Nationally Renowned Trauma Surgeon Is Grady’s New Chief Of Acute Care Surgery

Nationally renowned trauma surgeon Dr. Peter Rhee has been named Grady Memorial Hospital’s new Chief of Acute Care Surgery and Medical Director of the Marcus Trauma Center. Rhee will begin work in June. He comes to Grady from the University of Arizona where he served as Chief of Trauma, Critical Care, Burn and Emergency Surgery and was a professor of surgery.

A 1983 summa cum laude graduate of Georgia Tech with a Bachelor of Science in Health System Engineering, Rhee received his medical degree from Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, Maryland. He holds a Masters of Public Health from the University of Washington and a diploma in the Medical Care of Catastrophes from the Society of Apothecaries of London. Rhee completed a fellowship in trauma and critical care at the University of Washington’s Harborview Medical Center and is double boarded in general surgery and surgical critical care.

“We are extremely excited to have a surgeon of Dr. Rhee’s extraordinary talents and experience join the Grady medical leadership team,” said Dr. Robert Jansen, Executive Vice President, Chief Medical Officer and Chief of Staff, Grady Health System. “Under his direction, Grady’s already outstanding trauma services will advance to an even higher level of care.”

Rhee is a retired U.S. Navy Captain, with 24 years of active duty. He served in Afghanistan and Iraq during Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. A founding member of the Tactical Combat Casualty Care Committee, Rhee serves on national steering and research committees including the Defense Health Board’s Subcommittee on Trauma & Injury and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s blood products advisory committee.

A member of the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma, Rhee is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, a Fellow of Critical Care Medicine and a member of several associations including the American Surgical Association, American Association for the Surgery of Trauma, the Association for Academic Surgery, the Society of Critical Care and the Shock Society. He has authored or co-authored more than 350 peer reviewed publications, 20 book chapters and 3 books.

About Grady Health System
Grady Health System is one of the largest safety net health systems in the United States. Grady consists of the 953-bed Grady Memorial Hospital, six neighborhood health centers, Crestview Health & Rehabilitation Center, and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Hughes Spalding, which is operated as a Children’s affiliate.

With its nationally acclaimed emergency medical services, Grady has the premier level I trauma center in the Metro Atlanta region and serves as the 911 ambulance provider for the city of Atlanta. Grady’s American Burn Association/American College of Surgeons verified Burn Center is one of only two in the state. And the Marcus Stroke and Neuroscience Center is a Joint Commission designated Advanced Comprehensive Stroke Center.

Other key services include Grady’s Regional Perinatal Center with its Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Georgia’s first Cancer Center for Excellence, The Avon Breast Health Center, the Georgia Comprehensive Sickle Cell Center, and the Ponce de Leon Center – one of the top three HIV/AIDS outpatient clinics in the country.