The UT Health Science Center San Antonio is set to see one of its most prominent surgeons appointed to a top leadership position for a nationally recognized surgical organization. Ronald M. Stewart, M.D., FACS, professor and chair of the Department of Surgery at the UT Health Science Center San Antonio, as well as an active trauma surgeon at University Hospital and a physician with UT Medicine San Antonio, will serve as the new chair of the ACS Committee on Trauma (COT) after being appointed by the Board of Regents of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) in October.
Dr. Stewart will take over for Michael F. Rotondo, MD, FACS, of Rochester, N.Y., and will be officially sworn into the position as chair at the conclusion of the 2014 Annual Meeting of the Committee on Trauma in March 2014 as the organization’s 19th Chair. “We congratulate Dr. Stewart and look forward to his leadership and direction as the COT enters its 92nd year of work to improve the care of injured patients,” Dr. Rotondo said.
This new position as head of the COT is not the first time he has been appointed to head a surgical organization. Prior to this new role, he served as chair of the South Texas State COT followed by a term as chief of the Region 6 COT (Texas, New Mexico, Louisiana and Arkansas). He still serves as the Southern Surgical Association’s representative to the American College of Surgeons Board of Governors, according to a news release from UTHSCSA’s press department.
Throughout his career, Dr. Stewart has made the state of Texas his home and focus of his professional career. According to the press release, he ” . . . has spent his entire professional career at University Hospital, promoting the development of the University Hospital Level I Trauma Center, South Texas’ lead trauma center for both children and adults. For the past 18 years, he also has served as chair of the Southwest Texas Regional Advisory Council for Trauma, developing the renowned South Texas Trauma System. He recently received the National Safety Council’s Surgeons’ Award for Service for Safety.”
In his new role as chair of the Committee on Trauma, Dr. Stewart will have the opportunity to help steer all phases of injury care — from prevention to rehabilitation — from a surgical and care-oriented perspective.
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