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PTS Executive Board

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.

Lisa Gray

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

Robert Letton Jr., MD, FAAP, FACS, Past President
Robert Letton Jr.,
Past President

Professor of Pediatric Surgery - The University of Oklahoma, College of Medicine

Robert W Letton, Jr, MD, FACS, FAAP is a Professor of Surgery and holds the CHF/CMRI Paula Miller Milburn endowed research chair in pediatric surgery at the OU Health Sciences Center. He is the Pediatric Trauma Medical Director at the ACS verified Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center at the Children's Hospital at OU Medical Center, as well as the medical director of the ECMO program. He grew up and attended high school Mt. Sterling, KY, and attended Davidson College in Davidson, NC where he played varsity football. He received a Dean's Scholarship for four years to the University Of Kentucky College Of Medicine. He completed his general surgery training at the Wake Forest University School of Medicine and his residency in pediatric surgery at the Children's Hospital of Oklahoma in Oklahoma City in 1999. He served in the US Army Reserve as a surgeon in the Medical Corp and achieved the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, deploying for two tours of duty overseas with Operations Enduring and Iraqi Freedom. He has served as a pediatric site reviewer for the ACS Committee on Trauma Verification and Review Committee for over 10 years, and currently is a member of the Verification and Review Committee. In addition, he is Chair of the OK Committee on Trauma.

He has been married for 26 years to the former Kathy Porter, from Campton, KY. He has two children Ashton, age 22, who is attending the University of Oklahoma, and Lewis, age 20, who is attending the University of Central Oklahoma.

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.

Lee Ann Wurster,

Nationwide Children‘s Hospital

Lee Ann Wurster MS, RN, CPNP is currently the trauma coordinator for Nationwide Children‘s Hospital (NCH) in Columbus, Ohio, an ACS verified Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center. She joined NCH in 1991.

Lee Ann received her BSN and MSN from The Ohio State University in addition to certification as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner.

Lee Ann‘s other professional activities include active memberships in the Society of Trauma Nurses, Ohio Society of Trauma Nurse Leaders and the Emergency Nurses Association and is a certified TNCC provider. She has several publications and presentations related to the role of the trauma nurse leader in a pediatric trauma center and development of an electronic trauma flowsheet, and is the current editor for the Pediatric Trauma Society newsletter.

Members at Large

Peter F. Ehrlich,

University of Michigan

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,

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.