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Dear Esteemed Members of the Panamerican Trauma Society,

As I pen down this message to you all, I am overwhelmed with a profound sense of pride and gratitude for being part of such an extraordinary community of healthcare professionals and researchers. Together, we have embarked on a remarkable journey to fulfill the mission of the Panamerican Trauma Society, and today, I stand before you as the President with a heart filled with admiration for each and every one of you. 

Since its inception in 1986, the PTS has been a beacon of hope, dedicated to improving the care and outcomes of trauma patients across the vast expanse of North, Central, and South America. Our commitment to enhancing the quality of trauma care through education, research, and collaboration has paved the way for transformative advancements in the field. Together, we have achieved what once seemed insurmountable – reducing the morbidity and mortality rates associated with traumatic injuries throughout our beloved Panamerican region.

It is with great honor that I introduce myself as Dr. Paula Ferrada, your current President. My journey here has been one fueled by passion and the tireless pursuit of excellence in trauma care. As a Colombian-born female Surgeon-Leader, I am immensely proud to serve alongside such a diverse and accomplished group of professionals. Our unity in promoting equity, diversity, and inclusion is a testament to the strength of our society, for which I am eternally grateful.

Together, we have overcome challenges and obstacles, and in doing so, have fostered international partnerships that transcend borders and cultures. Our multidisciplinary approach has allowed us to exchange knowledge and ideas freely, enriching each other's understanding and enhancing our collective expertise.

I must express my sincere appreciation to the leadership of the PTS, who have played an indispensable role in driving our collective efforts forward. Their unwavering commitment to advancing trauma care has been an inspiration to us all and has steered us toward remarkable achievements.

But, my friends, it is not just the leadership that makes the PTS so exceptional; it is every single one of you. Your dedication to your patients and your relentless pursuit of excellence is evident in the countless lives you have touched and saved. Your passion for education and research has expanded the frontiers of trauma care, and your willingness to collaborate has brought about groundbreaking discoveries.

Together, we have created a mentorship program for young surgeons, empowering the next generation of leaders in trauma care. We have brought ultrasound courses to first responders, equipping them with essential skills to act swiftly in emergencies. We have published the first multicenter trial sponsored by our organization, leaving an indelible mark on the future of trauma care.

Beyond the borders of the Panamerican region, we have made significant contributions internationally, supporting collaborations with societies form each country. Our voices have been heard, and our actions have reverberated worldwide.

As we move forward, let us remember that it is our unity, collaboration, and compassion that will continue to drive the mission of the Panamerican Trauma Society. Together, we can achieve even greater heights and make an enduring impact on the lives of trauma patients and their families.

Thank you, each one of you, for your dedication, your passion, and your unwavering commitment to advancing trauma care. Together, we are the heart and soul of the PTS, and together, we will create a legacy that will inspire generations to come.

With heartfelt appreciation and warmest regards,

Dr. Paula Ferrada, MD. FACS. FCCM. MAMSE.

President, Panamerican Trauma Society

Past Presidents

Jorge Esteban Foianini,  MD   

Antonio Marttos, MD Virtual Message  

  Felipe Vega, MD  

Sandro Rizoli, MD  

Carlos A. Ordoñez, MD  

Michel Aboutanos, MD  
Gustavo P. Fraga, MD  
Manuel Lorenzo, MD  
Anamaria Pacheco, MD  
Juan Carlos Puyana, MD  
Renato Poggetti, MD  
Raul Coimbra, MD  
David Ortega, MD  
Aurelio Rodriguez, MD  
Samir Rasslam, MD  
Andrew Peitzman, MD  
Jorge Neira, MD  
David Mulder, MD  
Carlos Morales, MD  
Ernest Moore, MD  
Kimball Maull, MD  
Charles Lucas, MD  
Juan Lombardi, MD  
Rao Ivatury, MD  
David Hoyt, MD  
Francisco Holguin, MD  
Gerado Gomez, MD  
Jose Eduardo Gracia, MD  
Ricardo Ferrada, MD  
David Feliciano, MD  
Susan Briggs, MD  
Dario Birolini, MD  
Armando Baqueiro, MD  


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