Eskenazi Health has appointed Ben Zarzaur Jr. medical director of the Smith Level I Shock Trauma Center. He is also currently an associate professor, director of the Center for Outcomes Research in Surgery and vice-chair for Clinical Research in the Department of Surgery at the Indiana University School of Medicine. Zarzaur previously served as an associate professor of Surgery at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis, where he worked at one of the busiest trauma centers in the U.S. He started his professional career as an assistant professor of Surgery at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill in 2004. While at Chapel Hill, he completed a Masters in Public Health in Epidemiology at the School of Public Health at the University of North Carolina. In 2006, he moved to the University of Tennessee Health Science Center as an assistant professor of Surgery where he rose through the academic ranks to obtain tenure and the rank of associate professor. While in Memphis, Zarzaur also served as an assistant professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine and he as an adjunct professor at the University of Memphis School of Public Health. He is a graduate of the University of Alabama School of Medicine in Birmingham and received his baccalaureate degree from Spring Hill College in Mobile, Alabama. Zarzaur completed both his internship in 1997 and residency in general surgery in 2003 at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. He will replace Gerardo Gomez, who is ending his 26-year run as the medical director of the Smith Level I Shock Trauma Center at Eskenazi Health. During his lengthy tenure, Gomez made an immeasurable impact on trauma care at Eskenazi Health as well as across the state of Indiana and beyond.

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