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Two prominent trauma surgeons join USF


Two prominent trauma surgeons are joining the University of South Florida to lead its new trauma initiative with the HCA hospital chain and the $30 million medical simulation center under construction in downtown Tampa.

"We'll be one of the country's biggest trauma centers with one of the nation's best simulation centers," said Dr. Stephen Klasko, dean of the USF medical school. "It makes it easier for us to get nationally recognized leaders that want to change the way that we treat trauma."

He announced this week that Dr. Jim Hurst will be chief medical director of the USF/HCA trauma network. It has five hospitals across Florida, including Pasco County's Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point.

Hurst is a visiting professor at Harvard Medical School and acting chief of surgery at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

Dr. John Armstrong joins the USF faculty as director of trauma and disaster education. He also will serve as medical director of its Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation, a facility slated to open in January to train physicians on advanced surgical procedures.

Armstrong was the trauma medical director at the University of Florida. A former colonel in the Army Medical Corps, he previously ran a military medical training simulation center.

Times staff writer

Two prominent trauma surgeons join USF 02/23/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, February 23, 2011 5:15pm]
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