ATS Saddened By the Passing of Two Former Association Leaders
Friday, August 28, 2015
This past week, the ATS learned of the passing of two of our former Board Members, Carl Valenziano, MD and James Duke, MD. These two individual's extraordinary achievements were rooted in visionary thinking, a focus on achieving goals, and the passion and dedication they brought to every task. These ATS visionaries will be tremendously missed. Please join the ATS in sending our deepest condolences to the Valenziano and Duke families.
Carl Valenziano, MD
Dr. Carl Valenziano was a steadfast and passionate champion of the ATS serving on the Board of Directors for over 20 years as a former President, and Chair of many of its Committees. "Dr. V" was an accomplished surgeon with more than 35 years of experience in the trauma and critical care fields, championing seatbelt and helmet safety through the ATS and locally in Pennsylvania. He was the creator of the Bystander Care of the Injured Program, as well as instrumental in the creation of the ATS Trauma Registry Course, which he taught for years. His loud voice, big personality and ever-present camera will be deeply missed.
James Duke, MD
Dr. James H. Duke Jr., a founding member of the American Trauma Society and Houston trauma surgeon who treated Gov. John Connally of Texas on the day of the Kennedy assassination and reached a national audience through his syndicated television reports on medical topics and his frequent appearances on NBC, PBS and other national and local news outlets. He received his medical degree from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas in 1960 and, after completing his residency, taught there and at the College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York. While in New York he did graduate work at Columbia University in chemical engineering, biochemistry and computer science. After a stint teaching surgery in Afghanistan, Dr. Duke joined the faculty of the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, now also known as UT Health, where he spent the rest of his career. He served 40 years as the medical director of Life Flight. Dr. Duke was heavily involved in the ATS locally in Texas, having been instrumental in working to develop a statewide trauma system and played a leading role in getting the Texas Legislature to pass a seatbelt law in 1985.