Journal of Trauma-Injury Infection & Critical Care:
doi: 10.1097/01.ta.0000184578.98766.04


Hungerford, Daniel W. DrPH

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National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA

This article was written for the proceedings from a conference called Alcohol Problems among Hospitalized Trauma Patients: Controlling Complications, Mortality, and Trauma Recidivism in Arlington, Virginia, May 28-30, 2003. It does not reflect the official policy or opinions of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and does not constitute an endorsement of the individuals or their programs—by CDC, HHS, or the federal government—and none should be inferred.

Address for Reprints: National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 4770 Buford Highway NE, Mailstop F-41, Atlanta GA 30341, E-mail:

It is impossible to bring together such a diverse group of renowned experts without tremendous cooperation and help from many organizations. I want to recognize those whose efforts made this conference and supplement possible and thank them for speaking at the conference, for writing papers afterward, and for enduring the long editing process that was essential to its publication.

When I organized a similar conference for emergency medicine in 2001,1 Larry Gentilello requested that trauma surgery and trauma centers be included. I declined, but promised to consider a second conference for trauma surgeons. When planning for this conference began in 2002, Dr. Gentilello not only helped identify important participants, but also agreed to coedit the supplement. His steadfast commitment and ready attention have been invaluable assets in assuring the relevance and quality of this endeavor.

Early in the process, Herman Diesenhaus of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) offered encouragement and, from his rich lode of experience, recommended many contacts that resulted in a disciplinarily diverse group of speakers and participants. Basil Pruitt helped generate enthusiasm for the prospect of this gathering by offering to publish the conference proceedings in The Journal of Trauma. Thanks to his foresight, the ideas and lively discussions from the two and a half days will be available to trauma surgeons and substance treatment professionals and researchers worldwide. I extend hearty personal thanks to Dr. Pruitt for his encouragement and forbearance during the two years it took to assemble and edit this supplement. Of course, no conference and publication of this size would occur without significant financial commitment. I am grateful to the following organizations for funding: the Health Resources Services Administration, the board directors of the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC); the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA); the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA); the National Institute on Drug Abuse; the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation; and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

I would also like to thank members of the Steering Committee and the following individuals for additional planning support before the conference and for valuable feedback on draft recommendations: Heidi Coleman at NHTSA, Catherine Gordon at the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services, Harold Perl at NIAAA, Jane Sanville at the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, and Anara Guard at Join Together.

The conference proceeded smoothly and comfortably due to the excellent ministrations of D’Lovely Gibson and Charnequa David of Professional and Scientific Associates and Stacy Harper of CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (Injury Center).

The supplement itself would not have been completed without help from Robin Sloan and Jane Mitchko from CDC’s Injury Center, Dawn Mansfield from The Journal of Trauma, and John Ewers from Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

Finally, I would like to thank Sue Swensen from CDC’s Injury Center and Beverly Merritt for months of cheerful and thoughtful editorial assistance.

I am indebted to the conference attendees for their enthusiastic participation and fearless honesty. Rarely does one have the opportunity to convene experts from so many disciplines who also have the conviction, influence, and scientific background essential to translating research into practice.

Daniel W. Hungerford, DrPH

National Center for Injury Prevention and Control

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Atlanta, GA

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1. Hungerford DW, Pollock DA, editors. Alcohol Problems Among Emergency Department Patients: Proceedings of a Research Conference on Identification and Intervention. Atlanta (GA): National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; 2002. Available for free via download at

© 2005 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.

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