Our Trauma Surgeons
Frank"Tres"Mitchell, III, MD, MHA, FACS
Medical Director of Trauma and Surgical Critical Care
Dr Mitchell is the Medical Director of Trauma and Surgical Critical Care Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn Medical Center Dr. Frank “Tres” Mitchell has a long history in the trauma community and is highly visible at the national level. Dr. Mitchell graduated with a BA from the University of Missouri and earned his medical degree from Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans. He went on to complete his General Surgery Residency at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas, Texas. He is board certified in General Surgery and in Surgical Critical Care. Dr. Mitchell has been a member and officer of the National ATLS Committee and a Region Chief for the Committee on Trauma. He has served as an ACS Committee on Trauma Site Reviewer since 1999. He is a member of the Committee on Trauma Verification Review Committee, and most recently, he completed serving as its Chair. He is active in many professional organizations, including the American Medical Association, the American Society for Bariatric Surgery, the American Association for Surgery of Trauma, the Society of Critical Care Medicine, the Western Trauma Association, and the Society of Law, Medicine & Ethics.
Charles Kung Chao Hu, MD, MBA, FACS, FCCP
Associate Trauma Medical Director
Dr. Hu has been with the Trauma Program at Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn Medical Center since July 2008. He received his Doctor of Medicine from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan in June 1998 where he also completed a general surgery residency from 1998 to 2003. Dr. Hu did a surgical critical care fellowship at Washington University in St. Louis 2003 - 2004. He is board certified in both General Surgery and Surgical Critical Care. He received his MBA from The University of California, Irvine in 2010. Dr. Hu is active in many professional organizations to include ACS, EAST, AAST, and SCCM.
Denise Cornejo, MD
After graduating from the University of Arizona, Dr. Cornejo attended Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, where she completed her medical degree in 2004. Her training includes a general surgery residency and surgical critical care fellowship at Boston University School of Medicine/Boston Medical Center. The recipient of humanism and other awards and scholarships, Dr. Cornejo has served as a research assistant with the Department of Psychiatry at New England Medical Center/Lemuel Shattuck Hospital and the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at University Medical Center in Tucson. Her volunteer experience includes the Student National Medical Association and Health Careers Opportunity Program. Joining Scottsdale Healthcare Surgical & Trauma Specialists in September 2011, Dr. Cornejo is a member of the American College of Surgery, American Medical Association and other professional societies.
Kari F. Jerge, MD
Before joining Scottsdale Healthcare Surgical & Trauma Specialists in July 2012, Dr. Jerge earned her medical degree from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine in 2006. She completed residencies in general surgery at UNC Chapel Hill and St. Louis University Hospital and a fellowship in surgical critical care at St. Louis University Hospital. Dr. Jerge’s professional interests include sustainability of trauma systems, trauma prevention and outreach, ICU management of severe chest wall trauma and hemostatic resuscitation. Certified in Advanced Trauma Life Support instructor training, she has been involved in various research projects addressing topics such as trauma resource distribution and informing patients of outpatient test results. Dr. Jerge also has given presentations on trauma/critical care related to infectious diseases, ventilator support and nutritional care in the ICU, multiple organ failure, infection control, anemia and others. She is a member of the American College of Surgeons, American Academy of Physicians, Association of Women Surgeons, American College of Physicians and American Medical Association.