Tag: trauma surgeons

A Few Words on Guns

As I mentioned in my earlier post, over 1000 people, 1000 Americans, have died since the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Those of you who follow this blog know that I am a trauma surgeon. We trauma surgeons have this annoying habit of always trying to do better. We look at our outcomes, both our good cases and our bad cases, and try to see what we could have done better. Should that patient have gone to the operating room sooner? Did that patient need antibiotics? It is because of these kinds of questions that centers around the country

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CEO works one day and makes $44 million

Bill Johnson, the CEO of Progress Energy ,was going to be the Co-CEO of the combined Duke-Progress Energy company, but things didn’t work out and poor Bill will have to pocket $44 million for being CEO for one day. That’s pretty good work if you can get it.  I put in a full month as a trauma surgeon and I don’t get $44 million. If I put in a full year, I’m still not getting $44 million for my troubles. As a matter of fact, I can get over 100 trauma surgeons to work for a year and still have money

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MLK Day Celebration

I was honored to speak at the MLK Day celebration here in Asheville. The day was cold but the hearts were warm. It was great to see so many kids (even kids from the Christ School showed up). I really appreciate the invite. From ACT: Hundreds of community members took inspiration from Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday by asking themselves: What are we doing for others? In light of the recent shooting in Arizona, local trauma surgeon and Peace March and Rally guest speaker Errington Thompson used the opportunity as a rallying cry to improve the nation’s mental health services.

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Errington C. Thompson, MD

Dr. Thompson is a surgeon, scholar, full-time sports fan and part-time political activist. He is active in a number of community projects and initiatives. Through medicine, he strives to improve the physical health of all he treats.


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