RANCHO SANTA FE — Rancho Santa Fe resident A. Brent Eastman was elected chairman of the Board of Regents of the American College of Surgeons during the college’s annual Clinical Congress in Chicago in October.
A general, vascular, and trauma surgeon, Eastman is chief medical officer of Scripps Health and the N. Paul Whittier endowed chair of trauma at Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla. He is also a clinical professor of surgery-trauma at UCSD.
In his role as chairman of the Board of Regents, Eastman will work closely with the ACS executive director and will chair the regents’ Finance and Executive Committees. The college’s 22-member Board of Regents formulates policy and is ultimately responsible for managing the affairs of the college. The board’s diversity and the variety of experiences and interests among its members enable the regents to represent views related to myriad issues in contemporary surgery.
Eastman has been instrumental in the development of trauma systems worldwide. He is one of the co-founders of San Diego County’s trauma system and has lectured and helped put trauma systems into place in countries including the U.S., England, Argentina, Canada, Mexico, Australia, Brazil, South Africa, India and Pakistan. He participated in the ACS/AAST Distinguished Visiting Surgeon in Combat Casualty Program at the United States military hospital, the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Landstuhl, Germany in July 2007. He subsequently was granted and assigned the distinction of honorary member of the United States Army Medical Regiment, by order of the U.S. surgeon general.
A fellow of the ACS since 1976, Eastman began serving on the college’s Board of Regents in 2001. In addition to serving as a regent, Eastman has been an active member of many college committees, particularly the college’s Committee on Trauma, or COT. He helped create and was the first chair of the COT Trauma System Consultation Committee and is an instructor for the internationally renowned Advanced Trauma Life Support™ course. In addition to chairing the COT, Eastman has chaired the college’s Scholarship Committee and Central Judiciary Committee.
Eastman received his medical degree in 1966 from the UCSF, where he also completed a surgical internship and residency and served as chief surgical resident.