Two New Members Lead UA Department of Surgery Trauma Team

<p>Two surgeons have joined the University of Arizona Department of Surgery Trauma Team.</p>

Two New Members Lead UA Department of Surgery Trauma Team


Jan. 10, 2002
Contact: Jo Marie Gellerman, 520-626-7301
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Two surgeons have joined the University of Arizona Department of Surgery Trauma Team. John M. Porter, MD, has been appointed director of Trauma and Critical Care and professor of surgery. Mark D. Williams, MD, has joined the Department as associate director of Trauma and Critical Care and associate professor of surgery. Both will provide leadership and patient care to Tucson's Level 1 Trauma Program.
Dr. Porter, 42, comes to the UA from Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine, where he served as associate professor of surgery and director of Trauma/Critical Care at St. Elizabeth Health Center. Other surgical appointments include chief of the Division of Trauma at Alameda County Medical Center in Oakland, Calif., and at Medical College Hospital in Toledo, Ohio.

A 1985 graduate of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Dr. Porter began his surgical training at Johns Hopkins Hospital, completing his internship in 1986 and his residency training in 1991. He also completed a fellowship in trauma and surgical critical care in 1993 at the University of Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia. Honors earned include the National Merit Achievement Award in 1977 and the National Medical Association Distinguished Lecturer Award in 1999. Dr. Porter is board certified in general surgery and surgical critical care and is licensed in Arizona, California, New York, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Ohio. He is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and serves on the editorial review board of five national journals. An experienced researcher, Dr. Porter has published more than 50 articles and seven book chapters. His research interests include resuscitation of the injured patient, use of antioxidant therapy in critical care and violence prevention. Dr. Porter's clinical specialties are trauma surgery, surgical critical care and laparoscopic surgery.

Dr. Williams, 45, received an undergraduate degree in chemical engineering from the University of Colorado, Boulder, in 1975, and his medical degree from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, in 1985. He completed his residency in general surgery and a surgery research fellowship at Saint Joseph Hospital in Denver.

Before joining the UA, Dr. Williams was an associate professor of surgery at University of Mississippi Medical Center and director of the Surgical Intensive Care Unit at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Jackson.

Dr. Williams is board certified in general surgery and surgical critical care and licensed in Arizona and Mississippi. He is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons.

Dr. Williams has published more than 30 articles in peer-reviewed journals and co-authored the book "Today's Decisions, Tomorrow's Destiny". His research interests include the molecular genetic detection of bacteria in patient's blood, use of invasive hemodynamic monitoring, use of nasogastric suction in colorectal surgery, computer modeling of intelligence, abdominal wall closure techniques and laparoscopic incisional hernia repair.

"Drs. Porter and Williams not only bring excellent clinical and research expertise to the Department of Surgery, they also bring their compassionate characters into our surgical community," says Allan J. Hamilton, MD, head of the UA Department of Surgery. "They both epitomize the kind of leaders we want for trauma surgery and intensive care.

"This is such a difficult time with funding shortages for trauma support and disaster preparedness. I am delighted the University has been able to recruit such outstanding talent to join our trauma team here in Tucson."