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PTS Executive Board
Lisa Gray, MHA, BSN, RN, CPN, President
Lisa Gray

Director of Trauma Services - St. Mary's Medical Center

Lisa is the Director of Trauma Services at St. Vincent Evansville, an ACS Level II Adult and Pediatric Trauma Center, located in Evansville, Indiana. Prior to her leadership role in Trauma Services, Lisa was a staff nurse in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit.

Lisa received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Indiana University and a Masters in Health Administration from the University of Southern Indiana.

She is a member of the Society of Trauma Nurses and is past chair of the Pediatric Committee. She is actively involved in trauma system development as a member of the Indiana District 10 Trauma Executive Committee (D10TRAC), Indiana Trauma Care Committee and the Indiana Trauma Network.

Randall Burd, MD, President-Elect
Randall Burd, MD

Children's National Medical Center

Dr. Burd is the Chief of the Division of Trauma and Burn Surgery at Children's National Medical Center in Washington, DC. He did his undergraduate work at Dartmouth College and obtained his MD at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. He did his general surgery residency at the University of Minnesota where he also obtained a PhD in Surgery and Microbiology. He completed his training in pediatric surgery at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan in Detroit, MI.

His area of research interest is in developing new approaches for improving teamwork during trauma resuscitation. For the past 14 years, Dr. Burd has led a multidisciplinary research team studying errors and teamwork in trauma resuscitation that includes collaborators in emergency medicine and surgery, human factors, informatics, computer science and biomedical engineering. His research in trauma resuscitation is now funded by the NIH and has been funded in the recent past by grants from the NIH and National Science Foundation. Dr. Burd’s group has identified factors associated with team performance and workload and the features of team leadership that influence team performance during trauma resuscitation. His group has also developed novel approaches for tracking people and objects during trauma resuscitation using RFID and computer vision.

Jon Groner, MD, Past-President
Jon Groner, MD

Nationwide Children's Hospital

Jonathan I. Groner MD is a pediatric surgeon whose practice is devoted to trauma, burns, and general pediatric surgery. He is the trauma medical director of the Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center and the medical director of the Center for Pediatric Trauma Research at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. He is a past president of the Central Ohio Trauma System, and served on Ohio's Emergency Medical Services Board for five years.

Dr. Groner is a graduate of the Honors Program in Medical Education at Northwestern University. He trained in general surgery at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, spent two years in a pediatric surgery research laboratory at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, and trained in pediatric surgery at Nationwide Children's Hospital. He is a Professor of Clinical Surgery at The Ohio State University College of Medicine.

Dr. Groner's research interests include traumatic brain injury, child abuse, trauma systems, and the impact of trauma on minority and disadvantaged populations. In addition, Dr. Groner has a strong interest in medical ethics and has written extensively about the role of medical professionals in lethal injection executions in the United States. His scholarly works on this topic have been cited in numerous newspapers, journals, documentary movies, and rulings of the United States Supreme Court.

Terri Elsbernd, MS, RN, CEN, CPEN, Secretary
Terri Elsbernd

Pediatric Trauma Coordinator - The Mayo Clinic Hospital

Terri Elsbernd MS, RN, CEN, CPEN is currently the Pediatric Trauma Coordinator at the Mayo Clinic Hospital - Rochester, an ACS verified Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center. She joined Mayo in 1990 and has an academic rank of Assistant Professor of Nursing.

Terri received her BSN from Gustavus Adolphus College and an MSN with a clinical nurse specialist focus from Winona State University.

Terri's other professional activities including serving as a member of Emergency Medical Services for Children Advisory Board, the Society of Trauma Nurses, and as the pediatric representative to the executive board of the Southern Minnesota Regional Trauma Advisory Committee. She also is an instructor for TNCC, ATCN, and TOPIC. In addition Terri is a site reviewer for the state of MN Trauma System.

Bindi Naik-Mathuria, Treasurer
Bindi Naik-Mathuria

Texas Children's Hospital

Bindi Naik-Mathuria is a pediatric surgeon and the trauma medical director at Texas Children's Hospital in Houston, TX, as well as assistant professor of surgery and pediatrics at Baylor college of medicine. Following graduation from Trinity University, she attended Texas A+M medical school and joined the general surgery residency at Baylor college of medicine. Her pediatric surgery fellowship training was at the Children's Hospital of Los Angeles. She then returned to Baylor for a surgical critical care fellowship and a faculty position within the division of pediatric surgery. She served as the associate trauma director for 2 years before being promoted to the director. She is currently completing a Masters in Public Health degree at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg school of public health. Her research interests include pancreatic trauma management in children, quality improvement in trauma, outcomes following trauma and surgery in children, and global pediatric surgery.

Members at Large

Steven Stylianos, MD, Member at Large
Steven Stylianos

Columbia Univ. / Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital

Dr. Steven Stylianos returns to Columbia University as the Rudolph N Schullinger Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics and Chief of the Division of Pediatric Surgery. He serves asthe Surgeon-in-Chief of the Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital. Previously, Dr. Stylianos served as the Chief of Pediatric Surgery and Associate Surgeon-in-Chief at the Cohen Children’s Medical Center (North Shore-LIJ) from 2011-2013 and at Miami Children’s Hospital from 2005-2011.

A graduate of Rutgers University and the New York University School of Medicine, Dr. Stylianos completed his general surgical training at Columbia–Presbyterian Medical Center. He subsequently spent two years as the Trauma Fellow at the Kiwanis Pediatric Trauma Institute in Boston and then completed his formal pediatric surgery training at Boston Children’s Hospital. Dr. Stylianos joined the faculty of Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and the Children’s Hospital of New York in 1992. He organized and directed the 50-member team of physicians and nurses who separated conjoined twins in 1993, 1995 and 2000. These conjoined twins separations attracted the attention of the national media, including Dateline NBC, CBS 48 Hours and Fox News.

Throughout the years, Dr. Stylianos has served as Chairman of the Trauma Committee for the American Pediatric Surgical Association (APSA) from 1997–2002 and authored the APSA position paper supporting all measures to reduce the toll of firearm violence in children. He also served as the Co-Principal Investigator of the U.S. Department of Health, Maternal and Child Health Bureau’s grant to APSA "Partnership for Development and Dissemination of Outcomes Measures for Injured Children."

Currently, Dr. Stylianos is a site verification officer of the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma and recently served as a consultant on the Pediatric Surgery Board of the American Board of Surgery. He is also Editor-in-Chief of the new Journal of Pediatric Surgery Case Reports, Associate Editor of the Journal of Pediatric Surgery and served on the Executive Board as a founding member of the Pediatric Trauma Society. Dr Stylianos was recently named to the Board of Governance of ColumbiaDoctors and named a Samberg Family Scholar in Children’s Health. Dr Stylianos recently received the prestigious American Pediatric Surgical Nurses Association’s 2016 Champions Award.

Jeffery Upperman, MD, Member at Large
Jeffery Upperman

University of Southern California

Jeffrey S. Upperman, MD, FAAP, FACS, CHLA Director of Trauma is an Associate Professor of Surgery at the University of Southern California and an Attending Pediatric Surgeon at the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA). As Director of the Trauma Program at CHLA since 2007, Dr. Upperman oversees an American College of Surgeons Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center. CHLA has nearly 80,000 emergency room visits and among these visits, 8,000 are injured children. About 1000 children are admitted annually to the trauma service.

In recognition of his esteemed reputation in pediatric trauma, Dr. Upperman has been invited to speak at a variety of distinguished venues, from hospital lectures to testimony before the Department of Health and Human Services’ National Commission on Children and Disasters in Washington, D.C. He has been the keynote speaker at numerous national and regional conferences on pediatric trauma and preparing for disaster. Dr. Upperman was selected to present at the upcoming national Public Health Emergency Preparedness web conference for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).

Dr. Upperman is a retired Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Army Medical Corps. He served his country as Chief of Surgery during operation Iraqi Freedom 2 in 2004.

Danielle Sargeant, MD, Member at Large
Danielle Sargeant

Cohen Children's Medical Center

Danielle Sargeant, MSN, RN, PNP-PC is the Trauma Program Manager for Cohen Children's Medical Center, the largest level I pediatric trauma center in New York State. Danielle earned her bachelor's degree in nursing from The University of Tampa, FL. In 2013, she completed her Masters of Science in Nursing as an Advanced Practice Nurse from Stony Brook University, NY and was inducted into Sigma Theta Tau International.

Mrs. Sargeant has over a decade of nursing experience in the PICU at both Cohen Children's Medical Center and Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital in NY. In 2015, she was recruited back to CCMC as the trauma performance improvement coordinator and served in this role during the establishment of the Northwell Health Trauma Institute.

Mrs. Sargeant is an active member of the Pediatric Trauma Society, Society of Trauma Nurses and the American Trauma Society. In addition she is a course coordinator for ATLS and ASSET. She actively participants in a number of trauma quality and outcome research projects.