Dr. Rozycki Appointed President of SSC and Named AMSA Award Recipient

February 2011

Dr. Grace Rozycki was appointed President of the Southeastern Surgical Congress at the organization's 2011 Annual Scientific Meeting, February 12-15, in Chattanooga, TN. Organized in 1930, the SSC is the largest regional surgical society in the United States.

Dr. Rozycki was also selected as one of the American Medical Student Association's 2011 Raising our Voices: Women Leaders in Medicine recipients. She and four other awardees will be honored at a gala reception on March 12, a centerpiece event of the AMSA's 61st Annual Convention in Washington, DC. The award recognizes women physicians and educators who serve as role models, mentors, highly accomplished professionals, and sources of inspiration for women who are currently in their medical training. Nominations are solicited from medical students across the country.

Dr. Rozycki has been the Chief of the Division of Trauma and Surgical Critical Care at Grady Memorial Hospital since 1994, running Grady's Level 1 trauma center, the only such facility in Georgia. Her development of surgeon-performed ultrasound has done much to enhance the practice of trauma surgery in this country, most specifically her development of FAST (Focused Assessment for Sonography of Trauma), in which an ultrasound transducer detects the extent of internal injury — be it a stab wound to the chest or a gunshot to the abdomen — that may require immediate surgery, all in seconds as opposed to the 20 or 30 minutes that catheters or CAT scans can take. Dr. Rozycki's current research interests are the impact of helmet type on injuries seen in motorcyclists and bicyclists and complications associated with distal pancreatectomy in trauma patients.

Dr. Rozycki is secretary-treasurer of the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma, on the editorial boards of Journal of Trauma and Surgery News, and is an associate examiner for the certifying examination of the American Board of Surgery. She established a student mentor program in 1997 and has mentored students from high school through postgraduate training. The students rotate through medical and surgical specialties, participate in research programs and educational conferences. She has received numerous honors including being named to the Grady Great 100 in 1999, receiving the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma Millennium Commitment Award for Exceptional Dedication and Service to the Committee on Trauma and Care of the Injured in 2000, and being listed in the 2008 edition of the Consumers' Research Council of America "Guide to America's Top Surgeons."