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January 27, 2012 - Renowned Surgeon to Speak at William A. L. Mitchell Endowed Lectureship in Traumatology and Surgical Critical Care

Dr. Donald TrunkeyThis year’s William A. L. Mitchell Endowed Lectureship in Traumatology and Surgical Care will feature Dr. Donald D. Trunkey, professor and chair emeritus of surgery at Oregon Health & Science University.

The lecture, “Healthcare Reform in the 21st Century,” will take place on March 22, 2012, at 6:30 p.m. at Five Rivers Delta Resource Center in Spanish Fort, Ala. A welcome reception will be held at 5:30 p.m.

Dr. Trunkey's special areas of interest are trauma and vascular surgery. His research is primarily directed toward the study of shock, particularly cellular pathophysiology and immune deficiencies.

Dr. Trunkey earned his medical degree in 1963 from the University of Washington School of Medicine. He completed a residency in surgery at the University of California San Francisco and a fellowship in traumatology at the University of Texas Southwestern School of Medicine.

Leaders in healthcare, such as Dr. Trunkey, are invited to lecture to university and community physicians with the intent of improving patient care.

The lecture is presented annually in memory of Mitchell, who succumbed in 2005 from severe traumatic injuries sustained in a car crash. In appreciation for the care he received at the USA Trauma Center, his family established the endowed lecture series to memorialize their son and brother and to improve trauma patient care in our region through education. He was a senior at UMS-Wright Preparatory School at the time of his demise.

The USA Trauma Center is this region’s only Level I Trauma Center, serving as a community resource for citizens throughout the central Gulf Coast region. The center provides the highest level of care for critically ill and/or injured patients.

For more information about these lectures or the USA Trauma Center, please call (251) 471-7496.

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