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Advisory Council

The Advisory Council of the Coalition for National Trauma Research is being seated now. It will include one representative of each Stakeholder member organization along with at least one designee from the Board of Directors. Members of the Advisory Council serve a one-year term. 

Anna Newcomb, PhD

Anna Newcomb, PhD

American Trauma Society Representative

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Anna Newcomb is the Trauma Research Manager at Inova in Northern Virginia. While a trauma clinical social worker in the 1990s, she initiated a program that would become the American Trauma Society’s (ATS) Trauma Survivors Network. After receiving her PhD in Health Services Research from Johns Hopkins, she has focused her research on hospital program implementation, interventions addressing trauma patient and family wellbeing, and communication training. Dr. Newcomb is the President of the ATS.
Peggy Knudson, MD

Peggy Knudson, MD

Military Health System Strategic Partnership with ACS Representative

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Dr. Knudson is a professor of surgery at the University of California and a trauma surgeon at the San Francisco General Trauma Center. She has held leadership positions in the AAST and the WTA and has spent 17 years on the ACS Committee on Trauma, including four years as the Vice Chair for the central COT.

Dr. Knudson was on the original Board of Directors for the National Trauma Institute (predecessor to CNTR) and served as the Science Director, overseeing 16 research projects. She is currently the PI of a large multi-center research grant focusing on post-traumatic pulmonary embolism. This grant (CLOTT) is administered by CNTR and funded by the Department of Defense, and more recently it has expanded to include support from PCORI and NIH. In addition to VTE, Dr. Knudson’s other research interests include injury prevention and combat casualty care. As the Medical Director of the Military Health System Partnership with the American College of Surgeons, she oversees a program that focuses on quality of care in Military Treatment Facilities, education and training for deploying surgeons, and the establishment of military-civilian partnerships to maintain readiness. 

Alice Gervasini, PhD, RN, NE-BC

Alice Gervasini, PhD, RN, NE-BC

Society of Trauma Nurses Representative

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Alice A. Gervasini, PhD, RN, NE-BC is the Nurse Director for the Division of Trauma, Emergency Surgery, and Surgical Critical Care at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA. She has 40 years of experience in the management of trauma and acute care surgical patients, trauma systems design, and injury prevention. In conjunction with the Medical Director, she is responsible for the overall program dynamics for both the adult and pediatric trauma programs. 

She received her BS in nursing from American University, a Master’s Degree from the University of Maryland – Baltimore with a focus on trauma nursing, and a PhD in Nursing from Boston College.  Research interests include clinical practice, trauma epidemiology and injury prevention. Dr. Gervasini has published numerous articles and spoken nationally and internationally on many trauma-related topics.

She contributes to the American College of Nurse Practitioners’ curriculum, serves on the advisory board for the PhD program at Northeastern University, and is an Instructor in Surgery at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Gervasini has been actively involved in the Society of Trauma Nurses since its inception and has served in many leadership roles including President of the Society in 1993-1994. She is currently a member of the Society’s research committee.

Saam Morshed, MD

Saam Morshed, MD

Orthopedic Trauma Association Representative

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Dr. Morshed is Director of the Clinical Research Center at the UCSF/Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital Orthopaedic Trauma Institute and an Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF). He also serves as Co-Director of the Global Research Initiative of the Institute for Global Orthopaedics and Traumatology (IGOT) at UCSF, which coordinates sustainable and equity-based education and research programs with partnering institutions in the developing world. 

As an Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation Clinical Research Training Fellow, he received a Master’s of Public Health and PhD in Epidemiology from the University of California Berkeley. Prior to returning to UCSF to join the faculty in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, he completed subspecialty training in orthopaedic trauma at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. His clinical practice is focused on skeletal trauma, surgery of the pelvis and acetabulum, and problem fractures including mal-unions and non-unions. He serves at Co-director of the UCSF orthopaedic trauma fellowship. 

Dr. Morshed’s research interests include treatment of major extremity trauma, and he leads several multicenter clinical trials as a Major Extremity Trauma and Rehabilitation Consortium principal investigator. He has served or led numerous professional society committees for the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, Orthopaedic Research Society, and currently chairs the Strategic Research Initiatives Committee for the Orthopedic Trauma Association.

He completed both medical school and orthopaedic residency at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF).

Combining the firepower of societies that represent a wide variety of surgical disciplines and other care groups across the trauma continuum can help us secure a national home for trauma research.

Rosemary Kozar, MD FACS

Chair, CNTR Scientific Advisory Committee