Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital names new Trauma Medical Director
Southwest Hospital recently named Kulvinder
Bajwa, M.D. as Trauma Medical Director. This appointment is an important
step in the hospital’s journey to becoming a Level II Trauma Center.
“It’s critical to have the expertise and immediate availability
of highly skilled trauma physicians like Dr. Bajwa as we continue to serve the
trauma and acute medical needs of Southwest Houston and surrounding
communities,” said Greg Haralson, CEO of Memorial Hermann Southwest and
Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital. “As our new Trauma Medical Director, Dr.
Bajwa brings more than two decades of expertise to Memorial Hermann
Southwest. His medical experience
coupled with his unrelenting focus on high-quality and safe care makes him a
tremendous asset to our team.”
Dr. Bajwa received his medical degree from The University of
Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. He completed his general surgery
residency and served as Chief Surgery Resident at Conemaugh Memorial Medical
Center/Temple University. From there, Dr.
Bajwa went on to serve as a general and trauma surgeon in the local community
and with the U.S. Army, where he also served as a Brigade Commander. Currently,
he serves as a Colonel in the Medical Corps of the U.S. Army Reserves.
He also is an associate professor at the McGovern Medical School at UTHealth.
“Memorial Hermann Southwest plays a critical role in serving
the medical needs of the Greater Houston community,” said Dr. Bajwa. “I am
excited to lead our team in our commitment to provide high level, acute care to
those who enter our hospital.”
Five Memorial Hermann affiliated physicians, who also serve
as assistant professors of surgery at the McGovern Medical School, will join
Dr. Bajwa, including: Joshua Person, M.D., Kathryn Balinger, M.D., Spogmai
Komak, M.D., David Kim, M.D., and Rondel Albarado, M.D.
In 2016, Memorial Hermann Health
System pledged to upgrade trauma capabilities within its integrated network in
order to provide high-quality trauma care to greater Houston and surrounding
areas. A Level II Trauma Center, as designated by the American College of Surgeons, offers 24-hour
in-house coverage by general surgeons as well as coverage in orthopedic
surgery, neurosurgery, anesthesiology, emergency medicine, radiology and
“Houston only has two Level I Trauma Centers, while a region
this size should have six. By providing the community with additional options
to receive high-level trauma care, we can reduce the burden on those locations handling
all of the cases,” added Haralson.
The Woodlands Medical Center recently received its Level II Trauma
Verification. As part of its advanced trauma network, Memorial Hermann also
operates two Level III trauma centers at Memorial Hermann Greater Heights
Hospital and Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital. Memorial Hermann
Sugar Land Hospital, Memorial Hermann
Cypress Hospital and Memorial Hermann Katy
Hospital operate Level IV trauma centers.