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July 18, 2007, Brooklyn, NY…Lutheran Medical Center (LMC) announces the appointment of Fausto Y. Vinces, D.O., as chief of Trauma and Critical Care Services, and program director for the Osteopathic General Surgery Residency Program.

"We consider ourselves fortunate to have recruited many of the best doctors in New York City to advance patient care in Brooklyn," says Wendy Z. Goldstein, president and chief executive officer. "As a leading trauma surgeon Dr. Vinces significantly reinforces our commitment to critical care services in our Level 1 Trauma Center and Emergency Department."

Dr. Vinces, who previously served as director of Trauma and Critical Care at Saint Barnabas Hospital in the Bronx, is a board-certified surgeon and clinical instructor at New York College of Osteopathic Medicine of New York Institute of Technology. He completed his general surgery residency at Wyckoff Heights Medical Center and a trauma and surgical critical care fellowship at Lincoln Medical and Health Center. He received his osteopathic medical degree from the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1996 and a bachelor of science degree from Mercy College in 1992 where he graduated magna cum laude.

As an accomplished surgeon and trauma expert, Dr. Vinces has authored dozens of abstracts and publications in major journals on critical care practices and is an active member of the New York City Regional Trauma Advisory Committee. He has lectured in Europe and South America in trauma and critical care topics. He also has a strong interest in the management of the open abdomen in trauma patients and laparoscopic techniques.

As one of only three trauma centers serving Brooklyn communities, Lutheran's Emergency Department and Level I Trauma Center treats more than 50,000 patients a year. With a New York State recognized Stroke Center, emergency response standards are among the highest and include a full compliment of surgical and medical experts available around the clock, 24 hours a day. The Stroke Center designation means that LMC has a comprehensive stroke and neurological team ready to respond at a moments notice in the emergency department. In fact, Lutheran administers more tPA (an advanced clock breaking drug) than any other hospital in New York. The drug can only be administered within the first few hours of onset of stroke, which is directly related to Lutheran's advanced rapid response system. 

A Level I Trauma Center and Stroke Center, Lutheran Medical Center (LMC) has cared for Brooklyn communities since 1883. As a full service 476-bed teaching hospital, LMC is the hub of Lutheran HealthCare, a network of primary, acute and long-term care centers in southwest Brooklyn. The LMC Surgical Weight Loss Institute is the only program in Brooklyn to be designated as a Center of Excellence by the American Society for Bariatric Surgery while also holding a Level 1 Accreditation from the American College of Surgeons. Learn more about LMC and its commitment to patient care excellence, community service, health education and research online at

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