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ConneX AM – July – Dr. Thomas Scalea
Thursday, July 11 @ 7:30 am - 10:00 am
Leading from the Front: The Story of Shock Trauma
Join us for the July ConneX AM, featuring Dr. Thomas Scalea and the story of the world-renowned R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center at the University of Maryland Medical System!
More about Dr. Scalea:
Dr. Thomas Scalea was born in Rochester, New York. He attended the University of Virginia and then the Medical College of Virginia. Dr. Scalea did his residency at the Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse, New York, and his Trauma Critical Care Fellowship at New York Medical College. Following his fellowship, Dr. Scalea began his career at the Kings County Hospital/Downstate Medical Center. He became Chief of Trauma and Critical Care and rose to the rank of Professor. He also founded the Department of Emergency Medicine at Downstate.
In 1997, Dr. Scalea became the Physician-in-Chief at the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center at the University of Maryland, the nation’s only freestanding trauma hospital. Several years later, he became the first medical school endowed Professor of Trauma, when he was appointed the Honorable Senator Francis X. Kelly Distinguished Professor in Trauma Surgery. Dr. Scalea is also the System Chief for Critical Care Services at the University of Maryland Medical System.
Under Dr. Scalea’s leadership, his program has expanded clinical services remarkably. His faculty is now responsible for all of the acute care and emergency general surgery patients at the University of Maryland Medical Center. The group has built a region wide critical care program and is now responsible for 9 Intensive Care Units and approximately 140 beds. Under his leadership, the trauma volumes have grown 40% over the last 15 years.
Dr. Scalea has greatly expanded the research portfolio; joining with the Department of Anesthesiology he created the Shock Trauma and Anesthesiology Research Center. This is one of a very few organized research centers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Recruiting a new Director, DOD and NIH funded research has increased from approximately $3 million to over $13 million over the past few years. The Shock Trauma group routinely participates in all of the major multi-institutional trials done in trauma in the United States.
The educational program has also expanded considerably. Shock Trauma houses the largest ACGME Surgical Critical Care training program in the country, as well as the largest AAST approved Acute Care Surgery Fellowships. Shock Trauma is one of the few places to have an ACGME approved Surgical Critical Care Fellowship for emergency physicians, allowing them to take the Surgical Critical Care Board Exam.
In 2001, Dr. Scalea established the US Air Force C-STARS Program (Center for Sustainment of Trauma and Readiness Skills). This program trains Air Force men and women of all disciplines, refining trauma skills before deployment. For the last 14 years, C-STARS has trained approximately 4,000 people before deployment in either Iraq or Afghanistan.
In 2008 and 2011, Dr. Scalea traveled to Iraq and Afghanistan respectively to observe the Wounded Warrior Care System in the field, during the critical care air transport and in military hospitals to provide unbiased recommendations on how to improve the system, as well as to determine how to continually refine trauma training. Dr. Scalea also served as a Senior Visiting Surgeon at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, providing care for injured soldiers as they were evacuated from Iraq.