lena m. napolitano, md, facs, fccp, fccm
Professor, Surgery and Division Chief, Acute Care Surgery
Associate Chair, Surgery
Director, Trauma & Surgical Critical Care
Dr. Lena M. Napolitano is Professor of Surgery at the University of Michigan School of Medicine, Division Chief of Acute Care Surgery (Trauma, Burns, Critical Care, and Emergency Surgery), Chief of Trauma and Surgical Critical Care, and Associate Chair for the Department of Surgery. Dr. Napolitano is certified by the American Board of Surgery in General Surgery as well as Surgical Critical Care. She is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, the American College of Critical Care Medicine, and the American College of Chest Physicians. Dr. Napolitano is a member of and holds leadership positions in numerous professional organizations in surgery, trauma and surgical critical care.
Dr. Napolitano is a Director of the American Board of Surgery. Dr. Napolitano is currently Chair of the Board of Governors of the American College of Surgeons and previously served as Secretary and member of the Executive Committee. She is a member of the Trauma, Burns, Critical Care Component Board of the American Board of Surgery, representing the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma (AAST). She has served on the AAST Board of Managers and Chaired the AAST Critical Care Committee and the Education Committee. Dr. Napolitano is a member of the Steering Committee of the U.S. Critical Illness and Injury Trials Group (USCIITG).
Dr. Napolitano is currently a member of the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) Council, the elected leadership of SCCM. Dr. Napolitano has served as Chancellor of the Board of Regents of the American College of Critical Care Medicine and is a Fellow of the American College of Critical Care Medicine. She is past-Chair of the Surgical Section of SCCM, and served as SCCM Congress Co-Chair in 2006. She served as Chair of the Committee on Perioperative Care for the American College of Surgeons (ACS) from 2003-2005. She is past-Chair of the Multi-Institutional Trials Committee and a past member of the Board of Directors for the Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma. She is a current member of the Board of Directors of the Society for the Advancement of Blood Management.
Dr. Napolitano has also served as President and Past Secretary of the Surgical Infection Society. She is also a member of the Society of University Surgeons, the Association of Women Surgeons, and the American Surgical Association, among others. She participates nationally in many organizations, and is a member of the Surgical Education and Self-Assessment Program (SESAP) Committee of the ACS and a member of the Steering Committee of the ACS Fundamentals of Surgery Resident Curriculum Committee. She is a member of the national Surgical Care Improvement Project (SCIP) Technical Expert Panels for Respiratory and Infection, with the goal of reducing surgical complications in the United States by 25%.
Dr. Napolitano has served as Chair of the Board of Directors of the Council on Surgical and Perioperative Safety (www.cspsteam.org), a unique multidisciplinary coalition of 7 professional organizations whose members (over 250,000 members representing over 2 million healthcare practitioners) are involved in the care of surgical patients, and is still a member of the CSPS Board of Directors. CSPS Member organizations include American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA): American Association of Surgical Physician Assistants (AASPA); American College of Surgeons (ACS); American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA); American Society of PeriAnesthesia Nurses (ASPAN); Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN); and Association of Surgical Technologists (AST).
Dr. Napolitano has a research effort in trauma and surgical critical care, and is Principal Investigator on a number of research grants focused on translational research. She is Associate Editor of the journal Surgical Infections and is a member of the Editorial Boards and reviewer for many academic journals, including New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA, Surgery, Annals of Surgery, Critical Care Medicine, Journal of Trauma, Shock, Chest, and many others.
Dr. Napolitano received the Packard Medal by the Uniformed Services University in 2011 for her research in Blood and Blood Product Transfusion. She has been an honorary lecturer for many organizations, and was invited to give the Preston Wade Trauma Lecture at Cornell University in 2011, the Ben Bryer Lecture at Mount Sinai Medical Center in 2012, the Kathryn D. Anderson Honorary Lecture at Georgetown University in 2013, the Frank B. Cerra Lecture in Critical Care Medicine in 2013, and the Roger Sherman lecture at the Southeastern Surgical Congress in 2014.
She received the 2002 Association of Women Surgeons Distinguished Member Award, awarded to a member that exemplifies the ideals and mission of the association. Additional honors include Surgical Critical Care Educator of the Year Awards in 1998, 1999, and 2000 and Surgery Teacher of the Year Awards in 1999 and 2001 from the University of Maryland. She received the Surgical Critical Care Fellowship Teach of the Year Award in 2007 from University of Michigan. She received the William Coon Award (Presented by the surgery residents to the general surgery faculty member who best demonstrates that combination of clinical skill, concern for patients, and commitment to the education and well-being of residents that endears Dr. Coon to the house staff) in 2013.
She has been a mentor to a number of research fellows at the surgical resident and fellow level. Her research group has received numerous awards, including the annual Resident Paper Competition of the ACS Committee on Trauma, SCCM Best Paper awards, and numerous others. Dr. Napolitano has authored over 200 peer-reviewed publications, and over 90 book chapters, and has been an invited lecturer at many national and international symposia and a Visiting Professor at many institutions over the course of her career.