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Dr. Arnold & Dr. Carr Receive Champions of Health Care Awards

October 13th, 2016

The Chattanooga Times Free Press and Edge Magazine, in partnership with the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Medical Society, presented the first annual Champions of Health Care awards designed to honor individuals and organizations that are making a significant impact on the quality of health care in our community.

University Surgical Associates is proud to recognize two of our seasoned surgeons being honored – Coleman Arnold, M.D., and Michael Carr, M.D. Dr. Arnold was presented the Healthcare Champion’s Physician Award, a recognition that honors a physician whose performance is considered exemplary by patients and peers. Dr. Carr received the Lifetime Achievement Award honoring a healthcare leader who has left a legacy on the quality and delivery of healthcare.


Coleman Arnold, M.D., FACS, General Surgeon

In addition to his general surgery practice where he focuses on laparoscopic gallbladder removal, hernia repair and correcting bowel obstructions, Dr. Coleman also gives back through yearly surgical mission trips to provide general surgery care for people in need. For the last 18 years, he’s served in places like Guatemala, Kenya, Ecuador and Belize, and he takes one surgical resident along to help each year.

During these trips, they’ll often perform as many as 50 surgeries in one week. It serves a dual purpose of advancing the mission of the gospel and providing much needed general surgeries like gallbladder removal and hernia repairs to people who otherwise would not have access to this level of medical care. Dr. Coleman considers these trips a vital part of the work he’s done throughout his career. 

“I’m honored to receive this award, but I have a big support staff – lots of people helping me do this work. This award is also for the people that help me every day – nurses, surgical techs, residents – it’s definitely a team approach,” Dr. Arnold says. 

Read Dr. Coleman’s profile in the Times Free Press.

Michael Carr, M.D., FAAP, Pediatric Trauma Surgeon 

Dr. Michael Carr has spent his career focused on advancing the fields of pediatric trauma and critical care medicine.  As the first pediatric surgeon in Chattanooga, he was largely responsible for developing the first pediatric trauma center in the state. 

In 1986, Tennessee lawmakers were also beginning to discuss the statewide management of pediatric trauma, and those discussions eventually led to a formal plan of caring for children with all types of critical illness. He was one of the three principal investigators on Tennessee’s original Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) grant and provided leadership in collaborating with the Tennessee legislature to achieve passage of the original legislation mandating that all hospitals and ambulance services in Tennessee be prepared to stabilize and initiate life-saving treatments in children from birth to adulthood. The Tennessee Emergency Medical Services for Children program provides educational services to pre-hospital and emergency department personnel, assists them in procuring equipment for their services, and advises the state government on the best practices of emergency and critical care for children across the state.

In 2009, Dr. Carr was the recipient of the National EMSC Hero’s Award for his longstanding commitment and dedication to the mission of EMSC. And in 2015, the Star of Life Award was renamed the Dr. Michael Carr TN ESMC State Star of Life Award. This award recognizes Tennessee’s EMS personnel for their exceptional, lifesaving care to adult and pediatric patients. 

Read Dr. Carr’s profile in the Times Free Press. 

Posted by University Surgical | Topic: News
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