UM School of Medicine Professor of Trauma Surgery Dr. Thomas Scalea Featured on National Network News Highlighting State of the Art Care Provided at University of Maryland Medical Center’s R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center
A University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) faculty member was featured in a prestigious national news program over the weekend highlighting the lifesaving critical care medicine practiced at the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center at the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC). In an extended segment called “One Night in America” that comprised half of the evening newscast for NBC Nightly News and additional coverage on MSNBC, a reporter was embedded at Shock Trauma for more than nine hours from Saturday evening, July 16, into Sunday morning to document emergency trauma cases caused by gun violence. Reporters were also embedded in three other major cities showing different perspectives including police response to shootings and community support from a local street pastor.
The special report aired on Sunday evening and prominently featured Thomas Scalea, MD, The Honorable Francis X. Kelly Distinguished Professor of Trauma Surgery at UMSOM and Physician-in-Chief of the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center at UMMC. He also serves as Chief of Critical Care Services for the University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS).
Reflecting on the death of one of his patients, Dr. Scalea said in the segment, that gunshot deaths are an unnecessary injury in a civilized society. “This is one night in one city in the richest country in the world. How can this make any sense?”
For more than 50 years, the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center has been a worldwide leader in trauma care and innovation, training some of the leading trauma physicians in the U.S. and around the globe. SOM physician-scientists have pioneered major advances in trauma care through research. Shock Trauma is the nation's first and only integrated trauma hospital and is considered a national model of excellence with a 96 percent survival rate. It is Maryland's Primary Adult Resource Center (PARC) designated to treat the most severely injured and critically ill patients. The Program in Trauma at UMSOM is the only multidisciplinary dedicated physician group practice that cares for injury in the United States.
Earlier this year, Dr. Scalea celebrated his 25th anniversary with the Shock Trauma Center. Among his many accomplishments, he cared for tens of thousands of Marylanders critically injured in motor vehicle collisions, falls and violent attacks, traveled to China and Haiti to render assistance to earthquake victims, helped train thousands of U.S. Air Force personnel and worked alongside military physicians in war-torn Afghanistan. He has steered Maryland’s highest-level trauma center through two years of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Footage from Dr. Scalea’s interviews and patient care in the Shock Trauma Center can be found in the links below.
NBC Nightly News Videos
Inside a Baltimore Trauma Center as Nation Faces Gun Violence Epidemic
In-Depth Look at Gun Violence Across America
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About the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center
The R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center, University of Maryland was the first fully integrated trauma center in the world and remains at the epicenter for trauma research, patient care and teaching, both nationally and internationally today. Shock Trauma is where the "golden hour" concept of trauma was born and where many lifesaving practices in modern trauma medicine were pioneered. Shock Trauma is also at the heart of the Maryland's unparalleled Emergency Medical Service System. Learn more about Shock Trauma.
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The University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) is comprised of two hospital campuses in Baltimore: the 800-bed flagship institution of the 13-hospital University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS) — and the 200-bed UMMC Midtown Campus, both academic medical centers training physicians and health professionals and pursuing research and innovation to improve health. UMMC's downtown campus is a national and regional referral center for trauma, cancer care, neurosciences, advanced cardiovascular care, 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 downtown campus are clinical faculty physicians of the University of Maryland School of Medicine. The UMMC Midtown Campus medical staff is predominately faculty physicians specializing in diabetes, chronic diseases, behavioral health, long-term acute care and an array of outpatient primary care and specially services. UMMC Midtown has been a teaching hospital for 140 years and is located one mile away from the downtown campus. For more information, visit www.umm.edu.