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Ronald M. Stewart to Head ACS Committee on Trauma


CHICAGO (November 22, 2013): The Board of Regents of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) recently appointed Ronald M. Stewart, MD, FACS, as the next Chair of the ACS Committee on Trauma (COT). Dr. Stewart is professor and chair of the department of surgery at the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio.

Dr. Stewart’s appointment as the next COT Chair took place in October. He will take office in March 2014 after the COT’s 2014 Annual Meeting where he will become the 19th Chair of the Committee on Trauma, succeeding Michael F. Rotondo, MD, FACS, of Rochester, NY.

“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,” said Dr. Rotondo of Dr. Stewart’s appointment.

Dr. Stewart received his medical doctorate (MD) from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio where he also completed his surgical residency. He completed a two-year Trauma and Surgical Critical Care Fellowship at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis and then served as the Director of Trauma at University Hospital in San Antonio.

Dr. Stewart was appointed in May 2000, by then-Governor George W. Bush, to the Governor’s Emergency Medical Services and Trauma Advisory Council. He was the recipient of the 2013 National Safety Council Surgeon's Award for Service to Safety and the ACS Arthur Ellenberger Award for Excellence in State Advocacy.

Dr. Stewart’s previous involvements with the ACS include serving as the Chair of the South Texas Chapter of the ACS COT and later as the ACS COT Region VI Chief (Texas, New Mexico, Louisiana, and Arkansas). He is also the Southern Surgical Society’s representative to the ACS Board of Governors.

The COT is dedicated to all phases of injury care – from prevention to rehabilitation. The Committee is supported by a network of 65 state and provincial committees, 11 international committees, and five military committees, with the majority of members being Fellows of the American College of Surgeons (FACS).

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