Board Members

Bellal Joseph, MD, FACS 

President

Dr. Joseph is the Martin Gluck Endowed Professor of Surgery, Professor of Neurosurgery, Chief of the Division of Trauma, Critical Care, Burns & Emergency Surgery, at the University of Arizona.  He is also the Vice Chair of Research for the Department of Surgery. Dr. Joseph has authored over 260 peer reviewed publications and 20+ books chapters.  His research has been funded by the NIA, DOD and DARPA. His areas of expertise encompass traumatic brain injury, coagulopathy in trauma patients, frailty and geriatric trauma. Dr. Joseph is a member of numerous national associations, he is Executive Director of GeriTrac for the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma and vice chair of Committee on Trauma in the State of Arizona. Dr. Joseph, is also a member of the steering committee of the National Trauma Research Action Plan (NTRAP). 

 

Joseph Sucher, MD, FACS

Past President 

Dr. Sucher grew enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving on active duty in the 1980s as a reconnaissance specialist. Following his active duty  commitment, he attended The University of Missouri – Columbia (Mizzou) and graduated as an Honors Scholar with a degree in Biochemistry. He worked as a biochemist for Eli Lilly, Inc. in Indianapolis, creating an automated system for biochemical analysis of novel HIV protease inhibitors. Dr. Sucher is an Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society member from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine, graduating medical school as Magna Cum Laude. He attended surgical residency at the University of Texas-Houston Health Sciences Center (UTH-HSC), during which time he also developed an enterprise-level electronic medical record system and became an expert in clinical software. After completing his general surgical residency training and fellowship in Surgical Critical Care, Acute Care Surgery and Trauma Surgery at UTH-HSC he joined the staff at The Methodist Hospital in Houston, Texas as an Assistant Professor of Surgery with Weill Cornell Medical College. Dr. Sucher continues his military service as a trauma surgeon with the Army Reserves and was deployed three times to Afghanistan and once to Iraq as a member of forward surgical teams. In 2013, he moved to Phoenix, Arizona joining the Acute Care Surgical Specialists trauma surgery group. In 2014 he was appointed Medical Director of Trauma and Surgical Critical Care Services at HonorHealth Deer Valley Hospital; at that time, an ACS level 3 trauma center. Deer Valley was subsequently verified as an ACS level 2 and Arizona state level 1 trauma center in 2019. Dr. Sucher continues to serve as the Medical Director of Trauma at Deer Valley hospital. He is a subject matter expert for Texas A&M Engineering Extension Services (TEEX) for mass casualties in bombing incidents and has published over 25 peer-reviewed scientific papers, 5 book chapters and is a highly regarded invited speaker on geriatric trauma, hemorrhagic shock and health care information technology. He is the past president of the AzTA Trauma Association and has served as a member of the Executive Advisory Board of the Arizona Coalition for Healthcare Emergency Response (AzCHER) as well as a member of the board of governors for the Arizona Emergency Medical Systems (AEMS) Committee.

 

Thomas Wertin, MD, FACS

Treasurer 

Dr. Thomas M Wertin is currently the Chief and Medical Director of Trauma Critical Care and Acute Care Surgery at Valleywise Health Medical Center. He holds academic appointments as Associate Professor of Surgery from Creighton University and University of Arizona SOM, Phoenix campuses. Dr Wertin graduated from Uniformed Services University, “America’s Medical School” in Bethesda, Maryland. Following graduation he was commissioned as an active duty Captain in the US Army. He went on to complete his general surgery residency at William Beaumont Army Medical Center in El Paso, TX. He continued his post graduate education with a fellowship in Surgical Critical Care at Maricopa Medical Center. During his 24-year active duty Army career, he participated in numerous combat deployments with experiences in the busiest trauma hospitals in Iraq and Afghanistan. He held multiple positions of leadership and command during his Army Medical Corp career and received numerous awards and decorations, including two Bronze Stars and a Legion of Merit award. Board Certified in Surgery and Surgical Critical Care. Fellow, American College of Surgeons. Member, Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma.

 

Heather Miller, BSN, RN, CEN, TCRN

Secretary

Heather Miller is the Trauma Program Manager and Pre-Hospital Coordinator for Kingman Regional Medical Center. In her role she runs the Trauma Performance Improvement Committee, Injury Prevention, Training Center for 16 EMS agencies, and collaborates with many fellow community agencies. In her professional career she has completed her bachelor’s in nursing (BSN), is a Certified Emergency Nurse (CEN), a Trauma Certified Nurse (TCRN), and has worked in the Emergency Department (ED) at Kingman Regional for 16 years as of May 2021. Heather is a member of the Trauma/EMS Performance Improvement council, the Protocols/Medications/Devices Council, the Pediatric Council, and the EMS Council for the state of AZ. She also is the secretary for the Western Council of EMS and for the AZ Trauma Association. She is passionate in training and educating fellow ED nurses and hospital staff, EMS/Fire/Police, and the community members in many aspects of trauma and medical patient care. She feels privileged to serve her community with compassion and commitment and to support the community hospital in all ways possible. Heather is married with two children, grew up and went to nursing school in Kingman, and has many family members in the community.

 

David Notrica MD, FACS, FAAP

Board Officer

Dr. David Notrica is a native of Atlanta, Georgia. He graduated Cum Laude from Duke University in 1988 and Emory University School of Medicine in 1992 where he was class president and a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha National Medical Honor Society. He completed his General Surgery residency training at Emory University in 1997 and his Pediatric Surgery Fellowship training at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston in 1999. He is an Associate Professor of Surgery at Mayo Clinic Medical School, Associate Professor at the University of Arizona College of Medicine Phoenix, and Associate Program Director for the Pediatric Surgery Fellowship at Phoenix Children’s Hospital. He was one of the founding members of the ATOMAC pediatric research network. Dr. Notrica was Chairman of Surgery at Phoenix Children’s Hospital before becoming Chief of Staff in 2006. He has been identified multiple times as a Top Doc by Phoenix Magazine, Best Doctors, and was named a Healthcare Hero by the Phoenix Business Journal in 2014. He Co-founded and co-chairs the Western Pediatric Trauma Conference, the Southwest Trauma and Acute Care Symposium, and Trauma Conference International. Dr. Notrica developed and continues to direct the Level 1 Trauma Center for Phoenix Children’s Hospital. This program is the only ACS-Verified Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center in the state of Arizona. He is currently working with UT-Houston on a NIH-funded trauma study using bone marrow stem cells to mitigate traumatic brain injury.

 

Alicia Mangram, MD, FACS

Board Officer 

Dr. Mangram is the Trauma Critical Care Director of a private multi-specialty group Valley Surgical Clinics and Acute Care Surgical Specialists. This group is composed of physicians who specialize in general surgery, trauma, advanced laparoscopy, robotics and medical/ surgical critical care.Dr. Mangram is the Senior Medical Director of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery, as well as Medical Director of Surgical Intensive Care Unit at HonorHealth John C. Lincoln Medical Center in Phoenix, Arizona. Dr. Mangram is the appointed Program Director for the HonorHealth John C. Lincoln General Surgery Residency. She completed her general surgery residency and fellowship in surgical critical care at University of Texas Health Sciences Center (Hermann Hospital). Dr. Mangram has devoted herself to improving trauma care through advocacy, surgical and critical care research, education and community service. She has a special interest in trauma patients over the age of 60, and has created G-60 Trauma. She is a member to multiple prestigious medical societies including; American Association of Surgical Trauma (AAST), Arizona Trauma Association (ATA), Western Trauma Association (WTA), Southwest Surgical Congress (SWSC) and currently sits on the Board of Directors for the American Red Cross, Phoenix. Dr. Mangram has recently been nominated to the ACS Committee on Trauma (term beginning in 2018). She has published numerous scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Mangram is most recognized world-wide for her landmark work at CDC: Guidelines for the Prevention of Surgical Site Infection (1999), and recently for her work in geriatric trauma (G60). Dr. Mangram has taken on the new challenge of creating an acute care robotic emergency
general surgery curriculum.

 

Andrew L. Tang, MD, FACS

Board Officer

Dr. Andrew Tang, is a tenured associate professor with the University of Arizona Department of Surgery, Division of Trauma, Critical Care, Burn, and Emergency Surgery. He is also the trauma medical director of Banner University Medical Center – Tucson’s Level I Trauma Center. Dr. Tang received his medical degree from the University of Arizona and completed his general surgery residency at the University of Southern California (USC). He then completed two fellowships at USC in thoracic-foregut and surgical critical care before joining the University of Arizona faculty in 2010. Dr. Tang is a board member of the Arizona Department of Health Services State Trauma Advisory Board and Southeastern Arizona EMS Council. He is a Vice Chair of the American College of Surgeon Arizona Chapter of the Committee on Trauma.  Additionally, he serves as the Vice Chair of Clinical Operations for the Department of Surgery at Banner University Medical Center Tucson. Dr. Tang is the chair of the Southwest Regional Trauma Conference, the largest prehospital-focused trauma conference in the Southwest, with more than 500 annual attendees. Dr. Tang has been named in Tucson Lifestyle‘s Top Doctors listing for multiple years, in addition to being a recipient of the College of Medicine Professionalism Award, Clinical Excellence Award, Asian American Faculty Staff and Alumni Outstanding Faculty Award, and several teaching awards. Dr. Tang has collaborated and published extensively on various subjects in trauma, with 9 published textbook chapters, more than 100 publications, and a medical device patent.

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