(Mar. 3, 2005)
Dr. Michael F. Rotondo, interim chairman of the Department of Surgery at the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University, has been elected president of the Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma.
Rotondo has spent 10 years on the board of EAST and served as president-elect in 2004. He assumed the presidency at the group’s 18th scientific session Jan. 11 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. His term lasts one year, after which he will serve a year as past president.
Rotondo, chief of the section of trauma and surgical critical care in the Department of Surgery, said one of his goals as president is to help trauma surgeons produce more research and academic writing.
“"As more and more pressure has come on clinicians to focus on their clinical work at home, it’s harder to produce academically and contribute nationally,"” said Rotondo, who is also director of the University Health Systems of Eastern Carolina Center of Excellence for Trauma and Surgical Critical Care.
In addition to his leadership roles with EAST, Rotondo also chairs the North Carolina Committee on Trauma and is a member of the Rural Trauma and Education Subcommittees of the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma.
Rotondo is also a new member of the prestigious William S. Halsted Society, a group of academic surgeons, and the Society of Surgical Chairs.
Dr. Wayne Meredith, chairman of the Department of Surgery at Wake Forest University School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, hailed Rotondo’s election at EAST president.
“"Dr. Rotondo has been a leader in this organization for many years, and his vision, his leadership style, his productivity, his ability to pull people together to do the right things for the right reasons puts EAST in the best position it’s ever been in,"” said Meredith, who also chairs the Committee on Trauma of the American College of Surgeons and is a former president of EAST. "“We are all pleased he’s agreed to take this job.”"
Rotondo came to ECU in 1999 and has led the Trauma Center since. He is the second physician from the Brody School of Medicine to lead EAST. Dr. Paul Cunningham led the organization in 2000.
EAST began in 1987 focusing on young trauma surgeons east of the Mississippi River but has expanded to include members all over North America and some in Europe. Its 950 members make it the largest association of trauma surgeons. Rotondo estimated that approximately 1,500 surgeons nationwide focus on trauma.
For more information about EAST, visit www.east.org