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Dr. David A. Spain is the David L. Gregg, MD Professor and Chief of Acute Care Surgery. His clinical areas of specialty are emergency and elective general surgery, trauma and critical care. His research focus is assessment of clinical care, systems of care and assessment of stress response and PTSD after trauma. He is the current President of the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma. He is a Councilor of the American Board of Surgery and Director of the Surgical Critical Care board. He is the editor of the textbook Scientific American's Critical Care of the Surgical Patient. Dr. Spain is also the General Surgery Residency Program Director at Stanford.
Our main areas of interest are clinical research in shock, sepsis, multiple organ faliure and ICU pneumonia, as well as organizational characteristic of well functioning trauma centers and systems. We have also developed a robust program in Health Services Research focused on access to specialized, high acuity care and the economic impact of this on the hospital and healthcare system.We also have an ongoing, multi-centered NIH funded study on "Development of a Risk Factor Screen for Mental Health Problems after Sudden Illness or Injury." This study runs through 2021.