INTRODUCINGThe ESTARS Working Group

Col Todd Rasmussen
MD, FACS, USAF MC

A native of Kansas and a graduate of the University of Kansas, Col. (Dr.) Todd E. Rasmussen received his medical school training at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester Minnesota as an Air Force Health Professions Scholar from 1989-1993. He performed his surgical training at Wilford Hall United States Air Force Medical Center on Lackland Air Force Base, Texas from 1993 to 1999.  Col. Rasmussen completed vascular surgery fellowship training at the Mayo Clinic in 2001 after which he was assigned to the National Capital Area in Washington DC. Soon after September 11, 2001, Col. Rasmussen began caring for combat injured returning to Walter Reed Army Medical Center. While in Washington he completed a two-year assignment at the nation's military medical academy (The Uniformed Services University in Bethesda) while continuing his practice at Andrews Air Force Base and Walter Reed. In 2004 Col. Rasmussen returned to Wilford Hall in San Antonio and deployed as a surgeon to Operation Iraqi Freedom at the Air Force Theater Hospital on Balad Air Base, Iraq (2005). Following this deployment Col. Rasmussen initiated a vascular injury and hemorrhage control research program. He has completed subsequent tours of duty in Iraq (2008) and Afghanistan (2006 and 2010) as well as combat surgical teaching missions in Morocco (2006) and Pakistan (2007). Col. Rasmussen recently took up the position of Director of the US Combat Casualty Care Research Program after being Chief of the San Antonio Military Vascular Surgery Service and the Deputy Commander of the United States Army Institute of Surgical Research.

Dr. Charles J. Fox, MD, FACS

Associate Professor at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and Chief of Vascular Surgery at Denver Health Medical Center, is a retired Lieutenant Colonel and former program director for vascular surgery fellowship training at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, DC. He is a former firefighter-paramedic and Special Forces medic and a well-recognized vascular surgeon. He has a strong academic interest in vascular trauma care and has been deployed to Grenada, Kuwait, Bosnia, Africa, Iraq and Afghanistan. He graduated with distinction from the George Washington University Medical School, 1995. He completed his postgraduate training at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in both General and Vascular Surgery. He is a reviewer for the Journal of Vascular Surgery, Annals of Vascular Surgery, Journal of American College of Surgeons, Journal of Cardiovascular Surgery and is on the editorial board of the Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery. He is an active member of several vascular and trauma societies. He has been invited to many visiting professorships in the US and abroad, and has published numerous peer reviewed-papers and book chapters on vascular trauma.

Dr Jonathan Morrison, MB ChB, MRCS

Jonathan Morrison is a General Surgical Registrar in his final years of training in the West of Scotland, being affiliated with both the Academic Unit of Surgery at the Glasgow Royal Infirmary, UK, and The Academic Department of Military Surgery and Trauma, Royal Centre for Defense Medicine, Birmingham, UK. He graduated from Edinburgh University in 2004 and has developed a significant interest in Trauma and Acute Care Surgery. This has developed from experience gained in a variety of countries including New Zealand and South Africa. He is also a Major in the British Army Reserve Forces and has deployed multiple times to Iraq and Afghanistan. Most recently, in his capacity as a Military Research Fellow, he has completed a PhD titled "Endovascular Hemorrhage Control in Torso Trauma", which was undertaken in San Antonio, Texas. Dr. Morrison has a keen research interest into the fields of hemorrhage control and resuscitation. His longer term aim is to train in Vascular Surgery with a subspecialty interest in Trauma Surgery.

Lt Col Joe DuBose, MD, FACS, USAF MC

Joe DuBose is a graduate of the Virginia Military Institute and the University of Virginia School of Medicine. He performed surgical training at Keesler Air Force Base Medical Center and the University of Virginia from 2001-2006. Additional fellowship training in surgical critical care and trauma surgery was completed at Los Angeles County + University of Southern California Hospital from 2006-2008. Lt Col DuBose has been a staff trauma surgeon and surgical intensivist at Wilford Hall Medical Center and as an assistant professor of surgery at R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center / University of Maryland since 2008. During that period he has deployed as a trauma director once to the Air Force Theater Hospital at Balad Air Base in Iraq (2009) and twice in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan (Kandahar-2010; Bagram Air Base 2011-2012). He presently holds the title of Associate Professor of Surgery at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences and is a fellow in vascular surgery at the Heart and Vascular Center of the University of Texas at Houston.

Dr Megan Brenner, MD

Dr. Brenner completed General Surgery Residency at UCLA, and Trauma/Surgical Critical Care Fellowship at RA Cowley Shock Trauma Center. She joined faculty as Assistant Professor of Surgery at Shock Trauma in 2010. Currently she is completing a Vascular Surgery Fellowship at the University of Maryland. Her current research interests include vascular trauma and the use of endovascular technology in the treatment of life-threatening hemorrhage.

Dr Ravi Rajani, MD, FACS

After joining Emory in 2011 as director of vascular and endovascular surgery at Grady Memorial Hospital, Dr. Rajani expanded the endovascular capability of the hospital's trauma service to treat vascular trauma and blunt aortic injury. He attended medical school at the University of Michigan, did his general surgery training at the Cleveland Clinic, his surgical critical care residency and trauma fellowship at Emory, and completed his vascular and endovascular surgery fellowship at Cleveland Clinic. He has contributed the vascular trauma literature at multiple levels and is specifically interested in furthering the training of trauma surgeons in endovascular techniques.

Dr Ramyar Gilani, MD, FACS

Dr. Gilani is assistant professor of surgery of the Division of Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Therapy of the Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery at Baylor College of Medicine. He also serves as the chief of vascular surgery at the Ben Taub Hospital. Dr. Gilani is a board-certified vascular surgeon specializing in all aspects of vascular treatment of arterial and venous disorders. Dr. Gilani received his medical education at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center at Lubbock, Texas. He completed his general surgery residency at the Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Gilani also completed his vascular surgery fellowship training at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Cleveland, Ohio. Dr. Gilani's research interest is in the clinical outcome of vascular surgical reconstructions and endovascular interventions.Dr. Gilani has contributed numerous articles to scholarly and professional journals such as Journal of Vascular SurgeryVascular and Endovascular Surgery, Vascular Journal, and Journal of Endovascular Therapy. He has written many book chapters related to vascular disease management. His research interests have focused on a range of subjects including endovascular treatment of aortic aneurysms, venous disease, and endovascular treatment of lower extremity occlusive disease.

MAJ Zachary M. Arthurs, MD, USA, MC

Dr. Arthurs is the Chief of Vascular Surgery at San Antonio Military Medical Center, which the Department of Defense's only Level I Trauma Center.  He has been positioned at SAMMC for 3 years.  Dr. Arthurs performed his General Surgery training at Madigan Army Medical Center and furthermore, he completed his Vascular and Endovascular Surgery Fellowship at Cleveland Clinic.  Dr. Arthurs is assistant professor of surgery of the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences.  After arriving at SAMMC following his fellowship, he deployed to Afghanistan to support the trauma mission GWOT.  During this deployment, he gained an appreciation for the challenges and limitations of delivering endovascular hemorrhage control in a remote setting.  He routinely utilized remote hemorrhage control for penetrating axillary injuries, pelvic hemorrhage, and solid injuries.  This deployment impressed upon him the importance of transferring this skill set to all surgeons caring for acute hemorrhage.  He has contributed numerous publications in professional journals to include Journal of Vascular Surgery, Annals of Vascular Surgery, and Vascular and Endovascular Therapy.  His clinical interests include clinical outcome research regarding complex endovascular reconstructions for the treatment of occlusive and aneurismal disease.  For the past two years, Dr. Rasmussen has clinically mentored, and during the next year, Dr. Arthurs will be the prinicipal investigator for the GWOT vascular initiative, US Army Institute of Surgical Research, Ft. Sam Houston, TX.  In addition, Dr. Arthurs is a co-investigator for the Resuscitative Endovascular Balloon Occlusion of the Aorta (REBOA) trial at SAMMC.  Last week (week of 9th September 2013), Dr. Arthurs and Dr. Propper performed the first REBOA case at SAMMC for uncontrolled liver hemorrhage.

Col Darrin Clouse, MD, FACS, USAF MC

Dr. Clouse is consultant-emeritus to the USAF Surgeon General for vascular and endovascular surgery. He is Professor of Surgery at USUHS and the University of California, Davis (UCD) in Sacramento and is currently working on continuing development of the David Grant USAF Medical Center Joint VA Northern California Health Care System/Department of Defense Heart, Lung and Vascular center at Travis AFB, CA.  He helped form the vascular surgery fellowship and integrated residency collaboration at UCD/VANCHCS/DGMC. He completed general surgery training at Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center and the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, TX. After serving for a year as a general/trauma surgeon, Dr. Clouse completed his vascular and endovascular surgery fellowship at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. He has served four tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, and is co-investigator of the GWOT vascular injury initiative, US Army Institute of Surgical Research, Ft. Sam Houston, TX.  In addition to age-related vascular diseases of the aorta and branches, his interests include vascular injury, particularly in the thoracic inlet and upper extremity.

Lt Col Gerald R Fortuna, Jr., MD, FACS, USAF MC

Dr Fortuna is a staff trauma/critical care surgeon at LRMC and have been here since summer of 2011.  He has deployed multiple times in support of OIF/OEF with his latest  as the Trauma Czar at Bagram from Oct 2012 to March 2013. He is a Graduate of the United States Air Force Academy, finished medical school at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine and completed a General Surgery residency, as well as a Trauma/Critical Care Fellowship, at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine.  He will enter into a Vascular/Endovascular Surgery Fellowship in July of 2014 at The University of Texas Houston.  His research interests include the coagulopathy of trauma and the use of TEG in critically injured patients, venous thromboembolic events, junctional hemmorahge, ventilator associated pneumonia, and delirium.  Dr Fortuna hopes to be able to take his skill sets in trauma/critical care and vascular surgery to further advance the care of traumatically injured patients and critically ill patients with vascular disease.