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Orlando C. Kirton, MD, FACS, FCCM, FCCP

I am a graduate of Brown University and Harvard medical School. I currently hold the administrative positions of the Ludwig J. Pyrtek, MD, Chair in Surgery,  and Director of Surgery at Hartford Hospital,  Chief of General Surgery at Hartford Hospital - leadership positions  I have occupied since 2004. I am also Associate Director of the Surgical Intensive Care Unit at Hartford Hospital.    My academic titles at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine are Professor of Surgery and Vice Chairman of the Department of Surgery.  In addition, I am the Program Director of the University of Connecticut School of Medicine Integrated General Surgery Residency Program. 

 At the University of Miami, School of Medicine, I attained the academic rank of Associate Professor of Surgery.  In 1999, I departed the University of Miami, School of Medicine to join the Faculty at Hartford Hospital and the University of Connecticut School of Medicine as Associate Director of Surgery [at Hartford Hospital], Associate Professor of Surgery, and Associate Residency Program Director.  I achieved the  academic  rank of Professor of Surgery at the University  in July 2003 and became the Ludwig J. Pyrtek, MD, Chair in Surgery and Director of Surgery at Hartford Hospital in 2004 following a national search.

I am a member of several prestigious organizations including the Society of University Surgeons, the American Association for Surgery of Trauma, the Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma, the Association of Academic Surgeons, the New England Surgical Society, Society of Academic Surgeons, the American Medical Association, the American College of Chest Physicians, and the Society of Critical Care Medicine.  I am a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma, the American College of Critical Care Medicine, the American College of Chest Physicians, and the American Surgical Association. 

I have served on the Board of Directors of five national and regional surgical organizations that include the Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma (EAST), the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM), the Surgical Section of the National Medical Association (NMA), the Connecticut Chapter of the American College of Surgeons, and the Society of Black Academic surgeons. I have served on the annual scientific program committees of each of these organizations; being Chair of the program committee of the of the Society of Critical Care Medicine, the National Medical Association,  and the Society of black Academic Surgeons. I  am past   President of the Surgical Section of the National Medical Association and  past  President of   Connecticut Chapter of the American College of Surgeons.  I have been honored to be appointed Chairperson of the Membership Committees of all 5 named national and regional organizations.

I was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha National Medical Honor Society at the University of Miami School of Medicine in 1996.  In 1997, I received the Teacher of the Year Award from the Medical School of the University of Miami.  Also in 1997, I received the Impact on Practice Award from Jackson Memorial Hospital Medical Center, Miami Florida.  In 1998-1999, I was voted the Outstanding Senior Attending Faculty member of the Department of Surgery, University of Miami School of Medicine.  I won the Best Teacher Award at the University of Connecticut Integrated General Surgery Residency in 2002.   In addition, I received the Distinguished Service Award from the Society of Critical Care Medicine.   This award recognizes my exceptional leadership contributions that have furthered the vision and mission of the Society and will be awarded February 2, 2009.

In the community, I was awarded the 2007 Connecticut General Assembly Citation in recognition for my selection for the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc Certificate of Achievement.  The certificate was presented for distinguished service in the community as Chair and Director of Surgery at Hartford Hospital.  I have also served as the Medical Director for the Capitol Area United Way Campaign, in Hartford, Connecticut  from 2006 to 2011 and was on the Board of Directors for  the Capital Area United way from 2009-2011. 

During my tenures at Hartford Hospital/ University of Connecticut and Jackson Memorial Hospital/ University of Miami, Department of Surgery, I have mentored over  40 Trauma and Critical Care Fellows and over 120 graduating chief residents. I have published  24 book chapters, 2 books, 67 peer- reviewed publications and 72 regional, national and international  meeting abstracts