Dr. Arek Wiktor joins Burn faculty
Arek Wiktor, MD, has joined the faculty as an Assistant Professor in the Division of G.I., Tumor, and Endocrine Surgery, specializing in Burn, Trauma and Acute Care Surgery.
Dr. Wiktor attended the University of Colorado School of Medicine. He completed his General Surgery Residency and a Burn Surgery Fellowship at the University of Colorado, along with additional training in the burn units at Shriners Hospital for Children and Brooke Army Medical Center. He then went on to complete a Surgical Critical Care Fellowship at the University of Michigan.
Dr. Wiktor has published 10 abstracts and manuscripts, delivered 10 research presentations at national meetings, and 9 Grand Rounds. He has won awards from the Golden Humanism Honor Society, the American College of Surgeons, the Arnold P. Gold Foundation, the Denver Academy of Surgery, and the Society for Free Radical Biology and Medicine.
Dr. Wiktor has been appointed the Associate Director of the Burn Surgery Service. Additionally, he will be attending on the Surgical Intensive Care Unit and on the Trauma Acute Care Surgery Service. He is developing a critical care ultrasound curriculum for medical students, residents, and fellows. His research interests include acute burn resuscitation, inhalation injury, and point of care ultrasound use in the intensive care unit.
Severe burns from hash-oil explosions on the rise
In 2013, the Burn Unit saw a dramatic increase in the number of patients admitted due to injuries incurred while making homemade hash oil (a form of marijuana processed using butane). Since the legalization of recreational marijuana in Colorado in 2014, the trend appears to be accelerating still further, according to Camy Boyle, RN, Associate Nurse Manager in the Burn Unit.
Burn Center nurse wins national award
Burn/Trauma ICU clinical nurse Samantha Weimer was named a National Magnet Nurse of the Year at the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC)
National Magnet Conference in Orlando in October 2013. Weimer was one of just five nurses in the nation to earn the honor. Read more in UCHealth Insider.