Arizona Trauma Association
President’s Message

  • March 2021

    Dear Arizona Trauma Association Members, Sponsors and Colleagues,

    Remaining in unprecedented times in Arizona and across the county, we cannot forget that robust trauma systems are more critical now than ever as an indicator of public health. As we move out of the pandemic and into a revival of strengthening public health demands, we are reminded that trauma is a pressing public health epidemic. At AzTA, we know that trauma systems represent comprehensive and complex infrastructures dedicated to providing optimal care for injured patients. Since its founding in 2007 as a coalition of all the trauma centers in Arizona, we have continued to reexamine our role in supporting and strengthening the trauma system in Arizona by bringing together trauma providers rather than regional division. In 2020, AzTA underwent a lifecycle examination to inform the future of the organization and a subsequent restructuring to broaden the involvement of trauma providers at all levels of the trauma system. We aim to utilize leadership and shared expertise to support a broader spectrum of trauma services, from injury prevention efforts and an integrated network of trauma centers to concerted research agendas and policy enhancements.

    We strongly feel that the AzTA stands poised to make a difference in the lives of Arizona’s residents. AzTA’s continuous improvement of trauma care is characterized by our redefined pillars of education, research, collaboration, prevention, and advocacy.

    We are proud of our organization’s successes over the thirteen years, particularly in providing more opportunities for meaningful engagement of our members and sponsors, introducing strong educational programming formats and topics, and providing professional development and outreach opportunities. In the year ahead, we will continue these initiatives and add programming designed for the engaging a broader participation of trauma providers, virtual programming, and events held in collaboration with other organizations in Arizona and beyond.

    Thank you, members, for your continued participation and enthusiasm in our professional community and sponsors for your incredible support and advice. A robust trauma system requires the efforts of everyone. We cherish your continual support for the injured patients in this great state of Arizona.


    Bellal Joseph, MD, FACS
    President, Arizona Trauma Association

    Michelle Notrica, PharmD, JD, MPH

    Executive Director, Arizona Trauma Association

What Attendees Say About the Symposium

  • This was the best trauma conference I have been to. As a nurse, much of the information could be used in everyday nursing practice and good ‘nuggets’ for those unique cases ~S.F. from Angelton, TX
  • Each lecture was brief with a limited and pointed topic and this format really held my interest…all presented some key concepts or even a lot of generally useful information. ~L.S. from Memphis, TN

AzTA’s Current Events

Quarterly Statewide Trauma Rounds 

Quarterly Statewide Trauma Rounds are presented by AzACS and AzTA. To attend the next Statewide Trauma Rounds on September 9, 2021 via zoom or in person contact:

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    The Arizona Trauma Association (AzTA) was started by a group of surgeons in 2007 to improve the delivery of health care to injured patients throughout the state of Arizona by supporting collaborative research, education and outreach activities of trauma centers in the state of Arizona.

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