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2017 Rao R. Ivatury Trauma Symposium
Extreme Injuries and Injuries of Extremities

This year's multidisciplinary conference is designed to inform attendees about current challenges in trauma care throughout the continuum and will emphasize the special care of extremity injuries from the street to definitive care and rehabilitation in the urban and austere environments.

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Conference Program


Michael L. Cheatham, MD Chief Surgical Quality Officer, Orlando Health, Orlando Regional Medical Center; Critical Care Surgeon

Michael L. Cheatham, MD
Chief Surgical Quality Officer, Orlando Health, Orlando Regional Medical Center
Program Director, General Surgery Residency and Chair, Department of Surgical Education
Critical Care Surgeon, Orlando Health Surgical Group
Orlando, FL

Michael Cheatham, MD, joined the surgical team at Orlando Health in 1996. He is a member of Orlando Health Physicians Surgical Group and currently holds multiple positions, including chief surgical quality officer at Orlando Health Orlando Regional Medical Center, program director of the General Surgery Residency and chairman for the Department of Surgical Education. Dr. Cheatham is board certified in both general surgery and surgical critical care.

Dr. Cheatham earned his medical degree from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville, and completed his general surgery residency training and a two-year surgical critical care fellowship at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He currently holds faculty appointments at the University of Florida, Florida State University and University of Central Florida. 

Dr. Cheatham specializes in hernia repair, and is past president of the World Society of the Abdominal Compartment Syndrome. His research into the cardiopulmonary effects of increased intra-abdominal and intra-thoracic pressure spans almost two decades. His current research interests include intra-abdominal pressure measurement; the use of advanced hemodynamic monitoring in intra-abdominal hypertension and abdominal compartment syndrome; improved management and closure of the open abdomen; and the long-term health effects of abdominal decompression. He has published almost 200 abstracts, manuscripts and book chapters. 

Dr. Cheatham is active in medical missions and international disaster relief through Samaritan’s Purse and World Medical Mission, Inc., where he has served on the board of directors since 2008. He has volunteered his time as a short-term missionary in Africa, Asia and South America since 1986. Additionally, Dr. Cheatham is fluent in Spanish. MORE

Krzysztof Kaniasty, MD, PhD

Krzysztof Kaniasty, PhD
Clinical Psychologist and Professor, Department of Psychology, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Indiana, PA

Dr. Krzysztof (Krys) Kaniasty teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in research methodology, social psychology, and stress and coping at Indiana University of Pennsylvania where he is a Professor of Psychology. He also teaches in Poland and is a professor in the Institute of Psychology, Polish Academy of Sciences. He conducted and collaborated on several large-scale longitudinal studies investigating social support exchanges, individual and communal coping, and psychological well-being following natural disasters and other major stressors in the US, Mexico, China, Israel, France, and Poland. He is the past editor of Anxiety, Stress and Coping: An International Journal, and past president of the Stress and Anxiety Research Society (STAR). He has been selected as Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s 2014-15 Distinguished University Professor. MORE

Rene Grobler, RN Trauma Program Manager, Netcare Milpark Hospital, Johannesburg, South Africa

Rene Grobler, RN
Trauma Program Manager, Netcare Milpark Hospital
Acting Director of Nursing, Bokamoso Private Hospital
Johannesburg, South Africa

Joined the South African Defense Force in 1994 and completed the Diploma in Nursing in 1997. Transferred to Area Military Health Unit Gauteng in 1998 as a Community Nursing Sister and Coordinator for Concurrent Health Assessments of the SANDF. In 2004 appointed at School for Military Health Training as Programme Coordinator Advanced Military Medicine.  Resigned from the military in 2006 with the rank of Major and is currently still serving as part of the Reserve Force.

After her resignation from the South African Defense Force she was appointed as the Trauma Unit Manager at a private hospital. Moved to Bokamoso Private Hospital, Botswana in 2010 as Service Line Director: Hospital Services. Acting Director of Nursing from November 2010 to September 2011.

Joined Netcare Hospital Group October 2011 as Trauma Programme Manager (first in SA).

She is an instructor on several courses – BATLS-BARTS, MIMMS, H-MIMMS, TNCC and EMSB.

She is an International Faculty Member for the Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) and is International Liaison to ENA for the TNCC courses in South Africa, Namibia, Botswana and Kenya.

René is the current President of the Emergency Nurses Society of South Africa, board member of the Emergency Medicine Society of South Africa and a Fellow of the Academy of Nurses of South Africa.

Invited speaker on several international, national and regional congresses as an expert in trauma programme management, injury prevention, performance improvement and several other emergency medicine topics.

Published peer reviewed articles in medical journals, chapters as part of the TNCC and ENPC manuals and a co-writer of several injury prevention booklets. MORE

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