Dr. Carl A. Soderstrom is an Adjunct Professor of Surgery at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and is a Senior Volunteer Staff member of the school’s National Study Center for Trauma and EMS (Baltimore, MD).
After completing a surgery/traumatology fellowship in 1977 at the Shock Trauma Center of the University of Maryland, Dr. Soderstrom joined the Center’s surgery staff. During his full-time career at the Medical Center, which spanned 25 years, he rose to the rank of Professor of Surgery. He authored over 100 papers, chapters, and other reports. While Dr. Soderstrom’s initial publications involved mostly topics in clinical trauma surgery, he has published extensively on research involving alcohol and other drugs, particularly as they relate to vehicular crashes. Dr. Soderstrom was the Principal Investigator (PI) of two NIH grants. The initial project documented for the first time the prevalence of chemical dependency problems among a large cohort of trauma center patients using standardized criteria and assessed methods to identify patients at-risk of those problems. The second was a 4-year randomized clinical trial of brief trauma-center-based Personalized Motivational Intervention for injured patients with alcohol use problems. Dr. Soderstrom was also PI of a Robert Wood Johnson research project to assess crash culpability relative to alcohol and other drug use among injured drivers.
In September 2005 Dr. Soderstrom was appointed Chief of the Medical Advisory Board (MAB) of the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration, after serving as Associate Chief since 2002. In that role, he leads the MAB in providing advice to the MVA regarding medical fitness to drive and policy based on current research. In addition, he has added medical fitness to drive as an area for research and publication.
Dr. Soderstrom has served and continues to serve on local, regional, and national committees, societies, and task forces addressing issues related to injury prevention. He served as President of the Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine from 2008 to 2010. Appointed by the Secretary of Transportation, Dr. Soderstrom recently completed service on the Medical Review Board (MRB) of the Federal Motor Carriers Safety Administration (2009 –2012). Currently, Dr. Soderstrom is a member of the Transportation Research Board’s (National Research Council) Safe Mobility for Older Persons Committee and it joint Sub-Committee, Medical Advisory Boards and Driver Licensing.
Providing testimony on numerous injury prevention initiatives, particularly those related to impaired driving, has and continues to be an important part of Dr. Soderstrom career in injury control. In 1988, he was an invited participant in the Surgeon General’s (Dr. Koop) historic “Workshop on Drunk Drivers.” In 2003 he testified to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) in its hearing on “Medical Review of the Non-Commercial Driver.” In 2010 he testified in the NTSB’s forum on “Safety, Mobility, and Aging Drivers.”
Dr. Soderstrom continues to teach at the Shock Trauma Center and at the Schools of the University of Maryland and to undertake and assist on research projects at the National Study Center. He is a member of the Center’s Crash Injury Research and Engineering Network (CIREN) team. In addition, he is a Faculty Associate at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health Department of Health Policy & Management.
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