Gerard J. Fulda, M.D., FACS, FCCM, FCCP, has been named Christiana Care’s new chair of the Department of Surgery. Dr. Fulda has served as interim chair since July 2013, guiding the department with strong leadership and a commitment to providing greater quality and value.
With his new appointment, Dr. Fulda remains the director of surgical critical care and the program director of the Surgical Critical Care Fellowship. Since joining Christiana Care in 1989, Dr. Fulda has led many transformational efforts to improve quality and safety.
Dr. Fulda is highly regarded in the fields of surgery and critical care medicine. He is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, the American College of Critical Care Medicine and the American College of Chest Physicians.
In January, Dr. Fulda received the Distinguished Service Award for exceptional leadership from the Society of Critical Care Medicine. He is a four-time recipient of the Presidential Citation Award for outstanding contributions to the Society of Critical Care Medicine. Dr. Fulda has held numerous leadership positions also with the American College of Surgeons, the American College of Critical Care Medicine and the American Trauma Society, among others.
Dr. Fulda was part of the Sepsis Alert Team that helped Christiana Care to earn the prestigious Ernest Amory Codman Award from the Joint Commission in 2007. He also received the Charles W. Serby COPD Research Award from the American Respiratory Care Foundation that same year. Last year, the Gift of Life Donor Program recognized Dr. Fulda for his leadership and commitment as a member of the governing board of the organization.
Dr. Fulda graduated from the University of Maryland School of Medicine in 1983, completed his surgical residency at Christiana Care and a fellowship in critical care and traumatology at the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems in 1989 (Shock Trauma Center). He is an associate professor of surgery at Jefferson Medical College and a staff surgeon at A. I. DuPont Hospital for Children.
Dr. Fulda is the author of more than 50 articles published in peer-reviewed journals, as well as numerous abstracts, editorials and book chapters.