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Rao R Ivatury Trauma Symposium Wednesday, March 29, 2017

VCU News:

Sudha Jayaraman, MDVCU Trauma Surgeon and researcher serves on global burden of disease panel.

October 10, 2016:  VCU Health surgeon Sudha Jayaraman, M.D., recently spoke on a global panel sponsored by The Lancet and The World Bank to release the results of the 2015 Global Burden of Diseases, Injuries, and Risk Factors Study.

Read more at VCU News

Faculty Accomplishments 2016:

ACSS division faculty Paula Ferrada, MD among those honored at 18th annual VCU School of Medicine excellence awards

Paula A. Ferrada, MD associate professor in the VCU Department of Surgery was one of this year's recipients of the Irby-James Award for Excellence in Clinical Teaching

October 2016: Congratulations to Paula Ferrada, MD associate professor in the Department of Surgery on being awarded the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award, and the Irby-James Award for Excellence in Clinical Teaching. Learn more

August 2016:

Please welcome new faculty to the Division of Acute Care Surgical Services

Edgar B. Rodas, MDPlease help us welcome Edgar B. Rodas, MD to the Division. Dr. Rodas received his medical degree from University of Cuenca Medical School in Ecuador in 1995. He then moved to the United States for residency training at VCU School of Medicine, Department of Surgery and completed his Fellowship training in surgical critical care at VCU Health.

Dr. Rodas spent six years in private practice in Florida and five years in Ecuador in the public, private, and non-profit sectors, active in medical education and serving as Professor of Surgery and Trauma at the University of Cuenca and Universidad del Azuay. He is also president of CINTERANDES, a non-profit foundation that delivers humanitarian surgical care through missions in Ecuador. His main interests, other than Acute Care Surgery, include development of Trauma and Emergency Systems, Global Surgery, Mobile Surgery (providing surgical care to remote and underserved populations), quality improvement, and patient safety, clinical research with faculty, residents and medical students. Learn more

Stefan W. Leichtle, MDPlease welcome Stefan Leichtle, M.D., to the Division of Acute Care Surgical Services.  Dr. Leichtle will join us as a trauma and acute care surgeon.  Following completion of residency in general surgery at St. Joseph Mercy Health System in Ann Arbor, MI, Dr. Leichtle underwent fellowship training in Critical Care and Trauma Surgery at the University of Southern California and Los Angeles County Medical Center in Los Angeles, CA.  Dr. Leichtle is board certified in General Surgery and Surgical Critical Care.

Dr. Leichtle’s academic interests include clinical outcomes research and quality improvement. He has also long been active in the American College of Surgeons’ Resident and Associate Society (RAS), and is past-chair of the RAS Advocacy and Issues Committee. Dr. Leichtle is very much looking forward to joining the team at VCU. Learn more

Levi D. Procter, MDPlease welcome Levi D. Procter, M.D., to the Division of Acute Care Surgical Services.  Dr. Procter joins us on August 1, 2016.  He completed his undergraduate, medical school and general surgical residency at the University of Kentucky. He subsequently completed his Trauma and Critical Care fellowship at the Ryder Trauma Center in Miami, Florida and is board certified in general surgery and surgical critical care.

Dr. Procter’s clinical interests include broad based general surgery, severe acute pancreatitis, ARDS, abdominal wall reconstruction and all ventral abdominal wall hernias, and rib fixation for trauma and laparoscopy/thoracoscopy in acute care surgery and trauma.

Dr. Procter’s academic and research interests include resident and medical student education, transfusion related immunomodulation, resuscitation in critical illness, pharmaconutrition, acute care surgery outcomes/quality improvement, and patient safety. Learn more

March 2016:


October 2015:

VCU Trauma Center News: LEARN MORE

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Rao R. Ivatury Trauma Symposium:  March 23

Call for Abstracts – deadline extended:

January 15


October 2015:

Rahul J. Anand, M.D., Awarded the Irby-James Award for Excellence in Clinical Teaching.

Paula Ferrada, MD, Director of STICU at VCU Medical Center recounts when Kyle Hannon got to the ER

“He is an Energizer bunny,” Strauss said. “I see him at the hospital 24/7. It is absolutely incredible that he maintains very significant clinical activity as well as being accessible to students.”   >> Read more


AUGUST 2015:

Please Join Us As We Welcome Alan Rossi, MD

Alan P. Rossi, MDThe Division of Acute Care Surgical Services would like to welcome a new addition to our faculty, Dr. Alan Rossi. 

Dr. Rossi joins the Division on August 31, 2015. He is a Trauma and an Acute Care surgeon with special interest in education and surgical critical care.

Dr. Rossi completed his surgical residency at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, completed an Acute Care Surgery Fellowship and a Critical Care Fellowship at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.

In addition to his extensive training in trauma and acute care emergency surgery, Dr. Rossi has a strong interest in surgical critical care education, specifically with residents and nurses. He will be a significant contribution to our commitment to excellence in patient care and surgical education.

I kindly ask all of you to help me in extending a warm welcome to Dr. Rossi.

Michel B. Aboutanos, MD, MPH, FACS
Professor & Chair, Div of Acute Care Surgical Services
Department of Surgery, VCU School of Medicine
Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center     


May 2015:

ABC8 News: Local man recounts being hit by train, birth of daughter

Paula Ferrada, MD, Director of STICU at VCU Medical Center recounts when Kyle Hannon got to the ER

“. . The fact that he’s alive and well and already recovering, walking and taking care of his daughter is near a miracle, . . ” Dr. Ferrada.   >> Read more

VCU News: Life and limb

Kyle and Samantha Hannon; VCU News

In the span of two weeks, train accident victim Kyle Hannon lost two legs but gained two lives — his own and his daughter's — at VCU Medical Center

  >> Read more

April 2015:

VCU Medical Center's trauma unit saves Richmond's most gravely injured

Richmond Times Dispatch reporter & photographer spend two evenings with trauma surgeon and Director of VCU Trauma Center, Dr. Michel Aboutanos
>> Read More

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Trauma Surgeon/Clerkship Director Recognized by Association of Surgical Eduction

Rahul Anand, MD, M3 Surgery Clerkship DirectorDr. Rahul Anand, M3 Surgery Clerkship Director, to be awarded "Fellow" Certification by the Association of Surgical Education's Academy of Clerkship Directors at this year's Annual Meeting in Seattle, WA, April 23–25.

The Oversite Committee of the ASE Academy of Clerkship Directors recognizes only 5 Directors nationally.

Learn more > Surgery M3 Clerkship



Congratulations—VCU Medical Center designated Level I Trauma Center

March 2015:

James F. Whelan, MD
Dr. Whelan appointed Associate Medical Director/Vice-chair for Clinical Operations at ACSS

Effective April 1, Dr. Whelan will coordinate the clinical activities of the Division of Acute Care Surgical Services ensuring effective integration of clinical services provided by faculty, house staff, and advanced practice providers with the rest of the Health System operations.

Dr. Whelan will oversee, organize and manage the overall physician/surgeon component of the ACS services as well as the Advanced Practice Provider component. He will work with VCUHS management and leadership to help ensure that care is delivered in a safe and efficient manner with seamless transitions across clinical sites. As associate medical director of clinical operations, he will oversee the provision of evidence-based protocols and practice guidelines, procedure performance, as well as medical staff training, supervision, and proctoring.


March 2015:

Dr. James Neifeld receives Rao R. Ivatury Award at this year's Ivatury Trauma Symposium

February 2015:

Paula Ferrada, MD, FACSDr. Paula Ferrada Appointed Medical Director of Surgical and Trauma Intensive Care Unit (STICU)

Effective March 1, Dr. Ferrada will oversee the critical care management of the trauma and burn patients, the establishment of medical policies and standard of care for the STICU service, and the overall quality of care delivered to STICU patients by physicians and staff within the Intensive Care Units.
> Dr. Ferrada's bio page

January 2015:

Trauma Center Annual Report 2012–13

Trauma Center Annual Report 2012-13 (PDF)

2015 — CALL FOR ABSTRACTSRao R. Ivatury Trauma Symposium

28th EAST Annual Scientific Assembly
Dan Parrish, MD presents at this year's conference. Dr. Parrish is competing in the Raymond H. Alexander, MD Resident Paper Competition


Rao R. Ivatury Trauma Symposium:  March 18

Shining Knight Gala:  May 2


November 2014:

Panamerican Trauma Society XXVII Conference
Congratulations! Dr. Michel Aboutanos elected PTS President at this year's annual meeting

OnSurg—Op Report
Dr. Rao Ivatury and the Panamerican Trauma Society's 2014 Trauma Congress in Panama City, November 11–14

October 2014:

The Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma (EAST) “Traumacast” with Paula Ferrada, MD:

Surgical Management of Clostridium Difficile Colitis


OnSurg—Op Report
Dr. Ferrada discusses the mutual benefits of international collaborations in academic surgery and promotes Panamerican Trauma Society's XXVII Congress in Panama City, Panama


May 2014:

Dr. Aboutanos presented "Behind the Scenes at a Level 1 Trauma Center" at Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens

VCU Medical Center treats cyclists, prepares for next year

2014 Cycling Collegiate Road National Championships

April 2014:

OnSurg Video-Op Report features Paula Ferrada, MD, Assistant Professor & Surgeon, Division of Acute Care Surgical Services

Rao R. Ivatury Trauma Symposium
2014 Cycling Collegiate Road National Championships


March 2014:

VCU Medical Center hosts Shining Knight Gala

February 2014:

VCU Injury & Violence Prvention Program's Project Empower presents Love Shouldn't Hurt open house
Caitlin Shiflett and Lisette Johnson at Project Empower's "Love Shouldn't Hurt" Valentine's Day Open House


September 2013:

New Advanced Trauma & Resuscitation Room to open at VCU Medical Center
Advanced Trauma & Resuscitation room at VCU Medical Center

Stephanie Goldberg, MD won the "Best Teacher in the Course and Clerkship award" for her MII Gastrointestinal Course

Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center's Acute Care Surgery unit has earned the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) Beacon Award for Excellence

CBS-6 WTVR: VCU Medical Center only Level 1 Trauma Center in Central Virginia

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