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The Architect: Addison May, MD, MBA, FACS, FCCM

Updated: Feb 4

Dr Addison May is Chief of Acute Care Surgery for the Atrium Health system and Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, North Carolina. Prior to assuming this role in 2018, he held the Ingram Chair in Surgical Sciences and was Professor of Surgery and Anaesthesiology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center where he served as the Director of Surgical Critical Care and the Program Director of Vanderbilt’s Surgical Critical Care and Acute Care Surgery Fellowship for 17 years. Dr May is a past President of the Surgical Infection Society, past Chair of the Surgical Section of the Society of Critical Care Medicine, a fellow of the American College of Critical Care Medicine and the American College of Surgery, and a recipient of the Barry A. Shapiro Memorial Award for Excellence in Critical Care awarded by the American College of Critical Care Medicine. He has published greater than 230 peer reviewed manuscripts, book chapters, and editorials predominately in the areas of surgical infections, critical illness, and trauma.

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Dr. Addison May

Dr May is a graduate of the University of Virginia with a BA in biology, received his medical degree from the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. He completed his General Surgery residency and a 3M/SIS research fellowship at the University of Virginia Health Sciences Center and a two-year fellowship in Surgical Critical Care and Traumatology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. He also received a Master of Business Administration degree from Auburn University.

Dr. May’s Prescription for Success:

Number 1: Read. Initiate a reading program.

Number 2: Throw your life a curve.

Number 3: Just advance the needle.

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Email: Notable quotes from Dr. May’s interview:

Failing when you are younger and coming back from it is a great lesson.
If you surround yourself with people who are working hard, it’s easy to do that.
I liked taking patients that were really sick and trying to make them better.
As long as you are moving things forward – that’s a good thing.
You can achieve really fabulous things if you are willing to put pressure over time.
Figuring out what that pivot will be is not always straight forward.

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