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Michael L. Nance, MD

Dr. Nance is currently the Josephine J. and John M. Templeton, Jr.  Professor of Pediatric Surgery at the University of Pennsylvania. He has had a career long interest in trauma beginning in medical school at Louisiana State University and The Charity Hospital of New Orleans.  This interest was fostered during surgical training at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania as was his interest in pediatric surgery.  These two areas have come together at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia where Dr. Nance is the Director of the Pediatric Trauma Program and a busy academic pediatric general surgeon.  During his academic career, Dr. Nance has focused research efforts primarily on pediatric trauma care with study of such issues as pediatric firearm injury, solid organ injury, access to trauma care and mild traumatic brain injury.  Dr. Nance has held leadership positions in local and regional organizations as well as nationally in APSA, EAST and the ACS-COT.

Kate Patrizzi, APN, RN, CEN

Kate Patrizzi is currently the Clinical Nurse Specialist for AtlantiCare Health System’s three emergency departments.  She has five years of experience as an Emergency Department CNS and has worked in Emergency Nursing for eight years.  Prior to coming to AtlantiCare, Ms. Patrizzi was the Clinical Nurse Specialist in the Emergency Department at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center.   Kate received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Pennsylvania in 2004 and her Master’s of Science in Nursing in 2007, also from the University of Pennsylvania.  Ms. Patrizzi is an active member of the Emergency Nurses’ Association, serving on national committees including the Education Committee and Position Statement Review Committee.

Kelly M. Willman, MD

Kelly M. Willman, MD was born in Syracuse, NY. She received her undergraduate at Siena College in Loudonville, NY, where she graduated with a B.S. in Biology. She attended SUNY Upstate Medical University and earned her M.D. in 2005. She completed her training in General Surgery at Drexel University College of Medicine at Hahnemann Hospital in Philadelphia and then relocated to New Orleans, LA to complete her fellowship in Trauma/Surgical Critical Care. In 2012, she became board certified in Surgical Critical Care. Dr. Willman now resides in Northfield, NJ with her husband, Dr. Adam Saad, and her two children, Isabella and Andrew. She is currently a full-time Trauma/ Surgical Critical Care Physician at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center in Atlantic City, NJ.

Dr. Brian Acunto

Dr. Brian Acunto is a graduate of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic medicine. His training is in Emergency Medicine at Lehigh Valley Hospital and Health Network in Allentown, PA. He spent a year at Lincoln Medical Center in the Bronx, NY and was named teacher of the year by the Emergency Medicine residents. Currently employed as an attending physician at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center both Mainland and City Division.

Dr. Christopher Koebbe, Lt. Col., USAF, MC

Dr. Koebbe, an active duty lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Air Force, is the only dual-trained vascular neurosurgeon in San Antonio.  He provides comprehensive evaluation and treatment of vascular disorders of the nervous system via endovascular and/or open surgical techniques.  Raised an Air Force “brat” from coast to coast, Dr. Koebbe completed his pre-medicine studies graduating magna cum laude as a member of the Jesuit honor society Alpha Sigma Nu from Xavier University in Cincinnati, OH.  He was awarded distinguished graduate of Air Force ROTC and ultimately received his medical degree as a member of the medical honor society Alpha Omega Alpha from the University of Cincinnati.  He received his neurosurgical residency training at the University of Pittsburgh and Thomas Jefferson University with combined cerebrovascular and endovascular neurosurgery fellowship training at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, one of the highest volume vascular neurosurgery centers in the world. 

Prior to moving to San Antonio, he participated in over 500 neurovascular procedures under the guidance of an endovascular neurosurgery pioneer, Dr. Robert Rosenwasser.  Dr. Koebbe in one of less than 100 neurosurgeons nationally skilled in performing cerebral aneurysm coiling and clip ligation, intracranial and carotid angioplasty/stenting, embolization/ resection/radiosurgery of brain and spinal AVMs and fistulas as well as tumor embolization.  He has become a leader within the regional civilian and military nmedical community and was instrumental in developing the first and only comprehensive stroke program in south Texas with the Brain and Stroke Network at Baptist Health System.

Dr. Koebbe’s research interests are in clinical outcomes of Neuroform stent assisted aneurysm coiling as well as Wingspan intracranial stenting for stroke, allowing him to be the only neurosurgeon in the region to utilize these devices.  He is a participant in ongoing NIH funded clinical trials evaluating new treatments of hemorrhagic and ischemic stroke including use of t-PA and the Merci retrieval device.  Dr. Koebbe is an academic leader having published articles in numerous neurosurgical journals and has given presentations nationally on his expertise with brain aneurysm and stroke treatments.  He is an active member of the Bexar County Medical Society, Texas Medical Association, Texas Association of Neurosurgeons, Congress of Neurological Surgery and American Association of Neurological Surgeons.

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