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West Penn Allegheny Health System Recruits New Chief Trauma Surgeon

Thursday, March 17th, 2011

Decorated Veteran is Second Leading Trauma Specialist to Join System’s New Division of Acute Care Surgery

PITTSBURGH, PA (March 16, 2011) - Allan S. Philp, MD, has joined West Penn Allegheny Health System (WPAHS) as Chief Trauma Surgeon, effective May 1, 2011.

A decorated military trauma surgeon who led critical care teams in both Afghanistan and Iraq, Dr. Philp comes to WPAHS from Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital in Virginia, where he served as Section Chief, Trauma Surgery and Director of the NeuroTrauma Intensive Care Unit.

Dr. Philp’s appointment follows that of R. Stephen Smith, MD, a nationally recognized trauma specialist who joined West Penn Allegheny in February as Director of its newly formed Division of Acute Care Surgery.
Prior to his role at Carilion, Dr. Philp served in several capacities at the University of Maryland, including Trauma Surgeon/Surgical Intensivist at the R.A. Cowley Shock/Trauma Center; Clinical Assistant Professor, Division of Surgery, University of Maryland Medical School and Physician Education Director, USAF Center for the Sustainment of Trauma and Readiness Skills. Throughout his career, Dr. Philp has been honored for excellence as a surgeon and surgical educator.

During Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom, Dr. Philp served in a variety of medical positions including Trauma/ICU Director, Critical Care Aeromedical Evacuation Team Leader, Surgical Intensive Care Unit Director of Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Chief Physician of Al Dhafra Air Force Base. His military commendations include a Bronze Star, Air Force Commendation Medal and Army Achievement Medal.

Dr. Philp’s academic experience includes professorships at Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine, University of Virginia Health Sciences Center and Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine.

“The trauma program at Allegheny General Hospital has a long and distinguished history of providing the region with outstanding critical care services. With the recruitment of Drs. Philp and Smith, we are extremely well positioned to continue that impressive tradition. Both doctors bring to our organization a record of excellence in personalized clinical care, medical education and research,” said Donald W. Moorman, MD, Chairman, WPAHS Department of Surgery.

A graduate of Vanderbilt University and its Medical School, Dr. Philp completed a residency in general surgery and a fellowship in surgical critical care at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

He is certified in general surgery and surgical critical care by the American Board of Surgeons and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and College of Critical Care Medicine. Dr. Philp authored or co-authored numerous publications, abstracts, book chapters and invited presentations on a variety of topics in surgical critical care.

The Acute Care surgery division at WPAHS includes the system’s highly regarded Level 1 Trauma Center at Allegheny General Hospital and Burn Center at West Penn Hospital. Acute care surgery is a newer clinical model for serving patients who require immediate surgical intervention. Research shows an acute care surgery service can help surgeons at academic medical centers provide more timely and effective care to patients who arrive at the hospital and need immediate surgery.




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