Friday, February 22, 2013
Dr. Tom Scalea Creates Senior Management Team with Focus on
Trauma Services, Critical Care and Acute Care Surgery
University of Maryland School of Medicine Dean E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA, and Thomas M. Scalea, MD, FACS, Francis X. Kelly Professor of Trauma Surgery and Director, Program in Trauma, have announced some administrative changes in the School of Medicine’s Program in Trauma.
The program, which has grown and developed into the leading organization of its kind in the world under Dr. Scalea, is now organized into three divisions and with senior leadership guiding each of the three divisions: Trauma Services, Critical Care Service and Acute Care Surgery.
Dr. Scalea continues to oversee the entire clinical enterprise as the Director of the Program in Trauma and the Physician-in-Chief for the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center, University of Maryland. In addition, he will serve, in a senior strategic leadership capacity, as the System Director of Critical Care, focusing on regional, national and international activities for the center .The new administrative structure provides for effective management of the day-to-day operational and clinical workings of the Program at the Shock Trauma Center.
“Dr. Scalea has provided tremendous longstanding leadership to this program particularly as it moves into its new facility and expands its global influence in the field of shock trauma,” said Dean Reece. “We are excited to announce this new administrative structure, where Dr. Scalea has appointed three highly capable and dynamic physician leaders to implement the program at the highest levels of operational excellence.”
Deborah M. Stein, MD, MPH, Associate Professor of Surgery, and formerly Chief of Critical Care and Medical Director of the Neurotrauma Intensive Care Unit, has been appointed Chief of Trauma. In her new role, she will remain clinically active in both trauma and critical care, but will shift her administrative focus to the trauma service.
“Dr. Stein has done a remarkable job here in the Neurotrauma Intensive Care Unit and we are confident that she will bring the same energy, organization, commitment and excellence to the trauma service in her new assignment,” said Dr. Scalea. “We are very fortunate to have someone of her stature as a scholar and leader in the field to serve as Chief of Trauma.”
James V. O’Connor, MD, FACS, Associate Professor of Surgery, one of the world’s leading experts in vascular trauma — who is triple-boarded in general surgery, cardiac surgery and critical care— becomes the Chief of Trauma Critical Care. In his new role, Dr. O’Connor will be administratively responsible for the current trauma Intensive Care Units.
“We were pleased to recruit Dr. O’Connor back to Baltimore and the University of Maryland School of Medicine earlier this year,” said Dr. Scalea. “There are very few people as well trained as Dr. O’Connor. He is a world leader in clinical research and clinically-relevant topics in thoracic and vascular trauma.”
Jose J. Diaz, MD, Professor of Surgery, a leader in understanding complex clinical issues in general surgery and surgical infection, continues as Chief of Acute Care Surgery. “Dr. Diaz is classically trained in general surgery and is nationally recognized in surgical management of rib fractures,” said Dr. Scalea. “He is ideally suited for this role.”
In addition to their administrative responsibilities, each faculty member is conducting research in the areas of trauma, critical care and acute care surgery that strengthens the program’s capabilities and leadership position through the Shock, Trauma and Anesthesiology Research organized research center (STAR-ORC). The Center serves as a research umbrella for the Program in Trauma and the Department of Anesthesiology.
Dr. Scalea, who remains a prolific investigator, has published hundreds of papers and journal articles on brain injury, critical care, surgical outcomes, patient safety and injury prevention. Currently, Dr. Stein has several current projects investigating traumatic brain and spinal cord injury. Dr. O’Connor has co-authored several studies with Dr. Scalea and is currently finishing a large study on thoracic infections after trauma. Dr. Diaz is a national and internationally renowned investigator having published extensively on the open abdomen and abdominal wall reconstruction. He is also a recognized national leader in acute care surgery and is currently developing a regional registry in acute care surgery.
The Program in Trauma at the University of Maryland School of Medicine is the only multidisciplinary dedicated physician group practice that cares for injury in the United States. Almost the entirety of clinical practice is at the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center, University of Maryland, regarded as one of the international standard-setters for the care of injury. The Shock Trauma Center sits at the top of the most sophisticated pre-hospital system in the country. Founded by the late R Adams Cowley, the Shock Trauma Center and the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems co-exist to provide sophisticated expert medical care.