Thomas Duncan, DO, FACS

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    Job Title :
    D.O.

    Areas of Treatment :
    General Surgery and Trauma

    Specialties :
    General Surgeon

    Hospital Affiliation :
    Ventura County Medical Center

    Practice Name :
    Ventura County Medical Center

    Location :
    Ventura, 93003 United States

    Practice Website :
    www.anacapasurgical.com

    Years in Practice :
    1992

    Description of Practice :

    Includes treatment of hernias (both minimally invasive and open), breast surgery for benign and malignant disease, gallbladder surgery (minimally invasive), Gastrointestinal surgery for benign and malignant disease (both minimally invasive and open), thyroid surgery (both minimally invasive and traditional), and trauma.

    Dr. Duncan's Trauma Medical Co-Director role at the Ventura County Medical Center, is to enable the level II trauma center to function according to the Practices and Principles of the American College of Surgeons, Committee on Trauma.   

    His roles also include instructor and director of Advanced Trauma Life Support courses, as well as instructor of Rural Development Trauma course.

    Dr. Duncan's Medical Co-Director role at Anacapa Surgical Associates, is to oversee adequate functioning of the following county clinics: General Surgery, Thoracic, ENT, Urology, Plastic, Neurosurgery, Pediatric Surgery, Bariatrics, Dermatology, Neurology, and Physiatry.

    In an aim to decrease recidivism secondary to gang related trauma, a Violence Intervention Program: Emergency Entry to Exit (EEE) was founded by Dr. Duncan, involving a multidisciplinary approach to trauma - beginning with bedside interventions.

    In response to elderly falls in our county, a multidisciplinary Elderly Fall Prevention Coalition was founded by him, encompassing Pre-Hospital, Hospital, and Post-Hospital community organizations. This coalition created a program aimed at curbing preventable falls, by linking services of involved groups.

    As participant of (for three years) and Co-chair of the Injury and Violence Prevention committee of the Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma outreach event, a high school located in the state of the annual scientific meeting has been the target of multidisciplinary distracted driving efforts.

    He is also one of the board of directors of the Artists for Trauma 501c3 organizatiion, dedicated to enriching the lives of both civilian and military trauma survivors by pairing recovery patients with established artists from various disciplines. 

    Abstract: Identification of rat seminal vesicle polypeptides cross-linked by transglutaminase (Presented at NIH centennial MBRS-MARC symposium, Arlington, VA, October, 1987)

    Abstract: Donor site complications post saphenous vein harvest for coronary bypass, 1995. Thomas K. Duncan, D.O., James Wells, M.D., Michael Strauss, M.D., Larry S. Nichter, M.D., Jed Horowitz, M.D and Gary Solomon, M.D., Long Beach Memorial Hospital, Long Beach , CA

    Abstract: Modulation of non- & excess healing wounds keratinocyte growth factor, 1995. Thomas K. Duncan, D.O, Tai-Lan Tuan, Ph,D., and Marcel Nimni, Ph,D., Children's Hospital, Los Angeles, CA

    Reviewer, Geriatric injury prevention guidelines, evidence based literature review, Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma (EAST) Annual Scientific Clinical Congress, Marie Crandall, Thomas K. Duncan, Ali Mallat, Wendy Greene, Pina Violano, A. Britton Christmas, Robert Barraco, Jan 2013

    Poster Presentation – Trauma Quality Improvement Program (TQIP) Annual Meeting, Feb 2013. Elderly Fall Prevention Program. Thomas K. Duncan, D.O., Ken Waxman, MD, Graal Diaz, RN, Sal Becerra.

    Podium Presentation – American Association for the Surgery of Trauma (AAST) Annual Meeting, September 2013. Positive Effects of a Community Program and Level II Trauma Center, on Decreasing Gang Warfare in Southern California Beach Cities. Thomas K. Duncan, D.O., Ken Waxman, MD, Javier Romero, MD, Graal Diaz, MSN.

    Reviewer, Prevention of Fall-Related Injuries in the Elderly: an Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma Evidence-Based Review, Annual Scientific Clinical Congress, Jan 2014, Marie Crandall, Thomas K. Duncan, Ali Mallat, Wendy Greene, Pina Violano, A. Britton Christmas, Robert Barraco

    Journal of Trauma, May 2014, Vol 76, No 5, Operation PeaceWorks: A community program with the participation of a level II trauma Center to decrease gang-related violence, T.K. Duncan, DO, K. Waxman, MD, J. Romero, MD, G. Diaz, MSN, CCRN, PHN

    Reviewer, Gun Violence Control, an Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma Evidence Based Review, Annual Scientific Clinical congress, Jan 2015, Marie Crandall, Thomas K. Duncan, Pina Violano, A. Britton Christmas, Alexander Eastman, Robert Barraco

    Areas of Expertise :
    Trauma, General Surgery

    Education/Degree :
    Midwestern University College of Osteopathic Medicine

    Year Graduated :
    1992

    Board Certification :
    American Board of Surgery - General Surgery

    Faculty Appointments :

    • Reviewer, Geriatric injury prevention guidelines, evidence based literature review, Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma (EAST) Annual Scientific Clinical Congress, Marie Crandall, Thomas K. Duncan, Ali Mallat, Wendy Greene, Pina Violano, A. Britton Christmas, Robert Barraco, Jan 2013
    • Poster Presentation – Trauma Quality Improvement Program (TQIP) Annual Meeting, Feb 2013. Elderly Fall Prevention Program. Thomas K. Duncan, D.O., Ken Waxman, MD, Graal Diaz, RN, Sal Becerra.
    • Podium Presentation – American Association for the Surgery of Trauma (AAST) Annual Meeting, September 2013. Positive Effects of a Community Program and Level II Trauma Center, on Decreasing Gang Warfare in Southern California Beach Cities. Thomas K. Duncan, D.O., Ken Waxman, MD, Javier Romero, MD, Graal Diaz, MSN.
    • Reviewer, Prevention of Fall-Related Injuries in the Elderly: an Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma Evidence-Based Review, Annual Scientific Clinical Congress, Jan 2014, Marie Crandall, Thomas K. Duncan, Ali Mallat, Wendy Greene, Pina Violano, A. Britton Christmas, Robert Barraco; Reviewer, Gun Violence Control, an Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma Evidence Based Review, Ann

    How do you try to make a difference in the lives of your patients?

    By being Humble.

    Treating each patient with dignity and ultimate respect.

    Realizing that a human life is irreplaceable.

    Trusting that people have the capability of change. No situation is a lost cause.

    Remaining dedicated to the cause, and giving 110% effort.

    Insuring that each patient/family has a clear understanding of the journey ahead of them, and taking time to answer questions.

    Professional Society Memberships :
    American College of Surgeons, Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma, American Medical Association, California Medical Association, Ventura County Medical Association

    Honors and Awards :

    • Graduating Family Practice Residents Award (Ventura County Medical Center) – Outstanding Attending Surgeon, 2001
    • Outstanding Service Award – As Chief of Surgery, Ventura County Medical Center, 2002 - 2003
    • The Gentleman Surgeon Award – From the 2005 Graduating Family Practice Residents at the Ventura County Medical Center
    • Outstanding Service Award – As Chief of Surgery, Ventura County Medical Center, 2008 – 2009
    • The Grey’s Anatomy Award, for outstanding surgical teaching – From the 2009 Graduating Family Practice Residents at the Ventura County Medical Center
    • Star of Healthcare - Commitment to excellence –Ventura County Medical Resource Foundation/California Legislature, 2009
    • Champion of Medicine – Pacific Coast Business Times, Santa Barbara/California legislature – Congress and Senate, 2013
    • African American Achievement Award For Health Care Excellence – California State University, Channel Islands, 2015

    Articles/Publications :
    Ventura County Medical Center – Trauma Book (Volume I), 2009, co-author
    Ventura County Medical Center – Trauma Book (Volume II), 2012, co-author
    Ventura County Medical Center – Trauma Book (Vol III), 2015, co-author

    Teaching and Speaking :

    Attending surgeon at Ventura County Medical Center, where surgical teaching has been provided to Family Practice Residents from 1998 - 2005, and 2007 - present.

    Taught multiple Advanced Trauma Life Support classes since 2005, and have directed many courses since 2011 - present.

    2008 – Present                        Multiple trauma safety lectures given in Ventura County (Point Mugu and Port Hueneme military bases, and Police departments)      

    March 2010                             Straight up town hall meeting panel member, Ventura, CA 

     

    September 2010                      Prostate cancer symposium moderator, Bethel A.M.E. church, Oxnard, CA

     

    December 2010                       Every 15 minutes distracted driving community event, Ventura, CA

     

    June 2011 – Present                 Monthly multidisciplinary discussion with Ventura County Juvenile Justice System inmates (Collaboration with Operation Peace Works)

     

    September 2011                      Prostate cancer symposium moderator, Bethel A.M.E. church, Oxnard, CA

     

    December 2011                       Every 15 minutes car distracted driving community event, Ventura, CA    

     

    January 2012                          Co-Organizer, Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma Community Distracted Driving event, Florida

     

    July 2012                               Moderator, Santa Barbara Cottage Trauma and Critical Care Conference, Santa Barbara, CA

     

    December 2012                       Every 15 minutes distracted driving community event, Ventura, CA

     

    January 2013 – Present             Presenter on Fall Prevention Measures, at multiple Skilled Nursing Facilities, Ventura, CA

     

    January 2013                          Panel member, ‘Stump the professor,’ Southern California Chapter of the American College of Surgeons annual Conference, Santa Barbara, CA

     

    January 2013                          Speaker, Ventura County’s Drug Abuse summit, Ventura, CA

     

    January 2013                          Co-Organizer, Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma Community Distracted Driving event, Florida

     

    July 2013                               Moderator, Santa Barbara Cottage Trauma and Critical Care Conference, Santa Barbara, CA

     

    September 2013                      Speaker, Ventura County’s Drug Abuse summit, Ventura, CA

     

    September 2013                      Chair/Moderator, Ventura County 1st Elderly Fall Prevention Forum, Ventura, CA 

     

    December 2013                       Every 15 minutes distracted driving community event, Ventura, CA

     

    January 2014                          Co-Organizer, Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma Community Distracted Driving event, Arizona

                                                    

    June 2014                              Presenter, Fall prevention, Ojai Valley Guild quarterly meeting, Ojai, CA

     

    June 2014                              Presenter, Ventura County Medical Center, Ventura, CA CME Conference on Elderly Fall Prevention

     

    July 2014                               Presenter, Violence Intervention Program, Santa Barbara Cottage Trauma and Critical Care Conference, Santa Barbara, CA

     

    September 2014                      Chair/Moderator, Ventura County 2nd Annual Elderly Fall Prevention Forum, Camarillo, CA 

     

    October 2014                          Presenter, CME conference on Fall Prevention, Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center, Thousand Oaks, CA 

     

    October 2014                          Presenter, Countywide Multidisciplinary Elderly Fall Prevention Program, USC Morton Kesten Gerontology Summit, Los Angeles, CA

     

    January 2015                          Co-Organizer, Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma Community Distracted Driving event, Florida

     

    April 2015                              Presenter, Tackling Traumatic Brain Injuries, 6th Annual Ventura County Brain Injury Conference, Ventura, CA

    Research Interests :

    Violence and Injury Prevention

    Fall Prevention

     

    Philanthropic Initiatives :

    Violence Intervention Program, Emergency Entry to Exit (EEE), Ventura County Medical Center

    Elderly Fall Prevention Coalition of Ventura County

    Artists for trauma

    Attributes Success To:

    Being Humble.

    Treating each patient with dignity and ultimate respect.

    Realizing that a human life is irreplaceable.

    Creating an atmosphere of easy colleagial dialogue, regardless of the hierarchy of the setting. 

    Trusting that people have the capability of change. No situation is a lost cause.

    Remaining dedicated to the cause, and giving 110% effort.

     

    Languages :
    English and Medical Spanish

    Gender :
    male

    Favorite Medical Journal :
    Journal of Trauma, Journal of the American College of Surgeons

    Hobbies/Sports :
    Racquet Ball, Tennis, Soccer, Basket ball

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