Charles C. Wolferth, Jr., MD, nationally know surgeon and medical trauma expert, spearheaded a state law that created the Pennsylvania Trauma System Foundation. He battled for decades to develop a foundation that would monitor the quality of care in hospital trauma centers. His goal was to help prevent victims from dying needlessly during that "golden hour" - the first 60 minutes of care that can make the difference between life and death. Ultimately, the foundation became a model for other states.
"Dr. Wolferth created a model that no other state can match," said Dr. C William Schwab, Chief of Trauma and Critical Care Surgery at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Known as the "surgeon's surgeon," Schwab said, "there was no one better."
Dr. Wolferth was head of the department of surgery at Graduate Hospital when he retired in 1998. During his 44-year career, he was department head, surgeon and teacher at HUP, Hahnamann University and Presbyterian Hospitals, and other medical centers. He was a member of 56 medical societies and the recipient of numerous awards, including the prestigious National Safety Council Surgeons Award for Services to Safety in 2000.
Dr. Wolferth was the chief architect of the Point/Counterpoint Acute Care Surgery Conference.
All conference proceeds are used to fund resident research and education.
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