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March 9, 1998
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Edward Cornwell III Named New Trauma Chief At Hopkins

Edward E. Cornwell III, M.D., has been appointed chief of trauma at The Johns Hopkins Hospital and associate professor of surgery at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Prior to joining Hopkins on Jan. 15, Cornwell, 41, was assistant professor of surgery at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, since 1993. He previously had been an assistant professor of surgery at Howard University College of Medicine, Washington, D.C.

Cornwell's pioneering research in the care of critically ill and injured patients has changed the way some trauma centers treat patients with gunshot wounds to the chest and defined the current therapies used to battle fungal infections in surgical patients. He has lectured on violence prevention and gang violence in urban areas for national medical groups.

As principal investigator of a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-funded injury control grant, he led a multidisciplinary study group investigating reasons for the observation that patients transported to a trauma center by the Emergency Medical System (EMS) had a higher mortality than their non-EMS transported counterparts. The group noted that the non-EMS patients were arriving at the hospital significantly more quickly.

"Dr. Cornwell has made tremendous advances in both clinical and academic settings, emerging at a young age as a leader in his field and a mentor to his students," says John L. Cameron, M.D., surgeon in chief at Hopkins. "We are very glad to have him as head of our trauma section."

Cornwell received his bachelor's degree in biology from Brown University, Providence, R.I., in 1978 and his medical degree from Howard in 1982. He served his internship and residency in general surgery at Los Angeles County/University of Southern California (LAC/USC) Medical Center, Los Angeles. He also completed a fellowship at the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems (MIEMSS) in Baltimore between 1987 and 1989, studying trauma/critical care and EMS administration.

Cornwell has received numerous teaching awards and honors for his professional and academic accomplishments, including two President's Citations for outstanding contributions to the Society of Critical Care Medicine. He was USC Medical School's commencement speaker in 1996.

He is a member of many medical associations and has held leadership and committee positions in the Society of Critical Care Medicine, the Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma and the Surgical Section of the National Medical Association.

He and his wife, Maggie Covington Cornwell, M.D., reside in Catonsville. They have a 1-year-old son, Michael.

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