Trauma experts from across the country work with high school students on injury prevention and safe driving

January 11, 2016

Outreach effort coincides with meeting of the Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma (EAST)

BACKGROUND: The Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma (EAST), representing nearly 2,000 medical professionals involved in the care of the injured patient, will educate students at Thomas Jefferson High School on the dangers of distracted and impaired driving and other injury prevention topics. The campus was selected because faculty and students have been enthusiastic partners with University Health System in past injury prevention initiatives. The daylong Community Outreach Program coincides with the 29th EAST Annual Scientific Assembly in San Antonio, taking place Jan. 12-16. More than 50 trauma medical care providers who will be attending the EAST Annual Scientific Assembly, trauma nurses from throughout the region, staff from University Health System and local law enforcement officers will take part in the daylong outreach program. 

EAST holds a Scientific Assembly annually in January.  Since 2012, EAST — along with its partners, the Society of Trauma Nurses and the American Trauma Society — has conducted a Community Outreach Program at an area high school in the city hosting the Annual Scientific Assembly. This program has educated more than 1,500 high-school-age students. For additional details on the program and to view videos from past programs, please visit the EAST website at


Alexander Eastman, MD, MPH, EAST Injury Control and Violence Prevention Section Chair, UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX and member of the Dallas Police Department

Shannon Foster, MD, EAST Community Outreach Program Co-Chair, Reading Health System/University of Pennsylvania

Lillian Liao, MD, Pediatric Trauma and Burn Director, University Hospital


Juniors and seniors will hear a presentation from surgeons and trauma survivors at general assembly at 9 a.m., students will simulate drunk and distracted driving from 10 to 11 a.m., outdoor sessions including AirLife and a Texas Department of Transportation rollover simulator will take place from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.


9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 12


Thomas Jefferson High School, 723 Donaldson Ave., San Antonio

News media representatives wishing to cover the event should contact Jennifer Northway, director of adult and pediatric injury prevention at University Health System, at 393-6650 when they arrive.