Dr. Patricia Byers Accepts 2014 Injury Prevention Award

The Florida Department of Health Injury Prevention Section, in partnership with the Florida Injury Prevention Advisory Council (FIPAC), named Patricia M. Byers, M.D., F.A.C.S., professor of surgery at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, as the 2014 Injury Prevention Award recipient. Each year the award recognizes an individual who demonstrates a commitment to injury prevention. Byers was recognized during a FIPAC webinar on Tuesday, March 24.

Byers is the principal investigator for the Motorcycle Education and Injury Prevention Program: Survive the Ride. She has more than 30 years of experience as a trauma surgeon and is the Chief of Trauma at Jackson South Community Hospital. She is also the Chief of Surgical Nutrition at Jackson Memorial Hospital and Jackson South. She has served as both the Florida State Trauma Medical Director and as Chairperson of the American College of Surgeons Florida Committee on Trauma.

“It is a tremendous honor to receive this award,” Byers said. “Our efforts with Survive the Ride have helped create and implement many injury prevention strategies that we hope have not only kept riders safe, but also prevented fatalities. On behalf of all those who have worked with me on Survive the Ride, thank you.”

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