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David Zonies MD, MPH

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    • Professor of Surgery, Division of Trauma, Critical Care and Acute Care Surgery School of Medicine
    • Director, Extracorporeal Life Support Program Surgery School of Medicine
    • Medical Director, Trauma/Surgical ICU Surgery, Division of Trauma, Critical Care and Acute Care Surgery School of Medicine

Dr. Zonies is a trauma surgeon in the Division of Trauma, Critical Care, & Acute Care Surgery.  He is the Director of Surgical Critical Care and the Extracorporal Life Support program at OHSU.  His research interests include translational critical care outcomes, injury epidemiology, advanced extracorporeal therapies, bioethics, and palliative care in the intensive care unit.  In addition to his academic and clinical roles, he is a Colonel in the U.S. Air Force Reserve.  

Areas of interest

  • Extracorporeal Life Support
  • Palliative Care
  • Altitude physiology
  • Bioethics


  • M.S., University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Pennsylvania 1997
  • B.A., University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Pennsylvania 1997
  • M.D., Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia Pennsylvania 2002
  • M.P.H., University of Washington, Seattle 2008
  • Internship:

    • Surgery, Wilford Hall Air Force Medical Center, 2003
  • Residency:

    • General surgery, Wilford Hall AFMC and University of Texas at San Antonio, TX, 2007
  • Fellowship:

    • Post-Doctoral Trauma Research, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, 2008
    • Trauma & Surgical Critical Care, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, 2009
    • Clinical Burn, Brooke Army Medical Center, San Antonio, TX, 2010
  • Certifications:

    • American Board of Surgery, 2008
    • Hospice and Palliative Medicine, 2012
    • Surgical Critical Care, 2009

Honors and awards

  • OHSU Marquiam Hill Teaching Award (Department of Surgery), 2016
  • Lloyd Nyhus Traveling Scholar, 2009
  • J.B. Aust Traveling Fellow, 2006

Memberships and associations

  • American College of Surgeons, Fellow
  • American College of Critical Care Medicine, Fellow
  • Society for Critical Care Medicine, Military Section Committee
  • American Association for the Surgery of Trauma
  • International Surgical Society
  • International Association for Trauma Surgery and Intensive Care
  • Ambrose Paré Military Surgery Society
  • Pacific Coast Surgical Association
  • Western Trauma Association
  • Extracorporeal Life Support Organization
  • National Committee on Trauma


  • Connelly CR, Laird A, Barton JS, Fischer PE, Krishnaswami S, Diggs BS, Schreiber MA, Zonies DH, Watters JM.  A clinical tool for prediction of venous thromboembolism in pediatric trauma patients. JAMA Surg. 2016 Jan;151(1):50-7.

  • Elterman J, Zonies D, Stewart I, Fang R, Schreiber M. Rhabdomyolysis and acute kidney injury in the injured war fighter.  J Trauma and Acute Care Surgery. 2015 Oct;79(4 Suppl 2):S171-4.

  • Johannigman JA, Zonies D, Dubose J, Blakeman TC, Hanseman D, Branson RD.  Reducing secondary insults in traumatic brain injury.  Mil Med. 2015 Mar;180(3 Suppl):50-5

  • GBD 2013 Mortality and Causes of Death Collaborators.  Global, regional, and national age-sex specific all-cause and cause-specific mortality for 240 causes of death, 1990-2013: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2013.  Lancet. 2015 Jan 10;385(9963):117-71

  • Ingalls N, Zonies D, Bailey J, et al. A review of the first 10 years of critical care aeromedical transport during Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom; Does timing of evacuation matter? JAMA Surg. 2014 Aug;149(8):807-13

  • Mac Donald CL, Johnson AM, Wierzechowski L, Kassner E, Stewart T, Nelson EC, Werner NJ, Zonies D, Oh J, Fang R, Brody DL.  Prospectively Assessed Clinical Outcomes in Concussive Blast vs Nonblast Traumatic Brain Injury Among Evacuated US Military Personnel. JAMA Neurol. 2014 Jun 16

  • Stewart IJ, Fang R, Cannon JW, Zonies DH, Morrow BD, Orman JA, Oliver JD, Abbott KC, Jones JA, Chung KK. Derivation of candidates for the combat casualty critical care (C4) database. Mil Med. 2014 Apr;179(4):370-4

  • Zonies D, DuBose J, Elterman J, et al.  Early implementation of continuous renal replacement therapy optimizes casualty evacuation for combat-related acute kidney injury. J Trauma & Acute Care Surgery. 75(2 Supp 2): S210-214. 2013 Aug

  • Zonies D, Merkel M. Advanced extracorporeal therapy in trauma. Curr Opin Crit Care. 2016 Dec;22(6):578-583

  • 1.     Undurraga Perl VJ, Dodgion C, Hart K, Ham B, Schreiber M, Martin DT, Zonies D.  The Affordable Care Act and its association with length of stay and payer status for trauma patients at a level I trauma center.  Am J Surg. 2017 May;213(5):870-873. doi: 10.1016/j.amjsurg.2017.03.036. Epub 2017 Apr 8. PMID: 28438261

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