2012 News

Mark Newell Receives St. Martin of Tours Award

Vidant Medical Center honored Dr. Mark Newell with the St. Martin of Tours Award on October 30, 2012.  Staff Chaplain David Fambrough presented the award to Dr. Newell, who was recognized for his compassionate care as a Trauma Surgeon. The St. Martin of Tours award is given to recognize compassionate, culturally-sensitive, quality care given to patients, their families and staff, while incorporating chaplains as an integral part of the treatment team. 

Dr. Newell is an Associate Professor of Trauma and Surgical Care and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.  He attended medical school at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School.  Dr. Newell completed his residency at Our Lady of Mercy Medical Center and completed a Surgical Critical Care fellowship at New York Medical College, both in Bronx, New York.

Dr. Kathryn Verbanac Receives 2012 Brody Women Faculty Advocacy Award

Dr. Kathryn Verbanac was recently honored with the 2012 Brody Women Faculty Advocacy Award.  This award is given annually by the Brody Women Faculty Committee at East Carolina University to an individual who best demonstrates leadership in promoting, encouraging or implementing policies to facilitate the professional development of women faculty and/or students. Dr. Verbanac's nomination letters were from BSOM faculty as well as former undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate students she has mentored.

Dr. Verbanac is Professor of Surgery in the Division of Clinical Oncology with adjunct appointments in the departments of Biology and Microbiology & Immunology.  Her recent research projects have focused on breast cancer and lung cancer. Dr. Verbanac actively mentors undergraduates, graduate students, medical students, and surgical residents as they undertake research projects and begin their careers.   She is a member of the Brody School of Medicine Promotion and Tenure Committee, the Vice Chair Diversity Initiative, the Chancellor's Leadership Academy Advisory Group, BRIDGES Academic Leadership Program Advisory Board, Women in Medicine, BSOM Climate/Culture Assessment Team, Women's Roundtable, Chancellor's Committee on the Status of Women, Advisory Committee for the BSOM Office of Faculty Development, and numerous others. 

2012 News

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Dr. Eric Toschlog Appointed Chief of the Division of Acute Care Surgery

The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University is pleased to announce the appointment of Eric A. Toschlog, MD FACS FCCM as Chief of the Division of Acute Care Surgery. Dr. Toschlog was recruited by Dr. Michael Rotondo to join the division in July of 2000, having completed a two-year fellowship in surgical critical care and trauma at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Dr. Toschlog was named Associate Director of Surgical Critical Care in 2003, proceeding to Director in 2006. He was also appointed Director of the Surgical Critical Care Fellowship in 2005. Dr. Toschlog was instrumental in initiating an Acute Care Surgery Fellowship at ECU, which was accredited by the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma in 2012. As division Chief, Dr. Toschlog will continue to serve as Director of Surgical Critical Care, Director of the SCC and ACS Fellowships, and will assume the role of Medical Director for Trauma.

In his 12 years at ECU, Dr. Toschlog has been a decorated teacher and mentor, a productive researcher, and leader within the school of medicine and Vidant Medical Center. He is Chairman of the Pharmacy and Therapeutics and Critical Care Matrix committees, and a member of numerous other academic and administrative committees within the school of medicine and Vidant Medical Center. He is actively involved in hospital administration, currently serving on the Clinical Governance Committee for Vidant Health.

Department of Surgery Obtains High Scores on "Patients First" Survey

Greenville, NC (February 10, 2012) - Department of Surgery physicians and staff obtain high scores on "Patients First" survey.

"Patients First" is a practice-wide initiative at ECU Physicians to improve patient access to clinics, improve facilities and clinic operations, and most importantly to ensure that ECU Physicians remains committed to the highest quality of care and superior customer service.  "Patients First" is a highly visible campaign to publicly demonstrate this commitment and includes an active patient satisfaction survey effort.  Over 1000 Surgery patients receiving care in our ECU Physicians Surgery clinics were surveyed during the period of October 2011 through December 2011.  Patients were asked to rate Surgery's services in the areas of ease of getting an appointment, wait times, appearance of our facilities, professionalism of our team of physicians and support staff, and overall experience.  Surgery physicians and staff received high scores in all areas.  We welcome the opportunity to be your provider and are committed to ensuring your experience will be similar to the results below, summarized from over 1000 satisfied past ECU Physicians Surgery patients.  

Survey results for the Department of Surgery were:  

  • Ease of Setting up Appointment – 98% of respondents indicated Excellent, Very Good, or Good.
  • Length of Wait in the Reception Area – 95% of respondents of respondents indicated Excellent, Very Good, or Good.
  • Length of Wait in the Exam Room – 93% of respondents indicated Excellent, Very Good, or Good.
  • Overall Appearance and Cleanliness of Facility – 99% of respondents indicated Excellent, Very Good, or Good.
  • Professionalism of Staff – 98% of respondents indicated Excellent, Very Good, or Good.
  • Helpfulness of Information Received – 99% of respondents indicated Excellent, Very Good, or Good.
  • Overall Experience with Visit – 98% of respondents indicated Excellent, Very Good, or Good.
  • Likelihood of Recommending ECU Physicians Surgery – 98% of respondents indicated Excellent, Very Good, or Good.

ECU Physicians Surgery Clinics include General Surgery, Vascular Access Surgery, Transplant Surgery, Bariatric Surgery, Colorectal Surgery, Trauma Surgery, and Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Clinics located at 517 and 521 Moye Boulevard, and ECU Neurosurgery and Spine Center located at the corner of Stantonsburg Road and Arlington Boulevard.

For appointment information, contact us at 744-2393.

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