WVU Hospitals Trauma Chief to Assist Military

Larry Roberts, M.D., is Senior Visiting Surgeon in Combat Trauma Care


MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Larry Roberts, M.D., director of the Jon Michael Moore Trauma Center at West Virginia University Hospitals, will spend two weeks this month at the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany. He will provide his assistance to the U.S. military medical team that treats seriously injured soldiers evacuated from Iraq and Afghanistan.

Dr. Roberts was selected as a senior visiting surgeon in combat trauma care by the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma, the major medical specialty organization for trauma care.

The program was created to provide military teams with the insight and experience of some of the nation’s top trauma experts.

During his tour as a visiting surgeon, Roberts will participate in daily rounds, operative cases and bedside patient care, including meeting soldiers as they arrive at the hospital from the combat zone. He will participate in case conferences and regular surgical meetings, and work with younger military staff surgeons both to share skills and to assist them in future professional career development.

Landstuhl is the military’s lead facility in Europe, and is the first stop for all . wounded and ill soldiers who are evacuated from Iraq and Afghanistan. The medical center is operated by the U.S. Army with medical staff provided by the Army, Air Force and Navy.

Roberts joined West Virginia University in 2004 after a 24-year career as a U.S. Navy trauma specialist.

As the director of the Jon Michael Moore Trauma Center, he was the lead physician in the care of Randal McCloy, who survived the Sago Mine disaster earlier this year. He is also chief of the division of trauma, emergency surgery and surgical critical care at the WVU Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center.

Roberts received his medical degree from the George Washington University School of Health Sciences. He completed advanced training in general surgery at the U.S. Naval Hospital in Oakland, Calif., and in trauma and surgical critical care at the University of California Medical Center, San Diego. He is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a diplomate of the American Board of Surgery. He is board certified in surgical critical care.

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For more information:
Steve Bovino, HSC News Service, (304) 293-7087
bc: 11-13-06

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