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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.
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.
This 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:
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