L.D. Britt, MD, MPH, the Edward J. Brickhouse Chair in Surgery, the Henry Ford Professor of Surgery and Professor and Chair of Surgery at EVMS, has just released the second edition of a textbook that is considered the foremost medical reference for acute care surgery. 

Dr. Britt served as lead editor for the second edition of Acute Care Surgery. His co-editors were Andrew Peitzman, MD (University of Pittsburgh); Phillip Barie, MD (New York Hospital Cornell); and Jerry Jurkovich, MD (UC Davis – Sacramento). 

Considered by the American College of Surgeons (ACS) as the founder of the acute-care-surgery specialty, Dr. Britt continues to develop curriculum and contribute to the growth of this academic field. 

Dr. Britt has received numerous awards for his outstanding contributions to medical education, including the Robert J. Glaser Distinguished Educator Award, the highest teaching award in medicine given by the Association of American Medical Colleges.  

He was the first faculty member from EVMS ever to be elected to the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) — considered one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine.

Within NAM’s 2,000 members elected over more than four decades, Dr. Britt is the first acute-care-specialty surgeon. 

Of the more than 850,000 practicing physicians in the United States, fewer than 1 percent are elected to NAM. 

Dr. Britt was the first African-American in the nation to have an endowed chair in surgery and is the Executive Director of the Society of Black Academic Surgeons. He has held numerous leadership positions in many organizations, including being a Director of the American Board of Surgery, a past chair of the Board of Regents of the American College of Surgeons and past President of the ACS.

He is the author of more than 220 peer-reviewed scientific publications, over 50 chapters and non-peer-reviewed articles, and three books. 

Dr. Britt is a graduate of both Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Public Health. He completed his surgical residency at University Hospital and Cook County Hospital at the University of Illinois School of Medicine and his fellowship training at the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services, University of Maryland, Baltimore, and Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis. 

He joined the EVMS faculty in 1986 and has served as Chair of EVMS Surgery since 1994.