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Austin, Texas - (March 31, 2011) - Dr. Drue "Neel" Ware, MD, an associate professor of Surgery at University of Texas - Houston Health Science Center, has been named Trauma medical director for the Trauma Center at Seton Medical Center Williamson in Round Rock.

Dr. Ware's past hospital appointments include Memorial Hermann Hospital and Lyndon B. Johnson General Hospital, both in Houston. He is certified by the American Board of Surgery, is an instructor of Advanced Trauma Life Support for the American College of Surgeons (ACS), and has published extensively on approaches to traumatic injuries, from snake bites to open wounds.

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Since opening in 2008, SMCW has steadily added medical specialties to provide convenient advanced healthcare to a growing community. Among these are comprehensive cardiovascular care, pulmonology, neurodiagnostics, women's services and robotic surgery. The facility provides Level 2 Trauma Services.

"Seton trauma patients benefit from the region's best continuum of care, from initial treatment all the way through rehabilitation and recovery," Dr. Ware said, referring to the Level I Trauma Services capability at Dell Children's Medical Center and University Medical Center Brackenridge. "The Seton Williamson staff and their advanced technology have already gained a reputation for outstanding trauma care."

Dr. Ware joined SMCW as it prepared for its ACS verification survey. He replaces Dr. Ben Coopwood, who led the Trauma Services department at SMCW through successive expansions. Dr. Coopwood, who temporarily based his clinical practice at SMCW, has returned to his private practice with Texas Surgical Group and the Clinical Education Center at Brackenridge where he is director of the Seton/UT Southwestern Medical Center Surgery department, overseeing the surgical residency program.

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