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Sharon Henry, M.D., F.A.C.S., an assistant professor of surgery at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, has been elected into membership as a fellow in the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma (AAST). Dr. Henry, who is also a trauma surgeon at the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center, is the first African-American woman to be elected as a member of the AAST. The honor was presented to her during the organization's 60th annual meeting.
Membership in the AAST is granted in recognition of a physician's clinical and academic achievements in trauma care. The AAST, the country's oldest and most prestigious academic trauma society, has about 650 members, 35 of whom are women.
"Dr. Henry is recognized for groundbreaking work in the management of complex wounds and critical illness. This is a fitting tribute to someone of her qualifications and outstanding abilities," says Thomas M. Scalea, M.D., professor of surgery and director of the University of Maryland School of Medicine's Program in Trauma. Dr. Scalea is also physician in chief of the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center, part of the University of Maryland Medical Center.
Dr. Henry came to the University of Maryland School of Medicine and the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in1997, where she is currently an attending trauma surgeon and director of the Center's new Division of Wound Healing and Metabolism.
Dr. Henry was born in Berlin, Maryland, and received her medical degree from the University of Maryland School of Medicine in 1985. Before returning to Baltimore, she held a faculty post at the State University of New York's Health Science Center at Brooklyn, where she had also completed her residency training. Dr. Henry received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1981 at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, and did a critical care fellowship at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.
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