New Surgeon Joins Trauma Team, Named Director of Surgical Critical Care
Rifat Latifi, MD, has joined the University of Arizona Department of Surgery as associate professor of clinical surgery, Section of Trauma and Critical Care, and director of University Medical Center Surgical Critical Care. In addition to his trauma and general surgery responsibilities, Dr. Latifi will collaborate with the Arizona Telemedicine Program to create a telemedicine trauma and surgery program, enabling surgeons from UMC to assist physicians in emergency and operating rooms in rural areas in Arizona using telemedicine technology.
Dr. Latifi comes to the UA from Virginia Commonwealth University Medical College of Virginia, where he served as assistant professor of surgery, director of Surgical Nutrition Support Service, director of Education and Long Distance Learning at the Medical Informatics and Technology Applications Consortium (MITAC), a NASA commercial space center at VCU in Richmond, Va., and medical director, A.D. Williams Surgical Clinic at Medical College of Virginia.
Dr. Latifi's interest in telemedicine at VCU led to the establishment of a telemedicine network and an international "virtual e-hospital" in Kosova, which was launched in December. Using the latest technology and collaborating with health care institutions around the world, the Telemedicine and International Virtual E-Hospital Network of Kosova is dedicated to providing medical education, training and health information to health care professionals and the public in Third World countries.
A medical graduate of the University of Prishtina, Prishtina, Kosova, Dr. Latifi completed internships at the University of Prishtina and the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Ohio, and residency at Yale University School of Medicine. He also was a Surgical Critical Care Fellow at New York Medical College.
Dr. Latifi specializes in trauma, general surgery and critical care with special interest in reoperative surgery, advanced laparoscopic surgery, and nutrition support of surgery and critically ill patients. He has published several books and has authored and co-authored more than 50 articles and six books. His latest book "The Biology and Practice of Current Nutritional Support," a second-edition, was co-authored with Stanley J. Dudrick from Yale University and published by RG Landes and Eurekah.com, Austin, Texas.