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PTS Executive Board

Terri Elsbernd, MS, RN, CEN, CPEN, Presidents
Terri Elsbernd

Pediatric Trauma Coordinator - The Mayo Clinic Hospital

Terri Elsbernd MS, RN, CEN, CPEN, TCRN 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 of the Southern Minnesota Regional Trauma Advisory Committee. She also is an instructor for TNCC, ATCN, and TOPIC. In addition Terri is a trauma site reviewer for the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma and the state of MN Trauma System.

Randall Burd, MD, Past-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 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.

Michael Nance, MD, President-Elect
Michael Nance, MD

The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

My interest in trauma reaches back to medical school and a robust experience at Charity Hospital in New Orleans. It was in surgical training that my interest in trauma was linked to caring for children. Since that time, my academic career has been focused on improving the care of the injured child. The busy trauma service at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia has provided ample opportunity to understand the problem that exists and work towards remedies.

I have had the good fortune to lead the Trauma Program at CHOP for more than 15 years. This opportunity has fostered my interest in trauma. In addition to this work at home, I have been able to impact the care of injured children on a national level through leadership roles in the Eastern Association for Trauma, American Pediatric Surgical Association and the American College of Surgeons—Committee on Trauma. In my work in these organizations, it became increasingly apparent the need for an organization singularly devoted to pediatric trauma. With other likeminded clinicians, I had the great privilege to be a founding member of this organization, the Pediatric Trauma Society. The Society was established with the intent to be open and inclusive of all of those interested and involved in the care of the injured child. While the society has been true to that mission, there is ample room for growth. It has been profoundly rewarding to witness the success of this organization in its rather short existence. I have previously served on the Board as an At-large member and would be honored return to the Board and the Pediatric Trauma Society.

Jeffery Upperman, MD, Secretary
Jeffery Upperman, MD

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.

Robert Russell, MD, MPH, Treasurer
Robert Russell, MD, MPH

University of Alabama at Birmingham, Children’s of Alabama

Rob Russell MD, MPH is an Associate Professor of Surgery at University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) in Birmingham, Alabama. He is a pediatric surgeon and Trauma Medical Director at Children's of Alabama. He did his undergraduate work at Washington and Lee University and obtained his MD at Medical University of South Carolina. He completed his general surgery residency at Vanderbilt University Medical Center where he also obtained a Masters in Public Health at Vanderbilt University. He completed his pediatric surgery training at Riley Children’s Hospital in Indianapolis, Indiana. He joined the faculty at UAB in 2012 following completion of his fellowship.

His area of research interest is in traumatic coagulopathy and massive transfusion in pediatric trauma. Dr. Russell studies these topics from a clinical perspective, but he also runs a basic science lab evaluating specific coagulation factors following traumatic injury in murine models. His research is funded by the American College of Surgeons and The Kaul Pediatric Institute. Dr. Russell is also active in many other surgical societies including serving on the Pediatric Surgery Advisory Council, serving on committees within the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Association for Academic Surgery, and the American Pediatric Surgical Association.

Members at Large

Patricia Morrell, BSN, RN-BC, Member at Large
Patricia Morrell

Yale-New Haven Children's Hospital

Tricia is the Pediatric Trauma Program Coordinator at Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital, a verified Pediatric Level 1 Trauma Center in New Haven, CT. She has worked with the trauma program since 2014. Tricia has nearly 20 years of pediatric nursing experience with a clinical background in PICU and pediatric surgery. During her nursing career, Tricia has also had the opportunity to work for Children's Hospital of Los Angeles in CA, and Boston Children’s Hospital in MA. Tricia received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from York College of Pennsylvania, and is currently pursuing a Master of Healthcare Administration degree from University of New Haven. Tricia has served as the Co-Chair of the Pediatric Trauma Society Nursing Leadership committee for the past two years. She has also served as a member of the Society of Trauma Nurses Pediatric Committee, as well as a member of the Trauma Center Association of America Pediatric Trauma Committee. Tricia is actively involved in both her state and regional trauma systems.

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.

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

John K. Petty, M.D. 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 has served 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.

Adam Vogel, Member at Large
Adam Vogel, MD
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.