03/07/2007

Wilson Named to Lead Trauma Center

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Alison Wilson, M.D., has been appointed director of the Jon Michael Moore Trauma Center at West Virginia University Hospitals. Dr. Wilson also serves as section chief of trauma, emergency surgery and surgical critical care in the WVU School of Medicine.

Dr. Wilson received her residency and fellowship training at the Baylor College of Medicine and has been a faculty member in the Department of Surgery at WVU since 2002. She was appointed section chief of surgical critical care in 2006.

“She brings significant experience and credibility to this important position within the Hospital and School of Medicine,” said Bruce McClymonds, hospital president, who announced the appointment jointly with Richard Vaughan, M.D., interim chair of surgery.  “We are confident she will be a strong and effective leader of the surgical critical care and trauma programs.”

Larry Roberts, M.D., recently resigned as Trauma Center director and trauma section chief. He remains on the faculty and will continue to perform trauma and emergency surgery.

“Dr. Roberts served WVU and WVU Hospitals well during his tenure,” said Dr. Vaughan. Since his appointment as director in 2004, the Trauma Center successfully renewed its national certification as Level 1 trauma center for both adult and pediatric patients.

The Jon Michael Moore Trauma Center is the state’s only nationally certified Level 1 trauma center. Its Medical Command (MedCom) is a radio center that serves as a regional coordination and communication center for all pre-hospital emergency care, including the HealthNet helicopter, which brings patients to a rooftop helipad.

Level 1 trauma center designation means that the facility serves as a comprehensive regional resource and includes total care for every aspect of injury, from prevention through rehabilitation. The Jon Michael Moore Trauma Center is staffed 24 hours per day by a full range of surgeons and medical specialists, and its faculty physicians and staff participate in injury prevention, public education, research and continuing education for physicians and other healthcare professionals.

WVU’s trauma center was established with assistance from U.S. Senator Robert C. Byrd and is named for his late grandson, who died in a traffic accident.

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For more information:
Steve Bovino, HSC News Service, (304) 293-7087
bovinost@wvuh.com
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