Dr. David H. Livingston Elected President of  AAST,  Leading Advancing the Science of Trauma 

Dr. David H. Livingston of University Hospital Newark was elected President of the American Association for Surgery and Trauma. He began serving as President in September and will present his presidential address at the AAST meeting October 2022 in Chicago. 

World-Renowned Trauma Surgeon and Issue Advocate 

Dr. Livingston is a world-renowned trauma surgeon and is also the Wesley J. Howe Professor of Surgery and is the Chief of Trauma and Surgical Critical Care at the at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School. He is an advocate of trauma issues and has been an active voice in the organization of New Jersey's trauma system. He led the founding  of the Center for Trauma Survivorship at University Hospital, which supports trauma survivors and care-givers with ongoing physical and psychological care. He is also a leading supporter of the University Hospital Violence Intervention Program and regularly engages the Newark community in safety and violence prevention.  

President and CEO of University Hospital Dr. Shereef Elnahal  said: "We congratulate Dr. Livingston on this incredible honor, which serves as a true testament to his leadership and impact in the trauma field. As the Level  1 Trauma Center for not just the Newark community, but all of northern New Jersey, we have an obligation to recruit the most talented and compassionate leaders in the field. Dr. Livingston fits that bill and more. We are incredibly proud of his accomplishments, and are fortunate to have his leadership here at University Hospital and now as a voice on the international stage." 

Dr. David H. Livingston Providing Leadership of International  AAST Organization 

The American Association for Surgery and Trauma is an internationally known organization dedicated to advancing the science of trauma, critical surgical care, and emergency surgery. It was founded in 1937 and now serves an international membership of 1,200 trauma professionals in 30 countries.  

"As injury is now the leading cause of death in people under 45 years of age worldwide, the public health issues are truly global in scope," Dr. Livingston said. "I look forward to leading this amazing organization that has such talented individuals to further the AAST's scientific and educational achievements across the country and around the world."