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Become a member and receive career-enhancing benefits

Our top priority is providing value to members. Your Member Services team is here to ensure you maximize your ACS member benefits, participate in College activities, and engage with your ACS colleagues. It's all here.

Become a Member
Become a member and receive career-enhancing benefits

Our top priority is providing value to members. Your Member Services team is here to ensure you maximize your ACS member benefits, participate in College activities, and engage with your ACS colleagues. It's all here.

Membership Benefits
ACS
ACS Fellow Since 2012

Paula Ferrada, MD FACS

Board Certification

  • American Board of Surgery - General Surgery
  • American Board of Surgery - Surgical Critical Care

Society Memberships

  • E. Assn, Surg of Trauma
  • Assn of Women Surgeons
  • Am Assn for Surg of Traum
  • Soc of Critical Care Med

Additional Information

Gender

Female

Type of Practice

Full-time Academic

General Surgery

4210 Monument Ave

Richmond, VA 23230-3821

United States

Contact Information

Biography

Dr Paula Ferrada MD,FACS, FCCM, MAMSE, is a is a Colombian born female Surgeon-Leader. She is an internationally recognized advocate for equity, diversity and inclusion. She currently serves as the Division and system chief for Acute Care surgery and Trauma for the INOVA healthcare system. She is an accomplished educator. Dr Ferrada has been honored with two major awards from the Virginia Commonwealth University Medical School: the Irby James teaching award and the Leonard Tow Humanism in medicine awards as a statement of her commitment to education. Ferrada is an active member of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) National Ultrasound Faculty (NUF), she is the creator and directs the module of echocardiogram and thoracic ultrasound for the American College of Surgeons and currently serves as the credentialing and certification vice chair for this committee. Dr Ferrada served as the Chair for the Young Fellows Association. This organization body represents surgeons 45 years and younger, members of the American College of Surgeons. Before becoming the chair, she served as the mentoring program leader, as well as the education pillar leader, helping create many opportunities for young surgeons in the American College of Surgeons. Internationally, she is the executive secretary for the Pan-American Trauma Society; she created a mentorship program for young surgeons, an ultrasound course for all first responders, published the first multi center trial sponsored by this organization, directed the committee of the education and research and founded a scholarship for this organization. She has over 100 papers published in peer-reviewed journals and has edited several books on the care of the traumatized patients. She has been able to secure funding form the Department of Defense and the Food and Drug Administration, and has lead multiple multicenter trials and practice guidelines for the management of acute care surgical patients.

Subspecialties and Areas of Clinical Concentration

Critical Care

Abdomen and Digestion Disorder/Procedure

  • abdominal pain
  • adhesion removal
  • appendectomy
  • esophagus perforation
  • feeding tubes
  • malrotation
  • peptic ulcer disease
  • peritonitis
  • splenectomy

Hernia Procedures

  • abdominal hernia
  • component separation
  • epigastric hernia
  • femoral hernia
  • inguinal hernia
  • laparoscopic hernia repair
  • paraesophageal hernia
  • umbilical hernia
  • ventral hernia

Diagnostic Imaging/procedures

Minimally Invasive Procedures

  • endoscopic surgery
  • video assisted thoracic surgery

Trauma/Injury Procedures

  • abdominal injuries
  • abdominal wall reconstruction
  • amputation
  • bladder injury
  • blunt trauma
  • bronchoscopy
  • burns
  • cardiac injury
  • chest injuries
  • cricothyroidotomy
  • extremity injury
  • finger injuries
  • foot/leg injury
  • hand/arm injury
  • intestine injuries
  • kidney injury
  • liver injury
  • liver resection
  • lung resections
  • neck injuries
  • skin grafting
  • spine trauma
  • stomach injuries
  • thyroidectomy
  • tracheotomy
  • vascular injuries
  • wound debridement

Hospital Appointments

Virginia Commonwealth University Health System

Richmond, VA

Trauma/Acute Care Surgeon

08/2010—06/2021

Inova Health System

fairfax,

Trauma/Acute Care Surgeon

09/2021—Present

Academic Appointments

University of Virginia School of Medicine

Charlottesville, VA

Professor

09/2021—Present