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Stop the Bleed Team at Shock Trauma Center Trains Campus Leaders

March 30, 2018

Thomas Scalea, MD

The University of Maryland R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center provided special training today on methods to control bleeding as part of the “Stop the Bleed” campaign, a national effort to teach basic bleeding control.

“This is an important thing for people to know,” said Thomas Scalea, MD, The Honorable Francis X. Kelly Distinguished Professor in Trauma Surgery, Director of the Program in Trauma and Physician-in-Chief for the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center.

Bleeding is the top cause of preventable death in trauma cases. Trauma experts estimate that 20% of people who have died from traumatic injuries could have survived with fast action to control the bleeding.

Dr. Scalea opened up the special training with a presentation for top leadership from the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) as well as the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM), University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON), University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, University of Maryland School of Dentistry, and the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy.

Campus leaders attending the training were: UMB President Jay Perman, MD; E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA, Executive Vice President for Medical Affairs, UM Baltimore, John Z Akiko K Bowers Distinguished Professor and Dean of the University of Maryland School of Medicine; Natalie Eddington, PhD, FAAPS, FCP, Dean of the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy, Donald Tobin, JD, Dean of the University of Maryland School of Law; Jane Kirschling, PhD., RN, FAAN, Dean of the University of Maryland School of Nursing, Bruce Jarrell, MD, FACS, Executive Vice President, Provost and Dean of the Graduate School; Mark Reynolds, DDS, PhD, Dean and Professor of the School of Dentistry; and Tara Carlson, MD, RN, Director Community Outreach and External Affairs.

Other top faculty involved in the training included Sharon Henry, MD, the Anne Scalea Professor in Trauma, Director of the Division of Wound Healing and Metabolism; Jose J. Diaz, MD, CNS, FACS, FCCM, Professor of Surgery, Vice Chair Quality and Safety, Department of Surgery, Chief of Acute Care Surgery and Program Director of the Acute Care Surgery Fellowship at the University of Maryland R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center; and Habeeba Park, MD, Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery and Lead Physician for Stop the Bleed.

“People in the field can make the difference between life and death,” Dr. Scalea told the group before they received hands-on training with tourniquets and using different forms of pressure.

About the University of Maryland School of Medicine

Commemorating its 210th Anniversary, the University of Maryland School of Medicine was chartered in 1807 as the first public medical school in the United States. It continues today as one of the fastest growing, top-tier biomedical research enterprises in the world -- with 43 academic departments, centers, institutes, and programs; and a faculty of more than 3,000 physicians, scientists, and allied health professionals, including members of the National Academy of Medicine  and the National Academy of Sciences, and a distinguished recipient of the Albert E. Lasker Award in Medical Research.  With an operating budget of more than $1 billion, the School of Medicine works closely in partnership with the University of Maryland Medical Center and Medical System to provide research-intensive, academic and clinically-based care for more than 1.2 million patients each year. The School has over 2,500 students, residents, and fellows, and nearly $450 million in extramural funding, with most of its academic departments highly ranked among all medical schools in the nation in research funding. As one of the seven professional schools that make up the University of Maryland Baltimore campus, the School of Medicine has a total workforce of nearly 7,000 individuals. The combined School and Medical System (“University of Maryland Medicine”) has an annual budget of nearly $6 billion and an economic impact in excess of $15 billion on the state and local community. The School of Medicine faculty, which ranks as the 8th-highest public medical school in research productivity, is an innovator in translational medicine, with 600 active patents and 24 start-up companies. The School works locally, nationally, and globally, with research and treatment facilities in 36 countries around the world. Visit

About the University of Maryland Medical Center

The University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) comprises two hospitals in Baltimore: an 800-bed teaching hospital – the flagship institution of the 14-hospital University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS) – and a 200-bed community teaching hospital, UMMC Midtown Campus. UMMC is a national and regional referral center for trauma, cancer care, neurological care, cardiac care, diabetes and endocrinology, women’s and children’s health, and has one of the largest solid organ transplant programs in the country. All physicians on staff at the flagship hospital are faculty physicians of the University of Maryland School of Medicine. At UMMC Midtown Campus, faculty physicians work alongside community physicians to provide patients with the highest quality care. UMMC Midtown Campus was founded in 1881 and is located one mile away from the University Campus hospital.


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