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Board of Directors

The National Trauma Institute is governed by a Board of Directors comprising leaders in the trauma field and representatives of the major national trauma organizations.

The Board’s Science Committee is responsible for the development of the national research agenda, issuance and communication of Requests for Proposals to a national audience, consideration of proposals, and recommendation of contracts and funds to be awarded. This committee will create Study Sections to provide expertise in the appropriate clinical research areas consistent with the national research agenda.

Board Officers

Gregory (Jerry) J. Jurkovich, MD, FACS

Chair

UC Davis Health System

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Gregory “Jerry” Jurkovich, MD, FACS, is Professor and Vice-Chairman of the Department of Surgery at the UC Davis Health System in Sacramento, California. In this role, he is responsible for the clinical affairs and quality of the department, as well as being an acute care surgeon.

Dr. Jurkovich has held numerous leadership positions in addition to serving as Chair of the National Trauma Institute for the past three years. He has been the President of the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma (AAST), the Western Trauma Association (WTA), and the Western Surgical Association (WSA). He also has served as Vice Chairman and Chief of Regions of the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma (ACS/COT), and is currently a Director of the American Board of Surgery. He serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery, Annals of Surgery, and the Journal of the American College of Surgeons. He is also the editor of the textbook “ACS Surgery: Principles and Practices.”

Dr. Jurkovich has held numerous leadership positions in addition to serving as Chair of the National Trauma Institute for the past three years. He has been the President of the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma (AAST), the Western Trauma Association (WTA), and the Western Surgical Association (WSA). He also has served as Vice Chairman and Chief of Regions of the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma (ACS/COT), and is currently a Director of the American Board of Surgery. He serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery, Annals of Surgery, and the Journal of the American College of Surgeons. He is also the editor of the textbook “ACS Surgery: Principles and Practices.”

Dr. Jurkovich is well known for his leadership of the AAST Committee on the Acute Care Surgeon, working to define the future training and practice paradigm for trauma surgery that combines surgical critical care, emergency general surgery, and trauma surgery. Throughout the course of his career, Dr. Jurkovich has explored some of the most critical problems in trauma, including methods of measuring outcome in trauma patients, the role of hypothermia in trauma, alcohol and injury, the immune-inflammatory response to injury, and nutritional support in the critically injured.

He received an undergraduate degree in biomedical engineering (cum laude) from Northwestern University and his MD degree from the University of Minnesota. His surgery residency was at the University of Colorado, with a trauma research fellowship at Duke University.

Timothy C. Fabian, MD, FACS

Immediate Past Chair

University of Tennessee Health Science Center

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Dr. Fabian is Harwell Wilson Alumni Professor & Chairman and heads the Department of Surgery at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis, Tennessee. He earned his undergraduate degree from Loyola University of Chicago and his doctorate from Loyola University’s Stritch School of Medicine. He completed surgical residency training at Ohio State University, then attended Emory University School of Medicine and completed a fellowship in trauma/critical care at Grady Memorial Hospital. After serving on the faculty at Emory, he moved to the University of Tennessee in Memphis, where he began an academic career in trauma.

Dr. Fabian helped organize and develop one of the largest volume trauma centers in the United States — The Presley Memorial Trauma Center at Memphis. His academic interests have been in both clinical and laboratory research dealing with shock and organ injury management. He has served as Vice Chairman of the Board of Governors of the American College of Surgeons. He is Past President of both the Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma (EAST) and the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma (AAST), and he continues to serve on the Board of Managers of the AAST.

Donald H. Jenkins, MD, FACS

Vice Chair

University of Texas Health Science Center

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Donald H. Jenkins, MD, FACS, is Vice Chair for Quality, Department of Surgery, at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA). He is also a professor in the Division of Trauma and Emergency Surgery, the Betty and Bob Kelso Distinguished Chair in Burn and Trauma Surgery and Associate Deputy Director of the university’s Military Health Institute.

Dr. Jenkins has decades of experience in care of the injured patient, trauma system development, and advanced resuscitation of patients with hemorrhage, and collaborates locally, regionally, nationally and internationally to further the science of health care delivery as it relates to these fields of expertise. He also has a wealth of experience related to surgical quality measures, performance improvement and patient safety.

Dr. Jenkins is also an Assistant Professor of Surgery at the Uniformed Services University in Bethesda, MD. He retired in 2008 from the U.S. Air Force, having served as the Trauma Medical Director at Lackland AFB, TX. He was responsible for all trauma medical care and administration of the USAF’s only American College of Surgeons Verified Level 1 Trauma Center at Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center in San Antonio in the decade prior to his retirement. He was also the Flight Commander and Chairman of General Surgery for 59MDW.

Dr. Jenkins was formerly Professor of Surgery and Director of Trauma in the Division of Trauma, Critical Care and General Surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, where he worked from 2008 (upon his retirement from the USAF) until 2016. In this role, he helped establish the first regional trauma organization in the State of Minnesota, oversaw a nearly 50 percent decline in trauma mortality at Saint Mary’s Hospital in Rochester and led a team in the use of plasma in the pre-hospital setting as well as initiated the use of cold stored platelets and whole blood.

Dr. Jenkins received his BS in biochemistry from the University of Scranton, Pennsylvania; earned his MD from the Uniformed Services University in Bethesda, Maryland; and performed residencies at Wilford Hall and Lackland AFB. He was a trauma/critical care fellow at the University of Pennsylvania and received the Diploma Medical Care of Catastrophes from the Society of Apothecaries of London.

Dr. Jenkins is Past President of the Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma (EAST) and a founding board member and Past Chair of the National Trauma Institute.

Greg J. Beilman, MD, FACS

Science Committee Chair

University of Minnesota

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Dr. Beilman is Deputy Chair of Surgery and Division Head of Critical Care and Acute Care Surgery at the University of Minnesota. He completed medical school at the University of Kansas and surgery training at the University of Kansas in Wichita prior to moving to Minnesota for a fellowship in Surgical Critical Care and Trauma. He manages an active translational research program, with over 180 peer-reviewed publications.

As a retired Colonel in the Army Reserves, Dr. Beilman has deployed five times; serving during his penultimate deployment as the CENTCOM Joint Theater Trauma Director in Iraq and Afghanistan. Dr. Beilman’s research interests include understanding of metabolic pathophysiologic processes during injury, and improving process and outcomes in critically-ill patients. He leads the University of Minnesota Health System Critical Care Program, which involves all of the hospitals in the Fairview system in Minnesota. This includes critical care services delivered at the appropriate level throughout the Fairview system, including direct bedside service and tele-ICU services.

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Ronald M. Stewart, MD, FACS

Secretary

University of Texas Health Science Center

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Ronald M. Stewart graduated from medical school and completed his surgical residency at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. He then completed a Trauma and Surgical Critical Care Fellowship at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis. 

He returned to San Antonio in 1993 as the Director of the Trauma Service. Dr. Stewart has served as the Board Chair of the Southwest Texas Regional Advisory Council for Trauma since 1996. In 1999 he was awarded the Faculty Member of the Year Award from The University Health System. That same year he and the Shattered Dreams development team were awarded the Bronze Quill for writings on the award winning injury prevention program Shattered Dreams/D.E.A.D. (Drinking and Driving End All Dreams). 

In May 2000, Governor George W. Bush appointed Dr. Stewart to the Governor’s Emergency Medical Services and Trauma Advisory Council where he served until 2014. He was the chair of the South Texas Chapter of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Committee on Trauma for six years, and followed for another six years as the ACS COT Region VI Chief (Texas, New Mexico, Louisiana and Arkansas). He currently serves as the Chair of the ACS Committee on Trauma. Dr. Stewart was a founding member and the first Chair of the National Trauma Institute. 

At the UT Health Science Center in San Antonio he is a tenured Professor of Surgery and Anesthesia, and since 2008, he has served as the Chair of the Department of Surgery, holding the Dr. Witten B. Russ Chair in Surgery. Dr. Stewart has received numerous awards for teaching and service. A partial listing of these includes the Presidential Award for Clinical Excellence (2004), the Distinguished Alumnus of the UTHSCSA School of Medicine (2005) and the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award (2007). 

In 2013 he was the recipient of the National Safety Council Surgeons Award for Service to Safety and the American College of Surgeon’s Arthur Ellenberger Award for Excellence in State Advocacy. 

He is a member of the American Surgical Association, the Southern Surgical Association, the Western Surgical Association, Immediate Past President of the Southwestern Surgical Congress and the Secretary of the Texas Surgical Society.

“It has been proven in many other major disease categories that research works— it establishes the evidence that improves outcomes and saves lives. Accelerated progress in trauma care requires significant and sustained funding of trauma research.”

Ronald M. Stewart

Founding Chairman National Trauma Institute

Directors at Large

Col. Jeffrey A. Bailey, FACS

Joint Theater System

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Colonel Bailey serves as the Director for Surgery, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, the tertiary academic medical center of the National Capital Region Multi-Service Market of the Military Health System. Colonel Bailey is a Professor in the Uniformed Services University Walter Reed Department of Surgery. He is responsible for the operation and surgical direction of all aspects of subspecialty and perioperative surgical care, education, research, and readiness for the Surgical Directorate.

 

Colonel Bailey enlisted in the USAF in 1976 and was commissioned in 1982 after completing the Air Force Physician Assistant Program and graduating from the University of Oklahoma in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma with a Bachelor of Science. He holds a Master’s in Public Administration from Golden Gate University in San Francisco, California. He graduated from Saint Louis University in St. Louis, Missouri with a Doctor of Medicine Summa Cum Laude. He completed a residency in Surgery followed by fellowship training in Trauma and Critical Care surgery. He is board certified in General Surgery with a special certificate in Surgical Critical Care.

He has served as the Director of the Joint Trauma System Defense Center of Excellence at Joint Base San Antonio, Texas and the USAF Center for Sustainment of Trauma and Readiness Skills in Saint Louis, Missouri. Colonel Bailey has twice deployed during Operation Iraqi Freedom and served as Chief of Trauma at the Air Force Theater Hospital, Balad Air Base Iraq. He has also twice served as the US Central Command Joint Theater Trauma System Director.

Colonel Bailey serves as the Chief of the Military Region of the ACS Regional Committees on Trauma and as a Director at Large of the National Trauma Institute. He is a past-Specialty Governor of the American College of Surgeons and a past-President of the St. Louis Surgical Society. His decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (2 Oak leaf clusters), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal (1 Oak Leaf Cluster), Air Force Achievement Medal, Good Conduct Medal (1 Oak Leaf Cluster), National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Ribbon, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and the Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon with Gold Border, and NATO Medal.

Gregory J. Beilman, MD, FACS

University of Minnesota

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Dr. Beilman is Deputy Chair of Surgery and Division Head of Critical Care and Acute Care Surgery at the University of Minnesota. He completed medical school at the University of Kansas and surgery training at the University of Kansas in Wichita prior to moving to Minnesota for a fellowship in Surgical Critical Care and Trauma. He manages an active translational research program, with over 180 peer-reviewed publications.

As a retired Colonel in the Army Reserves, Dr. Beilman has deployed five times; serving during his penultimate deployment as the CENTCOM Joint Theater Trauma Director in Iraq and Afghanistan. Dr. Beilman’s research interests include understanding of metabolic pathophysiologic processes during injury, and improving process and outcomes in critically-ill patients. He leads the University of Minnesota Health System Critical Care Program, which involves all of the hospitals in the Fairview system in Minnesota. This includes critical care services delivered at the appropriate level throughout the Fairview system, including direct bedside service and tele-ICU services.

Eileen Bulger, MD, FACS

Harborview Medical Center, Seattle

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Eileen Bulger, MD, is Chief of Trauma at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. She has previously served on the editorial boards of Surgical Research, Surgical Infections, Shock Journal, and Prehospital Emergency Care. Dr. Bulger has served as a Principal Investigator on five multi-site studies and as the Site PI on 11 multi-site studies. Her research focus involves advancements in pre-hospital care and the early resuscitation of injured patients. She was co-investigator of the Resuscitation Outcomes Consortium (ROC), and directed its Data Coordinating Center. Dr. Bulger serves as an at-large member of the NTI Board.

William C. Chiu, MD, FACS

University of Maryland

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Dr. Chiu is Associate Professor in the Department of Surgery at the University of Maryland. He is Program Director of the Surgical Critical Care Fellowship Program. His research interests include neuroendocrine function in sepsis, neuroimmunology in circulatory shock, resuscitation, abdominal ultrasonography for trauma and field triage.

Martin Croce, MD, FACS

University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis

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Dr. Croce is Professor of Surgery and Chief, Division of Trauma and Critical Care at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis, as well as Medical Director of the Presley Regional Trauma Center. He completed his medical education and residency at UTHSC-Memphis, and a trauma fellowship at the University of Miami, Jackson Memorial Hospital, Miami. His research interests include blunt cerebral injuries, splenic injury and VAP.

Brian J. Eastridge, MD, FACS

University of Texas Health Science Center

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Dr. Eastridge is Clinical Professor in the Department of Surgery at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and the Trauma Medical Director at University Hospital in San Antonio Texas. Dr. Eastridge also currently serves as a Colonel in the Medical Corps of the U.S. Army Reserves. He has spent more than 28 years both in active and reserve service with six operational deployments to support Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. COL Eastridge was one of the principal architects in the development of the military trauma system and served as the Chief of Trauma at the Brooke Army Medical Center, Director of the Joint Trauma System and Trauma Consultant to the Army Surgeon General during his tenure on active duty.

Dr. Eastridge received his BS in biochemistry in 1985 from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Virginia; earned his MD in 1989 from the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore Maryland; and completed his residency in general surgery at the University of Maryland Hospital. He completed his fellowship training in surgical critical care at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, TX in 1997.

Dr. Eastridge’s research interests and grant support are focused upon trauma system development, including development of the regional trauma system performance improvement initiatives, predictive modelling of injury outcomes, improved pre-hospital resuscitation strategies for casualties and pre-hospital mortality surveillance and mitigation.

CAPT Eric A. Elster, MD, FACS, MC, USN

Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences

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Dr. Elster received his undergraduate and medical school degrees from the University of South Florida in Tampa as a recipient of the U.S. Navy’s Health Professionals Scholarship Program. Upon graduation, Dr. Elster completed a general surgery residency at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, MD. During Operation Iraqi Freedom, Dr. Elster served as ship’s surgeon aboard the USS Kitty Hawk while stationed in the Persian Gulf. Upon returning, he completed a solid organ transplantation fellowship at the National Institutes of Health and then was stationed at the Naval Medical Research Center in Silver Spring, MD, where he directed a translational research program focused on the development of improved diagnostics and therapies for serious traumatic injuries, transplantation and advanced operative imaging.

CAPT Elster now serves as the 3rd Chairman and Professor of the Department of Surgery at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences & the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, a department which includes 89 staff surgeons across all surgical specialties, 135 surgical residents and fellows, and supports 170 medical students per year (of which 40 last year matriculated in surgical residency programs). This robust academic department has a research portfolio across the spectrum of surgery with peer review funding from DoD and the NIH and publishes more than 250 papers per year in high-impact journals.

Dr. Elster is also the Director of the Surgical Critical Care Initiative, a joint military and civilian program developing clinical decision support tools for critically ill patients. Dr. Elster was last deployed as a surgeon and Director of Surgical Services at the NATO Role 3 Military Medical Unit in Kandahar, Afghanistan. He is a member of several key organizations including a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, Society of University Surgeons, American Society of Transplant Surgeons, the Southern Surgical Association, the Halsted Society and the American Surgical Association. Dr. Elster and has published more than120 scientific manuscripts in leading journals such as JAMA, Annals of Surgery, American Journal of Transplantation, and Science Translational Medicine, and has received numerous research grants across all aspects of surgery.

James Ficke, MD

Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

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James Ficke, MD, is Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and Director of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Prior to his current position, Dr. Ficke was Chairman of the Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation at the San Antonio Military Medical Center. He also served the U.S. Army Surgeon General as the senior advisor on policy and personnel for orthopaedics and extremity injuries for seven years. During active service, he deployed as Deputy Commander of Clinical Services in Mosul, Iraq. He has served as the co-chair of the Extremity War Injury Symposium sponsored by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons since 2005. Dr. Ficke serves as the liaison member from the Orthopaedic Trauma Association (OTA).

Nicole Gibran, MD, FACS

University of Washington

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Dr. Gibran is Professor of Surgery at the University of Washington and Medical Director of the UW Medicine Regional Burn Center at Harborview Medical Center. After completing her medical degree and residency in surgery at Boston University, she completed a one-year fellowship at the Burn Center at Harborview, followed by a two-year National Institutes of Health Trauma Fellowship in the UW Department of Surgery. Her research includes the role of neuroinflammation in wound repair, genetic influences on scarring, and long-term functional outcomes following burn injuries. She is committed to improving quality of burn care nationally and internationally.

David B. Hoyt, MD, FACS

American College of Surgeons

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Dr. Hoyt is executive director of the American College of Surgeons. Prior to this appointment, he served as executive vice-dean of the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine; chairman of the Department of Surgery; and the John E. Connolly Professor of Surgery at the University of California, Irvine. He now holds the title of professor emeritus at that University. He received a BA degree with honors from Amherst College, followed by an MD degree from Case Western Reserve University in 1976. From 1976-1984 Dr. Hoyt was a surgical resident and research fellow at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) and Scripps Immunology Institute. He joined the faculty at UCSD and immediately became involved in their trauma service, where his role as director lasted from 1989 – 2006. In 1995 he was appointed professor of surgery and was awarded The Monroe E. Trout Professorship in Surgery at UCSD (1996). He is a member of the American Surgical Association, Surgical Biology Club, Western Surgical Association, and Society of University Surgeons and holds membership in other prestigious surgical organizations. He is a past president of the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma, past president of the Society of General Surgeons of San Diego, past president of the Shock Society, past chairman of the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma, and past medical director of trauma at the American College of Surgeons.

M. Margaret Knudson, MD, FACS

University of California

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M. Margaret (Peggy) Knudson MD, FACS attended medical school at the U. of Michigan. After completing her surgical residency at U. of M., she joined the surgical faculty at Stanford University, where she served as the Assistant Trauma Director. In 1989, Dr. Knudson was recruited to the University of California at San Francisco and has attained the rank of Professor in the ladder series. Her practice is based primarily at the San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center, where she is an attending surgeon on the trauma/critical care/emergency surgery service.

For 20 years, Dr. Knudson has served as the Director of the San Francisco Injury Center for Research and Prevention, one of the first CDC-funded Centers nationally. Her research focuses on resuscitation, venous thromboembolic disease, and pediatric injury prevention. Dr. Knudson served on the Committee on Trauma for 17 years, including four years as the Vice-Chair for the central COT. She was awarded the National Safety Council Award from the COT/AAST for her work in trauma and injury prevention. She has also been on the Board of Managers of both the Western Trauma Association and the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma. She is a member of the editorial boards of the Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery, the Journal of the American College of Surgeons and Shock.

She served as the Science Chair for the National Trauma Institute for four years and continues on its Board of Directors. Dr. Knudson has recently been appointed as the Medical Director for the Military Health System Strategic Partnership with the American College of Surgeons.

Rosemary A. Kozar, MD, PhD, FACS

University of Maryland School of Medicine

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Rosemary Kozar is Professor of Surgery, Director of Translational Research at Shock Trauma and Associate Director of Shock Trauma Anesthesia Research (STAR) at the University of Maryland. She received her medical degree from Temple University, Philadelphia, PA and a PhD in Molecular Physiology and Biophysics at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX. She began her residency at The University of Texas Medical School at Houston and completed her training at Temple University School of Medicine. She also completed a fellowship in Surgical Critical Care at the University of Texas.

Dr. Kozar spent much of her career at the University of Texas-Houston. She remains active in trauma surgery and critical care. Her research interests are the impact of enteral nutrients on the post-ischemic gut and hemorrhagic shock and resuscitation, for which she has been NIH-funded for over a decade.

Dr. Kozar is a former Chair of the Education Committee of the AAS and SUS. She has served as the President of the Association of Women Surgeons and on the Board of Directors for the Western Trauma Association. She is active in the American College of Surgeons as current Chair of the Women in Surgery Committee and Chair of the Verification Committee for the Committee on Trauma. She is currently on the Board of Managers for the AAST and is the President of the Shock Society.

COL Matthew Martin, MD, FACS

Joint Theater Trauma System

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Colonel Matthew J. Martin is currently the Trauma Medical Director and Chief of Surgical Critical Care at Madigan Army Medical Center (MAMC), Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington. He is also the Director of Surgical Research and the former Associate Program Director for the MAMC General Surgery residency program. He is a Clinical Associate Professor of Surgery at the University of Washington School of Medicine, and Associate Professor of Surgery at the Uniformed Services University in Bethesda, MD. COL Martin also serves as a staff trauma surgeon and the Director of Trauma Informatics at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland, Oregon. He is the current Chair of the Army State, Region 13, for the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma. He has deployed twice in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and twice in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Dr. Martin received his BA in psychology in 1990 from Boston University, an MA in Medical Science from Boston University School of Graduate Education in 1995, and his MD from the Boston University School of Medicine in 1998. He completed residency training in General Surgery at Madigan Army Medical Center, and a fellowship in Trauma and Surgical Critical Care at Los Angeles County Hospital + USC Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA.

Dr. Martin maintains an active surgical practice in general surgery, bariatric surgery, and trauma/critical care. He established an active basic science and animal trauma research laboratory at Madigan Army Medical Center in 2005, and his research interests are currently focused on combat injuries and resuscitation, traumatic acidosis and coagulopathy, and ischemia-reperfusion injury.

J. Wayne Meredith, MD, FACS

Wake Forest University

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Wake Forest Baptist Health Winston-Salem, NC Dr. Meredith is the Richard T. Myers Professor and Chair of the Department of Surgery (formerly General Surgery), Chief of Clinical Chairs and Chief of Surgery at Wake Forest Baptist Health. A graduate of Emory University, Dr. Meredith received his M.D. from Bowman Gray School of Medicine and joined the faculty of Wake Forest University Health Sciences in 1987 and was named Professor and Chairman of General Surgery in 1997 and Director of Surgical Sciences in 2000 to June 2014. Dr. Meredith holds a cross-appointment at the Institute for Regenerative Medicine and a joint appointment as Professor of Pediatrics in the Department of Pediatrics. He is also the Medical Director of the Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.

Dr. Meredith has served as Director of the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Thoracic Surgery. He is a past-president of the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma (AAST), the Southern Surgical Association, the Southeastern Surgical Congress, and the Eastern Association of the Surgery of Trauma (EAST). Dr. Meredith served as the Medical Director of Trauma Programs of the American College of Surgeons from 2006 through 2010 and was Chair of the Committee on Trauma from 2002 to 2006.

Dr. Meredith is the author of more than 161 scientific publications and several book chapters and one textbook. In addition, he is serves on the editorial board of the American Journal of Surgery and the Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery.

Dr. Meredith was the principal investigator on the Cooperative Agreement with Wake Forest School of Medicine and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in the establishment of the Crash Injury Research and Engineering Network (CIREN) Center of Wake Forest and Virginia Tech until September 2014. In addition, he is the principal investigator of an NIH funded T32 grant for Integrative Training in Trauma and Regenerative Medicine. Dr. Meredith’s research interests include thoracic trauma, biomechanics of crash injury, injury severity measures, and trauma systems development.

COL Shawn Nessen, MD, FACS

U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research

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COL Shawn Nessen is Director of the US Army Institute of Surgical Research in San Antonio. COL Nessen’s Military education includes graduation from the AMEDD Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, the US Army Flight Surgeons and Airborne Courses, and Command and General Staff College where he received a Masters of Military Arts and Sciences in the field of Strategy. He deployed to both Iraq and Afghanistan. He is the lead editor and author of the award winning textbook War Surgery in Afghanistan and Iraq: A Series of Cases 2003-2007. His research focuses on combat casualty care and blood transfusion of trauma patients.

Anna Newcomb, PhD, MSW, LCSW

Inova Fairfax Hospital

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Anna Newcomb, PhD, is the Trauma Research Manager at Inova Fairfax Hospital in Virginia, where she coordinates the research program in the trauma department, providing guidance on hospital program development as well as research methodology, implementation, and analysis. Dr. Newcomb’s primary area of expertise is the experience of trauma patients and families following trauma and during the recovery process. She has been involved in the development of a large multicenter study coordinated by the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health focusing on the support of trauma patients and families. Dr. Newcomb received her PhD in Health Policy and Management from Johns Hopkins University, her MSW from the Catholic University of America, and her BA from Oberlin College. Dr. Newcomb is the liaison member of the American Trauma Society.

Raminder Nirula, MD, FACS

University of Utah

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Dr. Nirula is an Associate Professor of Surgery at the University of Utah where he is the Trauma Medical Director, SICU Fellowship Director and co-director of the SICU. He is the current Chair of the Multi-Institutional Trials Committee of the AAST. His research interests include comparative-effectiveness research in trauma and emergency surgery with specific emphasis on thoracic trauma and TBI.

Basil A. Pruitt, Jr, MD, FACS, FCCM, MCCM

University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio

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Dr. Pruitt, NTI Emeritus Fellow, has been a Clinical Professor of Surgery at the University of Texas at San Antonio, Texas since 1995. He was awarded the Dr. Ferdinand P. Herff Chair in Surgery in 2009. He has also been professor of surgery at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences since 1978. He graduated from Harvard College in 1952; and in 1957 earned his MD from Tufts University School of Medicine. He began his surgical residency at the Boston City Hospital, but in 1959 he was drafted and began a lifelong affiliation with the Army’s burn center when he was assigned to the U.S. Army Surgical Research Unit at Ft. Sam Houston, TX. Dr. Pruitt completed his surgical residency at Brooke General Hospital in 1964 following which he was reassigned to the burn center initially as chief of the Burn Study Branch and shortly thereafter as chief of the Clinical Division. Following a year’s tour in Vietnam, where he served as chief of professional services at the 12th Evacuation Hospital and chief of the trauma research team, Dr. Pruitt returned to the burn center now called the U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research as commander and director — a post he held for 27 years. Dr. Pruitt retired from the Medical Corps in December 1995. He is a member of 38 professional societies and has held elected or appointed office in many of those societies including the presidency of the American Burn Association, the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma, the Surgical Infection Society, the North American Burn Society, the Halsted Society, the Western Surgical Association, the International Society for Burn Injuries, the American Trauma Society, the Southern Surgical Association, the American Surgical Association, and the Shock Society. Dr. Pruitt has served on 11 editorial boards, including Associate Editor and Editor of the Journal of Trauma for 37 years and remains the Editor, Emeritus. He has also served on the NIH Surgery, Anesthesia, and Trauma Study Section, the V. A. Merit Review Board for Surgery, and the Shriners Hospitals Research Advisory Board. He is a senior member of the American Board of Surgery. He has authored and co-authored over 440 published papers, 172 textbook chapters, and 13 books and monographs. He presently serves on the board of directors of the American Trauma Society

 

CAPT Carlos Rodriguez, DO, FACS

Walter Reed National Military Medical Center

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CAPT Rodriguez completed fellowship training in trauma and surgical critical care at the R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center from 2006-2008, and earned his Master’s in Business Administration at the George Washington University in 2008. He is stationed at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, MD where he is the Director of the Division of Trauma and medical director of the Surgical ICU. Currently, he serves as vice chair for the Navy to the ACS Committee on Trauma (COT) and as a member EAST’s Annual Scientific Assembly Section. His research interests include post-blast invasive fungal infection, open abdomens, and veno-thromboembolism disease.

Dennis Rowe, Paramedic

National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians

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Dennis Rowe is the President of the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians NAEMT) and lives in Tennessee. NAEMT is the recognized leader in advancing the profession of emergency and mobile health care. Mr. Rowe began involvement with NAEMT in 1976, rising soon to board and leadership positions. He was the trauma coordinator for the Level One Trauma Center at the University of Tennessee Medical Center—Knoxville, where he was actively involved in research publications, Trauma Center financial analysis, and day-to-day operations. He has given more than 1,100 national and international presentations and has participated in multiple clinical trials. Mr. Rowe is the liaison member from NAEMT.

Alex B. Valadka, MD, FACS

Virginia Commonwealth University

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Dr. Valadka attended college at the University of Dallas and medical school at the University of Chicago. His interest in neurotrauma and critical care led him to pursue his neurosurgical residency at the Medical College of Virginia/Virginia Commonwealth University. After 16 years as a medical school faculty member in Houston, he moved to Austin to help lead the newly created Seton Brain and Spine Institute, where he served as Chief Executive Officer. In 2015, he returned to Richmond to become Chair of Neurosurgery at VCU.

Dr. Valadka maintains a strong clinical and research interest in neurotrauma and critical care, including numerous papers, presentations, research grants, courses, seminars, and visiting professorships. He co-edited the textbook Neurotrauma: Evidence-Based Answers to Common Questions. He has served as Chair of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons/Congress of Neurological Surgeons Section on Neurotrauma and Critical Care; as Chair of the Neurosurgical Specialty Group of the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma; as Chair of the Washington Committee for Neurosurgery; and on the Boards of Directors of the Coalition for American Trauma Care and the American Association of Neurological Surgeons. He currently serves on the Board of Governors of the American College of Surgeons and as Treasurer of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons.

Steven Venticinque, MD

Audie L. Murphy Veterans Hospital

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Dr. Steven Venticinque, a critical care anesthesiologist, is Professor of Clinical Anesthesiology and Surgery, the Director of the TRISAT Critical Care Consortium for the joint Surgical and Anesthesia Critical Care Fellowship training program at the University of Texas Health Science Center—San Antonio, and the Medical Co-Director of the SICU at Audie L. Murphy VA Hospital in San Antonio.

 

Before his career in medicine, Dr. Venticinque entered military service in the United States Navy where he served as an Aircrewman on the EP-3 Orion electronic reconnaissance aircraft. He later obtained his undergraduate degree in biology from the University of West Florida, and then attended medical school at the University of Florida in Gainesville. Following medical school graduation in 1994 he completed his surgical internship, anesthesiology residency, and anesthesiology critical care fellowship at Wilford Hall Air Force Medical Center in San Antonio.

While later serving as faculty at Wilford Hall, Dr. Venticinque helped to organize and develop the TRISAT Critical Care Fellowship Consortium, which now trains critical care fellows from four anesthesia and surgery critical programs in San Antonio. Dr. Venticinque also served as a Critical Care Air Transport Physician, moving critically ill patients by air to higher echelons of care in peacetime and in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.

Dr. Venticinque received the Air Force Association’s annual Paul W. Myers award for his significant contributions to Air Force Medicine. After retirement from the Air Force, Dr. Venticinque accepted a position at UTHSCSA, where he practices cardiac anesthesiology and critical care medicine. He currently serves as Program Director of the Anesthesiology Critical Care Fellowship, and he was recently awarded with the UTHSCSA President’s Clinical Excellence Award. His academic interests include point-of-care ultrasonography cardiovascular monitoring, and the anesthesia workstation. He has served as the anesthesiology section coordinator at the National Trauma Institute Annual Symposium, and he is the Director of the Surgical Intensive Care Unit at the Audie L. Murphy Memorial Veterans’ Hospital.