Dr. John Fildes '77, trauma chair at Las Vegas University Medical Center, to speak on campus

In the aftermath of the Route 91 Music Festival shooting last fall, Dr. John Fildes ’77 led treatment of many of the victims at Las Vegas University Medical Center.
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Dr. John Fildes '77, trauma chair at Las Vegas University Medical Center, to speak on campus


John Fildes

In the aftermath of the Route 91 Music Festival shooting last fall, Dr. John Fildes ’77 led treatment of many of the victims at Las Vegas University Medical Center (UMC).

He will visit Union May 30 to share his experiences and speak on “The 1 October Las Vegas Shootings: Lessons Learned.” His talk, in the Nott Memorial at 12:55 p.m., is open to the campus community.

Fildes is medical director and chair of the department of trauma and burns at UMC, which houses Nevada’s only level one trauma center. His is also foundation professor and chair of the department of surgery at the University of Nevada Reno, School of Medicine (UNRSOM), where he serves as chief of the division of acute care surgery.

Fildes has been a fellow of the American College of Surgeons since 1990 and has made significant contributions to the creation of the National Trauma Data Bank and the Trauma Quality Improvement Project.

He has collaborated with the United States Air Force for more than a decade and was a senior visiting surgeon and consultant at Landsthul Regional Medical Center in Germany and at Bagram and Kandahar Air Bases in Afghanistan (2008). He embedded active duty residents into general surgery and emergency medicine residencies at the UNRSOM. Fildes also collaborated and led the efforts to establish the STARS-P (Sustainment of Trauma and Resuscitation Skills – Program) and more recently the SMART programs (Sustained Medical and Readiness Training) to sustain and improve the readiness of attending surgeons for battle field medicine.

To learn more about Fildes, a bioengineering major who earned his M.D. from the University of Santo Tomas in Manila, read this recent profile in the winter alumni magazine or click here.

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