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Dr. Seibel's Leadership Helped Establish The Standard for Trauma Care

BUFFALO, NEW YORK: May 1, 2008-ECMC Corporation today held a dedication ceremony to rename the Burn Treatment Unit the "Roger W. Seibel, MD, Burn Treatment Center" in recognition of the late Dr. Seibel for his tremendous contributions to trauma and burn care. ECMC and University at Buffalo administrators, physicians, and nurses who worked with/for Dr. Seibel participated in the dedication ceremony.

The ceremony included an invocation offered by Rev. Dr. James A. Lewis III, Director of Pastoral Care, ECMC. Remarks were made by: Michael A. Young, M.H.A., F.A.C.H.E., President and Chief Executive Officer, ECMC Corporation; Merril T. Dayton, M.D., Chairman, Department of Surgery, State University of New York at Buffalo; John N. LaDuca, M.D., Attending Physician, Department of Surgery, ECMC; Linda Schwab, M.S., R.N., Trauma/Burn Program Coordinator, ECMC; and Kathleen H. Seibel, R.N. (wife of Dr. Seibel). Dedication comments were presented by William J. Flynn Jr., M.D., F.A.C.S., Interim Director of Surgery, Trauma and Burn, ECMC. The participants unveiled the plaque to be mounted in a prominent location within the Burn Center. Guided tours of Burn Center were provided immediately following the ceremony.

A native of Lancaster, New York, Dr. Roger W. Seibel received his under­graduate degree from the University of Vermont (1962). He returned to Buffalo to attend Medical School at the State University of New York at Buffalo (1966). After graduating, he began his surgical residency at the Edward J. Meyer Memorial Hospital, the forerunner of today's Erie County Medical Center. His residency was interrupted by service in the United States Air Force, which included a tour in Vietnam where he developed a keen interest in Trauma and Burn Care. Upon his return to Buffalo, he completed his surgical residency under the direction of Dr. John Border. This residency proved to be a pioneering experience in which Dr. Seibel, his colleagues, and mentors embarked upon clinical research which transformed the management of the multi-trauma patient. Today, these practices are universally accepted as the standard of trauma care.

Dr. Seibel remained at ECMC throughout his career, making Buffalo and ECMC his home. He rose to leadership in the Department of Surgery at the University of Buffalo as a Clinical Professor of Surgery and as ECMC's Clinical Chief of Surgery and Clinical Director of Trauma and Burn Services. The ECMC Lifeline Foundation recognized Dr. Seibel for his tremendous contributions to ECMC by honoring him at their annual Springfest dinner event (1995).

Dr. Seibel developed an exceptional "burn team" by setting high, uncompromised standards that focused on providing the best care for patients. He showed respect for each member of the team, including every discipline in the development of a patient's plan of care and giving recognition when it was due. Through his example, Dr. Seibel inspired scores of residents to become good surgeons. He fostered a culture of trauma care, which has become the essence of ECMC's Regional Trauma and Burn Center. His leadership at the Regional and State level helped ECMC to achieve the best trauma survival rates in New York State. His work as part of the New York State Trauma Advisory Committee helped to build a robust statewide trauma system. Dr. Seibel was recognized by his peers when he was named Chairman of the New York State Committee on Trauma by the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Seibel was also recognized by the American Trauma Society as New York State's Trauma Director of Distinction (2006). Though he often talked of retiring, Dr. Seibel remained actively involved in clinical practice until his death in 2007. His devotion to ECMC was unwavering. Until his death, Dr. Seibel lived with his wife, Kathleen, in Eggertsville, New York, where Kathleen continues to reside today.

To continue Dr. Seibel's tradition of training resident's to be master surgeons and leaders in American Surgery, the Roger W. Seibel, M.D., Memorial Resident's Fund has been established by the University at Buffalo Department of Surgery.

ECMC's Regional Burn Treatment Center is the only unit of its kind in Western New York. Established in 1989, the Burn Center offers 24-hour-a-day care by a specially trained burn healthcare team. The Burn Center provides extensive rehabilitation programs and comprehensive psychosocial support. It is an integral part of ECMC's renowned trauma care services. An outpatient wound clinic is also accessible by appointment seven-days-a-week.

The ECMC Corporation includes an advanced academic medical center (ECMC) with 550 inpatient beds and 136 skilled-nursing-home beds, on- and off-campus health centers, over 40 outpatient specialty care clinics and the Erie County Home, a skilled nursing facility. ECMC is the regional center for trauma, burn care, rehabilitation and is a major teaching facility for the State University of New York at Buffalo. Most ECMC physicians, dentists and pharmacists are dedicated faculty members of the University. More Western New York residents are choosing ECMC for exceptional patient care and customer service provided as a result of its Culture of Care.

NEWS CONTACT: Joe Cirillo at 716-898-4300 or jcirillo@ecmc.edu

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