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Future Trauma Leaders

Introducing the Future Trauma Leaders 100 Campaign

"Mentorship is at the core of our profession. I have been blessed with tremendous mentors who have helped me pursue my passion and supported me along the way. I can think of no better way to honor my mentors by paying it forward to the Future Trauma Leaders Program." Eileen Bulger, MD, FACS, Chair, ACS Committee on Trauma

In 2015, the Mentoring for Excellence in Trauma Surgery (METS) program was established to serve as an umbrella over the Committee on Trauma's various mentoring programs, current and future. In fall 2019, the FTL100 Campaign was launched to raise funds with the primary intent to provide continuous support for the Future Trauma Leaders program; additional funds may be used to support other mentoring programs that fall under the umbrella of the METS program. The campaign is expected to run through December 31, 2022, which celebrates the 100th anniversary year of the COT. 

During the two-year mentored program, Future Trauma Leaders collaborate on active COT projects, learn valuable skills through their participation, and develop relationships that support their career development. Their participation in the program has far-reaching and long-lasting effects. You are invited to invest in the future of trauma surgery by contributing to this campaign, thereby helping to ensure mentorship opportunities into the future.

"The FTL program gave me an opportunity to interface with leaders in the trauma community, much younger than I might have otherwise with an incredible group of leaders. Being immersed in the committee really changed my understanding and my perspective on trauma quality, quality improvement and performance improvement." –Stephanie Bonne, MD, FACS, 2017-2018 Future Trauma Leaders Participant 

Visit or text FTL100 to 41444. The FTL100 Campaign supports mentorship activities that further the identification and development of surgeons with an interest in the practice of trauma surgery through the Trauma Mentoring Fund. Opportunities for a named mentoring scholarship also exist through the Future Trauma Leaders Named Mentorship Fund.

Today's investment. Tomorrow's trauma leaders.

Future Trauma Leaders 100 campaign

FTL100 Campaign Launch

From left to right: Peter E. Fischer, MD, FACS; Eileen M. Bulger, MD, FACS, Chair, Committee on Trauma; Megan Brenner, MD, FACS

At the COT Banquet, Dr. Bulger asked the first two graduating participants of the program to provide feedback on what the FTL program has meant to them and done for their careers.

Megan Brenner, MD, FACS

(FTL Graduate October 2016)

Dr. Bulger asked Peter and me to share a few words tonight about the FTL program, but just a few words will never do it justice. We are honored to have been the first two guinea pigs in the FTL, and watching how much it has grown over a few short years is very exciting.

For me personally, I can say without hesitation that my participation in the FTL and the opportunities it has provided have been the single most pivotal, educational, and gratifying experience of my career, and even in more ways than I could have ever imagined. I do not know of any other opportunity for junior faculty that allows them to contribute so significantly to trauma care as far as the arms of the COT reach, which, as we all know, is around the world.

So thank you to the COT, to our FTL mentors, the FTL donors, and to the institutions who supported our participation in this program for your guidance and encouragement. We are grateful to have the opportunity to learn from the greatest leaders in trauma. Please join Peter and me in donating to the FTL100 campaign so others can benefit from this incredible experience. Thank you.

Peter E. Fischer, MD, FACS

(FTL Graduate October 2016)

As I began to think about what I was going to say, it is clear that describing the impact that FTL has had on me and career would be impossible. You have heard all about it and the mentoring that goes along with it. I have too many mentors in this room to even begin to thank individually and a lot of that is due to this program. So to really explain what FTL is, I wanted to steal a page from one of my mentors (Dr. Bulger's playbook) and instead of tell you "what," I wanted to tell you "why."

I, like everyone in the room, love the COT and the work that its members produce to ensure optimal patient outcomes. I want us all to commit to working towards the vision of the COT to eliminate preventable deaths and disabilities across the globe. We do this by engaging the next generation of trauma surgeon leaders early and fostering their growth to ensure the COT remains the leading organization in revolutionizing the future of care to the injured. The program that does that is FTL. As Winston Churchill said, "we make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give." Thank you.

Congratulations to Our 2019 Future Trauma Leader Graduates!

From left to right: Jeffrey D. Kerby, MD, PhD, FACS, Chair, Membership Committee; Kyle Remick, MD, FACS; and  Eileen M. Bulger, MD, FACS, Chair, Committee on Trauma

Kyle N. Remick, MD, FACS

"This program is essential for trauma surgeons with an interest in strategy and policy for trauma care and systems. I would highly recommend this program to early military trauma surgeons after first deployment." Kyle N. Remick, MD, FACS


  • PIPS with Dr. Don Jenkins—Participated in Chapter 16 revision and PIPS manual.
  • Military Region Chair and Trauma Systems Committee (pending presentation) with JTS Director Stacy Shackelford and Assistant Director Dr. Jennifer Gurney. Provided leadership through the DoD JTS Surgical Combat Casualty Care Committee to organize and directly work on the effort to create a Combat trauma system manual currently known as the "red white and blue book" that is the adaptation of the Orange Book to military trauma roles of care. The initial complete draft is near completion and pending JTS review prior to being presented to ACS COT.

From  left to right: Jeffrey D. Kerby, MD, PhD, FACS, Chair, Membership Committee; Brian Beldowicz, MD, FACS;  Eileen M. Bulger, MD, FACS, Chair, Committee on Trauma

Brian Beldowicz, MD, FACS

"I think my best work on the committee is still ahead of me, and it likely would not have been realized if not for the opportunity of the METS program. The program has certainly fostered in me a commitment to the committee and its priorities, and participation in this committee will be a significant part of my trauma career going forward, both in my time in the military and my time afterwards as a civilian practitioner." –Brian Beldowicz, MD, FACS


  • With Dr. Bulger—Helped conduct the literature review and participated in the conference for developing the ACS COT joint statement on REBOA recently published
  • With Eric Elster—Section editor for ACS M-curriculum for blood transfusion and resuscitation

From left to right: Jeffrey D. Kerby, MD, PhD, FACS, Chair, Membership Committee; Erin C. Hall, MD, FACS;  Eileen M. Bulger, MD, FACS, Chair, Committee on Trauma

Erin C. Hall, MD, FACS

"I felt like it was a glance behind the curtain into the real work of trying to create quality care and move the practice of trauma forward on a national level. To be a part of it, and to realize that with hard work and by continuing to follow my passion, I could contribute in meaningful ways was life and career changing." –Erin C. Hall, MD, FACS


  • TQIP: Long-term outcomes with Joe Sakran
  • Hospital-Based Violence Interv Sub-Committee with Rochelle Dicker & Stephanie Bonne
  • PIPS Committee—Under Jim Davis, I helped to write and edit best practice guidelines on screening and treatment of intimate partner violence

From left to right: Jeffrey D. Kerby, MD, PhD, FACS, Chair, Membership Committee; Bindi Naik-Mathuria, MD, FACS; and  Eileen M. Bulger, MD, FACS, Chair, Committee on Trauma

Bindi Naik-Mathuria, MD, FACS

"I have appreciated the opportunity to participate in the COT, which otherwise may not have arisen for several more year." Bindi Naik-Mathuria, MD, FACS


  • TQIP—Best practice guidelines (nonaccidental trauma) with Christine Cocanour
  • Gun Safety Section of Injury Prevention Committee with Deb Kuhls
  • ATLS for low resource settings with Kim Joseph

From left to right: Jeffrey D. Kerby, MD, PhD, FACS; Brian P. Smith, MD, FACS; and  Eileen M. Bulger, MD, FACS, Chair, Committee on Trauma

Brian P. Smith, MD, FACS

"The connection with the state level COT has been one of the most useful parts of the program. Certainly, the PA COT is benefiting from some revitalization. I have only been engaged with the TQIP group since August, but Avery has been outstanding in terms of new mentorship" –Brian P. Smith, MD, FACS


  • TQIP—Coaching with Avery Nathens reviewing the literature with regards to effective coaching techniques and how they apply to surgeon and hospital level feedback

Past and Current Future Trauma Leaders—Thank you!

Back row, from left to right: Brian P. Smith, MD, FACS; Kyle N. Remick, MD, FACS; Aaron R. Jensen, MD, FACS; Megan Brenner, MD, FACS; Brian K. Yorkgitis, MD, FACS; Joseph V. Sakran, MD, FACS; Samuel P. Mandell, MD, FACS; Brian C. Beldowicz, MD, FACS; Peter E. Fischer, MD, FACS; D. Anderson Millar, MD, FACS <br />Front row, from left to right: Laura N. Godat, MD, FACS; Erin C. Hall, MD, FACS; Eileen M. Bulger, MD, FACS, Chair, Committee on Trauma; Regan F. Williams, MD, FACS; Bindi Naik-Mathuria, MD, FACS

Past and present Future Trauma Leaders, RAS Liaison, YFA Liaison, and Mentors