University Surgical Associates is excited to announce that Robert Jean, M.D., board certified in general and surgical critical care, is joining the trauma and critical care team at USA. Dr. Jean specializes in trauma and acute care surgery and advanced minimally invasive surgery, including robotic-assisted procedures. The trauma group at USA provides surgical care for the broad spectrum of injuries seen from blunt and penetrating trauma, providing support to Erlanger Medical Center’s Level 1 Trauma Center, pediatric comprehensive care center and the Life Force team. The adult Level 1 Trauma Center is manned 24-hours a day, seven days a week by USA’s board-certified surgeons.
After completing medical school and surgical residency, Dr. Jean completed a fellowship in surgical critical care and spent a short period of time working in the arena of trauma surgery. For the past few years and when he joined USA more than two years ago, he’s been focused on a general surgery practice.
“I’ve always liked the variety that comes along with general surgery – no two days are the same. It’s a great combination of structured activities, but nearly every day brings something unexpected. It was really important to me to pursue a specialty that would allow for the unexpected to come up,” says Dr. Jean. “Trauma surgery has always been a passion of mine as well, and it still held a special place in my heart. Late last summer when USA was discussing the transition of some of our surgeons, they offered for me to move over from general surgery to a trauma based and critical care surgery role. I knew it would be a great fit.”
Trauma and critical care surgery requires minute-to-minute decision making and the ability to think on your feet in emergency situations. These aspects combined with the chance to work with colleagues who once taught him in residency and fellowship was an interesting prospect for Dr. Jean.
“I completed my residency and fellowship training at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, and the same team is in place today. I spent six years training under these surgeons, and they taught me pretty much everything I know,” says Dr. Jean. “The idea of joining them and being partners and colleagues in the same division is really exciting. It’s also an honor to be able to pass along what I know to the new residents who are currently in training.”
Although Dr. Jean has joined the trauma and critical care team, he will continue to have regular office hours and perform planned, elective general surgery procedures. He sees patients at the USA Medical Mall office on the campus of Erlanger Hospital.
“Trauma surgeons at their heart are still general surgeons who do elective surgery and see patients in the office, while having that extra element of acute trauma and caring for some of the sickest patients. It’s a big misperception that we focus on trauma exclusively,” says Dr. Jean. “Yes, we perform surgery on gunshot wounds and people who have been in car accidents, as well as perforated ulcers or emergency hernia repairs. But we also use our skills for elective patients who come to us for their general surgery needs.”
To schedule an appointment at University Surgical Associates, call (423) 267-0466.