Trauma Team

Acute Care Team

The Sinai Hospital Trauma Center staffs a number of skilled medical providers to treat its trauma patients, 24 hours a day and seven days a week. Your trauma team, or that of your loved one, is likely to include:

  • a trauma attending surgeon, who is on call for immediate response at all times and is responsible for resuscitating, stabilizing and later monitoring the patient. The trauma surgeon directs the trauma team.
  • a trauma resident, who has graduated from medical school and is receiving specialized, on-the-job training under the supervision of the trauma surgeon.
  • a trauma program manager, an advanced practice nurse that organizes the multifaceted services and systems necessary to care for trauma patients.
  • a trauma nurse practitioner and/or physician assistant, who will collaborate with the trauma surgeon, make daily rounds, perform minor medical procedures, prescribe medication, and help craft patient care plans and coordinate follow-up care.
  • a trauma nurse, a registered nurse with specialized training in the care of trauma patients. Trauma nurses care for patients around the clock and provide updates for families.

Some patients may also require:

  • a case manager, who can coordinate resources for patients being discharged
  • a social worker, who can coordinate social services for patients and families
  • an occupational therapist to help the patient recover daily living and work skills and achieve independence
  • a physical therapist to help rehabilitate the patient’s mobility and physical function
  • a physiatrist who specializes in physical medicine and rehabilitation
  • a psychiatrist to evaluate and treat psychological conditions caused by trauma
  • a respiratory therapist, who can provide breathing support and other respiratory treatments
  • a speech-language pathologist to evaluate and treat communication and swallowing disorders

Hashim Hesham, M.D.

Trauma Director: Hashim Hesham, M.D., FACS

Dr. Hesham is a board-certified surgeon. He received his Doctor of Medicine degree from Kabul Medical University, and completed his internship, residency and fellowship at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

Trauma Program Manager: James Gannon, M.S., R.N., C.E.N.

Trauma Program Manager: James Gannon, M.S., R.N., C.E.N.

James Gannon received his B.S. in Psychology from Towson University and his M.S. in Nursing as a clinical nurse leader from the University of Maryland School of Nursing. He is a member of the Emergency Nurses Association and the Society of Trauma Nurses. James is also the vice chairperson for Maryland TraumaNet.

James joined the Sinai Hospital Trauma Center from 2008 – 2013 as a nurse in the Emergency Department. After leaving Sinai, he was an ED travel nurse working at level I trauma centers across the country including Ben Taub in Houston, Texas, Palmetto Health Richland in Columbia, S.C., Colorado Children’s Hospital in Denver, Colo. and the University of Arizona in Tucson, Ariz. James is also a nurse for Maryland’s National Disaster Medical Assistance Team and has responded to national disasters such as Hurricane Harvey in 2017 and the Ebola outbreak in 2015. He returned to Sinai in 2016 as the assistant nurse manager for the Emergency Department. He is very passionate about providing the best and most current care to the trauma population, and has a special interest in disaster response and emergency preparedness.

Please contact us with any questions or concerns.