been associated with increased mortality and morbidity. This study tested the reproducibility of an automated postoperative triage classification system to generating an actionable, explainable decision support system.

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Postoperative Overtriage to an Intensive Care Unit Is Associated With Low Value of Care

Annals of Surgery

Tyler J. Loftus, et. al


We test the hypothesis that for low-acuity surgical patients, postoperative intensive care unit (ICU) admission is associated with lower value of care compared with ward admission. Overtriaging low-acuity patients to ICU consumes valuable resources and may not confer better patient outcomes. Associations among postoperative overtriage, patient outcomes, costs, and value of care have not been previously reported.

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Association of Postoperative Undertriage to Hospital Wards With Mortality and Morbidity

JAMA Network

Tyler J. Loftus, et. al


Undertriaging patients who are at increased risk for postoperative complications after surgical procedures to low-acuity hospital wards (ie, floors) rather than highly vigilant intensive care units (ICUs) may be associated with risk of unrecognized decompensation and worse patient outcomes, but evidence for these associations is lacking.

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