2021 Trauma Symposium Speakers
MAY 7, 2021 Speakers
William Hickerson, MD
Founder and Former Director, Firefighters’ Regional Burn Center and Wound Care Center at the Regional Medical Center in Memphis, Tennessee
Dr. Hickerson obtained board certification in both general and plastic surgery and is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He completed his training at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis, Tennessee and founded the Firefighters’ Regional Burn Center in 1985. He retired as a tenured professor of plastic surgery at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center and served as the Director of the Firefighters’ Regional Burn Center and Wound Care Center at the Regional Medical Center in Memphis, Tennessee. Dr. Hickerson has an interest in the overall care of those with burn injuries – from the acute burn through the reconstructive and rehabilitative phases. He also has extensive experience in facial and abdominal wall reconstruction. He is an active member of the American Burn Association and currently is the president of that organization. He plays a central role in the Advanced Burn Life Support course, where he serves as a national faculty member and is also the Burn Rehabilitation and Reconstruction editor for the Journal of Burn Care and Research. He has lectured extensively throughout the world on burn injuries, skin substitutes, utilization of topical antimicrobials, and burn reconstruction.
Breanna Carter, PharmD
Trauma/Surgical Critical Care Clinical Pharmacy Specialist and Nutrition Support Clinical Pharmacist, Erlanger Health System
Dr. Carter practices as a Trauma/Surgical Critical Care Clinical Pharmacy Specialist and Nutrition Support Clinical Pharmacist at Erlanger. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy from Butler University, Indianapolis in 2012 and completed a PGY-1 ASHP-accredited residency at Eskenazi Health, Indianapolis, Indiana in 2013. She is board certified in pharmacotherapy and critical care. Dr. Carter serves as an Assistant Professor with the University of Tennessee College of Medicine Chattanooga Department of Surgery and is a pharmacy student preceptor for the University of Tennessee, South College of Pharmacy, and East Tennessee State University.
Julie Adams, MD
Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, University of Tennessee College of Medicine Chattanooga
Dr. Julie Adams is Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, University of Tennessee College of Medicine Chattanooga and practices surgery of the hand and upper extremity at Erlanger Medical Center. Dr. Adams received a degree in Biochemistry, Summa Cum Laude, from Clemson University, and her MD from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She completed a residency in orthopedic surgery at the Mayo Clinic as well as a Master of Science in Orthopedic Research. Dr. Adams completed a hand surgery fellowship at the Philadelphia Hand Center. Her clinical and research interests include hand, wrist and elbow trauma and reconstruction. She has published 84 peer reviewed manuscripts, 73 book chapters, and has 273 national or international presentations. She has served in wellness efforts at the University of Tennessee as the Wellness Committee representative from the department of Orthopedic Surgery, and is current chair of the Ethics and Professionalism Committee at the American Society for Surgery of the Hand.
Jensen Hyde, MD, MPH
Associate Program Director, Internal Medicine Program
Dr. Hyde was born in Memphis, Tennessee and raised in Atlanta, Georgia. She attended Vanderbilt University majoring in molecular and cellular biology. She went on to attend medical school at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis where she met her now husband and graduated with induction into the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society. She went on to complete her internship and residency in Internal Medicine at UTHSC College of Medicine Chattanooga during which she served as President of the House Staff Association and was awarded Resident of the Year and Resident Researcher of the Year. During residency she and her husband also welcomed a baby girl in to the Hyde Clan. Having fallen in love with this program and this city, she stayed on as an Erlanger Hospitalist and Assistant Professor of Medicine. In 2019, she completed a Master of Public Health degree amidst the COVID-19 pandemic as a Columbia Merit Scholar. In New York, the Hydes welcomed their son into the chaos. Dr. Hyde now serves as Associate Program Director for the Internal Medicine program in addition to practicing hospital medicine. Outside of work she enjoys hiking, watching college football, and eating anywhere with a good patio.
Waren Gardner, MD
Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, Chattanooga
Dr. Gardner is an Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, Chattanooga. After growing up in north central Georgia, he obtained his medical degree at the Medical University of South Carolina followed by orthopaedic residency at Michigan State in Grand Rapids, Michigan. During his residency, Dr. Gardner was drawn to the complexity of trauma which led him to pursue an orthopaedic trauma fellowship at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee. Dr. Gardner then joined University of Tennessee College of Medicine Chattanooga/Erlanger where he has practiced orthopaedic trauma surgery since 2010, along with Drs. Kiner and Nowotarski. Together their team comprises the only three fracture specialists within a hundred-mile radius of Chattanooga, at the region's only Level One Trauma Center. Dr. Gardner is Board Certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, and is an active member in multiple medical societies including the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Orthopaedic Trauma Association, Vanderbilt Orthopaedic Society and Tennessee Orthopaedic Society. In addition, he is a faculty member of the AO Trauma international organization of Orthopaedic Trauma surgeons, providing fracture education to future orthopaedic surgeons.
Clay Moore, BS
Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Criminal Investigation Division/Human Trafficking Unit, Chattanooga Field Office
Special Agent Clay Moore has been a law enforcement officer since 2002 and holds a BS in Criminal Justice. He has been a Deputy Sheriff for the McMinn County Sheriff’s Department as a Corrections Officer and Transport Officer. He attended the Police Academy in 2005, continued working corrections at the McMinn County Sheriff’s Department until February 2006 when he was promoted to Patrol Deputy for the McMinn County Sheriff’s Office. He worked as a patrol deputy from 2006 until 2010 and the as an Agent for the Tenth Judicial District Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force until 2018. During his tenure at the Drug Task Force, he held positions as Agent, Sergeant and a Task Force Officer with the Drug Enforcement Administration. From November 2018 to August 2019 Special Agent Moore was employed as a patrol officer with the Athens Police Department. Since September 2019 he has been employed with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and has been assigned to the Criminal Investigation Division/Human Trafficking Unit (Chattanooga Field Office). During his career as a Law Enforcement Officer he has attended multiple trainings including Narcotics, Human Trafficking and other various investigative based training. With these trainings and certificates Special Agent Moore has initiated and/or assisted in the investigation of at least 700 criminal investigations.
MAY 14, 2021 Speakers
Eric Clauss, MSN, RN, EMT-P
Director of the EMS Center of Excellence, Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Eric Clauss is a Registered Nurse, an EMT-Paramedic and has his Master of Science degree in nursing leadership. He has been in the emergency profession since 1986 serving in roles such as firefighter, paramedic, deputy coroner, charge nurse, instructor, and preceptor. He has been at Vanderbilt University Medical Center since 2005 and currently serves as the Director of the EMS Center of Excellence. Eric is a published author and speaks regionally and nationally to healthcare organizations and prehospital providers on leadership, personal development, and stress management.
Robert A. Maxwell, MD
Medical Director of Trauma and LifeForce Air Medical Services, Erlanger Health System
Dr. Maxwell is the Medical Director of Trauma and LifeForce Air Medical Services at Erlanger Health System. Following trauma/surgical critical care fellowship at University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Dr. Maxwell joined the University of Tennessee College of Medicine Chattanooga faculty in 1999 where he teaches at the rank of Professor in the Department of Surgery. He is certified by the American Board of Surgery in General Surgery and Surgical Critical Care and is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Maxwell is President-Elect of the Surgical Critical Care Program Directors Society and President of the Tennessee Chapter of the American College of Surgeons. Under his leadership, 22 Surgical Critical Care fellows have graduated since 2003. His academic society memberships include the Western Trauma Association, the Southeastern Surgical Congress, the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma, and the Southern Surgical Association.
Hunter Rooks, MD
General Surgery Resident at University of Tennessee College of Medicine Chattanooga
Dr. Rooks is a fifth year General Surgery resident at University of Tennessee College of Medicine Chattanooga. He completed a Critical Care fellowship there in December 2020. Dr. Rooks earned his medical degree at University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis, TN and completed a Masters degree in Pharmacology there.
William B. Lee, MD
Fifth Year General Surgery resident at University of Tennessee College of Medicine Chattanooga
Dr. Lee is a fifth year General Surgery resident at University of Tennessee College of Medicine Chattanooga. He completed a Critical Care fellowship in December 2020. His medical degree was earned at Medical College of Georgia at Georgia Regents University in Augusta, GA where he was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society.
J. Brent Moss, MD
Fourth Year General Surgery Resident at University of Tennessee College of Medicine Chattanooga
Dr. Moss is a fourth year General Surgery resident at University of Tennessee College of Medicine Chattanooga. He earned his medical degree at Louisiana State University School of Medicine in Shreveport where he was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society.
Callie Lewis, BSN, RN, CEN
Critical Care Nurse Clinician (CCNC), Erlanger Health System
Callie Lewis is a Critical Care Nurse Clinician (CCNC) at Erlanger Health System. She received her BSN at Georgia College and State University in 2016 and completed the Critical Care Nurse Residency at Erlanger in 2016. Since then she has worked in the Baroness Emergency Room and Shock Trauma ICU and joined the Red Shirt team in June 2020.
W. Eric Briscoe, MD
Second year General Surgery Resident, University of Tennessee College of Medicine Chattanooga
Dr. Briscoe is a second year General Surgery resident at University of Tennessee College of Medicine Chattanooga. He completed his medical degree at University of Mississippi School of Medicine in Jackson, MS.
Jessica George, BSN, RN, TCRN
Critical Care Nurse Clinician (CCNC), Erlanger Health System
Jessica George is a Critical Care Nurse Clinician (CCNC) at Erlanger Health System. Jessica has worked in the emergency profession for the last 4 years as a staff nurse, charge nurse, and medical first responder. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Southern Adventist University with both her Associates of Science in Nursing in December 2017 and Bachelors of Science in Nursing in December 2018.
Payal Fadia, MD
Medical Director of the Post-Acute Brain Injury Services at Shepherd Center, Atlanta, GA
Dr. Fadia is the Medical Director of the Post-Acute Brain Injury Services at Shepherd Center in Atlanta, GA. She is board-certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation with subspecialty certification in brain injury medicine. She joined Shepherd Center in 2008. For more information on Dr. Fadia and the Shepherd program view Dr. Fadia at https://youtu.be/xBWEX8XaF5o.
Benjamin W. Dart, MD
Chief of Surgery and Senior Medical Director of Operating Room Services, Erlanger Health System
Dr. Dart is Board Certified in General Surgery and Surgical Critical Care and is a fellow of the American College of Surgery. He joined University of Tennessee College of Medicine Chattanooga Department of Surgery as teaching faculty in Trauma and Surgical Critical Care upon graduation from the Residency program in 2005. His teaches as Professor of Surgery. He is Vice Chairman of the Department of Surgery, as well as Medical Director of the Skills and Simulation Center. Dr. Dart is Chief of Surgery and Senior Medical Director of Operating Room Services at Erlanger Health System. His professional association memberships include the Association of Program Directors in Surgery, the Southern Surgical Association, the Southeastern Surgical Congress, the Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma, the Western Trauma Association, and the Society of Critical Care Medicine.
Glen R. Sargent, BS, NR-P
Emergency Medical Operations, Emergency Management/Preparedness and Education Specialist
Glen Sargent is an Emergency Medical Operations, Emergency Management/Preparedness and education specialist focused on best practices, standards and teamwork. Glen received his Paramedic certificate in 1994 and his Fire Training Certificate in 2000, a BS in Emergency Medical Services Administration in 2020, and expects to complete his Master of Public Health Administration in 2023. His career has been in and around Boston since 1994 and has spanned many roles such as paramedic, firefighter, clinical educator/instructor, field operations supervisor, director of clinical education, and EMS/Emergency Preparedness Manager. Since 2015 he has worked with the Department of Homeland Security/Center for Domestic Preparedness in Anniston, AL, educating others as Instructor in Emergency Medical Operations, Hospital Emergency Response Teams, and Highly Infectious Disease response. Some events that he has worked include the World Trade Center attacks in 2001, the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013, protests in 2020 in Brockton, MA, and continuing COVID-19 response.
MAY 21, 2021 Speakers
LeAnne Young, MSN, RN, TCRN
Trauma Program Director, Beacon Health System
LeAnne Young, MSN, RN, TCRN, is the Trauma Program Director for Beacon Health System, overseeing the trauma programs at both Memorial and Elkhart; and serves on the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council for Beacon. Prior to joining the Beacon family in 2019, LeAnne served in various leadership roles at both state designated and ACS verified adult and/or pediatric Level I trauma programs in South Florida. In addition to her leadership and clinical roles in trauma, LeAnne was actively involved in trauma clinical research and post-acute trauma care management for patients with severe traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries.
LeAnne currently serves on the Executive Committee/Board of Directors for the Society of Trauma Nurses (STN) as their Treasurer; chair of the Quality Assurance sub-committee for the Advanced Trauma Care for Nurses (ATCN); member of the Pediatric Trauma and Membership Engagement committees; peer reviewer for the Journal of Trauma Nursing (JTN); and co-chair of the STN Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee.
In addition to her involvement in STN, LeAnne also serves on the Pediatric Trauma Committee for the Trauma Centers Association of America (TCAA); and on the Nurse Leadership Committee for the Pediatric Trauma Society (PTS). LeAnne is an active member of the Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) and the American Trauma Society (ATS).
LeAnne has numerous publications on several trauma clinical research topics and pediatric non-accidental trauma; and has presented both nationally and internationally on pediatric non-accidental trauma and pediatric trauma mortality.
Anuj Sinha, DO
Medical Director of Erlanger Children’s Hospital Neonatal ICU
Dr. Sinha is Medical Director of Erlanger Children’s Hospital Neonatal ICU. His academic appointments include Clinical Associate Professor at Vanderbilt University and University of Tennessee College of Medicine Chattanooga. Dr. Sinha received his Doctorate of Osteopathy at the Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1998 and completed Pediatric residency at Loma Linda University Children’s. His American Medical Association fellowship in Neonatology was earned at Baylor College of Medicine, Texas Children’s Hospital.
Marvin Hall, MD
Pediatric Intensive Care Specialist, Children's Hospital at Erlanger, and Affiliate Faculty, University Of Tennessee College Of Medicine Chattanooga
Dr. Marvin Hall has been a specialist in Pediatric Intensive Care Medicine at Children’s Hospital at Erlanger since 1994. He has served in numerous administrative, educational, and clinical roles during his tenure and is Affiliate Faculty for the University Of Tennessee College Of Medicine Chattanooga. He is a graduate of The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and Emory University School of Medicine. His post-graduate education took place at University of North Carolina Hospitals in Chapel Hill, NC, where he completed residency in pediatrics, administrative chief residency, and fellowship in pediatric critical care medicine. He is board certified in Pediatrics and in Pediatric Critical Care Medicine. He is also a Certified Physician Executive. Dr. Hall is a member of numerous professional organizations including Alpha Omega Alpha, the Society of Critical Care Medicine, and the American Association for Physician Leadership. His professional interests are many and varied, but prominently include patient safety and quality, evidence based medicine, and medical education.
Brynn Atchley Byers, CPNP-AC, MSN, RN
Pediatric Inpatient Surgical Nurse Practitioner, Children’s Hospital at Erlanger
Brynn Byers is a pediatric inpatient surgical nurse practitioner at Erlanger Children’s Hospital, serving patients throughout the system from neonates through adolescence. She obtained her Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner and Master of Science in Nursing in 2014 at Vanderbilt University, and her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from University of Tennessee Knoxville. She participates in multiple hospital committees to improve patient safety and outcomes. Brynn is a member of several professional organizations including American Pediatric Surgical Nurses Association, the Association of Perioperative Registered Nurses, and the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners.
Marvin "Cub" Culbertson, MD
Pediatric Advanced Life Support and Advanced Trauma Life Support Professor, University of Tennessee College of Medicine Chattanooga
Dr. Culbertson has been affiliated with Erlanger Children’s Hospital and University of Tennessee College of Medicine Chattanooga since 2013, teaching as Professor. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American College of Emergency Physicians. He is an Instructor of Pediatric Advanced Life Support and Advanced Trauma Life Support. Dr. Culbertson earned his MD from University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas.
Curt Koontz, MD
Director of Pediatric Surgical Services, Children’s Hospital at Erlanger
Dr. Koontz is Board Certified in Surgery and Pediatric Surgery. He is the Director of Pediatric Surgical Services at Children’s Hospital at Erlanger, Chair of the Pediatric Operating Room Steering Committee, and Surgical Representative to Children’s Oncology Group. He is affiliated with University of Tennessee College of Medicine Chattanooga as Assistant Professor. Dr. Koontz completed his residency at UT College of Medicine Chattanooga, and completed a research fellowship in pediatric laparoscopic surgery and pediatric fellowship at Emory University in 2009. His personal interests include rock climbing, mountain biking, hunting, fishing, and spending time with his family.
Todd Thurston, MD
Director of Pediatric Plastic Surgery, Children’s Hospital at Erlanger
Todd E. Thurston, MS MD, is a graduate of the University of Alabama School of Medicine. While there, he was one of the co-founders of the Equal Access Clinic which provides indigent care for the Birmingham area. He then proceeded to the University of Kansas Medical Center where he completed an integrated plastic and reconstructive plastic surgery residency. He subsequently completed a craniomaxillofacial fellowship at the University of Michigan. After completion of his training, Dr. Thurston joined The Plastic Surgery Group. Dr. Thurston is the Director of Pediatric Plastic Surgery for Children’s Hospital at Erlanger and serves as the region’s only craniofacial surgeon. He is a member of The American Cleft Palate Craniofacial Association and the American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons. He is published in multiple peer-reviewed medical journals including Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Laryngoscope and the Journal of Craniofacial Surgery