Ernest E. Moore Resident Prize for Basic Science Research

ERNEST E. MOORE, M.D. F.A.C.S., M.C.C.M., F.A.C.N., F.A.C.E.P. (HON), F.R.C.S. ED. (HON) F.R.C.S.T.(HON), F.R.C.S.I.(HON), F.E.B.S. EM SURG (HON) first attended the WTA in 1977 and was the 19th president in 1989. He was the first member to sponsor surgical residents at the WTA and negotiated an affiliate society status of the WTA with the Journal of Trauma in 1985. Dr Moore was the Chief of Trauma at the Denver General Hospital for 36 years, Chief of Surgery for 28 years, the first Rockwell Distinguished Chair in Trauma Surgery, and a Distinguished Professor of Surgery at the University of Colorado Denver. Under Dr. Moore’s leadership, the Denver General became internationally recognized for innovative care of the injured patient, and its trauma research laboratory has been funded by the NIH for 30 consecutive years. His team has made seminal contributions in defining the lethal triad of trauma induced coagulopathy, the two hit model of multiple organ failure, the role of mesenteric lymph in post-shock lung injury, and the pathophysiology of fibrinolysis shutdown. In July 2018, the center was renamed the Ernest E Moore Shock Trauma Center at Denver Health.

Dr. Moore has served as president of nine academic societies, including the Society of University Surgeons, American Association for the Surgery of Trauma, International Association for the Trauma and Surgical Intensive Care, and the World Society of Emergency Surgery; and was Vice President for the American Surgical Association. His awards include the Robert Danis Prize from the Society of International Surgeons, Orazio Campione Prize from the World Society of Emergency Surgery, Philip Hench Award from the University of Pittsburgh, Florence Sabin Award from the University of Colorado, Medallion for Scientific Achievement from the American Surgical Association, Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society of University Surgeons, Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Heart Association, Distinguished Investigator Award from the American College of Critical Medicine, Distinguished Investigator Award from the Shock Society, and Lifetime Service Award from the International Association for Trauma and Surgical Intensive Care. He has honorary fellowships in the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, the Royal College of Surgeons of Thailand; and is an honorary member of the Brazilian Trauma Society, Colombian Trauma Society, European Society for Trauma and Emergency Surgery, and Trauma Association of Canada.

Dr. Moore is coeditor of the textbook Trauma, in its 9th edition, Surgical Secrets in its 7th edition, and Trauma Induced Coagulopathy, in its 2nd edition; he has >1700 publications and has lectured extensively throughout the world. He is married to Sarah Van Duzer Moore, M.D., an internist at the University of Colorado Denver, and they have two sons; Hunter, a chief surgical resident at UCD and Peter, a pulmonary fellow at UCD. Dr. Moore’s additional interests include endurance sports, mountaineering, skiing, and wapiti pursuit. He lives by the principle to work hard you must play hard, with the understanding that family is the ultimate priority.

The Ernest E. Moore Resident Prize for Basic Science Research has been established to encourage residents to become surgeon researchers. Dr. “Gene” Moore has been a major factor in the academic growth of the Western Trauma Association by encouraging resident attendance and participation in the program at the Annual Meeting of the WTA. Abstracts eligible for this award are submitted to the Program Committee for resident prize status presentation at the annual meeting of the Weswtern Trauma Association. A manuscript must be submitted to the Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery in advance of the meeting for consideration of publication. The manuscript and presentation are judged with first and second place cash prizes and recognition given at the annual WTA annual banquet. The first place resident’s name is listed in the annual meeting program book.

Ernest E. Moore Resident Prize for Basic Science Research
Previous Recipients

Year Place Resident Institution
2019 1st Anders Davidson, M.D. University of California, Davis, Sacramento, CA
2019 2nd Ben Biesterveld, M.D. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
2020 1st Zachary Matthay, M.D. Univ of California San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
2020 2nd Navpreet Dhillon, M.D. Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA