Jeffrey S. Upperman, M.D., is director of trauma at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles and associate professor of surgery at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California’s Division of Pediatric Surgery. Dr. Upperman graduated from Stanford University in 1987 with a bachelor’s degree in human biology and a master’s degree in sociology. He earned his medical degree from New Jersey Medical School in 1991 and completed his surgical residency at the same institution. He completed his fellowship training in pediatric surgery at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh and served on the faculty at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh until 2006, where he was interim director of the Benedum Pediatric Trauma Program in 2005. He was recruited to Childrens Hospital Los Angeles in January 2006 and assumed directorship of trauma in 2007. Dr. Upperman’s disaster and trauma research focuses on the organizational-level preparedness of health care workers, intestinal inflammation, sepsis, and pediatric trauma. His work has been funded by the Department of Health and Human Services, the National Institutes of Health, and The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. He publishes clinical work in the area of pediatric disaster preparedness, pediatric trauma, and computerized physician order entry. He is currently director of the Pediatric Disaster Resource and Training Center. Dr. Upperman has extensive experience in community involvement, serving on committees in national academic societies. He is a permanent member of the Pediatric Study Section at the National Institute of Child Health and Development. He serves his country as a U.S. Army reservist and saw combat duty during Operation Iraqi Freedom 2 in a region outside of Baghdad, Iraq.

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