Dr Brent Norris is the Co-Director of the ortho trauma rotation. He is a medical school graduate of the Medical College of Georgia, and completed his orthopedic residency at University of North Carolina.
Dr Norris graduated from the Carolinas Medical Center trauma fellowship in 1996. He was on faculty at the University of Tennessee before coming to Tulsa, and is a clinical assistant professor in the OU Department of orthopedics. He lectures at trauma symposiums, and is a dedicated educator/clinician. Dr. Norris responded to Haiti after the recent earthquake to provide trauma care to the multitudes of injured in very austere conditions.
"Traumatic orthopedic injuries are commonly first seen in our Emergency Departments across the country. It is vital that emergency physicians be able to evaluate, diagnose, and ultimately describe traumatic injuries to their orthopaedic colleagues. This will facilitate appropriate early treatment and help ensure the best possible outcomes for the patient."
"As Co-Director of the Orthopaedic Trauma Service at St. John Medical Center, I have been very pleased with the professionalism and the willingness of the OUDEM residents to participate in the care of my patients. The St. John Orthopaedic Trauma Service can be quite busy and the EM residents that rotate with us have been a welcomed asset. EM residents help perform consults on patients in the ED, assist us in surgery, and perform procedures (like fracture and joint reductions, placement of traction pins, and repair of traumatic lacerations). Following their month on our service, we have found that the EM residents continue to provide quality care to our future patients while they are in the ED. They apply the knowledge that they have gained while on our service to facilitate early and appropriate care to the patients that will eventually be on the St. John Orthopaedic Trauma Service. The principles that the EM residents take away from this portion of their training will pay dividends after graduation from the program, by improving communication with their orthopedic consultants and ultimately optimizing quality of care for patients with traumatic orthopedic injuries."