Committees

Leadership Committee and Board of Directors

Description: The Leadership Committee consists of the Arizona Trauma Association (AzTA) officers, board members and other invested parties. It is responsible for managing the property and administrative affairs of AzTA.

Executive Officers (2021/22):

  • President:
    Bellal Joseph, MD, FACS / Banner University of Arizona Medical Center Tucson
  • Treasurer:
    Thomas Wertin, MD FACS / District Medical Group
  • Secretary:
    Heather Miller, BSN, RN, CEN / Kingman Regional Medical Center
  • Immediate Past President:
    Joseph Sucher, MD, FACS / HonorHealth Deer Valley Medical Center

Board of Directors

Description: The Board of Directors consists of a representatives from each of the participating trauma centers in the State of Arizona. They are responsible for maintaining the mission, values and vision of the Arizona Trauma Association. The Chairman of the Board is the President of AzTA and is typically a non-voting member.

Board Members:

  • Bellal Joseph, MD, FACS: Banner University of Arizona Medical Center
  • David Notrica, MD FACS, FAAP: Phoenix Children’s Hospital
  • Heather Miller, BSN, RN, CEN: Kingman Regional Medical Center
  • Karole Davis, MD: Flagstaff Medical Center
  • Francis Ali-Osman, MD FACS: HonorHealth
  • Andrew Tang, MD: Banner University of Arizona Medical Center Tucson
  • Thomas Wertin, MD: Valleywise Health Maricopa Medical Center
  • Alicia Mangram, MD, FACS: HonorHealth John C Lincoln Medical Center
  • Timothy McDowell, MD

Responsibilities:

  • Maintain the mission, values and vision of the Arizona Trauma Association.
  • Develop methods to support the collaborative trauma and acute care research, education and outreach activities of the trauma centers in the State of Arizona.
  • When applicable remove any Officer or the Executive Committee or representative of the Board of Directors who fails to perform the duties of their respective office or position or is found to be unfit for such office or position.
  • Nominate and elect the Officers of the Executive Committee.

Leadership Committee

  • AzTA:
    Tami Eckenrode, RN
  • Banner University Phoenix:
    Patrick Bosarge MD  / Vicki Bennett, RN
  • Chandler Regional Medical Center:
    Charles Hu, MD / Wendy Otten, RN
  • Flagstaff Medical Center:
    Karole Davis MD /  Shawn Bowker
  • HonorHealth – John C. Lincoln Medical Center:
    Gina Shirah, MD / Marilyn Byrne
  • Phoenix Children’s Hospital:
    David Notrica, MD / Ramin Jamshidi, MD / Todd Nickoles, RN
  • St. Joseph’s Medical Center:
    Michelle Guadnola, RN / Dana Stout, RN
  • Abrazo West Valley Hospital:
    Hiba Adel Aziz MD / Tiffiny Strever, RN
  • Havasu Regional Medical Center
    Chris Salvino, MD / Danielle Stello, RN
  • Kingman Regional Medical Center
    Heather Miller, BSN, RN, CEN
  • HonorHealth Deer Valley Medical Center
    Joseph Sucher, MD / Lori Kennedy, RN, BSN
  • Banner University of Tucson Medical Center
    Melissa Anderson / Andrew Tang, MD
  • Wickenburg Community Hospital
    Jodie Allen
  • Tuba City Regional Healthcare
    Shannon Claw

Responsibilities:

  • Meet on a quarterly basis.
  • Assists Chair of the Board of Directors with Board of Director’s meeting agenda.
  • Sets any fees and dues.
  • Provides for the administrative affairs of AzTA.

Southwest Trauma and Acute Care Symposium (STACS) Committee

Description: The Education Committee was created at the first official meeting of the Board of Directors and is tasked with developing methods to support the collaborative education activities of the trauma centers in the State of Arizona as well as running the Southwest Trauma and Acute Care Symposium (STACS) each year.

Members:

  • Joseph Sucher, MD
  • Tami Eckenrode, RN
  • David Notrica, MD
  • Vicki Bennett, RN
  • Michelle Guadnola, RN
  • Jody Leaf
  • Alicia Mangram, MD
  • Tiffiny Strever, RN
  • Tracy Moroney, RN
  • Todd Nickoles, RN
  • Charles Hu, MD
  • Wendy Otten, RN

Responsibilities:

  • Meet on a regular basis as determined by the Chair.
  • Develop methods to support the collaborative educational activities of the trauma centers in the State of Arizona.
  • Forward any ideas for supporting the collaborative educational activities to the Board of Directors.

Current Projects

  • 12th annual Southwest Trauma & Acute Care Symposium (STACS) October 7 – 8, 2021.

Tackle Trauma 5k Walk/Run

Description: The Tackle Trauma 5k Fundraising Committee was established in November, 2014 at the Board of Directors meeting. Alicia Mangram, MD proposed this fun and exciting event to coincide with the NFL’s Game Day on the first Sunday each February to raise awareness and funds for trauma and injury prevention in the state of Arizona. Funds raised are used to develop injury prevention awareness and develop trauma research activities.

Members:

  • Alicia Mangram, MD, Chair
  • Gina Shirah, MD Co-Chair
  • Joseph Sucher, MD
  • Jody Leaf
  • Kim Shatto, RN
  • Shannon Dunn, RN
  • Marilyn Byrne, RN
  • Kara Mitchell
  • Melissa Luxton, RN
  • Melissa Moyer

Responsibilities:

  • Meet on a regular basis as determined by the Chair.
  • Develop fundraising methods to support the trauma education and injury prevention for the state of Arizona.
  • Forward any ideas for supporting the fundraising efforts to the Board of Directors.

Current Projects

  • 7th annual Tackle Trauma presents Straight Outta Quarantine 5k Walk/Run, Sunday, April 15, 2021

Research Committee

Description: The Research Committee was created at the first official meeting of the Board of Directors and is tasked with developing methods to support the collaborative research activities of the trauma centers in the State of Arizona.

Members:

  • Vicki Bennett, RN
  • James Dzandu, PhD
  • Michelle Guadnola, RN
  • Charles Hu, MD
  • David Notrica, MD
  • Chris Salvino, MD

Responsibilities:

  • Meet on a regular basis as determined by the Chair.
  • Develop methods to support the collaborative research activities of the trauma centers in the State of Arizona.
  • Forward any ideas for supporting the collaborative educational activities to the Board of Directors.

Completed Projects:

  • Falls in the Elderly Population (Arizona Trauma Association 2016)

Injury Prevention and Education

Description: The Injury Prevention and Education Committee was created at the first official meeting of the Board of Directors and is tasked with developing public service injury prevention and outreach activities to reduce traumatic injuries. AzTA will also assist and provide continuing education programs to further improve the delivery of healthcare for the severely injured patient in Arizona.

Members:

  • Alicia Mangram, MD
  • Tiffiny Strever, RN
  • Joseph Sucher, MD
  • Heather Miller, RN
  • Melissa Luxton, RN
  • David Notrica, MD
  • Todd Nickoles, RN
  • Kim Shatto, RN
  • Charles Hu, MD
  • Marilyn Byrne, RN
  • Dana Stout, RN

Responsibilities:

  • Meet on a regular basis as determined by the Chair.
  • Develop injury prevention and education supportive of AzTA’s mission.
  • Develop methods of marketing AzTA.

Completed Projects:

  • Injury Prevention Initiative (Distracted Driving Kills) (2016)
  • Collaboration with Arizona Motorcycle Safety and Awareness Foundation (AMSAF) to provide rider safety scholarships (2017, 2019)
  • Trauma Guideline Manual (2017)
  • Advanced Practice Provider Workshop at STACS (2018 – 2019)
  • Pediatric Care After Resuscitation (PCAR) at Phoenix Children’s Hospital (2018)
  • Trauma Outcomes and Performance Improvement Course (TOPIC) / Society of Trauma Nurses (2019)

Current Projects:

  • Continuing Education Programs (2019 – )
  • Stop the Bleed Arizona Initiative (2019 – )

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    About Arizona Trauma

    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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    Phoenix, AZ 85067-3893

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