Gulf Coast Acute Care Surgery Symposium


11th Annual

William A.L. Mitchell Endowed Lectureship

March 22-23, 2018

New location this year

The Battle House Hotel

26 N. Royal Street

Mobile, Alabama

To view the Agenda.pdf

The 2018 9th Annual Gulf Coast Acute Care Surgery Symposium aims to exceed expectations and provide physicians, surgeons, nurses, and technicians with current evidence-based concepts and techniques of resuscitation, diagnostic evaluation, and therapeutic intervention from scientific and humanistic perspectives. The rapid assessment and early intervention are essential to achieve optimal outcome for the critically ill and/or injured patient. Data related to the care of critically ill and injured patients is rapidly evolving with advances in science and technology. If implementation at the bedside fails to keep pace, optimal patient care can be compromised.

The 9th Annual Gulf Coast  Acute Care Surgery Symposium in 2018 will be an exciting, fun and educational event.  The format will be the same next year as it was this year, with three 15-minute lectures and a question-and-answer section for each session and panel discusss after.  At this time we are planning on 9 sessions.  During the lectures we will be providing updates on Trauma, Emergency Surgery, Military, Pre-Hospital, and Critical Care issues

Key Note Speaker 

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David A. Spain, MD, FACS
The Ned and Carol Spieker Professor and Chief of Acute Care Surgery
Associate Division Chief, General Surgery
Department of Surgery, Stanford University

BS, Michigan State University, 1982

MD, Wayne State University, 1986

Dr. Spain grew up in Michigan and attended medical school at Wayne State University in Detroit. Following his general surgery at UMNDJ-Robert Wood Johnson, he pursued additional training in Trauma, Burns and Surgical Critical Care at the University of Louisville. After that, he joined the faculty at Louisville where he spent his formative years.

 Dr. Spain came to Stanford University in 2001 as Professor of Surgery, Chief of Trauma/Critical Care Surgery and as the Trauma Medical Director at Stanford Hospital and Clinics (now Stanford Healthcare). In 2011, he became an endowed professor as the inaugural David L. Gregg, MD Professor and Chief of Acute Care Surgery. He has an active surgical practice in elective and emergency general surgery as well as trauma and surgical critical care. His research interests have been in the field of trauma/surgical critical care and have focused on shock, sepsis, introduction and assessment of new technology in patient care and the assessment of trauma system performance. He has published over 185 peer-reviewed manuscripts and 25 book chapters. He recently received R-01 funding from the NIMH for the project “Development of a Risk Factor Screen for Mental Health Problems after Sudden Illness or Injury.”

In June 2017 he became a Director for the American Board of Surgery.  He serves on the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Trauma, Scientific American’s Surgery and Critical Care of the Surgical Patient and the Merck Manual. While at Stanford, Dr. Spain has received 4 major teaching awards from the general surgery and emergency medicine residency programs.


William A.L. Mitchell Lecture

Mitchell%20.jpgThis memorial lecture is presented annually to honor the life of William A.L. Mitchell, who died in 2005 from severe traumatic injuries sustained in a car accident. Following his treatment at the USA Trauma Center – in appreciation for the care he received – his family established the endowment and the lecture series both to memorialize William and to improve trauma patient care in our region through education. William was a senior at UMS-Wright Preparatory School at the time of his death. 

The William A.L. Mitchell Lecture has served as a platform to educate and convey trauma awareness to health care providers and residents of the Mobile, Ala., area.  Car crashes are one of the leading causes of death in young people. According to the National Highway Safety and Traffic Administration NHTSA, education has helped decrease the number of fatalities among teenagers of ages 14 through 18.  Below are some facts concerning the progress of teenagers killed in motor vehicle crashes during the 5 year period from 2007 thru 2011:

  • Teen drivers killed – decreased by 43%.
  • Teen drivers involved in fatal crashes decreased by 44%.
  • Teen drivers who have been killed with positive blood alcohol levels has risen from 24% to 27%.
  • Teen drivers speeding in fatal crashes remain at 35%.
  • Teen passenger/ teen vehicle drivers killed who were unrestrained remains around 53%.
  • In 2011, 2,105 teen drivers were involved in fatal crashes. Almost half (45%) of those teen drivers died in the crashes.
  • 20 percent of teen drivers who died in motor vehicle crashes were driving with an invalid driver license.
  • Speeding was a factor in crashes for 35 percent of the teen drivers in fatal crashes in 2011.
  • A teen’s behavior can affect his peers’ behavior. When the teen driver in a fatal crash was unrestrained, almost four fifths of that driver’s teen passengers were unrestrained as well.
  • Although all States have Zero Tolerance Laws for drinking and driving under age 21, 505 people died in crashes in which 14- to 18-year-old drivers had alcohol in their systems.
  • Twelve percent of teen drivers involved in fatal crashes were distracted at the time of the crash. A total of 270 people died in these crashes.


What Attendees Will Gain from the Symposium

  • Unparalleled ability to network with attendees from the health care industry, academia, consulting and regulatory agencies
  • Access to the latest scientific findings, regulatory requirements, best practices
  • Literature based on clinical experiences


Past Guest Speakers

  • J. David Richardson, MD
  • Gregory J. Jurkovich, MD
  • Kenneth L. Mattox, MD
  • Norman E. McSwain, Jr. MD
  • Donald D. Trunkey, MD
  • Demetrois Demetriades, MD
  • Timothy C. Fabian, MD
  • Thomas M. Scalea, MD
  • L.D. Britt, MD
  • Steven Wolf, MD

Accreditation Statement

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Medical Association of the State of Alabama through the joint providership of the Medical Foundation of Alabama and the University of South Alabama Health Services Foundation. The Medical Foundation of Alabama is accredited by the Medical Association of the State of Alabama to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Designation Statement

The Medical Foundation of Alabama designates this live activity for a maximum of 11 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

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