Dr. Steven Brooks
Dr. Steven Brooks, Trauma Surgeon
Dr. Steven Brooks (AUC Class of 2005) graduated from Occidental College in Los Angeles, California and detoured from advanced education for five years to play professional football in the NFL for the L.A./St. Louis Rams, San Francisco 49’ers, New Orleans Saints, Detroit Lions and Washington Redskins. In the off-season Dr. Brooks was also a professional actor, appearing in several episodes of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Beverly Hills 90210, HBO’s Arliss and the movie Space Jam.
Dr. Brooks inevitably followed his passion to become a doctor and matriculated to AUC School of Medicine in 2001. Dr. Brooks completed his general surgery residency at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas, where he was named the Raleigh-Ross Outstanding Resident by the Texas Surgical Society. While chief resident at Texas Tech, he was the recipient of the 2010 American College of Surgeons Resident Award for Exemplary Teaching. Although the American College of Surgeons (ACS) had met annually for the previous 96 years, Dr. Brooks was only the 8th recipient of the award.
He completed two additional years of fellowship at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, where he trained in Trauma Surgery, Surgical Critical Care and Acute Care Surgery. He received the Vanderbilt University Adult Emergency Department Advocate Award for “representing the highest ideals of patient advocacy and professionalism with patients and Emergency Department Physicians.” In 2016 he was recieved the “South Plains Emergency Medical Service (SPEMS) Physician of the Year” award from the Trauma Area B Regional Advisory Council (B-RAC).
Dr. Brooks is board certified in both General Surgery and Surgical Critical Care, and has returned to Texas Tech University Medical Center in Lubbock, where he is now the Assistant Trauma Medical Director, Director of the Geriatric Trauma Unit and Surgical Director of the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit.
Dr. Brooks is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS), and a member of the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma (AAST) and the International College of Surgeons.
Read more about Dr. Brooks in this Lubbock News-Avalanche profile from 2016.
DNP, MBA, RN, WHNP-BC, NEA-BC
Maureen Sintich, DNP, MBA, RN, WHNP-BC, NEA-BC
Dr. Sintich currently serves as the senior vice president and network chief nurse officer of Hackensack Meridian, an integrated network of 13 hospitals throughout the state of New Jersey. She works within the patient, nursing and organizational spheres to improve patient outcomes, advance the patient experience and innovate throughout their many locations. She introduced the “High Reliability Organizational” concept to her team, which encourages the intentional practices of peer coaching, staff recognition and maintaining a caring connection between staff and patients – they call it being “Heartwired.”
Dr. Sintich’s vision for the future of nursing has included developments for both novice and experienced nurses. She led the development of a nurse residency program, which has seen almost 300 newly graduated RNs transition to their role as professional nurses with confidence and competence. She was also instrumental in the formation of both Operating Room and Emergency Department Academies, which have enabled experienced nurses to acquire the knowledge and skills to effectively transition to these teams. In addition, Dr. Sintich supported the development of the Nurse Educator Academy, a program dedicated to the formation of new nurse educators.
Even though her role is to the serve all the facilities in their network, Dr. Sintich still makes time to coach staff in individual facilities, not only as an administrator, but more importantly, as a nurse – with patient care as the crux of decision-making and the promotion of collaboration between acute care and outpatient services.
Dr. Sintich holds undergraduate nursing degrees from Indiana University and the University of South Alabama. She earned a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston and holds a post graduate certificate from the University of South Alabama as a Family Nurse Practitioner. She earned a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from the University of North Carolina, Greensboro, and completed the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree program at Chamberlain University in December 2016.
Chamberlain congratulates Maureen Sintich on all of her success as an extraordinary nurse and leader in her field.
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Dr. Amesh Adalja
Dr. Amesh Adalja, Infectious Disease Expert
Dr. Adalja (AUC Class of 2002) is a Senior Associate at the Johns Hopkins University Center for Health Security. He also serves on the City of Pittsburgh’s HIV Commission. He is board certified in internal medicine, emergency medicine, infectious diseases, and critical care medicine.
Dr. Adalja is currently a member of the National Quality Forum’s Infectious Disease Standing Committee, the Infectious Diseases Society of America’s (IDSA) Diagnostics Committee. He is also a member of the American College of Emergency Physicians Pennsylvania Chapter’s EMS & Terrorism and Disaster Preparedness Committee as well as the Allegheny County Medical Reserve Corps. He was formerly a member of the IDSA Public Health Committee and the US Department of Health and Human Services’ National Disaster Medical System, with which he was deployed to Haiti after the 2010 earthquake and also selected for their mobile acute care strike team. He has also served on US government panels tasked with developing guidelines for the treatment of botulism and anthrax in mass casualty settings, the system of care for infectious disease emergencies, as well as a FEMA working group on nuclear disaster recovery. Dr. Adalja is an Associate Editor of the journal Health Security (formerly Biosecurity and Bioterrorism). He was a contributing author for the Handbook of Bioterrorism and Disaster Medicine, and he has published in such journals as the New England Journal of Medicine, the Journal of Infectious Diseases, Emerging Infectious Diseases, and the Annals of Emergency Medicine. He also has served as a book reviewer for JAMA.
Dr. Adalja is a Fellow of the Infectious Diseases Society of America (for whom he serves as a media spokesperson), the American College of Physicians, and the American College of Emergency Physicians. He is a member of various medical societies, including the American Medical Association, the HIV Medicine Association, and the Society of Critical Care Medicine.
Dr. Adalja completed two fellowships at the University of Pittsburgh—one in infectious diseases, for which he served as chief fellow, and one in critical care medicine. He completed a combined residency in internal medicine and emergency medicine at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, where he served as chief resident and as a member of the infection control committee.