Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Andrew N. Pollak, MD, Chair, Department of Orthopaedics at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UM SOM), Thomas M. Scalea, MD, Director of the Program in Trauma and Dean E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA, have announced that Robert V. O’Toole, MD, Professor of Orthopaedics at UM SOM, has been appointed as the Head of the UM SOM’s Division of Orthpaedic Traumatology and Chief of Orthopaedics for the University of Maryland Medical Center’s (UMMC) R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center.
Dr. O’Toole will now be responsible for the clinical oversight of the orthopaedic facilities not only at UMMC, but also at the UMMS Midtown Campus and Prince George’s County facilities. He is a tenured professor who is a world leader in orthopaedic trauma research and a DOD-funded clinical scientist.
As part of his appointment, Dr. O’Toole will work closely with Thomas M. Scalea, MD, The Honorable Senator Francis X. Kelly Professor in Trauma Surgery, UMMC, Director, Program in Trauma, UM SOM, and Physician-in-Chief, R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center as well as with Dr. Pollak, who is the James Lawrence Kernan Professor of Orthopaedics at the UM SOM and also Chief of Orthopaedics, University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS),.
“Dr. O’Toole is internationally regarded as one of the thought leaders in orthopaedic traumatology and has one of the premier research portfolios in this field in the world,” said Dr. Pollak. “He has successfully led the country’s largest orthopaedic traumatology fellowship program and will bring new and renewed vision to his position as the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center’s Chief of Orthopaedics.”
With an impressive educational background including a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University, and an M.D. from Harvard University, Dr. O’Toole established himself as a promising resident in Orthopaedics at Harvard’s Combined Orthopaedic Residency Program.
After completing his fellowship in Orthopaedic Traumatology at Shock Trauma, Dr. O’Toole received an academic appointment as Assistant Professor of Orthopaedics at UM SOM, as well as an adjunct assistant professorship with University of Maryland College Park in Bioengineering. He was rapidly promoted to Associate Professor and then to Professor with tenure in recognition of his tremendous academic accomplishments including multiple DOD funded grants and a prolific publication record. His honors include being Magna Cum Laude from Harvard Medical School, a three-time recipient of the Shock Trauma Hero Award from the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center, as well as a number of awards for his research and medical papers recognizing Dr. O’Toole as one of the preeminent authorities in the orthopaedic trauma community.
Prior to the appointment of Dr. O’Toole, Dr. Pollak had been directing orthopaedics at the trauma center.
“It has truly been a privilege to have the opportunity to work with Dr. O’Toole,” Dr. Pollak added. “We are grateful for his leadership and valuable contributions to the School of Medicine and the Medical System.”
E. Albert Reece, Vice President of Medical Affairs, the University of Maryland and the John Z. and Akiko Bowers Distinguished Professor and Dean, University of Maryland School of Medicine commented: “Dr. O’Toole is ideally suited for this new role. His prominence and leadership in the field will strengthen even further our widely-regarded position as one of the pre-eminent orthopaedic trauma units in the world.”