Bellal A. Joseph


Dr. Joseph is currently the Martin & Gluck Endowed Professor of Surgery, Chief of Trauma at the University of Arizona, Director of International Research Fellowship Program and Director of the Arizona Southern Arizona Tele-trauma and Telepresence Program. He is also the Associate Director of the Surgical Critical Care Fellowship. Academically, Dr. Joseph received his MD from Saba University School of Medicine after which he completed his residency in general surgery at the Henry Ford Hospital. Dr. Joseph then completed a Fellowship in Trauma and Critical Care at the R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center, University of Maryland after which he joined as faculty at the University of Arizona.

Dr. Joseph is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons as well as a member of the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma; Western Trauma Association; Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma; American Geriatric Society; Society of Critical Care Medicine and the Association for Academic Surgery. He also serves on numerous national and university committees. Dr. Joseph has authored or co-authored over 200 peer reviewed publications and 20+ books chapters and books, and is a highly sought after speaker as he has delivered over 80 talks nationally as well as internationally. He serves as a reviewer and a member of the editorial board for numerous prestigious journals. His areas of research interest include management of traumatic brain injury, coagulopathy in trauma patients, and geriatric trauma. Dr. Joseph has been an advocate in developing a better understanding of coagulopathy in trauma and redefining the way trauma patients are being resuscitated. His research has focused on understanding the effects on anti-platelet and anti-coagulation drugs on patient outcomes. He has contributed to the use of Prothrombin Complex Concentrate (PCC) for reversal of coagulopathy in trauma patients and published the first paper on the use of this product in humans. He continues to present and published extensively in this topic and has become a leading voice in the use of PCC in trauma resuscitation. In the national arena, he has held prestigious leadership positions, these include Executive Director of GeriTrac for the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma and the American College of Surgeons, Vice Chair for the State of Arizona Committee on Trauma, Program Committee member of the Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma, and Co-Chair Membership Committee in the Academic Association of Surgery. He is also recently appointed as a member of the steering committee of the National Trauma Research Action Plan (NTRAP), an initiative by the Coalition for National Trauma Research (CNTR) aimed to identify the knowledge gaps and improve trauma research in both military and civilian setting in the US.

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