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Dr King is a trauma and acute care surgeon at the Massachusetts General Hospital Trauma Center. Additionally, Dr King also attends in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit providing care to the sickest patients at the Massachusetts General Hospital.
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Dr King is a trauma and acute care surgeon with military combat experience at the Massachusetts General Hospital Trauma Center. His practice is limited to caring for the acutely injured and traumatized, emergent surgical illnesses, as well as surgical critical care. This includes treatment of all traumatic conditions, such as traumatic brain injury, pneumothorax, hemothorax, pulmonary contusion, blunt cardiac injury, liver and splenic lacerations, pancreatic injury, mesenteric lacerations, pelvic fractures, spine fractures, renal injuries, and all injuries to the intestines and blood vessels. Dr King treats all conditions that are the result of penetrating injuries, such as gunshot and stab wounds, as well as blunt trauma such as falls, assaults, and motor vehicle crashes.
Dr King also manages and treats emergent surgical conditions such as acute appendicitis, diverticulitis, bowel obstruction, hernias, peptic ulcers, perforated gastric and duodenal ulcers, foreign body ingestions, enterocutaneous fistula, massive gastrointestinal bleeding, mesenteric ischemia, Ogilvie's Syndrome, acute cholecystitis, acute cholangitis, pancreatitis, abdominal compartment syndrome, gas gangrene, and necrotizing fasciitis.
In the intensive care unit, Dr King cares for patients with cardiopulmonary failure, pneumonia, cardiogenic shock, arrhythmias, malnutrition, hyperglycemia, actue renal failure, multisystem organ failure, sepsis, bacteremia, delerium, agitation, pain control, acute respiratory distress syndrome, hypertension, and all conditions requiring mechanical ventilation.
Dr King is an attending surgeon at the Massachusetts General Hospital Trauma Center.
Dr King's research is mainly devoted to novel hemostatics for intracavitary hemorrhage control and novel monitoring technologies for detection of occult injury. He has funded research support and grants from the Department of Defense and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, as well as industry support for clinical trials of complicated wound healing.
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Thirty-six minutes. That is the average time it takes for a person who has entered a hospital’s emergency department to reach an operating room. For a patient suffering from an exsanguinating, noncompressible abdominal hemorrhage – a severe, life-threatening trauma – that is 36 minutes of continued blood loss.
For the past four years, David R. King, MD, has made it his mission within Boston and area communities to host bleeding control training programs. Now, King plans to train all MGH staff in the proper use of tourniquets – a first-of-its-kind program in Massachusetts and a model for the United States.
“Every second counts.” David R. King, MD, trauma and acute care surgeon, knows this saying well. As a U.S. Army combat veteran – with tours in Afghanistan and Iraq – and as a member of the MGH Center for Disaster Medicine, King has seen firsthand the difference critical care can make in the moments following an emergency.
On Nov. 3, the Boston Police Department honored the MGH trauma team for providing exceptional care to two Boston police officers who were wounded in a shooting in East Boston last month.
Jonathan Woodson, MD, assistant secretary of Defense for Health Affairs, returned to his early medical roots during a stop at the MGH on April 1. Woodson was the guest of the Consortia for Improving Medicine with Innovation and Technology (CIMIT).
On June 3, trauma surgeon David King, MD provided training and equipment
to prepare teachers at St. John's School for a potential crisis in the classroom.
Mass General trauma surgeon David King, MD, instructs local educators in the use of tourniquets, empowering them to take action in a crisis.
David King, MD, trauma surgeon at Massachusetts General Hospital, is developing an innovative, self-expanding foam that may help patients with severe internal bleeding survive long enough to reach a hospital and undergo surgery.
David King, MD, trauma surgeon at Massachusetts General Hospital, shares his inspirational experience running the 2013 Boston Marathon and operating on bombing victims.
Massachusetts General Hospital surgeon David King, MD, has a run of emotions from his combined 2013 Boston and New York Marathon experiences.
David R. King, MD, director of the Knight Surgical Research Lab at Mass General, is part of a team investigating the use of a biofoam to assist wounded soldiers.
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