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Forrest B. Fernandez, M.D.
Traumatology, Surgical Critical Care and Emergency Surgery

 
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Administrative/Clinical Office:
Reading Hospital and Medical Center
6th and Spruce Streets, B Building - 4th Floor
West Reading, PA 19611
Administrative Assistant: Pauline Keys
Administrative Telephone: 484-628-4888
Administrative Fax: 484-628-4880

Contact Information (internal use only)

forrest.fernandez@uphs.upenn.edu

 

Dr. Fernandez is an Associate Clinical Professor of Surgery with the University of Pennsylvania and Section Chief for Trauma and Surgical Critical Care for Reading Health System’s Level II Trauma Center in Reading Pennsylvania. 

His undergraduate and medical training was completed at the University of Michigan and he completed his residency training at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor, MI.  He spent 8 years in clinical practice in general surgery in Port Huron, Michigan.  He has had a strong interest in international medical care in developing countries and has extensive time caring for patients in Peru, Korea, and Africa.  After 911, Dr. Fernandez joined the US Army Reserves and has had 3 overseas mobilizations from 2003-2009 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom.  He has served in both FST and Combat Support Hospitals during those tours of duty.  In 2012 he retired and is currently involved in expanding Reading Health Systems critical care service to include a free standing Neurocritical Care Service.

 
Faculty Appointments
2007 - present Section of Traumatology and Surgical Critical Care
The Reading Hospital and Medical Center
West Reading, Pennsylvania
 
2006 - present Assistant Professor of Surgery
Division of Trauma and Surgical Critical Care Perelman School of Medicine
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
 
Hospital and Administrative Appointments
2008 - present Trauma Program Medical Director
The Reading Hospital and Medical Center
West Reading, Pennsylvania
 
2007 - 2008 Interim Trauma Program Medical Director
The Reading Hospital and Medical Center
West Reading, Pennsylvania
 
2006 - present Assistant. Professor of Surgery
University of Pennsylvania Medical Center
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
 
2003 - 2004 Medical Director, Lakeshore Surgical Center
Port Huron, Michigan
 
2002 - 2004 Vice Chief of Surgery, Mercy Hospital
Port Huron, Michigan
 
1998 - 2003 Chief of Surgery, Deckerville Community Hospital
Deckerville, Michigan
 
1998 - 2004 Active Staff Surgeon
Deckerville Community Hospital
Deckerville, Michigan
 
1996 - 2004 Active Staff Surgeon, Port Huron Hospital
Port Huron, Michigan
 
1996 - 2004 Active Staff Surgeon, Mercy Hospital
Port Huron, Michigan
 
1996 - 2004 General Surgeon and Partner
St. Clair Surgical Group
Port Huron, Michigan
 
Education/Training
1985 - 1989 M.D. University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, Michigan
 
1981 - 1985 B.S. University of Michigan,
Ann Arbor, Michigan (Microbiology)
 
Postgraduate Training and Fellowship Appointments
2005 - 2006 Critical Care Fellowship
Department of Critical Care
Hartford Hospital, Hartford, Connecticut
 
2004 - 2005 Trauma Fellowship
Department of Traumatology Hartford Hospital
Hartford, Connecticut
 
1993 - 1996 General Surgery Residency
St. Joseph Mercy Hospital/University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, Michigan
 
1992 - 1993 Research Fellowship, Department of General Surgery
Duke University Medical Center
Durham, North Carolina
 
1989 - 1992 General Surgery Residency
St. Joseph Mercy Hospital/University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, Michigan
 
Overseas Medical Relief Experience
May - June 2001 Dept. of Surgery, Karolyn Kempton Memorial Hospital
Togo, W. Africa
 
May - June 2000 Dept. of Surgery, Karolyn Kempton Memorial Hospital
Togo, W. Africa
 
May - June 1999

Dept. of Surgery, Karolyn Kempton Memorial Hospital
Togo, W. Africa

 
Aug. - Sept. 1997 Dept. of Surgery, Karolyn Kempton Memorial Hospital
Togo, W. Africa
 
Nov. 1993 - June 1994 Dept. of Surgery, Karolyn Kempton Memorial Hospital
Togo, W. Africa
 
Jan. - Feb. 1992 Dept. of Surgery, Karolyn Kempton Memorial Hospital
Togo, W. Africa
 
June - Aug. 1991 Dept. of Surgery, Karolyn Kempton Memorial Hospital
Togo, W. Africa
 
Apr. - May 1989 Medical Student, Department of Orthopedic Surgery Wilson Leprosy Center
Korea
 
June - Aug. 1987 Medical Student, Department of Surgery and Internal Medicine
Cayetano-Heredia Hospital, Lima, Peru
 
Military Service
Oct. 2005 - Sept. 2006 General Surgeon, 344th Combat Support Hospital
Brooklyn, New York
 
June 2005 - Oct. 2005 General Surgeon, 344th Combat Support Hospital Abu Ghraib, Iraq
(In support of Operation Iraqi Freedom)
 
Jan. 2005 - June 2005 General Surgeon, Assigned to Army Reserve Trauma Training Program
King’s County Hospital
Brooklyn, New York
 
Jan. 2004 - June 2004 Acting Commander, 948th Forward Surgical Team Southfield, Michigan
 
May 2003 Promotion to Major, U.S. Army Reserves
 
Jan. 2003 - Aug. 2003 General Surgeon, 948th Forward Surgical Team Kandahar, Afghanistan
(in support of Operation Enduring Freedom)
 
Dec. 2001 - June 2004 General Surgeon, 948th Forward Surgical Team Southfield, Michigan
 
Dec. 2001 Commission, CPT, U.S. Army Reserves
 
Memberships/Societies
 
National/International Societies
  • American College of Surgeons (Fellow)
  • Society of Critical Care Medicine
  • Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma
    • Military Ad Hoc Subcommittee Member
 
Local/Regional Societies
  • American College of Surgeons, Metropolitan Philadelphia Chapter
 
Research
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Publications
 
Research Publications, Peer Reviewed
(print or other media; should not include reviews)
  1. Fernandez EJ, Fernandez FB, Jagoda, RB, Clark DS. Electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopy studies of immobilized monoclonal antibody structure and function. ACS Symposium Series 314:208-216, 1986.
  2. Fath J, Parkes B, Sorensen V, Gaymer J, Macdonald M, Warren R, Tkach D, Fernandez F, Block D, Konstantinides F. Fasted state impedes recovery of porcine hepatic oxygen consumption after warm hepatic ischemia. Surgery 110(4):742-752, Oct. 1991.
  3. Cleary RK, Grossmann R, Fernandez FB, Stull TS, Fowler JJ, Walters MR, Lampman RM. Metronidazole may inhibit intestinal colonization with Clostridium difficile. Diseases of the Colon & Rectum 41(4):464-467, Apr. 1998.
Contributions to peer-reviewed clinical research publications, participation cited but not by authorship
  1. Lee J, Mah J, Staff I, Fernandez FB. Web-Based Teaching Modules:  A Highly Effective Method to Improve Success Rates of Post-Pyloric Feeding Tube Placement.  Journal of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition
Abstracts
  1. Feb. 2013  “Priming Press Ganey:  Can A Simple Phone Call Affect The Results”, Sara Webb, CRNP, Eugene Reilly, M.D., Amanda McNicholas, CRNP, Forrest Fernandez, M.D.  Poster presentation, SCCM Annual Congress & Meeting, San Juan, Puerto Rico.
  2. Feb. 2012  “You Want To Do What?  Why Decompressive Craniotomy and Craniectomy In Elderly Anticoagulated Patients May Not Be Such A Bad Idea”, Amanda McNicholas, CRNP, Eugene Reilly, M.D., Tara Collins, CRNP, Jared Zavilla, PA-C, Forrest Fernandez, M.D.  Poster presentation, SCCM Annual Congress & Meeting, Houston, TX.
  3. Feb. 2012 “Advanced Practitioners Are Peers in Trauma Performance Improvement Peer Review”, Poster presentation, SCCM Annual Congress & Meeting, Houston, TX and Pennsylvania Trauma Systems Foundation 16th Annual Conference & Meeting, Harrisburg, PA Nov 2012.
  4. Sept. 2010 “The Effects of Instituting a Hospital Guideline to Reverse the Coagulopathy of Plavix in TBI Patients”, Poster presentation AAST.
  5. Jan. 2010 “Falling Down, Lactate Up: Lactate Elevation Predicts Mortality but not ISS in a Cohort of Elderly Low Energy Mechanism of Injury Patient”, Poster presentation, SCCM.
  6. Nov. 2005 “Evaluation of Simulation Education for the Management of Blunt Head Trauma.” Fernandez FB, Schott E, Brautigam RB. Presented to the Connecticut Chapter of the American College of Surgeons Annual Meeting, Hartford, CT
  7. Jan. 10, 2006 “Minimally Invasive Treatment of the Abdominal Compartment Syndrome: Initial Experience.” Fernandez FB, Cortes V, Brautigam RB, Perdrizet GA. Poster Presentation, 19th Annual Scientific Meeting, Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma, Orlando, FL
  8. Sept. 15, 2006 “Evaluation of a New Cricothyoidotomy Kit Utilizing Built-in Veress Needle Trocar Technology.” Fernandez FB, and TC Mort. Abstract Presentation, 10th Annual Meeting of the Society for Airway Management, San Diego, CA
  9. Sept. 16, 2006 “Minimally Invasive Treatment of the Abdominal Compartment Syndrome: Initial Experience.” Fernandez, FB, Perdrizet, GA, Brautigam, RB, and Cortes V. Poster Presentation, 87th Annual Meeting, New England Surgical Society, Mystic, CT
  10. Sept. xx, 2006 “Evaluation of Simulation Education for the Management of Blunt Head Trauma.” Brautigam RB, Schott E, Fernandez FB. Poster presentation, 2006 Annual meeting of American Association for the Surgery of Trauma.
 
AwardsAwards, Honors and Membership in Honorary Societies:
2005 Army Commendation Medal 2005
 
2004  Army Commendation Medal 2004
 
2003 Army Achievement Medal 2003
 
2002 Army Commendation Medal 2002
 
2001 Michigan State Medical Society Community Service Award 2001
 
 

Dr. Forrest Fernandez

 
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