Friends and Colleagues,

When Dr. Douglas Fraser was named UMC Trauma Center Chief & Medical Director earlier this month, I couldn’t help but recall when he first came to Las Vegas about six years ago. He had recently completed a general surgery residency through Rutgers New Jersey Medical School with flying colors and was interviewing to become a fellow in the Acute Care Surgery Fellowship program in Las Vegas. I was then the UMC Trauma Center Chief & Medical Director. When I asked Doug what he saw in his future, he said he wanted my job, to be the head of trauma. I appreciated his confidence. It wasn’t long before I saw his talent in the operating room. In 2016 I told the Las Vegas Review Journal he was hired for our trauma team because he had the ability to handle the most difficult cases with “great calm and clarity...his technical skills are really refined.” In the last three years, his technical skills have become even more refined, as have his leadership and teaching skills. I hope you enjoy learning more about Dr. Douglas Fraser in today's "Making the Rounds."