Bryan Morse and Craig Coopersmith Assume Positions in Accredited ACS and SCC Fellowships

July 2018

With professor of surgery Christopher Dente, MD, stepping down as program director of the AAST-accredited acute care surgery (ACS) fellowship based at Grady Memorial Hospital, Bryan Morse, MD, MS, assistant professor of surgery and Grady-based trauma and surgical critical care surgeon, will become the new director of the ACS fellowship, and Craig Coopersmith, MD, professor of surgery and Emory Surgery's vice-chair of research, will serve as program director of the ACGME-accredited surgical critical care (SCC) fellowship at Grady. These appointments will become effective August 1.

Since trainees typically enroll in the two fellowships consecutively, with the ACS fellowship preceding the SCC fellowship, Dr. Morse and Dr. Coopersmith will work in tandem. They will also work with Rondi Gelbard, MD, associate program director of the SCC fellowship and one of two interim medical directors of Grady's surgical intensive care unit, the other being L. Ray Matthews, MD, associate professor of surgery of the Morehouse School of Medicine. Dr. Matthews will also be a member of this training team.

Dr. Morse, who completed his Emory trauma/surgical critical care fellowship at Grady, joined the Emory faculty at Grady in 2013 after serving on the faculty of the South Carolina School of Medicine for two years. The additional positions he holds at Grady include chief of quality for Emory Surgery, chief of the Acute Care Surgery B Service, associate trauma medical director, and director of trauma research. He is a certified instructor of the American College of Surgeons' Trauma Evaluation and Management Course for medical students and the ACS Basic Ultrasound for Surgeons and Advanced Ultrasound for Surgeons courses; serves as course director of the ACS Advanced Surgical Skills for Exposure in Trauma course (ASSET); and is a member of the Emory Department of Surgery Residency Clinical Competency Committee and the Medical Student Steering Committee. Dr. Morse was a member of the team that introduced the Resuscitative Endovascular Balloon Occlusion of the Aorta (REBOA) Program at Grady, and organized a course to teach other surgeons the cutting-edge trauma procedure.

Dr. Coopersmith is a national and international leader in critical care medicine, and one of the top investigators of sepsis and shock in the country. He is a past president of the Society of Critical Care Medicine; a member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation, whose members must have an outstanding record of scholarly achievement in biomedical research; and the leader of a highly successful NIH-funded research team that focuses on multiple issues associated with sepsis and multiple organ failure. In addition to his ongoing and extensive mentorship of medical students, residents, and fellows in his lab, Dr. Coopersmith's experience as an educator includes directing both the surgical critical care fellowship and the general surgery resident research program at Washington University School of Medicine prior to coming to Emory.

The ACS fellowship was developed by Dr. Dente, who joined the Emory faculty at Grady in 2004 and held leadership positions in the two year trauma surgery residency/surgical critical care fellowship. He led the restructuring of the trauma surgery year into an acute care surgery fellowship, which was accredited by the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma (AAST) in 2017, becoming one of only 20 AAST approved programs in the country and the only one in Georgia. Dr. Dente will continue as an active surgeon, educator, and researcher on Grady's trauma/surgical critical care service.

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