Charles F. Crews Professor and Chief, General Surgery
Physician Leader, Surgical Acute and Critical Care Service Line
Dr. Fakhry graduated from the American University of Beirut, School of Medicine in 1981. He completed his residency in general surgery and his fellowship in critical care and trauma at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1988.
From 1988 until 1991 he led the trauma program as Director for Trauma Services at George Washington University Medical Center in Washington D.C. In 1991, he became Director of Surgical Critical Care Services at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill, NC. While at UNC, he rose to the rank of Associate Professor of Surgery with Tenure and was awarded several teaching awards by the medical students and the surgical residents. He remained there until 1997 when he was recruited to the Inova Regional Trauma Center at Inova Fairfax Hospital in Falls Church, Virginia as the Chief of Trauma Services.
From August 1997 until December 2008, he held the position of Chief, Trauma and Surgical Critical Care Services at the Inova Regional Trauma Center. He was also Associate Chair for Research and Education, Department of Surgery; Medical Director for the Inova Regional Trauma Center Injury Prevention Program and Professor of Surgery, Virginia Commonwealth University - Inova Campus. In January of 2009, Dr. Fakhry was appointed Professor of Surgery and Chief of the Division of General Surgery at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) in Charleston, South Carolina. He is also the Physician Leader of the Surgical Acute and Critical Care Service line at MUSC. His clinical interests include the full spectrum of general surgery, trauma and surgical critical care and he is especially interested in the care of complex and high risk surgical patients.
Dr. Fakhry has been heavily involved in trauma and surgical critical care research and in injury prevention. His research interests include trauma systems, medical informatics and telemedicine applications, traumatic brain injury, intestinal injury, motor vehicle crashes, aggressive driving and surgical education. He has authored over 100 peer-reviewed publications, abstracts and book chapters. He is a member of many national societies and serves on several national committees and boards. He currently serves as President of the American Trauma Society.
Dr. Fakhry was Principal Investigator (PI) for the Crash Injury Research and Engineering Network (CIREN) Center at Inova Fairfax Hospital from May, 2000 until December, 2008. He was PI together with Dee Ford MD from September 2009 until March 2012 on an NIH funded research project entitled “Critical Care Excellence in Sepsis and Trauma” (CREST). The goal of CREST was to improve patient outcomes for sepsis and trauma by educating providers and providing access to specialist consultation via telemedicine technology to participating rural hospitals in South Carolina. In June 2011, he was awarded a Duke Endowment grant to create a Virtual TeleConsult Clinic using telemedicine technologies to provide specialty consultation to underserved areas in South Carolina (www.musc.edu/VTCC). That project has evolved to become the Outpatient Telemedicine Program of the state funded MUSC Telehealth Center and Dr. Fakhry is its medical director.