|Larry M. Gentilello, MD, FACS
Chairman of the Division of Burns, Trauma and
University of Texas
Southwestern Medical School
Larry M. Gentilello, MD, FACS is Chairman of the Division of Burns, Trauma and Critical Care at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, Texas. Gentilello is also the Chairman of the Trauma Prevention Committee of the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma.
Gentilello conducted undergraduate studies at the University of Texas at El Paso and was admitted to the MD program at Albert Einstein College of Medicine (Bronx, NY) after his junior year. He served an internship in General Surgery at the University of California at San Diego (UCSD), and residencies in General Surgery at UCSD and the University of Texas Medical School in Houston. Gentilello completed two post-residency fellowships: in Surgical Critical Care at the University of Texas Medical School and in Trauma Surgery at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center. Gentilello is Board Certified in Surgery, with added qualifications in Surgical Critical Care.
Prior to joining the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, Gentilello was Chief of the Division of Trauma and Critical Care at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Associate Professor, Department of Surgery at Harvard Medical School. He has held clinical appointments at Herman Hospital, Houston, Texas; University Medical Center of Southern Nevada (Las Vegas); the Harborview Medical Center and the University of Washington Medical Center, (both in Seattle). His teaching appointments have included the University of Washington, the University of Texas Medical School and University of Nevada School of Medicine.
Gentilello has been actively involved in public policy, on both the federal and state level, seeking to change legislation that provides a disincentive to blood-alcohol testing of trauma center patients and prevents effective counseling interventions with substance abusers. He has served on policy development task forces, committees and panels for the US Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and other national and state agencies. He has also been active in many state and local activities, and currently serves on the Trauma Systems Committee of the Metropolitan Boston Emergency Medical Services Council.
Gentilello has published more than 90 peer reviewed articles, textbook chapters, monographs/invited reviews, and abstracts and posters, covering a number of areas related to trauma care. One of his primary research interests has been prevention and cessation of alcohol abuse among trauma patients.
The recipient of many awards and honors, Gentilello is one of five individuals selected to receive The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Innovators Combating Substance Abuse award in 2002.