Past Key Note Speaker for William A. L. Mitchell Lecture

2017 - Steven Wolf, MD, FACS

Wolf resized.jpgDr. Wolf is an established researcher and internationally-renowned clinician in the field of burn and trauma care. After residency in General Surgery at the University of Missouri – Kansas City in 1995, he completed Research and Clinical Fellowships in Burn, Trauma, and Critical Care at the Shriners Hospital and the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB). From there, he joined the Faculty in the Department of Surgery at UTMB, where he rose to the rank of Associate Professor with tenure before accepting the position of Director of the Burn Center at the U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research and Professor in the Department of Surgery at the University of Texas Health Science Center – San Antonio (UTHSCSA) during the Iraqi and Afghani conflicts. In 2008, Dr Wolf was named the Betty and Bob Kelso Distinguished Chair in Burns and Trauma at UTHSCSA and Vice-Chairman for Research in the Department of Surgery at UTHSCSA. In 2011, Dr Wolf brought his skills to UT Southwestern as the Vice-Chairman for Research and the Burn Section Chief. His training in burns, critical care, and research is comprehensive, which he has used over the last 19 years to become an established and world-renowned researcher and clinician in the field of burns, trauma, and metabolism.

2016 - L.D. Britt, MD, MPH, D.SCc (Hon), FACS, FCCM, FRCSEng (Hon), FRCSED (Hon), FWACS (Hon), FRCST (Hon), FCS (SA) (Hon)


Our 2016 speakers was L.D. Britt, MD from Eastern Virginia Medical School.  Dr. Britt is the Brickhouse Professor of Surgery at the Eastern Virginia Medical School, he is the former President of the American College of Surgeons, form President of the Southern Surgical Associates.  He has been recognized with many national and institutional awards for his excellence in teaching, including the EVMS Dean's Outstanding Faculty Achievement Award and the American Association of Medical Colleges' Robert J. Glasser Distinguished Teaching Award-the nation's highest award in medicine.  He was also awarded the Distinguished Service Medical from the Uniformed Services Universities of Health Science, their highest award given.  He was a recipient of the Hampton Roads Chamber NAACP man of the Year and Special Image Awards. Dr. Britt has participated in more than 180 visiting professorships and distinguished lectureship throughout the world.




2015 - Thomas M. Scalea, MD, FACS, MCCM

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Dr. Scalea earned his medical degree from Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine and had been in practice for 36 years.  He is one of 97 doctors at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and one of  33 at Veterans Affairs Maryland Health Care System-Baltimore Division who specialized in surgery.

Dr. Scalea became the director of critical  care and trauma at the King's Country Hospital in Brooklyn, N.Y., and built them into a nationally-recognized service.  In 1991, Dr. Scalea founded the department of emergency medicine in King's County Hospital and SUNY Brooklyn.  In 1997, he became the physician-in-chief at the University of Maryland R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center.  As director, he serves as chair within the school and hospital.  As physician-in-chief, he is responsible for clinical care in all medical administrative functions of shock trauma. In 2003 he was names Francis X. Kelly Professor in Trauma Surgery.



  2014 - Timothy C. Fabian, MD

fabian.jpg This year’s lecture will feature Dr. Timothy C. Fabian, Wilson Alumni Professor and Chair of Surgery at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis. Dr. Fabian earned his medical degree from Loyola University of Chicago and conducted surgical residency training at Ohio State University. He then went to Emory University School of Medicine and completed a fellowship in trauma/critical care at Grady Memorial Hospital. After serving on the faculty at Emory, he moved on to the University of Tennessee in Memphis where he began an academic career in trauma. Dr. Fabian helped organize and develop one of the largest volume trauma centers in the United States -- The Presley Memorial Trauma Center at Memphis. His academic interests have been in both clinical and laboratory research dealing with shock and organ injury management.





2013 - Demetrios Demetriades, MD


Dr. Demetrios Demetriades, professor and vice chair of surgery and director of acute care surgery at the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine. Since 1992, Dr. Demetriades has been director of the USC Division of Trauma and Surgical Intensive Care Unit, one of the largest trauma programs in the United States. With more than 330 peer review publications, six books and 60 chapters, he is one of the most published trauma surgeons in the country. Dr. Demetriades has also participated in more than 300 invited lectures in 28 countries and is part of editorial boards in eight journals.

Dr. Demetriades earned his medical degree from the University of Athens Medical School in Greece and earned his Ph.D. from the University of Witswatersand in Johannesburg, South Africa.



2012 - Donald D. Trunkey, MD

trunkey.jpgProfessor Donald Trunkey is internationally renowned trauma surgeon, and one of the first surgeons to incorporate the concept of remaining active on the trauma call schedule. Raised in farm country in Eastern Washington, he practiced farm work, mining, hod carrying, carpentry and building-contracting.  HE obtained his B.S. and M.D. degrees from Washington State University. Following his internship, he served for two years as a medial officer in the U.S. military base in Germany, then completed his training in general surgery at the University of California, spent one year in the Organ Preservation Laboratory and another year at South western Medical Center in Dallas, on a special NIH fellowship in trauma.  After completing his fellowship, he became intensely involved in the care of trauma patients.  He became Chief of the Burn Center at San Francisco General Hospital. IN 1978, he became Chief of Surgery at San Francisco General Hospital.  In 1986, he became Chair at Oregon Health Sciences University Department of Surgery, where he build a strong general surgery residency based on all primary components of general surgery. 



2011 - Norman E. McSwain, Jr, MD

McSwain.jpgDr. Norman Ellsworth McSwain, Jr, MD, was a pioneer in the field of trauma medicine who helped establish emergency medical service (EMS) systems on a national level as well as an international level.  He the Trauma Director of the Spirit Charity (Level 1) Trauma Center; Medical Director and Founder of PreHospital Trauma Life Support; Chairman of Tulane Medical Center Emergency Medicine Section and Section Chief of Trauma/Critical Care at Tulane; Police Surgeon for the New Orleans Police Department; and Medical Director for the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival for the past 30 years. Previous positions include Vice Chairman of the Department of Surgery at Tulane University School of Medicine and Residency Program Director for 15 years. He obtained his Bachelor of Science degree from the The University of the South (1959) in Sewanee, Tennessee. He attended the University of Alabama School of Medicine (1963). Upon graduation, he completed his internship in surgery at Bowman-Gray (currently Wake Forest University) School of Medicine (1965) in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He completed his residency in surgery at Emory University School of Medicine (1970 through Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia). In 1973 he joined the University of Kansas School of Medicine as an Academic Associate Professor. While at KUMC he was the Medical Director of the Kansas City Fire Department Paramedic Program, served as state-wide EMS Medical Director, and developed a state-wide EMS system.  Dr. McSwain served in the Air Force, where he earned the Air Force Commendation Medal. He is also a retired US Navy Captain. 


2010 - Kenneth L. Mattox, MD


Kenneth L. Mattox, M.D., is one of the most recognized surgeons in America.  His reputation as an innovator in trauma care is worldwide.  He has made original and significant contributions in trauma resuscitation, trauma systems, thoracic trauma, vascular injury, autotransfusion, complex abdominal trauma and multi-system trauma.  

Dr. Mattox is Distinguished Service Professor of the Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery at Baylor College of Medicine and Chief of Staff/Chief of Surgery at the Ben Taub General Hospital, Houston, Texas. Dr. Mattox has been listed in “Best Doctors in America, Best Doctors in Houston, and profiled in Inside Houston.  He was selected by the Association of Operation Room Nurses of Greater Houston to receive the 1998 Distinguished Surgeon Award, and in May 2001, was named Distinguished Surgeon by the Houston Surgical Society. He has received the Distinguished Alumni Award from Wayland Baptist University and Baylor College of Medicine. In June 2003, Dr. Mattox was given the Barbara and Corbin J. Robertson, Jr., Award for Excellence in Education, the highest educational recognition given at Baylor College of Medicine and has repeatedly been honored by the residents in training in recognition of his guidance and mentorship. Dr. Mattox was named Distinguished Service Professor, Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery, Baylor College of Medicine.


2009 - Gregory J. Jurkovich, MD 

11jurkovich.jpgDr. Jurkovick is Professor and Vice-Chairman of the Department of Surgery, UC Davis Health System.  He received his undergraduate degree in biomedical engineering from Northwestern University and his MD degree from the University of Minnesota.  His surgery resident was at the University of Colorade, with a trauma research fellowship at Duke University.  Following nearly 24 years at the University of Washington and Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, he has recently moved to his current position in Denver.

He has held leadership positions in the Association of Academic Surgeons and the Society of University Surgeons, and has served as President of the Western Trauma Association and the Washington State Chapter of American College of Surgeons. He is also a Past-President of the Western Surgical Association. He has served as Vice Chairman and Chief of Regions of the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma.  He has chaired the AAST Committee on Acute Care Surgeon, working to define the future training paradigm for trauma surgeons, and he is recent Past President of the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma.


2008 - J. David Richardson, MD


J. David Ricahrdson, MD, FACA, is a general thoracic and vascular surgeon from Louisville, KY. He is a professor of surgery and vice chair of the department of surgery at the University of Louisville School of Medicine. A 1970 graduate of the University of Kentucky School of Medicine, Lexington, Dr. Richardson remained at the University of Kentucky to complete a surgery internship and work as a junior assistant resident. He then moved to the University of Texas Medical School, San Antonio, to complete a general surgery residency and a thoracic surgery residency. Since 1980, Dr Richardson has served on the Board of Regents and served as a member of the Board of Regents Executive Committee from 2010 to 2011. He also has been an active member of the ACS Committee on Trauma. Dr. Richardson's dedicated service to the surgical profession includes leadership roles as director (1987) and chairman (1989-1999) of the American Board of Surgery; president of the American Association for Surgery of Trauma (1999); and president of the Southeastern Surgical Congress (1999).  


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