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Nathan Polite

Nathan Polite, D.O., F.A.C.S., F.A.C.O.S.

Trauma/Emergency General SurgeonAssociate Professor of SurgerySpecialty: Trauma, Surgery

Conditions Treated

  • Emergency General Surgery
  • Surgical Critical Care
  • Trauma Surgery

About Nathan Polite, D.O., F.A.C.S., F.A.C.O.S.

Nathan Polite, D.O., F.A.C.S., F.A.C.O.S., is an assistant professor within the Department of Surgery. Prior to joining the USA Health trauma program in 2021, he served in the trauma medical director role for three years at a level 2 trauma center in Marietta, GA.

He has spent much of his time from 2017-2019 collaborating with law enforcement in community education on the American College of Surgeons Stop the Bleed initiative. This included developing Bleeding Control Kits for all K-12 public schools in the State of Georgia.

Polite has interest in faith-based surgical mission trips. He has provided surgical services and resident education in Galmi, Niger, in Africa with the Pan African Academy of Christian Surgeons team.

His medical interests include resuscitation and coagulopathy of the injured patient, quality improvement processes in trauma, trauma education, and injury prevention.


  • Inducted as Fellow of The American College of Surgeons (2020)
  • Featured in Cobb County (GA) Medical SocietyScripts Magazine (2019)
  • Selected for Physician Leadership Academy-Wellstar Health System/ Kennesaw State University School of Business (2019)
  • Inducted as Fellow of The American College of Osteopathic Surgeons (2015)
  • Annual Clinician of Excellence Award-Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine-Georgia Campus (2015)
  • Induction into Louisiana State University Isidore Cohn-James Rives Surgical Society (2014)
  • Robert C. Erwin Literary Award-1st Place-American College of Osteopathic Surgeons (2013)
  • 1st Place Podium Presentation Winner-Grant Medical Center Research Symposium (2013)
  • Advanced Anatomical Services Mastery of Teaching Award -Surgery Resident Anatomy Instructor (2013)
  • Power of One Recognition for Exceptional Patient Care -OhioHealth (2010, 2012)

Board Certifications

  • American Osteopathic Board of Surgery (General Surgery)
  • American Osteopathic Board of Surgery (Surgical Critical Care)


  • Medical School: Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences I Kansas City, MO
  • Residency: General Surgery - Doctors Hospital | Columbus, OH
  • Fellowship (Surgical Critical Care): Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center | New Orleans, LA

Professional Memberships

  • American Osteopathic Association
  • American College of Surgeons
  • American College of Osteopathic Surgeons
  • Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma (EAST)
  • Trauma Center Association of America
  • Society of Critical Care Medicine


  • English
  • Spanish

Selected Publications

  1. Urmil Pandya, Nathan Polite, Teresa Wood, Michael Lieber. Increased Total Serum Random Cortisol Levels Predict Mortality in Critically Ill Trauma Patients. The American Surgeon. Volume 80, Number 11, November 2014, pp. 1112-1118(7).
  2. Greiffenstein, Patrick1; Polite, Nathan1; Lindfors, Dennis2; Forrette, Terry3; Glynn, Gary4; Maher, Mary5; Marr, Alan6,1 Postural Drainage Is An Effective Alternative To Bronchoscopy for Treatment of Mucus Plugging. Critical Care Medicine: December 2013.
  3. Polite NM1, Brown R, Braveman J. Case Report: The Use of Laser Lithotripsy Status Post Cholecystostomy Tube Placement Without Interval Cholecystectomy for Calculous Cholecystitis in a Patient Unfit for General Anesthesia. Surgical Laparoscopy, Endoscopy, and Percutaneous Technique 2013 Dec; 23(6):e229-31.

State and National Committees

  • Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma - Injury Control and Violence Prevention Committee
  • Pediatric Trauma Society - Guidelines Committee

Course Instructor/Director

  • Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS)
  • Rural Trauma Team Development Course (RTTDC)
  • Stop the Bleed/Civilian Response to Active Shooter Event


  • English
  • Spanish
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