December 3, 2018—San Antonio, TX. The National Trauma Institute announced changes to its Board of Directors, including scheduled organizational representative turnover and the addition of a new affiliated professional group. Christopher Kang, MD, replaces Angela Gardner, MD, as the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) representative; James Ecklund, MC, replaces Alex Valadka as the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) representative; and Alice Gervasini, RN, PhD, joins as a new member affiliated with the Society of Trauma Nurses (STN)—an addition that enables NTI to bring trauma nurse representation onto the board.
“We want to thank Dr. Gardner and Dr. Valadka for their service and their contributions to the board,” said Jerry Jurkovich, MD, NTI’s Board Chair. “Maintaining representation from ACEP and AANS and inviting STN to participate helps NTI keep a broad perspective on trauma across disciplines and the full spectrum of trauma care.” As NTI embarks on creation of the National Trauma Research Action Plan, funded through a Department of Defense contract, discipline diversity on its board is particularly important.
Dr. Kang is an emergency physician at Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma, WA. He serves on the Board of Directors of the American College of Emergency Physicians and is a past president of the Washington Chapter of ACEP. He is a peer reviewer for the Journal of Wilderness and Environmental Medicine. He is a decorated officer, serving as a flight surgeon in the U.S. Army.
Dr. Ecklund retired as a Colonel in the U.S. Army. He is Chair of the Department of Neurosciences at Inova Fairfax Hospital and Medical Director of the Neurosciences Service Line for the Inova Health System. He holds faculty appointments at George Washington University, Virginia Commonwealth University-Inova Campus, and Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences. He serves as an ad hoc reviewer for Neurosurgery, Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery, The Lancet Neurologyand World Neurosurgery.
Dr. Gervasini is Nurse Director in the Division of Trauma, Emergency Surgery and Surgical Critical Care at Massachusetts General Hospital. She serves on the ACS Committee on Trauma (COT) Verification Review Committee. She is a past president of the Society of Trauma Nurses and an active member of the American Association of Critical Care Nurses, the Society of Critical Care Medicine, and the Massachusetts ACS-COT.