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Chattanooga Surgeon Honored
Sunday, October 27, 2019
Media Release Chattanooga  UT College of Medicine Chattanooga surgeon, R. Phillip Burns, MD, FACS, honored with the 2019 Distinguished Service Award of the American College of Surgeons   SAN FRANCISCO (October 27, 2019; 11:00 pm PDT): The University of Tennessee College of Medicine Chattanooga is proud to announce that R. Phillip Burns, MD, FACS, a general surgeon and surgical educator from Chattanooga, Tenn., received the 2019 Distinguished Service Award (DSA) of the American College of Surgeons (ACS)  on October 26, 2019 during the Convocation ceremony that preceded the opening of the College's 2019 Cliniclasal Congress, one of the largest international meetings of surgeons in the world. The DSA is the highest honor bestowed by the ACS.   The ACS Board of Regents honored Dr. Burns for "his innovative vision as an integral engineer of the College's focused initiatives influencing general surgery training, ultimately creating better prepared general surgery residents entering practice with enhanced skills and confidence to further improve the quality of care for their patients." Dr. Burns is also recognized as "a role model to surgeons everywhere to always do the right thing for patients."   Dr. Burns has served in several ACS leadership roles. In addition to having served as ACS First Vice-President of the ACS (2012-2013), Dr. Burns is a Past-Member of the Board of Governors (2004-2010) and Past-Chair of the Governors Committee on Surgical Practice in Hospitals and Outpatient Settings (2007-2010). He has served on the ACS Advisory Council for General Surgery as a representative of the Southeastern Surgical Congress since 1993, the Steering Committee on Transitions to Practice since 2012, the Coaching the Next Generation Committee since 2014 and the committee's Simulation Subcommittee since 2015, and the Task Force on the Future of General Surgery Training since 2016.   The DSA award citation recognizes Dr. Burns' "industrious work as one of the original members of the Transition to Practice Committee that resulted in the Mastery of General Surgery Program by providing an additional year of experience for young surgeons entering general surgery." It further notes "his exemplary leadership as Chair of the Committee on Coaching the Next Generation, along with the committee's vision of continuous innovative projects to connect senior surgeons with continued opportunities to serve our all of our colleagues in all surgical and medical settings."   Dr. Burns has served on the Food and Drug Administration Advisory Committee for Image-Guided Breast Evaluation (1996-2000) and the ACS Stereotactic Breast Steering Committee (1997-2005). He is a Past-President of the Tennessee Chapter of the ACS (1998-1999) and continues to serve on the chapter's Credentials and Program Committees.   Dr. Burns has held other prominent leadership roles in surgery. He has been secretary/treasurer of the Chattanooga Surgical Foundation since 1976. He is past-president of the Harwell Wilson Surgical Society (1980); has served on the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) appeals panel (1982); has chaired the Johnson & Johnson Surgical Research Advisory Committee (1983-1988); and has been an examiner for the American Board of Surgery oral examinations. He is a Past-President of the Southeastern Surgical Congress (2006-2007) and the Southern Surgical Association (2006-2007). Dr. Burns has held various other leadership positions in the Southeastern Surgical Congress, including chair, program planning committee (1986-1992); member, executive council (1990-present), and secretary-director (1995-2004).   Dr. Burns has also served on the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education residency review committee (RRC) for surgery (1999-2005), was the RRC's special envoy, Katrina Disaster (2005-2006), and Surgeon Site Visitor for the RRC and ACS Pilot Project.  He is a prolific contributor to the surgical literature and a respected speaker on advances in trauma and general surgery.   About R. Phillip Burns, MD, FACSDr. Burns is Professor and Chair of the Department of Surgery, at the University of Tennessee (UT) College of Medicine Chattanooga, and is one of the nation's longest serving Chairs at one institution (almost 44 years).  Dr. Burns is a member of the board of trustees and practices at Erlanger Health System in Chattanooga. He is a founding partner and Chair of the Board of University Surgical Associates (USA), Chattanooga, and specializes in breast and laparoscopic surgery. Under his leadership, USA has grown to one of the largest independent surgical practices in the country. He is a member of the UT College of Medicine's system-wide advisory committee on hospital and university affairs and the UT health affairs subcommittee of the UT board of trustees. At UT College of Medicine Chattanooga Dr. Burns chairs the surgical education advisory committee, serves on the institution's Graduate Medical Education Committee, and is founder and medical director of the medical/surgical skills laboratory. He serves on multiple committees at both UT and Erlanger. Dr. Burns received his medical degree from the UT College of Medicine Memphis in 1966 and completed his surgical training at UT City of Memphis Hospitals in 1974, after serving as a Captain in the U.S. Air Force from 1968 to 1970.   "FACS" designates that a surgeon is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.   # # #   About the American College of SurgeonsThe American College of Surgeons is a scientific and educational organization of surgeons that was founded in 1913 to raise the standards of surgical practice and improve the quality of care for all surgical patients. The College is dedicated to the ethical and competent practice of surgery. Its achievements have significantly influenced the course of scientific surgery in America and have established it as an important advocate for all surgical patients. The College has more than 82,000 members and is the largest organization of surgeons in the world. For more information, visit   The original article was posted as a media release on the American College of Surgeons Clinical Congress 2019 website:   For more information about the UT College of Medicine Chattanooga, visit the website at    
Scott Steinmann, MD, Named Chair
Tuesday, October 1, 2019
  Media Release Chattanooga, Tennessee   Scott P. Steinmann, MD, named Chair of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine Chattanooga   R. Bruce Shack, MD, Dean and Professor of the UTHSC College of Medicine in Chttanooga, is pleased to announce the appointment of Scott Steinmann, MD, as Chair and Professor in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery. Dr. Steinmann will also continue his own high volume complex shoulder and elbow medical practice at the Erlanger Orthopedic Institute.                   An internationally recognized orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Steinmann joins the UTHSC College of Medicine in Chattanooga and the Erlanger Health System after serving more than 20 years with the Mayo Clinic, where he was professor in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery. He begins his role at UTHSC in October.   "We are fortunate to have been able to recruit Dr. Steinmann," Dr. Shack said. "He is a world- renowned orthopedic surgeon. The department has been under excellent leadership under the direction of Dr. Richard Alvarez, who has been the chair for the past decade. The role Dr. Steinmann will play will be critical in the continued growth of the Orthopedic Department, which is one of our strongest departments here in Chattanooga. This is also a great opportunity for our residents to benefit from his leadership, to get exposure to other leaders within the field of orthopedics."   The College of Medicine in Chattanooga is affiliated with Erlanger Health System, which serves as its primary clinical training site.   In making the announcement, Erlanger indicated that, "The Department of Orthopedics is one of Erlanger's ‘Centers of Excellence' and its faculty is one of the best in our entire health system. Dr. Steinmann and his reputation in orthopedic extremities, as well as resident and fellowship medical education, is expected to take our orthopedic program to the next level."   "This is a fantastic opportunity," Dr. Steinmann said. "This opportunity at the UTHSC College of Medicine Chattanooga to lead the outstanding group that is already there is a dream job. UTHSC Chattanooga and Erlanger are on the move in Orthopedics. There have been great strides and changes with the evolution of the Erlanger Orthopedic Institute and the great clinical care that is currently being provided. At present, the entire spectrum of orthopedic care is being met. There is no area within Orthopedics for which a patient will need to leave Chattanooga to get care." In his role as chair, Dr. Steinmann will serve as the chief executive academic officer, and will be responsible for the educational programs, including the graduate, residency, continuing medical education, research efforts, public service, and the patient care programs within the Department of Orthopedic Surgery.   "I'm very much looking forward to helping to grow the Orthopedic Department and residency program, and continuing to build on the department's strengths," he said. Dr. Steinmann notes that the UTHSC Erlanger clinical operation is recognized as a top hospital for any aspect of orthopedic care in the East Tennessee region and he expects the reputation to continue to expand in the future.   Dr. Steinmann completed his undergraduate training at Columbia University and his MD degree at Cornell Medical School. While there, he was exposed to the orthopedic surgeons at the Hospital for Special Surgery, one of the premiere orthopedic hospitals in the country, sparking his interest in the field. Dr. Steinmann completed his orthopedic surgery residency and a shoulder and elbow fellowship at the New York Orthopedic Hospital/Columbia University. He completed a hand surgery fellowship at the Mayo Clinic Rochester.   Dr. Steinmann served as a Commander in the United States Navy, where he was the attending orthopedic surgeon and director of upper extremity service for the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. During this time, he had the opportunity to take care of many of the country's wounded warriors, as well as legislators at the Capitol and the White House. After his military service, Dr. Steinmann began his career with the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.   "We expect Dr. Steinmann to have a huge impact on our ability to recruit not just medical students and residents, but faculty members, to come to Chattanooga to grow the department and to develop new services within the Department of Orthopedic Surgery," Dr. Shack said. "I think he will be a positive influence within the entire campus."   Dr. Steinmann will assume his Chair responsibilities on October 1, 2019.   (adapted from a media release by Jackie Denton, UTHSC Communications and Marketing, August 16, 2019)  
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