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Welcome From The Executive Director

Dear Friends,


For over 45 years, The American Trauma Society (ATS) has dedicated itself to the elimination of needless death and disability from injury.  Since its inception, ATS has served as an advocate for the trauma care system, trauma prevention programs, trauma care providers, and the victims of trauma and their families throughout the United States. Our goals are to prevent injury whenever possible, and to ensure optimal treatment of trauma when it does occur.


The work of the ATS reflects the new emphasis in healthcare on the dual goals of optimal health outcomes and improved patient satisfaction.  All of us, whatever our role in trauma care, would like to see the elimination of injury – certainly preventable injury.  We must also be realistic and we know that often injuries occur.  When they do – when they are life-threatening – our work kicks in.  As the cornerstone of the Society, ATS continues to serve our members and as well as trauma patients and their families.  The work of the ATS is to assist our care providers through our programs and services, in order to deliver the best care possible.  For our patient and families, we work to assist them during their medical care, and to continue service to them as they face many psychosocial issues rebuilding their lives after trauma.

As we move forward over the next year, we will continue to offer top quality education courses through our nationally recognized ATS Trauma Register Course and ATS Trauma Program Manager Course.  Our 2nd Trauma Course addresses a vital need of families – good communication with members of the trauma team. This course, which has been well received by hospitals, meets the needs of hospital residency programs to teach several of the core competencies of the American College of Graduate Medical Education.


Our Trauma Survivors Network continues to addresses the needs of patients and their families as they cope with not only the hospital stay but rebuilding their lives after the medical care has ended. Five years in the planning, this program is built on needs of patients and families as related to us – services and assistance they need that currently are not available. The Trauma Survivors Network provides those services and addresses those needs.


ATS has always had the trauma patient as its centerpiece.  ATS will continue serving its members, the public, the trauma patients and their families and the trauma care system to ensure the best trauma care is available throughout the U.S.

On behalf of the ATS Board of Directors and the ATS National Office Staff, we thank you for visiting our website.  We look forward to assisting you.


Ian Weston, MPP, QAS
Executive Director


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