Trauma Team

Our Trauma Team

The Trauma Trust Trauma Service is composed of trauma surgeons who are board-certified in both General Surgery and Surgical Critical Care as well as a dedicated group of Advance Practice Providers.  The Trauma Service manages the trauma patient’s care from the initial assessment in the emergency department, in the intensive care unit, on the general patient wards and through the continuum of care until discharge.  Subspecialists in orthopedic surgery, neurosurgery, plastic surgery, radiology, etc. are consulted as needed while the Trauma Service remains in charge of and coordinates the patient’s overall care.  After discharge the patient is seen once again in the outpatient Trauma Clinic where the healing process is monitored and re-evaluated.

The trauma surgeons also serve as consultants to other practitioners and clinical staff, as well as to the emergency medical services (EMS) community.

Meet Our Trauma Surgeons:

  • Caesar M. Ursic, MD, FACS
    Medical Director

    Dr Ursic received a B.S. in Biology/Chemistry from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, TX and his Medical degree from the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. He completed his General Surgery residency with the University of California San Francisco at Fresno, and a Surgical Critical Care fellowship at the Boston University Medical Center. He has served as Trauma Medical Director at several trauma centers including, the Alameda County Medical Center in Oakland, CA, the St. George Public Hospital in Sydney, Australia, and most recently the Queen’s Medical Center in Honolulu, HI.  Dr. Ursic is Board Certified in General Surgery and in Surgical Critical Care.

  • Thomas J Ferrer, MD

    Thomas J. Ferrer, M.D.received his B.S. from the University of Michigan and his M.D. from the University of Washington. He performed his Surgical Residency at the University of Arkansas, followed by his fellowship at University of Maryland Medical Center in Trauma and Surgical Critical Care. Dr. Ferrer is Board Certified in General Surgery and Surgical Critical Care. Dr. Ferrer is currently on staff at Trauma Trust as a Trauma / Critical Care Surgeon.

  • David Patterson, MD

    David K. Patterson graduated from the University of Colorado School of Medicine. He completed his surgical internship at the University of Oregon Health Sciences Center and his general surgery residency at Good Samaritan Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio. He assisted in the development of the Trauma and the Dialysis Vascular Access Surgery programs at San Luis Valley Regional Medical Center in Alamosa, CO. and the Acute Care Surgery Program at Trauma Trust. He is an attending trauma surgeon at Trauma Trust.

  • Aml M. Raafat MD, FACS

    Dr. Raafat received her medical degree from Wayne State University in Detroit, MI with High Distinction. She completed her general surgery residency, was a Fenech Surgical Research Fellow, and a Chief Administrative Resident at Wayne State University.  Her Surgical Critical Care Fellowship was completed at Tulane University in New Orleans. She was an Assistant Professor of Surgery at Tulane University Medical School and Trauma Faculty at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center. In 2004 she became the Senior Staff Physician for Trauma/ General Surgery, and Surgical Critical Care at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, MI. In 2005 she assumed the role of Associate Program Director for the Department of Surgery at Henry Ford Hospital and in 2009 became a Clinical Assistant Professor for the Wayne State University School of Medicine. Dr. Raafat has received numerous awards for teaching and has co-authored many articles in peer reviewed journals such as the Journal of Trauma, Trauma Quarterly and Surgery.  Dr. Raafat is board certified in general surgery and surgical critical care. She is an American College of Surgeons Fellow.

  • Long D. Tran, MD, FACS

    Dr. Tran received his medical degree from the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. He completed his general surgery residency at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and the University of Vermont College of Medicine. He completed his Surgical Critical Care Fellowship at the University of Connecticut Hartford Hospital. Dr. Tran is Board Certified in General Surgery and Surgical Critical Care and is an attending trauma and surgical critical care physician at Trauma Trust.

  • Cabrini Sutherland, MD, M.P.H.

    Dr. Cabrini LaRiviere Sutherland grew up in Western Washington and completed her undergraduate degree at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. She attended medical school at Ross University School of Medicine in the Caribbean, on the beautiful island of Dominica. After receiving her MD, she trained in Trauma and General Surgery at Louisiana State University in New Orleans, LA. During residency she returned home to complete two years of research at Seattle Children’s Hospital and earned her Master’s in Public Health at the University of Washington. During her research she focused on surgical best practices, clinical safety and outcomes, and improving quality of surgical care. She completed her fellowship training at the University of Michigan in Surgical Critical Care and returned to the Northwest to practice.  Dr. Sutherland is Board Certified in General Surgery and Surgical Critical Care

  • Jennifer Hubbard, MD, FACS

    Dr. Hubbard is board certified in Surgery and Surgical Critical Care. She earned her medical degree and completed her General Surgery residency at Loma Linda University. During residency she also finished her Pediatric Surgery Research fellowship at Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles. She then completed her Critical Care fellowship at both the Medical College of Wisconsin and Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin.  Dr. Hubbard has offered her services in multiple third world countries as a medical and surgical volunteer. Her interests include Transfusion Medicine, the Complex Abdomen, and Surgical Education. She has experience as an Associate Professor of Surgery teaching medical students, residents, and Surgical Critical Care and Acute Care Surgery fellows.

  • Paul Inouye, MD, FACS


    Dr. Inouye is board certified in General Surgery and Surgical Critical Care. Dr Inouye received a B.A. from Pomona College with a double major in International Relations and Biology. He then completed a Masters in Public Health at the University of California in Los Angeles at the Division of Epidemiology.  In 1990 he entered George Washington University School of Medicine where he received his medical degree. Dr. Inouye completed his general surgery residency at Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland and another general surgery residency at Episcopal Hospital in Philadelphia, PA.

    Dr. Inouye completed several fellowships as a research fellow for the American Cancer Society and Lahey Clinic in Burlington, Massachusetts.  He was a research student and technician for the Department of Pharmacology at UCLA.  He entered his surgical critical care fellowship at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey at Camden.

  • John K. Lam, MD

    Dr Lam obtained his medical degree from the Loma Linda University School of Medicine, in Loma Linda, California.  He completed his General Surgery residency at the Wayne State University / Detroit Medical Center in Detroit, MI. and has since practiced as a trauma and acute care general surgeon in several major hospitals in California, including the Kaiser Permanente Hospital in Vacaville and Enloe Medical Center in Chico.  Dr lam is certified by the American Board of Surgery and is also an active ATLS and Bleeding Control instructor.

  • Veronica Bustillo-Aruca, MD

    Dr Bustillo-Aruca graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Puerto Rico and went on to obtain her medical degree from the University of Maryland in Baltimore.  She then completed a general surgery residency with the Christiana Care Health System program in Newark, DE which was followed by a surgical critical care fellowship at the Christiana Care Hospital System in Wilmington, DE.  Prior to joining the Tacoma Trauma Trust Dr Bustillo-Aruca worked as a trauma and acute care surgeon in Las Vegas, NV.

  • Jamison S. Nielsen, DO, MBA, FACS

    Dr Nielsen obtained his undergraduate degree in zoology from the University of Washington in Seattle.  He obtained his medical degree from the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences and completed his general surgery residency at the Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu, Hawai’i.  A Surgical Critical Care fellowship was then obtained at the Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, OR.  Dr Nielsen most recently completed a burn surgery preceptorship at the US Army Institute of Surgical Research in San Antonio, TX.  He also obtained an MBA degree from the Rockhurst University Helzberg School of Management in Kansas City, MO.  He has distinguished himself with multiple military awards, including the Meritorious Service Medal and the Bronze Star Medal for his military service in the Middle East, to where he has been deployed as a trauma surgeon on multiple occasions.

Our 15 Advance Practice Providers on the Tacoma Trauma Team include:

Christopher Boeger, PA-C
Aaron Clancy, PA-C
Aaron Finley, PA-C
Shi Chian Khor, PA-C
Michael Melendez-Cortez, PA-C
Ralph Mitchell, PA-C
Katrina Flowers-Piercy, PA-C
Tyson Records, PA-C
Heena Rana, PA-C
Randy Templeton PA-C
Tiffany Crabb PA-C
Dawn Reynolds PA-C
Eric Webster, ARNP
Ken Hyde, PA-C
Elliott Collins PA-C
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