The Panamerican Trauma Society plays an important role to advance Interprofessional Injury Care, Education, and Training by participating in global based nursing symposiums held in 2016 and 2017.

United States Trauma programs are traditionally team-based and require an inter-professional care, education, and training model, with special emphasis on the dynamic relationship between surgeons and nurses. The publication "Resources for Optimal Care of the Injured Patient", written by the American College of Surgeons - Committee on Trauma, helps highlight the importance of the roles and responsibilities of a Trauma Nursing Manager. It concludes this particular nursing position is crucial to "Trauma Center" designation in United States’ hospitals. The combination of these factors has improved injury outcomes in the United States and a Latin American application may be highly beneficial on a global scale.

The Panamerican Trauma Society (PTS), including its Nursing Subcommittee, together with Rutgers Global Surgery, Rutgers School of Nursing, and Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH), supported by a grant from the Rutgers Centers for Global Advancement and International Affairs, jointly organized a global nursing symposium in New Jersey, USA in June 2016.

Consuelo Burbano, MSN, RN (University of Valle de Cali), Lisa Falcon, MSN, RN, TCRN, NE-BC, and Sue Willard, PhD, RN, APN-c (Rutgers University) provided a broad overview of trauma program and systems concepts and its application in low- and middle-income countries, specifically focusing on the development of the Trauma Nurse Manager role and models in nursing led performance improvement.

The Panamerican Trauma Society organized its Trauma Nursing Course for six nursing participants from Kenya and Colombia during the 2016 symposium. This effort was led by Cristiane de Alencar Domingues (chair of the Nursing Committee), Gaspar Reboredo, and Jasmine Garces. The PTS-Trauma Nursing Course certificates were ultimately awarded to all of the course participants: Consuelo Burbano, Francisco López, Ronal Bermúdez, Yuly Andrea Santa Mejía, Maira Azain (from Cali and Medellín, Colombia), John Okoth and Tecla Sum (Kenya), and Sol Angelica Muñiz (Puerto Rico).

Trauma resuscitation simulations were performed to demonstrate clinical and administrative interprofessional interdependence among nurses, students, surgeons, ER physicians, care coordinators, pharmacists, technicians, and students. "The symposium is the culmination of a bi-directional commitment to building trauma program and systems capacity with Dr. Carlos Ordonez from Colombia and other low- and middle-income countries. Academic Institutional partnerships, formed between high-income US universities and low-to-middle income universities in Latin America over the last decade has promulgated the education, training, and workforce expansion necessary for the current emergent surgery and injury burden globally”, says Dr. Gregory Peck of Rutgers Global Surgery.

The Rutgers Biomedical Health Sciences Global Health Institute and the SPT are planning a 2017 symposium, which will be held March 27-31, 2017 at Rutgers University. If you would like to participate, please contact Angelica Sol Muñiz, PhDs, MSN, RN, FN, RPT at and Allissa Gerdes, MPH at

OCTOBER 2016:   

Thomas Scalea, MD, New Executive Director 

Thomas Scalea, MD New Executive Director of PTSThe Board of Directors of the PTS has elected Dr. Thomas Scalea as the next Executive Director of the Society for the term 2016-2019. The PTS is looking forward to reaching new heights of accomplishment under his leadership. Please join us in congratulating Dr. Scalea.


Education & Training 

University of Virginia, BA, 1974
Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine, MD, 1978
Residency, Upstate Medical Center, General Surgery, 1983
Fellowship, New York Medical College-Valhalla, Critical Care/Trauma, 1984  

Dr. Scalea is globally recognized for being a pioneer in leadership and advancing the field of shock and injury care. As Physician and Chief of the R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center, he heads the only freestanding trauma center in the nation and the best known trauma center in the world. It cares for over 8000 critically injured patients annually with a 96% survival rate. Dr. Scalea remains a busy clinician, working over 100 hours per week, and performing over 600 operative cases per year. Under his leadership, the Program in Trauma has expanded clinical services including caring for the emergency general surgery patients at the University of Maryland Medical Center. Dr. Scalea served as System Chief for critical care for the medical system and has built a region wide critical care program comprised of 18 ICUs and more than 300 beds.

In 2001, Dr. Scalea established a military training program, CSTARS, that has trained more than 4000 Air Force personnel before being deployed to war. Dr. Scalea has led international relief missions, including taking the only non-Chinese team to Sichuan and spearheading a six-month relief project after the Haitian earthquake, visiting Haiti four times himself. Dr. Scalea has health leadership positions in many national organizations and has received many local, regional and national honors. Dr. Scalea is a funded investigator and remains a prolific investigator mentoring many investigators from his department.

He was the President of the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma (2014- 2015) and the President of Western Trauma Association (2014-2015). He is the Chair of the Panamerican Trauma Society's Development and Scholarship Committee and also serves as a member of the Board of Directors.


World Trauma Congress
Panamerican Trauma Society Presents at WTC in New Delhi, India

President Michel Aboutanos, MD (USA) and President-Elect Carlos Ordoñez, MD (Colombia) presented at the WTC on Prevention of Youth Violence, and Hepatic Trauma Injuries. Also presenting were PTS members Marcelo Ribeiro, MD (SBAIT–Brazil ) and Michael Parra, MD (USA, Colombia).

MAY NEWS 2016:   

Mohamed Mohamed, MD visits Richmond, VA USA

Dr. Mohamed placing a pin on the map where his hometown is, a tradition for all those visiting RAAIntroducing Dr. Mohamed Mohamed, graduate of the University of Khartoum in Sudan and member of the Panamerican Trauma Society. Dr. Mohamed is currently observing activities in Richmond, VA. He has observed clinical and quality improvement activities at VCU Health, in addition he will be spending two weeks with Richmond Ambulance Authority with the objective of learning about prehospital systems and the USA trauma system as a whole.

He is here through the International Observership Program, a collaborative effort between the PTS, VCU ITSDP and RAA.

 Dr. Mohamed helping community members learn hands-only CPR through RAA Dr. Mohamed at Richmond Ambulance Authority call center 

APRIL NEWS 2016:   

Trauma Course | El Salvador

Dr. Quiodettis presenting Trauma Course in El Salvador, April 2016

On April 29th and 30th, PTS board member Dr. Martha Quiodettis participated in an inaugural trauma course in El Salvador. She presented on the deliverables of PTS and the advantages of joining the society. The conference was a great success as more than 100 surgeons participated. Thank you, Dr. Quiodettis !

added 5/2/16 MA 

2015 EMS Exchange Program in Colombia

Greetings from Colombia!

Jane LaVerne & EMS Exchange program

Jane Laverne and the group from Virginia Rescue Squad are having a great time in Colombia! 

The exchange has been in cities of Neiva, Bogota, Medellin and Calidad. This is part of the Panamerican Trauma Society EMS exchange program with VCU and the Virginia Association of Volunteer Rescue Squads.  


Conducting Research in Peru with PTS

Dr. Lacey N. LaGrone is spending this year (August 2015 – June 2016) in Peru conducting research in quality improvement programs in trauma and emergency surgery. Dr. LaGrone recently completed three years of general surgery residency and a Masters of Public Health at the University of Washington. She is currently supported by a fellowship from the National Institute of Health’s Fogarty International Clinical Research program.

Dr. LaGrone is mentored in collaboration with the Panamerican Trauma Society by Dr. Charles Mock from the University of Washington, Dr. Eduardo Huaman Egoavil of Hospital Nacional Guillermo Almenara, and Dr. Manuel Rodriguez Castro of Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia. Her primary project consists of a quantitative and qualitative assessment of the current use of trauma quality improvement programs, such as morbidity and mortality meetings and trauma registries, in Latin America. Her ancillary projects include efforts to define and implement a standardized morbidity and mortality conference in Peru, and reports which will highlight some of the many local successes in quality improvement.

Panamerican Trauma Congress 2015

Santa Cruz, Bolivia 2015 Congress Photos

This year's congress was a huge success, thanks to all who attended & we hope to see you next year in Brazil !

ACS 2015 Congress News:

Susan Miller Briggs, MD, MPH, was honored with the International Surgical Volunteerism Award for working with non-profit organizations and the US National Disaster Medical System to provide surgical care during humanitarian emergencies throughout the world.

Rifat Latifi, MD, FACS, a trauma and general surgeon from Tucson, AZ, received the International Surgical Volunteerism Award for helping to establish telemedicine and e-health programs in underdeveloped countries, especially those recovering from conflict and in need of major rebuilding of their health care systems.


Raul Coimbra, MD, PhD, FACS received the Meritorious Achievement Award Monday, October 5, at the annual Committee on Trauma (COT) dinner during ACS 2015 Clinical Congress. Dr. Coimbra was honored for his outstanding contributions to the ACS Regional Committees on Trauma (ACS RCOT) made during his term as the immediate past Vice-Chair of the ACS COT and Chair of the ACS RCOT.


Yellow May Movement 2015

#yellowmay  #maioamarelo  #mayoamarillo

 Join our Yellow May movement to increase road safety

Yellow May is an international movement to raise awareness of the need to increase road safety. Vehicular, bicycle, and pedestrian traffic should be safe to everyone in any situation.

To initiate a conversation about road traffic safety within communities in order to encourage the participation of citizens, businesses, governments, and organizations to this movement.

On May 11, 2011 the UN declared the month of May as the Decade of Action for Road Safety, and as a result, Brazil established May as the International Month of Road & Pedestrian Safety.

In Brazil where the movement was born, yellow is the color of attention and represents traffic warning signs.

Join the movement:

March News 2015:

The 1st International & National Meeting of Emergency Faculty of Medical Sciences from the National University of Caaguazú. The meeting was held on March 13-14th in Colonel Oveido in Paraguay.

Prof. Gustavo Marchain, MD, member of Panamerican Trauma Society and Sociedad Paraguaya de Trauma, said "This meeting is part of an action that aims to improve emergency and trauma care throughout Paraguay."

The event included USET and AMDR courses coordinated by Dr. José Cruvinel Neto and Dr. Bruno Pereira, both from the University of Campinas, Brazil, and featured a round table discussion of clinical cases. USET enrollment totaled 56 students and ADMR had 100 subscribers in attendance. According to organizers Dr. Ana Liz and University Directors, the event met their expectations and plans are to do more partnerships with trauma societies in Latin America.

This news is also available in Portuguese:

In addition, last week there was another event with 200 attendees:

Congratulations Drs.: Gustavo Machain, Jose Cruvinel and Bruno Pereira!

October 2014 | Member Spotlight:

Paula Ferrada, MD, PTS member and trauma surgeon at VCU Health Director of STICU and Associate Professor in the Division of Acute Care Surgical Services, discusses with Chris Porter at OnSurg about the benefits of international collaboration in academic surgery, Panamerican Trauma Society, and the benefits available to trauma professionals at this year's annual congress.


Panamerican Trauma Congress 2015 | photos

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