The 14th Annual Louis R.M. DelGuercio Professorship and Research Day, set for Wednesday, December 13, will feature prominent trauma surgeon, George C. Velmahos, M.D., Ph.D., M.S.Ed., as the keynote speaker. The day will showcase moderated poster rounds, podium presentations of scientific papers and the distinguished visiting professor lecture, “Selective Nonoperative Management of Gunshot Wounds to the Abdomen: From Heresy to New Religion,” by Dr. Valmahos. The event was established in 2002 to honor the late Dr. Del Guercio's leadership and pioneering research during his 24-year tenure as chairman of the Department of Surgery, and to stimulate and promote surgical research at NYMC. Abstracts by students, residents or fellows at NYMC and/or affiliated institutions addressing clinical, educational, translational and/or basic research questions pertaining to surgery or surgical subspecialties are being accepted until 5 p.m. on Monday, November 20.
Dr. Velmahos is the John F. Burke Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School and chief of the Division of Trauma, Emergency Surgery and Surgical Critical Care at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). He also serves as the trauma program leader for the Center for Integration of Medicine with Innovative Technology (CIMIT) and is the founder of the Center for Early Trauma Research at MGH.
He received his M.D. and Ph.D. from the University of Athens Medical School in Athens, Greece, and holds an M.S.Ed. from the University of Southern California. Dr. Velmahos is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, American College of Critical Care Medicine, Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, and Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow.
Dr. Velmahos holds membership in the American Surgical Association, Society of University Surgeons, American Association for the Surgery of Trauma, Society of Critical Care, Society of Clinical Surgery, Surgical Biology Club, Western Surgical Association, New England Surgical Society, International Society of Surgery, and many others. He is the chair of the International Committee of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and has served on the Executive Committee of the ACS Committee on Trauma (COT) and has chaired the Education Committee of the ACS-COT, and the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma’s Multi-institutional Trials Committee.
Recipient of multiple teaching awards from the University of Southern California and Massachusetts General Hospital, he is the associate editor of the World Journal of Surgery, and serves on the editorial board of Surgery, Archives of Surgery, World Journal of Emergency Surgery, and Journal of Trauma. He is also the editor of Current Trauma Reports. Dr. Velmahos has published more than 400 peer-reviewed articles, more than 65 books and book chapters, scores of abstracts, editorials, clinical communications, and online educational modules, and has delivered over 150 invited lectures and presentations at national and international conferences.