UMMS Partnership Focuses on Increasing and Improving Trauma Care in India

Less than a year after Dr. Ora Pescovitz, Executive Vice President for Medical Affairs and CEO of the University of Michigan Health Systems, signed a Memorandum of Understanding between UMHS and the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), collaborative activities are flowing. The partnership, involving the University of Michigan Medical School and the JPN Apex Trauma Center (JPNATC), is the first partnership with a US medical school focused on trauma care in India.

A symposium held in New Delhi in February 2012 entitled 'Trauma in India-Challenges and what could be achieved with collaboration with the University of Michigan?' brought together several key investigators from each institution to help set the agenda for the next steps of the collaboration. In addition to research discussions and learning meetings with trauma surgeons and other medical specialists at JPNATC, the symposium activities included a tour of the Advanced Trauma Life Support Program and Laparoscopic Pig Lab at AIIMS, and meetings with the Directors of the General Health Services, the Indian Council of Medical Research, and the Director/Dean of AIIMS.

The symposium was attended by several UMMS faculty including: Kevin Chung, MD, Charles de Nancrede Professor of Surgery, Assistant Dean for Instructional Faculty and Associate Director of Global REACH; Steven Kunkel, PhD, Senior Associate Dean for Research, Endowed Professor of Pathology Research and co-director of General Pathology in the Department of Pathology; and Krishnan Raghavendran, MD, Associate Professor of Surgery.

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Above L-R: Dr. Krishnan Raghavendran, Dr. Steve Kunkel, Dr. Mahesh Misra (Director of the JPNATC AND Chairman Department of general surgery at AIIMS), and Dr. Kevin Chung


Above: A group portrait taken during the U-M delegation's visit to New Delhi