Dr. Holden

Sara E. Holden, MD

Assistant Professor of Surgery

314-362-9000

Meet Dr. Holden


Expertise

Specialty Areas

  • Ventral / Incisional hernia repair
  • Inguinal / femoral hernia repair
  • Flank hernia repair
  • Parastomal hernia repair
  • Robotic hernia surgery
  • Abdominal wall reconstruction
  • Gallbladder disease

Common Procedures & Diagnoses

  • Ventral / Incisional hernia repair
  • Inguinal / femoral hernia repair
  • Flank hernia repair
  • Parastomal hernia repair
  • Gallbladder disease

Conditions Treated

  • Inguinal Hernia
  • Femoral Hernia
  • Umbilical Hernia
  • Incisional Hernia
  • Gallbladder disease
  • Complex gallbladder
  • Athletic hernia
  • Groin pain

About

Dr. Sara E. Holden is a minimally invasive hernia surgeon at Washington University. She has expertise in open, laparoscopic and robotic hernia repair surgery. Dr. Holden earned her medical degree from the University of Minnesota. She completed a general surgery residency at the University of Wisconsin and a minimally invasive surgery fellowship at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.

Dr. Holden is dedicated to improving the lives of her patients. “A large, complex abdominal wall hernia may severely impact a person’s life,” Dr. Holden says. “Restoring a functional abdominal wall in those patients can be life changing for them, and it is wonderful to be a part of that.”

Education

Board Certifications

General Surgery

Degrees

Medical School: M.D., University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, Minneapolis, MN (2010)

B.S., Health Science/Pre-medicine, Biology minor, Truman State University, Kirksville, MO (2005)

Postdoctoral Education

Post-Doctoral Research: NIH T32 Surgical Oncology Research Training Program; University of Wisconsin; Madison, WI, 2011-2013

Residency

General Surgery Resident, University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics, Madison, WI (2017)

NIH T32 Surgical Oncology Research Training Program Post-Doctorate Research Fellow, University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, Madison, WI (2013)

Fellowship

Minimally Invasive Surgery Fellowship, Washington University School of Medicine, Saint Louis, MO(2018)

Professional Memberships

American College of Surgeons

Americas Hernia Society

Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons

Central Surgical Association

St. Louis Surgical Society

Activities, Awards and Honors

All-American, National Soccer Coaches Association of America (2003, 2004)

Scholar All-American, National Soccer Coaches Association of America (2003, 2004)

ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American (2004)- Summa Cum Laude, Truman State University (2005)

NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship Recipient (2005)- NCAA Woman of the Year, Missouri (2005)

Ken B. Jones Award (Student Athlete of the Year, MIAA Conference) (2005)

President’s Volunteer Service Award (2006)- Overall Academic Honors, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities (2008)

Gold Humanism Honor Society, University of Minnesota Twin-Cities (2008)

Poster of Distinction, International Society of Surgery Annual International Surgery Week, Helsinki,Finland (2013)

Best Poster Award, American Association of Endocrine Surgeons Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL(2013)

Resident Teaching Award, University of Wisconsin (2015)- Ben Lawton Medical Student Teaching Award, University of Wisconsin (2017)

Athletic Hall of Fame, Truman State University (2017)

Americas Hernia Society Women in Surgery Travel Scholarship (2020)

Faculty Teaching Appreciation Award, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO (2021)

Selected Publications

Kushner B, Holden T, Politi M, Blatnik J, Holden S. A Practical Guideline for the Implementation ofShared Decision-making in Complex Ventral Incisional Hernia Repair. J Surg Res. 2021 Mar;259:387-392. Epub 2020 Oct 15. PMID: 33070993.

Kushner BS, Hamilton J, Han BJ, Sehnert M, Holden T, Holden SE. Geriatric assessment and medical preoperative screening (GrAMPS) program for older hernia patients. Hernia. 2021 Apr 4. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 33813655.

Hamilton J, Kushner B, Holden S, Holden T. Age-related risk factors in ventral hernia repairs: A review and call to action. J Surg Res. 2021 Oct;266:180-191. PMID: 34015515; PMCID: PMC8338875.

Kushner BS, Han B, Otegbeye E, Hamilton J, Blatnik J, Holden T, Holden SE. Chronological Age DoesNot Predict Postoperative Outcomes Following Transversus Abdominis Release (TAR). Surg Endosc.2021 Sep 14. PMID: 34519894.

Kushner BS, Holden TR, Han B, Sehnert M, Majumder A, Blatnik JA, Holden SE. Randomized control trial evaluating the use of a shared decision-making aid for older ventral hernia patients in theGeriatric Assessment and Medical Preoperative Screening (GrAMPS) Program. Hernia. 2021 Oct 22.PMID: 34686942.

Holden TR, Kushner BS, Hamilton JL, Han B, Holden SE. Polypharmacy is predictive of postoperative complications in older adults undergoing ventral hernia repair. Surg Endosc. Feb 2022. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 35182214 Aug 2021.

Kushner BS, Holden T, Han BJ, Hamilton J, Sehnert M, Holden SE. Perioperative outcomes of theGeriatric Assessment and Medical Preoperative Screening (GrAMPS) program pilot for older hernia patients: does chronological age predict outcomes? Surg Endosc. 2021 Nov 29. PMID: 34845548.

Locations

Hospital Affiliations

Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Privileges for General Surgery and Minimally Invasive Surgery

Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Privileges for General Surgery and Minimally Invasive Surgery

Patients Seen At
Barnes Jewish West County Hospital
1040 N. Mason Road
Medical Building 4, Suite 310
Creve Coeur, MO 63141

Center for Advanced Medicine
Gastrointestinal Center
4921 Parkview Place
Floor 12, Suite B
St. Louis, MO 63110