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PTS Executive Board
Randall Burd, MD, President
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 Childrenís 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. Burdís 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.

Lisa Gray, MHA, BSN, RN, CPN, Past-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.

Terri Elsbernd, MS, RN, CEN, CPEN, President-Elect
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.

Jeffery Upperman, MD, Secretary
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.

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

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.

Lisa Nichols, Member at Large
Lisa Nichols
Dell Children's Medical Center

Lisa is the Trauma Program Manager at Dell Children's Medical Center a verified Pediatric Level I Trauma Center in Austin, Texas. Lisa has been with the program since September of 2015, after moving from Omaha, Nebraska where she helped develop the pediatric trauma program at Children's Hospital and Medical Center leading them to their first level II trauma verification in 2012. Lisa has 30 years of pediatric nursing experience with a clinical background in PICU and ED, and leadership roles as a House Supervisor and Supervisor in PICU.

Lisa received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Iowa and her Master's in Business Administration in Healthcare Management from The University of Texas at Tyler.

Lisa's other professional activities include serving as the inaugural Co-Chairperson of the Pediatric Trauma Society Nursing Leadership committee, as a member of the Society of Trauma Nurses Pediatric Steering Committee, and as a pediatric representative for the Society of Trauma Nurses for the American College of Surgeons Best Practice Guideline committee. She is also currently serving as a Subject Matter Expert (SME) for the (EIIC) EMS-C Innovation and Improvement Center's Pediatric Readiness Collaborative and is also involved in her regional and state trauma systems.

Adam Vogel, Member at Large
Adam Vogel
Texas Children's Hospital, Baylor College of Medicine

Dr. Adam Vogel is an Associate Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics at Texas Children's Hospital and Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. His practice includes pediatric surgery as well as surgical critical care. He is the Surgical Director of Pediatric Critical Care, the Surgical Director of Extracorporeal Life Support, and an Associate Trauma Medical Director at Texas Children's Hospital.

Dr. Vogel's research focuses on improving clinical outcomes in critically ill children. With respect to pediatric trauma, he investigates the use of viscoelastic monitoring techniques in goal directed hemostatic resuscitation and massive transfusion to improve outcomes in severely injured patients and outcomes for blunt abdominal trauma. With respect to extracorporeal life support (ECLS or ECMO), his research focuses on the impact of nutritional adequacy on outcomes, cannulation strategies, as well as techniques for optimizing systemic anticoagulation and mechanical ventilation during ECLS. Dr. Vogel is an active participant in several, multicenter collaborative research networks whose goal is to improve the care and outcomes of pediatric surgical patients.

Dr. Vogel was born and raised in Hauppauge, New York. He received his undergraduate degree in biomedical engineering at Northwestern University and his medical degree at University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. He completed his residency in general surgery at the University of Chicago Medical Center, a research fellowship in clinical and translational vascular anomalies at Boston Children's Hospital, and fellowships in pediatric surgery and surgical critical care at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.

John K. Petty, Member at Large
John K. Petty
Wake Forest School of Medicine

John K. Petty, MD is an Associate Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics at Wake Forest School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, NC. He grew up Portland, Oregon and left to attend college at Duke University. He graduated summa cum laude and proceeded to the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, where he completed an additional year of scholarship in medical ethics, graduating with highest honors. He returned to Portland to enter a residency in general surgery at Oregon Health and Science University. During that time, he conducted a year of research in tumor immunology. He then moved to Denver, CO where he completed a fellowship in pediatric surgery at The Children's Hospital Denver. He came to Wake Forest School of Medicine following fellowship in 2005 to join the Section of Pediatric Surgery. In addition to his busy clinical practice of pediatric surgery, he serves as the medical director of the state's first level 1 pediatric trauma center. He has held leadership positions in the Pediatric Trauma Society, the Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma, and the American Pediatric Surgical Association. He is the current chair of the committee on trauma for the American Pediatric Surgical Association. He has also served in international medical missions in Haiti, Ecuador, Bolivia, the Dominican Republic, and Mongolia. His practice of surgery is animated by the love of his children and the patience of his wife.