Dr. David King, assistant professor of surgery at Harvard Medical School and a trauma and acute care surgeon at Massachusetts General Hospital Trauma Center, Boston, will visit Penn State Hershey in June as a visiting professor for the Department of Surgery. At 5 p.m. on June 11, King will present “A Radical Approach to Pre-hospital Treatment of Non-compressible Hemorrhage” at the Department of Surgery Trauma Grand Rounds. At 7 a.m. on June 12, King will share his personal experience from April 15, 2013 with “26.2 Lessons Learned from the Boston Marathon Bombings.” Both lectures will occur in the Junker Auditorium on the Penn State Hershey campus.
King’s administrative responsibilities include serving as associate director of Surgical Critical Care and the Acute Care Surgery Fellowship, as well as serving as director of the Knight Surgical Laboratory. He holds the rank of lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve and has served multiple combat deployments as an Army trauma surgeon in support of the global war on terror. His clinical interests include mass casualty rapid response, combat casualty care and shock resuscitation. King’s research is primarily devoted to novel hemostatics for intracavitary hemorrhage control and novel monitoring technologies for detection of occult injury. He has funded research support and grants from the Department of Defense and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.
On April 15, 2013, King crossed the finish line of the Boston Marathon with a time of 3 hours, 12 minutes. As he and his family headed for home, his cellphone began buzzing with texts inquiring if he was all right. At that time he was unaware that two pressure cooker bombs had exploded along the race course, killing three and injuring hundreds. Within minutes he arrived at the Massachusetts General Hospital and began a 32-hour stretch of surgery to help treat the victims.