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Honoring a Hero: Dr. Thomas Scalea, Physician-in-Chief at the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center, Marks 20 Years at the University of Maryland

January 04, 2017

Thomas M. Scalea, M.D. joined the University of Maryland in 1997

A letter from The Honorable Francis X. Kelly, Jr. , Chair, R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center Board of Visitors

Dear Friends,

On behalf of Dr. Mohan Suntha, President & CEO of the University of Maryland Medical Center, and Dr. E. Albert Reece, Dean of the University of Maryland School of Medicine, it is my pleasure to mark a very special anniversary today.  

On January 4, 1997, Thomas M. Scalea, M.D., the Honorable Francis X. Kelly Distinguished Professor of Trauma Surgery and Director of the Program in Trauma at the School of Medicine, and Physician-in-Chief at the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center – joined our team.

Under his leadership, Shock Trauma has grown tremendously – from the construction of the cutting-edge Critical Care Tower to the expansion of hands-on training opportunities for physicians, nurses and medical students. 

Dr. Scalea’s unwavering commitment to trauma care, research and education correlates to his team’s ability to treat more than 8,000 critically ill and severely injured people – a remarkable 97 percent of whom survive -- every year. It is no wonder that the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center is the world leader in trauma medicine.   

Dr. Scalea lives one mission: to give every patient a second chance at life. Most often, you will find him in the operating room or at the bedside, fully devoted to his patients and leading his team.

Dr. Thomas Scalea with Francis X. Kelly, Jr.

Through public health challenges and the growing complexity of trauma care, Dr. Scalea has enhanced and developed programs, processes and protocols that are recognized as best practices worldwide. He leads the most coveted and competitive fellowship program in the country for trauma care training, and is committed to providing time-sensitive critical care medicine to every patient in need of immediate care.  

He has also been a prolific scientific investigator with competitive federal research funding.  In addition to serving as a research mentor to other faculty, he has published 468 studies, 187 abstracts and editorials, two books and 75 book chapters on critical areas such as emergency medicine, shock trauma, trauma surgery, spinal cord injury and critical care.

I am deeply grateful to Dr. Scalea for his commitment to the University of Maryland and am proud of his outstanding accomplishments and innovative leadership over the last two decades. 

I hope you will take a moment to recognize Dr. Scalea’s achievements and invaluable contributions to our patients -- and to all of us. 

The Honorable Francis X. Kelly, Jr. 
Chair, R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center Board of Visitors



Dr. Thomas Scalea's team was instrumental to the success of the most extensive face transplant completed to date in 2012.

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