Thomas Preston Davis

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US Navy 090129-N-8822R-026 Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Robert Davis, right, assists ship's surgeon Capt. Thomas Davis as he prepares an anesthetic before performing a surgery aboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (.jpg
BornJuly 31, 1953

Thomas Preston Davis (born July 31, 1953) is a trauma/acute care/general surgeon and formerly a Captain in the Medical Corps of the United States Navy. While serving as a trauma surgeon at the Naval Medical Center in Portsmouth, Virginia, Dr. Davis rose to prominence for being lead clinical medical caretaker of the survivors of the USS Cole (DDG-67) attack in Yemen and the survivors from the USS Firebolt terrorist attack [1] which occurred during operations to protect oil platforms in the Persian Gulf. After transferring to Okinawa, Japan in 2004, then Commander Davis was deployed to Sri Lanka for the 2004 tsunami relief effort where the group from 3d Force Service Support Group (now 3d Marine Logistics Group [2] ) was sent to Point_Pedro, Sri Lanka near the Tamil Tiger/Government civil war truce line. In late 2005, Davis was Chief of Professional Services for the joint relief effort in Shinkiari [3] in the Northwest Frontier Province of Pakistan [4] after the earthquake which killed approximately 73,000 victims. Additionally, in the spring of 2006, Davis led the medical relief effort [5] in Java, Indonesia following the earthquake in that area. Davis was frequently the face of US military relief operations in the 2004-2006 time period. [6]

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Personal life

Davis was born in Charlottesville, Virginia, son of James Madison Davis and Alma Lucille Tate. In the late 1950s, the family moved to the Maryland suburbs of Washington, DC where he attended public school in Bladensburg. [7] After graduating from high school in 1971, Davis enlisted in the United States Navy and remained on active duty and in the reserve until 1977. Tradevman Second Class Davis played in the All-Navy Volleyball championship in 1974 and 1975 and performed in the All-Navy Talent Contest in 1974. After leaving the Navy, Davis attended one year of college at Bucks County Community College [8] in Newtown, Pennsylvania, as a chemistry major, and then transferred to the University of Maryland at College Park. [9] He graduated with a bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering in 1981 and was a member of the Omega Chi Epsilon chemical engineering honor society. Davis married Kathryn Louise Nugent, daughter of Jerry Nugent and Geneva Hembree, on September 6, 1980. The couple are the parents of four children. Dr. Davis is the brother of J. Madison Davis, PhD, renowned author and retired English Professor at the University of Oklahoma and a younger brother/former US Army Ranger, Donald Robert Davis.

Charlottesville, Virginia Independent city in Virginia, United States

Charlottesville, colloquially known as C'ville and officially named the City of Charlottesville, is an independent city in the Commonwealth of Virginia. It is the county seat of Albemarle County, which surrounds the city, though the two are separate legal entities. This means a resident will list Charlottesville as both their county and city on official paperwork. It is named after the British Queen consort Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, who as the wife of George III was Virginia's last Queen. In 2016, an estimated 46,912 people lived within the city limits. The Bureau of Economic Analysis combines the City of Charlottesville with Albemarle County for statistical purposes, bringing its population to approximately 150,000. Charlottesville is the heart of the Charlottesville metropolitan area, which includes Albemarle, Buckingham, Fluvanna, Greene, and Nelson counties.

Maryland State of the United States of America

Maryland is a state in the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States, bordering Virginia, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia to its south and west; Pennsylvania to its north; and Delaware to its east. The state's largest city is Baltimore, and its capital is Annapolis. Among its occasional nicknames are Old Line State, the Free State, and the Chesapeake Bay State. It is named after the English queen Henrietta Maria, known in England as Queen Mary, who was the wife of King Charles I.

Bladensburg, Maryland Town in Maryland

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Post Undergraduate Career

After graduating from the University of Maryland in 1981, Davis was recruited by the DuPont corporation and worked at the Savannah River Plant [10] in Aiken, SC in the Away From Reactor Storage program then the L Area Restart project. In 1984, he trained as a US Department of Energy-certified nuclear reactor control room supervisor and was subsequently the control room supervisor in the K-area reactor. Because of his expertise in both the nuclear reactors and simulators, Davis was assigned as a technical expert during the design and construction of a nuclear reactor control room simulator, Davis left DuPont in 1986 to begin medical school at the Medical University of South Carolina. [11] He graduated in 1990 with a Doctor of Medicine degree. After graduation, Davis completed a residency in General Surgery at the National Naval Medical Center, [12] in Bethesda, Maryland. From 1995–1997, he was Chief of Surgical Services at the US Naval Hospital in Naples, Italy. Davis completed a Trauma/Critical Care Fellowship at Grady Memorial Hospital/Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia from 1997-1999 with Drs. David V. Feliciano and Grace S. Rozycki. [13] [14] From 1999-2004, he was stationed at the Naval Medical Center in Portsmouth, VA. It was during this period that the USS Cole (DDG-67) [15] and USS Firebolt (PC-10) [16] incidents occurred. After deploying from Okinawa [17] for the humanitarian missions in 2004-2006 noted above, Davis served as Ship's Surgeon aboard USS Enterprise (CVN-65) [18] , during two consecutive combat deployments, and USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) [19] [20] participating in Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. In 2009, From 2002 until 2009, CAPT Davis was in a combat or hazardous duty zone every year for eight consecutive years. In late 2009, CAPT Davis became Head of Surgery at the Joint Health Care Clinic on the Naval Weapons Station in Charleston, SC and served there until his retirement from the Navy in October 2013. Doctor Davis is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, [21] a State Faculty level Advanced Trauma Life Support [22] instructor, and has been certified in General Surgery by the American Board of Surgery [23] since 1997. After retiring from the US Navy, Doctor Davis was recruited to the position of Facility Medical Director for Acute Care/Emergency Surgery and the TeamHealth Elective Surgery Program at Carolina East Medical Center in New Bern, Craven County, North Carolina.

DuPont American chemical company

DuPont de Nemours, Inc., commonly known as DuPont, is an American company formed by the merger of Dow Chemical and DuPont on August 31, 2017, and then subsequent spinoffs of Dow Inc. and Corteva. Prior to the spinoffs it was the world's largest chemical company in terms of sales. Within 18 months of the merger the company was split into three publicly traded companies with focuses on the following: agriculture, materials science, and specialty products. The agriculture division is named Corteva, the materials science spin-off is named Dow Inc., and the specialty products division is named DuPont. Jeff Fettig is executive chairman of the company, and Edward Breen is the CEO. The merger has been reported to be worth an estimated $130 billion. With 2018 total revenue of $86 billion, DowDuPont ranked No. 35 on the 2019 Fortune 500 list of the largest United States public corporations.

Medical University of South Carolina medical school and six colleges for the education of health professionals

The Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) is a public medical school in Charleston, South Carolina. It opened in 1824 as a small private college aimed at training physicians. It is one of the oldest continually operating schools of medicine in the United States and the oldest in the Deep South. The school's main building was designed by Charleston architect Albert W. Todd.

USS <i>Cole</i> (DDG-67) Arleigh Burke-class destroyer

USS Cole (DDG-67) is an Arleigh Burke-class Aegis-equipped guided missile destroyer homeported in Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia. Cole is named in honor of Marine Sergeant Darrell S. Cole, a machine-gunner killed in action on Iwo Jima on 19 February 1945, during World War II. Cole is one of 62 authorized Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyers, and one of 21 members of the Flight I-class that utilized the 5 in (130 mm)/54 caliber gun mounts found on the earliest of the Arleigh Burke-class destroyers. The ship was built by Ingalls Shipbuilding and was delivered to the Navy on 11 March 1996.

Military Decorations

During his naval career, Captain Davis received the following awards:

Defense Meritorious Service Medal

Meritorious Service Medal (United States) (two awards)

Meritorious Service Medal (United States) military award presented to members of the United States Armed Forces

The Meritorious Service Medal (MSM) is a military award presented to members of the United States Armed Forces who distinguished themselves by outstanding meritorious achievement or service to the United States subsequent to January 16, 1969.

Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal (three awards)

Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal

Joint Meritorious Unit Award

Navy Unit Commendation

Meritorious Unit Commendation (six awards)

Battle Effectiveness Award

National Defense Service Medal (three awards)

Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal

Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal

Global War on Terrorism Service Medal

Armed Forces Service Medal

Humanitarian Service Medal (three awards)

Sea Service Ribbon (five awards)

Navy and Marine Corps Overseas Service Ribbon (two awards)

NATO Medal

Navy Rifle Sharpshooter Marksmanship Ribbon

Navy Pistol Sharpshooter Marksmanship Ribbon

Navy Medical Surface warfare insignia

Navy Medical Fleet Marine Force insignia


Distribution and Care of Shipboard Blast Injuries (USS Cole DDG-67) CDR Thomas P. Davis, FACS, MC(SW), USNR; LCDR Brian A. Alexander, MC, USNR; LT Edward W. Lambert, MC, USNR; CDR Robert B. Simpson, FAAOS, MC, USN; CDR Daniel V. Unger, FAAOS, MC, USNR; CDR Jesse Lee, DC, USN; CAPT Martin L. Snyder, FACS, MC, USN; CAPT William A. Liston, FACS, MC, USN

Journal of Trauma 55(6): 1022-28, Dec 2003 ,

Results with Abdominal Vascular Trauma in the Modern Era, Davis TP, Feliciano DV, GS Rozycki, Jenkins Bush, WL Ingram, JP Salomone, JD Ansley

Am Surgeon 67(6): 565-571, June 2001

Doxycycline-Induced Esophageal Ulceration in the United States Military Service, Morris TJ, Davis TP

Military Medicine Vol. 165, No. 4:316, April 2000                                

The Accuracy of Bedside Surgeon-Performed Ultrasound for the Detection of Pleural Effusion in Critically Ill Patients in the ICU - GS Rozycki, DV Feliciano, SD Pennington, JP Salomone, PG Newman, TP Davis, WL Ingram,

American Association for the Surgery of Trauma 1999

Ultrasound in Thoracoabdominal Trauma, Rozycki GS, Feliciano DV, Davis TP

Surg Clinic of North America, Vol 78 No.2  April 1998 295-310

A Prospective Study of Surgeon-Performed Ultrasound as the Primary Adjuvant Modality for Injured Patient Assessment

The Journal of Trauma: Injury, Infection, and Critical Care 1995; 39: 492-500

Grace S. Rozycki, MD, FACS; M. Gage Ochsner, MD, FACS; Judy A. Schmidt, RN, DNSc; Heidi L. Frankel, MD; Thomas P. Davis, MC, USNR; Dennis Wang, MD; Howard R. Champion, FRCS (Edin)

An Unusual Cutaneous Presentation of Metastatic Colon Carcinoma, Davis TP, Knollmann-Ritschel B, DeNobile JW

Diseases of the Colon and Rectum Vol.38 No. 6, Jun 1995

Is Adjunctive Therapy Required During Massive Transfusions?   Davis TP, Drucker WR Presented at the Third Annual Sino-American Conference on Burns and Trauma 1993

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