Area scientific community, armed forces hold SURF ’17

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— The San Antonio Military Health System & Universities Research Forum (SURF) takes place June 16 at UTSA and is free.

— This important forum is open to armed forces personnel and area scientists/clinicians and trainees.

— Continuing education credits are available. Please note: Advance registration is required.

— Topics will include pre-hospital trauma, public health and wellness.

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For the third consecutive year, San Antonio Military Health System (SAMHS), The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UT Health San Antonio™), and The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) are bringing together an estimated 400 armed forces and civilian scientists, health care professionals, residents and trainees to spotlight best clinical practices and innovative research being performed in Military City, USA.

The annual San Antonio Military Health System & Universities Research Forum (SURF) demonstrates the strong commitment and value placed by UT Health San Antonio and UTSA in supporting the U.S. military’s research mission to bring healing to conditions affecting military men and women and their caregivers.

Supported by the San Antonio Life Sciences Institute and the Military Health Institute, SURF aims to foster partnerships and build multidisciplinary networks between military, academic and community organizations to advance evidence-based practice and research in health care.

SURF 2017 begins at 8 a.m. Friday, June 16, at the UTSA Main Campus. The forum will open with a continental breakfast. During the course of the day, attendees will participate in symposia and breakout sessions; connect and network with scholars and practitioners from SAMHS, academic institutions, public government agencies and private organizations; and share research, practice, policy and collaborations in paper and poster sessions.

During lunch, attendees are invited to listen to keynote speaker John Holcomb, M.D., FACS, professor of surgery, Center for Translational Injury, UT Health Houston McGovern Medical School. Dr. Holcomb will present Back to the Future: Evolution of Trauma Resuscitation Over the Last 153 Years. Holcomb is a 23-year veteran of the Army and as a military physician was trained in tactical combat casualty care. He is a recipient of the Jonathan Letterman Medical Excellence Award for his commitment to improving patient outcomes through innovation.

Health care professionals can earn continuing education credits/units (CME/CNE). There is no charge to attend the forum (complimentary parking provided), but registration is required. To register or more information on the forum visit:

The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, with missions of teaching, research and healing, is one of the country’s leading health sciences universities and is now called UT Health San Antonio™. UT Health’s schools of medicine, nursing, dentistry, health professions and graduate biomedical sciences have produced more than 33,000 alumni who are advancing their fields throughout the world. With four campuses in San Antonio and Laredo, UT Health has a FY 2017 revenue operating budget of $806.6 million and is the primary driver of its community’s $37 billion biomedical and health care industry. For more information on the many ways “We make lives better®,” visit

The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) is an emerging Tier One research institution specializing in health, energy, security, sustainability, and human and social development. With nearly 29,000 students, it is the largest university in the San Antonio metropolitan region. UTSA advances knowledge through research and discovery, teaching and learning, community engagement and public service. The university embraces multicultural traditions and serves as a center for intellectual and creative resources as well as a catalyst for socioeconomic development and the commercialization of intellectual property—for Texas, the nation and the world. For more information, visit

The San Antonio Military Health System (SAMHS) integrates and maximizes the delivery of health care services provided by the Brooke Army Medical Center, a Level I Trauma and teaching hospital and the Wilford Hall Ambulatory Surgery Center, a teaching ambulatory surgery center. Also in the SAMHS are 8 free standing Patient Centered Medical Home Clinics in the San Antonio metropolitan area providing a seamless continuum of services ensuring over 133K enrolled beneficiaries receive consistent access to care. SAMHS also provides all appointing and referral management activities for the entire market. The SAMHS is dedicated to the highest quality, patient centered care with a clear focus on safety, access to care, and customer service, while providing fist-rate graduate medical and other health education and training programs, conducting state-of-the-art research and maintaining the critical global readiness of all war fighters. For more information visit


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