ETMC welcomes new trauma medical director

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - Stephen Gale, MD, has joined East Texas Medical Center Tyler as the new medical director of trauma services.

Dr. Gale graduated from the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Chicago in 1996 and completed his surgical residency at the University of Arizona College of Medicine in 2003. He also completed fellowships in trauma surgery and surgical critical care at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in Philadelphia.

He has worked as a trauma surgeon and surgical intensivist in both academic and private practice settings in Houston, Phoenix and most recently in New Jersey, on the faculty at the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School as an assistant professor of surgery.

Dr. Gale is board certified by the American Board of Surgery in both general surgery and in surgical critical care. He is active in clinical research and in national surgical societies. He has received several awards and honors including the 2010 Outstanding Trauma Surgeon Award in Arizona.

Dr. Gale is accompanied by his wife, Katie, a native of Texarkana, and his children, Nicholas, Jacob and Ellie.

ETMC Tyler's trauma surgeons also include Dr. John Berne, Dr. Clinton Pace, Dr. Darrell Alley and Dr. LaShonda Williams.

ETMC Tyler is the region's first and only Level 1 Trauma Center serving East Texas. ETMC Tyler sees close to 50,000 emergency patient visits annually at its central emergency and trauma center each year, plus an additional 23,000 patient visits at the South Broadway emergency center. As the hub of ETMC's regional trauma network, the facility works with ETMC EMS, ETMC Air 1 emergency helicopters, ETMC's trauma-designated hospitals across the region and a host of first responders in helping ensure that East Texans have emergency care when and where it is needed.