Archive for the ‘Board’ Category

NTI Board Member Gibran Earns Distinguished Alumna Award

Monday, January 9th, 2017

Dr. Nicole Gibran, professor and Director of the UW Medicine Regional Burn Center at Harborview Medical Center, has been honored by colleagues in the Alumni Association of Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) with its Distinguished Alumna Award. This annual award will be presented to Dr. Gibran in recognition of the significant impact she has had in the medical field on a national and global scale. The award will be presented to Dr. Gibran at BUSM in May 2017.

Dr. Gibran is a member of the NTI Board of Directors, one of many positions of prominence she holds within the medical field.

NTI Chair Jurkovich Joins UC Davis Health System

Tuesday, June 14th, 2016

In February 2016, Gregory “Jerry” Jurkovich, MD, FACS, joined the UC Davis Health System in Sacramento, California as Professor and Vice-Chairman of the Department of Surgery. In this role, he is responsible for the clinical affairs and quality of the department, as well as being an acute care surgeon.

Prior to relocating to California, Dr. Jurkovich served as Director of Surgery and Trauma Services at Denver Health, and the Rockwell Professor of Surgery at the University of Colorado. This appointment followed nearly 24 years at the University of Washington and Harborview Medical Center in Seattle as Professor and Chief of Trauma. He began his surgical career as Chief of Trauma at the University of South Alabama.

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.


Dr. Donald Jenkins, NTI Board Member and Past Chair, Takes New Post at UTHSCSA

Friday, June 10th, 2016

A founding board member and immediate past chair of the National Trauma Institute, Donald H. Jenkins, MD, FACS, began service on June 1, 2016 as 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.

Bringing decades of experience in care of the injured patient, trauma system development and advanced resuscitation of patients with hemorrhage, Dr. Jenkins will collaborate locally, regionally, nationally and internationally to further the science of health care delivery as it relates to these fields of expertise. Dr. Jenkins also brings a wealth of experience related to surgical quality measures, performance improvement and patient safety which will be adapted, where necessary, in his new role.

Dr. Jenkins retains his role as 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 last month. 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).

Longtime NTI Board Member, Basil A. Pruitt, Jr., Honored with AAST Festschrift

Monday, April 11th, 2016

Dr. Pruitt’s colleagues shared memories from throughout his life, including tales of his legendary editorial stringency.

On Friday, April 8, 2016, the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma (AAST), Wolters Kluwer and UT Health Science Center at San Antonio School of Medicine hosted a Festschrift in honor of Dr. Basil A. Pruitt, Jr. for 50 years of membership and 37 years of distinguished service on the Journal of Trauma including 21 years as Associate Editor and 16 years as Editor.

Held during AAST’s Board of Managers meeting in San Antonio, the celebration featured presentations by a number of current and former colleagues, students and long-time friends including William Cioffi, MD, past president of AAST; Col. Todd Rasmussen, MD, director of the DoD Combat Casualty Care Program; Daniel Dent, MD, UT Health Science Center San Antonio; Leopoldo Cancio, MD, U.S. Army Institute for Surgical Research; and NTI Board members Ronald Stewart, MD, University of Texas Health Science Center, and Timothy Fabian, MD, University of Tennessee Health Science Center, among others.

Dr. Pruitt, an NTI board member for 10 years, ended his tenure with the Journal of Trauma at the end of 2011. He is credited with advances related to burns, vascular trauma and shock, having served as commander and director of the U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research for 27 years. The Festschrift presentations, which highlighted Dr. Pruitt’s substantive influence on trauma research and multiple generations of trauma surgeons, will be published in the Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery within the year.

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 10 editorial boards, aside from that of the Journal of Trauma. 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.

AAST has not conducted a Festschrift, one of the organization’s highest and rarest honors, since 1994, when Dr. John Davis retired as Editor of the Journal of Trauma.


NTI Board Member Dr. Peggy Knudson Named to ACS-MHS Partnership Post

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

NTI Board Member M. Margaret (Peggy) Knudson, MD, FACS, has joined the Division of Member Services of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) as Medical Director for the Military Health System (MHS) Strategic-ACS Partnership. This partnership was officially established with the signing of a charter during Clinical Congress 2014.

Dr. Knudson will oversee the partnership and assist with the development of education, systems-based practices, and research to maintain and advance the clinical knowledge and skills for ensuring quality and readiness of the military health system. She is currently professor of surgery at the University of California, San Francisco, and an attending trauma surgeon at the San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center where she also is actively involved in injury research and prevention.

Dr. Knudson has served on the NTI Board of Directors since its establishment in 2008 and served as Science Committee Chair for several terms.

NTI Appoints New Officers and Board Members

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

The National Trauma Institute (NTI) appointed new leaders and welcomed four new members to its Board of Directors this month.

Jerry J. Jurkovich, MD, FACS, assumes the Board Chair position, relieving Donald H. Jenkins, MD, FACS, who served in the position for two years and moves to the Vice-Chair position to provide continuity for NTI’s advocacy efforts. Basil A. Pruitt, Jr., MD, FACS, replacing long-serving M. Margaret Knudson, MD, FACS, begins a three-year term as Science Committee Chair, while Gregory J. Beilman, MD, FACS, succeeds David B. Hoyt, MD, FACS in the Science Committee Vice-Chair role.

Newly appointed at-large members serving two-year terms, Drs. Martin Croce, Eric Elster, Nicole Gibran and Wayne Meredith join the 24-member board during an exciting period in the organization’s evolution. With its first funded studies closing and beginning to return and publish meaningful results, NTI now turns to advocate for development of two major trauma research infrastructure projects: a National Trauma Research Repository and a Trauma Clinical Trials Network.

“We’re very optimistic about acquiring the funding for both a repository and a clinical trials network,” said Board of Directors Chair Jerry Jurkovich. “Our new board members and leaders are sure to add influence and enthusiasm to our efforts.”

NTI works in coalition with like-minded organizations to achieve rapid advances in traumatic injury treatment that can save lives. The organization’s leaders believe that a robust research infrastructure is long over-due, pointing to a 40-year history of federally acknowledged research funding inadequacies.

To read board member bios, visit the NTI Board of Directors page.

Basil Pruitt Named Among Tufts Most Distinguished Alumni

Monday, February 10th, 2014

Founding NTI Board member Dr. Basil Pruitt, M.D., FACS, was honored this year as a Distinguished Alumnus of the Tufts University School of Medicine. A 1957 graduate of the school, Dr. Pruitt has been called “the father of modern burn care,” having helped develop an anti-bacterial cream that has dramatically increased the survival rate of burn victims. Dr. Pruitt has been an innovator in trauma and burn management for nearly 50 years.

Dr. Pruitt is a member of the faculty in the Department of Surgery at the UT Health Science Center San Antonio School of Medicine.

Ronald Stewart Assumes ACS Committee on Trauma Chairmanship

Monday, February 10th, 2014

NTI founding board member and immediate past chair, Ronald M. Stewart, M.D., FACS, begins his appointment as chair of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Committee on Trauma in March 2014. A professor and chair of the Department of Surgery at the UT Health Science Center San Antonio, Stewart is also a physician with UT Medicine San Antonio and a trauma surgeon at University Hospital.

He succeeds Michael F.  Rotondo, M.D., FACS, of Rochester, N.Y. He serves as the Committee on Trauma’s 19th chairman. Click here for full press release.

Welcome Dr. Frederick Moore!

Monday, January 28th, 2013

NTI welcomes Dr. Frederick Moore to the Board of Directors. Dr. Moore is Chief of Acute Care Surgery in the Surgery Department at the University of Florida in Gainesville and Shands Medical Center. He has spent over 25 years conducting translational research in multiple organ failure, the inflammatory response after trauma, and nutrition as related to the immune system. He is on the editorial board of several surgical journals and is the Editor of the World Journal of Emergency Surgery. 

NTI welcomes Dr. Greg Beilman to its Board of Directors

Wednesday, January 9th, 2013

Dr. Beilman is Chief of General 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 130 peer-reviewed publications. As a Colonel in the Army Reserves he has deployed five times; serving during his last deployment as the CENTCOM Joint Theater Trauma Director in Iraq and Afghanistan. Dr. Beilman’s research interests include improving process and outcomes in critically-ill patients. He is leading the establishment of a new intensive care unit structure within the Fairview Health System in Minnesota that includes critical care services delivered at the appropriate level throughout the Fairview system, including direct bedside service and tele-ICU services.