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Organization for Trauma Care Awards Senior Membership to Dr. Bagdonas

South Nassau Communities Hospital’s director of trauma and surgical critical care, Richard A. Bagdonas, M.D., recently received senior membership designation in the Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma (EAST).

EAST is dedicated to fostering advances in the care of critically injured patients and the study of the practice of surgery of trauma patients by establishing lectureships, scholarships and foundations to promote, reward and recognize individuals working in the field of injury and injury control. EAST is a leader in the exchange of knowledge pertaining to the care and rehabilitation of the seriously injured patient and is recognized for its investigation and teaching in methods of treating and preventing injury from all causes. The organization has more than 1,000 active members and meets yearly to present scientific papers and discuss advances in the field.

Recently, Dr. Bagdonas was awarded the University of Maryland Medical Center’s Hero Award at this year’s annual Shock Trauma Gala. In 2004, Dr. Bagdonas received the Nassau Regional Emergency Medical Services Council’s Physician of Excellence Award.

“This prestigious membership is a direct result of Dr. Bagdonas’ extensive experience and training in trauma care and his leadership in developing best practices in responding to the emergent needs of the trauma patient,” said Joshua Kugler, MD, Chief Medical Officer. “His affiliation with EAST will open South Nassau’s trauma care team to additional knowledge and teaching methods pertaining to the treatment and prevention of traumatic injury, ensuring that South Nassau continues to provide standard-setting care and rehabilitation for the seriously injured patient.”

As director of trauma and surgical critical care, Dr. Bagdonas oversees trauma care provided by the hospital’s emergency department, develops policies and procedures for the management of critically ill or injured patients, and educates physicians in training for the delivery of various emergent surgical services.

Dr. Bagdonas earned a bachelor’s degree from Fordham University and his medical degree from SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn. He completed a residency in general surgery at Nassau University Medical Center in 1990. From 2006 to 2007 he was fellowship-trained in surgical critical care at the prestigious R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center of the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore, Md.

Prior to his fellowship training, he worked at Nassau University Medical Center for more than 15 years in a variety of roles, including vice chairman of emergency medicine and program director of surgery. He is board qualified in emergency medicine, board-certified in surgical critical care and surgery, and a fellow of the American College of Surgery.

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