Dr. Pruitt, a Clinical Professor of Surgery at the University of Texas at San Antonio, Texas since 1995, 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


"The clinical research supported by the National Trauma Institute will ultimately save thousands of military and civilian casualties by producing the "evidence" necessary for the provision of evidence-based medicine."

Timothy C. Fabian, MD, FACS,
Head of the Department of Surgery at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis, Tennessee and Chairman, National Trauma Institute