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world coalition for trauma care

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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
for the
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.

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Trauma Surgery and Acute Care Open (TSACO)  is the official journal of the 5th World Trauma CongresS
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All upcoming meetings are for the participating societies of WCTC. Next WTC Meeting will be in 2021.



The National Trauma Grand Rounds is a web-based educational series.  AAST offers these webinars for educational purposes.

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