The goals of the World Coalition for Trauma Care are:
1. To increase awareness of the importance of trauma as a disease worldwide
2. Trauma Education at all levels worldwide
3. Development of trauma systems worldwide
4. Continuation of the World Trauma Congress
We can only accomplish those goals at a global level if we stay together as a group of people and powerful professional organizations and start implementing change worldwide. Our organizations (and their members) have the opportunity to exert international influence, help less developed nations to improve care by means of better education and knowledge, critical thinking towards systems development, data collection (trauma registries and injury surveillance), and implementation of quality improvement processes.
AAST Announces Selection of Editor-in-chief
Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
AAST is pleased to announce Raul Coimbra, MD, PhD; Surgeon-in-Chief, Riverside University Health System Medical Center; Professor of Surgery, Loma Linda University School of Medicine; and Director, Comparative Effectiveness and Clinical Outcomes Research Center (CECORC), as the incoming Editor-in- Chief for the Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery (JTACS). His appointment will begin on January 1, 2022.
Dr. Coimbra brings a wealth of clinical and basic science research experience to JTACS. He has authored over 550 peer-reviewed publications and eighty book chapters, and he has edited seventeen books. In addition to his research experience, Dr. Coimbra has a breadth of journal experience that includes one editorship, one associate editorship, participation on fifteen editorial boards (past and current), and he has provided reviews for over twenty scientific journals.
Dr. Coimbra received his MD degree in 1985, completed his residency in a combined general and vascular surgery program in 1990, and earned his master's degree in 1992 and his PhD in 1993 at the Santa Casa School of Medicine in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Dr. Coimbra then moved to the University of California, San Diego, where he worked for more than two decades, reaching the level of Professor of Surgery with Tenure. In 2018, Dr. Coimbra became the Surgeon-in-Chief at Riverside University Health System Medical Center and Professor of Surgery at Loma Linda University School of Medicine.
Drs. Raul Coimbra and Ernest "Gene" Moore will work closely together for seven months to transition the leadership of JTACS to Dr. Coimbra.
AAST offers its sincere thanks and congratulations to Dr. Moore on his successful completion of his second five-year term as Editor-in-Chief. We also wish to thank the Associate Editors, Drs. Steven Shackford, Ronald Maier, and David Hoyt, on an incredible ten years of service to the Journal and the AAST. The AAST warmly welcomes Dr. Coimbra as the incoming Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery.