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January 27, 2012 - USA Surgery Hosts Greater Gulf Coast Trauma and Acute Care Surgery Symposium
The University of South Alabama Department of Surgery will host the 3rd annual Greater Gulf Coast Trauma and Acute Care Surgery Symposium on March 22-23, 2012, at Five Rivers Delta Resource Center in Spanish Fort, Ala.

The symposium will provide physicians, surgeons, nurses and technicians with current evidence-based concepts and techniques of resuscitation, diagnostic evaluation and therapeutic intervention.

Objectives of the symposium are to identify and demonstrate the standard of care and leading edge techniques for diagnosing and managing thoracic, abdominal and pelvic trauma; to interpret and demonstrate improved surgical skills in diagnosing and managing thermal injuries, intestinal hemorrhage, pancreatitis and pulmonary insufficiency; to summarize emergent endoscopic and radiographic interventions for the critically ill or injured patient; and to explain information concerning health care reform and trauma system funding.

The 5th annual William A. L. Mitchell Endowed Lectureship in Traumatology and Surgical Critical Care will be held in conjunction with the seminar. This year’s lecture will feature Dr. Donald D. Trunkey, professor and chair emeritus of surgery at Oregon Health & Science University. It will take place on March 22, 2012, at 6:30 p.m. at Five Rivers Delta Resource Center.

Dr. Trunkey will also lecture during the two-day seminar. Guest lecturers include: Dr. Sherry M. Melton, associate professor of surgery and medical director of trauma at UAB Medical Center; and Dr. John M. Porter, professor of surgery and chief of trauma, critical care, and acute surgery at the University of Mississippi Medical Center.

USA faculty lecturers include: Dr. Jorge E. Alonso, professor of orthopaedic surgery; Dr. Sidney B. Brevard, associate professor of surgery, division of trauma services; Dr. Amin M. Frotan, assistant professor of surgery, division of trauma services; Dr. Mark N. Gillespie, professor and chair of pharmacology; Dr. Richard P. Gonzalez, professor of surgery and director of trauma services; Dr. Silvio W. de Melo Jr., assistant professor of internal medicine, division of gastroenterology; Dr. Paul F. Rider, assistant professor of surgery; Dr. Charles B. Rodning, professor of surgery; Dr. Jon D. Simmons, assistant professor of surgery, division of trauma services; Dr. Brad A. Steffler, associate professor of radiology and director of interventional radiology; and Dr. Dan Taylor, adjunct professor of surgery.

Educational credits are available for the two-day seminar. For more information, contact Cindy Pritchett at (251) 471-7496.

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