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Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Health Sciences K069
3:30 to 4:50pm

Strengthening the prevention and care of injuries globally

Charlie Mock  


Charles Mock, MD, MPH, Phd, FACS
Professor, Surgery, Epidemiology and Global Health

Charles Mock, MD, MPH, PhD, FACS is a trauma surgeon with a PhD in epidemiology. He has degrees in medicine (MD, Brown University, 1980) and public health (MPH, 1994, PhD 1997, both from UW) and board certification in general surgery, with additional board certification in trauma and surgical critical care.

He previously worked as a surgeon in Ghana for 4 years, including both time as a staff surgeon in a rural hospital (Berekum) and as a Senior Lecturer in Surgery at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (Kumasi). From 2005-7, he served as Director of the Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center (HIPRC) at the University of Washington (UW). During this time, he established several injury control training fellowships for young professionals from low- and middle-income countries. From 2007 - 2010 he was on sabbatical leave from UW, while working at WHO Headquarters in Geneva, in the Department of Violence and Injury Prevention and Disability, where he was responsible for developing WHO's activities on trauma care. In July, 2010, he returned to his position as Professor of Surgery (with joint appointments as Professor of Epidemiology and Professor of Global Health) at the University of Washington.

His main interests include the spectrum of injury control activities, especially as they pertain to developing countries: basic research and surveillance; injury prevention; prehospital care; and cost-effective improvements in hospital-based trauma care. He has been engaged in this work along with a network of collaborators in Ghana, Mexico, Vietnam and India. He has also worked on a broad international initiative to improve the care of injured patients globally in collaboration with WHO and the International Society of Surgery. As part of this work, he serves as Chair of the Working Group for Essential Trauma Care of the International Society of Surgery. He also recently completed a 6 year term on the American College of Surgeon’s Committee on Trauma. He was recently chosen as President-Elect of the International Association for Trauma Surgery and Intensive Care (IATSIC), an integrated society within the broader International Society of Surgery.

He has written over 140 journal articles, the majority on injury control and trauma care in the setting of low- and middle-income countries. In addition, he has written many book chapters and books, including the Guidelines for Essential Trauma Care (WHO, 2004), a co-publication of WHO and the International Society of Surgery, which established the first internationally relevant standard for trauma care services, applicable to countries at all economic levels; and including the recently released Strengthening Care for the Injured: Success Stories and Lessons Learned from Around the World (WHO, 2010) and Guidelines for Trauma Quality Improvement Programmes (WHO, 2009), which gives guidance on affordable and sustainable methods for better monitoring of trauma care services, applicable for countries at all economic levels.

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