Daily Record Staff//March 31, 2023
//March 31, 2023
Well-recognized for his work in the field of shock and injury care, Thomas W. Scalea is head of the internationally known University of Maryland R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore.
A graduate of the Medical College of Virginia, Scalea remains a clinician, performing more than 600 operations a year.
How has the pandemic changed your view on you job or broader profession?
Delivering care became so much harder. We completely revamped the way we cared for patients. We outfitted our resuscitation unit with plastic drapes to separate patients and to prevent transmission of the virus. We wore personal protective equipment, gowns, masks, gloves and face shields at all times.
Each of us found new ways to communicate and interface with patients. It was hard but we all did our best to bring as much humanity as possible.
Who has been the most influential person in your life and why?
Without question, my mother. My father left our family when I was young, distinctly unusual for a traditional Italian family in the early 1960s. My mother raised all five of us by herself. Education was premier.
Perhaps most importantly, my mother taught me the value of service and sacrifice. “Do for others before you do for yourself” was her motto. I must have heard her say that 10,000 times when I was a kid, and I have lived that life to the best of my ability.