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Past Chairs

Samir Fakhry, MD FACS: Chair 2016 -2017


Dr. Fakhry graduated from the American University of Beirut, School of Medicine in 1981.  He completed his residency in general surgery and his fellowship in critical care and trauma at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1988. Dr. Fakhry served as Director for Trauma Services at George Washington University Medical Center in Washington D.C. from 1988 to 1991 and then as Director of Surgical Critical Care Services at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill, N.C. from 1991 to 1997. In 1997, he became the Chief of Trauma Services at the Inova Regional Trauma Center at Inova Fairfax Hospital in Falls Church, Virginia.  In January of 2009, Dr. Fakhry was appointed Professor of Surgery and Chief of the Division of General Surgery at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) in Charleston, South Carolina. In July, 2017, he joined Synergy Surgicalists at Reston Hospital Center in Northern Virginia. His clinical interests include the full spectrum of general surgery, trauma and surgical critical care and he is especially interested in the care of complex and high risk surgical patients. Dr. Fakhry has been actively involved in trauma and surgical critical care research for many years.  His research interests include trauma systems, non-physical injury after trauma, medical informatics and telemedicine applications, traumatic brain injury, intestinal injury, motor vehicle crashes, and surgical education.  He has authored over 100 peer-reviewed publications, abstracts and book chapters.  He currently serves as Immediate Past President of the American Trauma Society and Immediate Past Chairman of the Board of the Trauma Center Association of America. 


Blaine Enderson,MD, FACS: Chair 2013-2015


Dr. Enderson is the professor of Surgery at the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville, Tennessee.  He was Chief of the Division of Trauma and Critical Care for 25 years and is currently the Medical Advisor for the Trauma, Emergency and Critical Care Center of Excellence, as well as Medical Director for the University Physicians Association- an IPA with over 700 members. Dr. Enderson served as President of EAST, past Chair of the Performance Improvement and Patient Safety Committee for the ACS-COT.






Daniel Gross, RN, DNSc: Chair 2011-2012


Mr. Gross began his career at Sharp in 1979 as a clinical nurse at Sharp Memorial Hospital. Over the years, he served as clinical nurse IV, director of patient care services, regional director of critical care, regional director of patient care services, and system vice president of clinical services. Prior to his role as executive vice president, Mr. Gross was chief executive officer of the Sharp Metropolitan Medical Campus for 11 years where he had oversight of three hospitals, an outpatient surgery center, home care services, and two senior centers.

Mr. Gross is past chair of the Trauma Center Association of America Board of Directors, and has been a member of the Board for six years. He is also a member of the American Hospital Association ("AHA”) Board of Directors, chair of the AHA Regional Policy Board 9, member of AHA Section for Metropolitan Hospitals, member of the AHA Operations Committee, member of the AHA Committee on Research, and member of the AHA Health Research and Education Trust Board. Mr. Gross is also a member and former chair of the Hospital Association of San Diego and Imperial Counties Board of Directors, past chair of the California Hospital Association Board of Directors, member of the California HealthCare Foundation Board, and member of the San Diego State University ("SDSU”) Campanile Foundation Board. Mr. Gross is a member of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association Board, member of the San Diego Regional Healthcare Information Exchange, member of the West Health Advisory Board, and he serves as adjunct faculty for SDSU, University of San Diego ("USD”), and University of California at San Diego. 

Mr. Gross’s awards and honors are numerous and include the SDSU Alumnus of Distinction Award from the College of Health and Human Services (1999) and the USD Author E. Hughes Career Achievement Award (1999). In 2002 he was named the American Heart Association Volunteer of the Year, and in 2003 he was named the Outstanding Alumnus of the Year by Independence Community College, KS. In 1998 and 2007 Mr. Gross received the leadership award from HASDIC. Mr. Gross also is the recipient of the California Health Foundation and Trust 2010 Walker-Sullivan Health Care Fellowship. In 2012 Mr. Gross received the CHA Award of Merit. 

Mr. Gross has been an integral part of the Sharp HealthCare executive leadership team, achieving numerous health care awards and recognitions: Best Integrated Health Care System in California, 13th in the nation 2010; Magnet status, Sharp Memorial Hospital 2008; Planetree Designation, Sharp Coronado Hospital (2007; re-designation 2010); Best Health Care Provider, Best Hospital, San Diego Union-Tribune 2007/2009; 100 Most Wired Hospitals 1999-2009; Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award Recipient 2007; and The Leapfrog Group Excellence in Patient Safety and Health Care Quality 2006. 

Mr. Gross received his BSN from Wichita State University, his MS in nursing administration from SDSU, and his DNSc from USD.


Ronald V. Maier, MD, FACS: Chair 2009-2010

Dr. Maier is the Jane and Donald D. Trunkey Professor of Trauma Surgery and Vice Chairman of the Department of Surgery at the University of Washington. He is also Surgeon-in-Chief and Director of the Regional Trauma Center at Harborview Medical Center, Seattle, WA, the only Level I Trauma Center for four Northwest states. He was the co-founder and remains actively involved with the Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center. He was instrumental in the development of the Washington State Trauma System. His long-standing interest in trauma has involved clinical studies of acute management of the severely injured and critically ill patient. He has also conducted an extensive number of studies, investigating the impact of trauma system development on improvement in trauma care and outcomes of the severely injured.


David Jaffe: Chair 2007-2008


David Jaffe was named interim chief administrative officer of Swedish/Edmonds Hospital, Edmonds, WA, effective June 1, 2011, and accepted the permanent appointment to the position on April 8, 2012.  Since his arrival at Swedish/Edmonds, he has been instrumental in building bridges with the community, and in moving the Hospital forward with the start of a $63.5M new Ambulatory Center, including a new Emergency Facility.

Jaffe retired from his position as Executive Director/CEO of Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, a level I Trauma Center serving a 5 state region, after 16 years. He is also a retired clinical associate professor in the University of Washington’s Graduate School for Public Health and Community Medicine. Prior to Harborview, Jaffe was the chief operating officer at Nassau County Medical Center in Long Island, N.Y., a 615-bed Level I trauma center.

Under Jaffe’s leadership at Harborview, one major capital project totaling $179 million was successfully completed, and another, a $440 million project, was completed on the heels of his retirement. Throughout his tenure, Harborview’s reputation for quality and excellence grew appreciably in the local community, as well as nationally. In addition, the fiscal health and viability of Harborview, including its reserves, along with philanthropic contributions, increased markedly.

Jaffe has served on the Boards of a number of start-up companies, as well as on the Boards and executive committees of the Council of Teaching Hospitals, the University Health Systems Consortium, the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education, the National Association of Public Hospitals, the Washington State Hospital Association, Airlift Northwest, the Medic One Foundation, and the American Hospital Association’s (AHA) Committee on Health Professions. Jaffe was one of the original founding Board members of the National Association for Trauma Care.  He was instrumental in working with Senator Patty Murray in the passing of national trauma legislation benefiting trauma centers across the country. Jaffe currently serves on the Board of the Trauma Centers Association of America, formerly the National Foundation for Trauma Care, as an Emeritus member, having previously served as its chair.

Jaffe has also testified before the Sub-committee on Health of the House Ways and Means Committee on behalf of the AHA and its 5,000 member hospitals, and has appeared on the cover of Washington CEO Magazine. 

Ron Anderson, MD: Chair/Co-Chair 2003-2006


Ron J. Anderson, M.D., served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Parkland Health & Hospital System in Dallas, Texas, President and CEO of Medicine Bear Consulting, LLC., and was involved in helping to establish a virtual primary care network for pediatrics in conjunction with Children’s Medical Center and worked to create a Community Health Institute for Dallas, Texas to focus on prevention, health promotion and the socioeconomic determinants of health.


Other activities included Chairman of the UNT Health Science Center Board of Visitor; Chair of Ambassador International Ministries (AIM); Vice Chair, of Christians in Public Service and a Board member of Charge MD/Alert MD, an up and coming tech company specializing in transitions of care, charge capture and severity of illness documentation.

He also served as a Board Member of both the DFW Hospital Foundation and the Texas Health Institute, and was a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences.


Throughout his career, he provided sound advice to the U.S. Legislature and served on the National Health Policy Initiative to advise the White House. He also served on the national level as a Commissioner of the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured.

In 1985, Dr. Anderson played a major role in the passage of landmark legislation concerning indigent health care in Texas that banned "patient dumping.” He became a national spokesperson on this issue and his work led to passage of federal legislation signed into law April 7, 1986, by President Ronald Reagan.

His list of awards and honors is long. Notably in 2005, he was chosen by his peers as number one on Modern Physician magazine’s list of the 50 most powerful physician executives. That same year, he was also voted number one by his peers for Modern Healthcare magazine’s list of 100 most powerful people in healthcare.


Dr. Anderson was Chairman of the Texas Department of Health in the late 80’s and pushed through legislation for Trauma Center designation when it was controversial. Parkland, under his leadership became the first Level 1 Trauma Center in Texas (And Level 1 Burn Center). He also fathered the Injury Prevention Center of Greater Dallas 20 years ago and implemented the first Pediatric Trauma Intensive Care Unit in the US. That unit continues to operate at Children s Medical Center in Dallas (pediatric programs consolidated). Dr. Anderson was a founding member and past-chairman of TCAA. He remained an advocate for trauma care delivery, disaster preparedness, and injury prevention as an Emeritus member of TCAA until his passing in 2014.


Donald Trunkey, MD, FACS: Chair/Co-Chair 2003-2005, Vice Chair 2006


Donald Trunkey, MD served as Professor of Surgery (Emeritus) in the Section of Trauma/Critical at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland. He co-authored Current Therapy of Trauma and Surgical Critical Care. Dr. Trunkey was a founding member and past-chairman of TCAA and remained an advocate for trauma care delivery, disaster preparedness, and injury prevention as an Emeritus member of TCAA until his passing in 2019.

Dr. Trunkey received his medical degree from the University of Washington and completed his residency in general surgery at the University of California, San Francisco. He performed a fellowship in trauma at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School.

Dr. Trunkey previously served as Chief of Surgery at San Francisco General Hospital, Professor and Chairman of the Department of Surgery at Oregon Health Sciences University, and President of the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma. He also held several positions with the American Board of Surgery, the American Burn Association, the American College of Surgeons, the American Medical Association, the American Surgical Association, the American Trauma Society, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and the International Society of Surgery, among many others. Dr. Trunkey served on the editorial boards of several prestigious professional publications, was the recipient of numerous awards and authored 174 journal articles, 203 book chapters, and 25 books.

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