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New Chief of Trauma Announced at Memorial Hermann Red Duke Trauma Institute

 Michelle McNuttAfter more than a year of serving in the interim role, Dr. Michelle McNutt has officially been named chief of trauma at Memorial Hermann Red Duke Trauma Institute.

The announcement coincides with her appointment as chief of trauma in the Division of Acute Care Surgery at McGovern Medical School at UTHealth.

Dr. McNutt has served as interim director of trauma since 2015, leading Memorial Hermann’s world-class team of clinicians, researchers and educators in a collaborative academic partnership with McGovern Medical School aimed at delivering comprehensive, life-saving services to the residents of the Gulf Coast region.

Prior to her interim role, Dr. McNutt served as the assistant medical director of trauma at the Institute for three years. 

“Dr. McNutt’s commitment to high-quality patient care, her ability to be an effective communicator and her track record as a proven leader all make her an excellent choice for chief of trauma at the Red Duke Trauma Institute,” said Brian Dean, Memorial Hermann Senior Vice President and Regional President-Central Region. “We are proud to have her at the helm of the busiest trauma center in the nation.”

Dr. McNutt grew up in Richmond, Texas and received a BA in Biology from the University of Texas at Austin. She earned her medical degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. After finishing medical school, she moved to Houston to complete both her internship and residency, as well as a fellowship in surgical critical care, at McGovern Medical School. She has been a member of the UTHealth faculty as an assistant professor of surgery since 2010. 

Dr. McNutt became interested in trauma surgery during her residency training, attracted to the profession due to its fast pace, diversity and critical decision-making required when taking care of a patient in need.