SCRANTON, Pa. – Brian Frank, M.D., trauma surgeon at Geisinger Community Medical Center (GCMC), has received the 2018 Dr. John M. Templeton, Jr. Physician Award for the Commitment to Excellence in Trauma Care. The honor is awarded annually to a trauma physician in Pennsylvania who has shown excellence in trauma care though clinical expertise, philanthropy, leadership, trauma-related research, trauma prevention and education.
Dr. Frank is a board-certified and fellowship-trained general surgeon specializing in trauma and surgical critical care at GCMC’s Level II trauma center, the only Level II trauma center in Lackawanna County. He has been instrumental in pioneering GCMC’s “Stop the Bleed” program, which teaches the public how to slow or stop life-threatening bleeding. Part of a nationwide campaign launched by the White House, Dr. Frank and members of GCMC’s trauma team have provided the specialized training to more than 2,000 community members, including community organizations, law enforcement and schools.
“Taking care of our community is an honor and a privilege,” said Dr. Frank. “I’m very fortunate to be recognized for something that is not only extremely rewarding, but that I truly enjoy.”
Dr. Frank was presented the award during the American Trauma Society’s Pennsylvania Division annual conference held March 14 in Hershey.