Dr. Nicholas Appointed Grady Trauma Director

April 2012

Jeffrey M. Nicholas, MD, MS, has been appointed the first official Trauma Director of the Grady Health System and Director of the Marcus Trauma Center. In these positions, Dr. Nicholas will oversee the entire program from pre-hospital care to rehabilitation and will implement changes throughout based on his background and training with the American College of Surgeon's Trauma Quality Improvement Program (TQIP). He will also direct the Grady Memorial Hospital effort to become an American College of Surgeons-verified Level I Trauma Center, an endeavor endorsed by the GHS leadership.

"He has the knowledge base, technical acumen, and collaborative skill set to lead this historical flagship program at Grady," says Dr. Sheryl Gabram, Surgeon-in-Chief of Grady Memorial Hospital. "I look forward to his leadership and taking the program to yet another level."

Before joining the Department of Surgery at Emory with Grady as his clinical location in 2000, Dr. Nicholas had already gained extensive experience at four public hospitals. Prior to Emory, he spent three years as an assistant professor of surgery at the University of South Florida and its clinical/academic affiliate Tampa General Hospital, one of the largest hospitals in the state serving western and central Florida. He did his general surgery residency at Wayne State University/Detroit Medical Center; his fellowship in trauma at Cook County Hospital, Chicago; and his fellowship in surgical critical care at Jackson Memorial Hospital/Ryder Trauma Center of the University of Miami.

Dr. Nicholas has engaged in various Grady-based initiatives since his arrival, including the introduction of a novel approach for jejunal feeding access in critically ill ICU patients, expanding the resident experience in upper GI endoscopy, establishing vacuum assisted fascial closure of patients with open abdomens, launching a laparoscopic colectomy program, and assisting Dr. Christopher Dente and the Department of Transfusion Medicine with the development and execution of Grady's massive transfusion protocol. In 2011, Dr. Nicholas successfully initiated the Donation after Cardiac Death program at Grady, for which he received an Organ Donation Medal of Honor from the Department of Health and Human Services.