Dr. Raul Coimbra in SD Magazine

Source: San Diego Magazine, January 2010

Dr. Raul Coimbra

After a quarter-century of research and serv­ice, UCSD Medical Center boasts one of the nation’s more advanced trauma systems. Coimbra, professor of surgery and chief of trauma, surgical critical care and burns, is dedicated to changing public perceptions about trauma, which he classifies as a disease. “If we use a disease-management model like we have for cancer,” he says, “then we can create systems, and we’ll always be prepared.” President of the Pan-American Trauma Society, Coimbra will work in 2010 with the World Health Organization to develop and implement trauma systems and centers throughout Latin America.

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