Director and Co-Director Named for William Lehman Injury Research Center

Carl I. Schulman, M.D., Ph.D., M.S.P.H., associate professor of clinical surgery, has been named director of the William Lehman Injury Research Center in the DeWitt Daughtry Family Department of Surgery, and Antonio Marttos Jr., M.D., assistant professor of surgery, has been named co-director.

Schulman, a widely honored clinician, educator and researcher who served as co-director of the center, replaces the late Jeffrey Augenstein, M.D., Ph.D., who passed away on February 11. Together, they fostered the center’s international reputation for improving the treatment, prevention, and rehabilitation of traumatic injuries resulting from blunt trauma – a legacy he plans to continue.

“I look forward to continuing the center’s mission of saving lives through research and the implementation of new technologies,” Schulman said.

Since his appointment to the UM faculty in 2004, Schulman has received numerous grants that have improved countless lives, starting with a prestigious Robert Wood Johnson Physician Faculty Scholars Award to study elderly pedestrian injury. He later received funding from the Florida Department of Transportation to design an elderly pedestrian safety program, from the U.S. Department of Defense to study new anti-infectious technology, and from the CDC to improve trauma triage from automobile crashes using vehicle-based telematics.

More recently, he was the co-principal investigator of all of the Lehman Center’s grants, including several multimillion-dollar grants from the Department of Defense to study a new Mobile Care System. He continues Augenstein’s work with BMW to investigate and enhance vehicle safety systems, and leads a new program to train and support State Department personnel in Iraq via telemedicine. His work in creating a new Mobile Trauma and Critical Care Curriculum has received numerous awards and accolades at the highest levels of the American College of Surgeons.

Marttos, a pioneer in trauma telemedicine, has been involved in numerous studies for the Defense Department, the U.S. Department of State, and the Florida Department of Health. He created a statewide Trauma Telemedicine Network and received the health department’s Outstanding Leadership Award for these efforts. He is also deeply involved in developing telemedicine solutions to provide expert support in multiple trauma environments, including the resuscitation and Intensive Care units, and the operating room.

He led the Telemedicine Education and Advice for Military Medicine (TEAMM) project, which linked the Ryder Trauma Center with the U.S. Air Force, and has explored the use of telemedicine in mass casualty exercises with the U.S. Army Forward Surgical Teams, as well as in exercises conducted at multiple hospitals across Florida.

Most recently, Marttos has created an unparalleled Global Telemedicine program funded by the Department of State to provide trauma telemedicine support services to U.S. government employees still working in Iraq. The program has received national attention and is now considered the gold standard for such programs.

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