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Michael L. Foreman, MD, FACS


Michael L. Foreman, MD, FACS, is a diplomate of the American Board of Surgery in general surgery with added qualifications in critical care. Since completing his residency in general surgery in 1987 at Baylor University Medical Center (Baylor Dallas), Dr. Foreman has pursued his interest in trauma and critical care surgery and spearheaded the establishment of the Comprehensive Trauma Center at Baylor. Verified by the American College of Surgeons and designated by the state of Texas over a decade and a half ago, he continues to serve as its first trauma medical director. Within the Department of Surgery, he has directed the Division of Trauma since its establishment and in 2013 formed the current, more comprehensive Division of Trauma, Critical Care and Acute Care Surgery serving as its divisional chief. Dr. Foreman has been the medical director of the Trauma and Neuro-trauma Intensive Care Unit at Baylor Dallas since 1995 and became the co-director of the Cardiothoracic and Transplant ICU in 2013. He was honored to be named as the co-director of critical care services at Baylor Dallas in 2013.


In addition to his varied administrative roles and care provider roles as an attending surgeon, Dr. Foreman has an abiding interest in teaching. Actively involved in the daily training of surgical residents throughout his career, with the establishment of the medical school branch at Baylor Dallas, he was awarded the academic rank of professor of surgery by Texas A&M University Health Science Center. In addition to daily clinical teaching, he oversees the research projects of several medical students and residents in addition to conducting his own research examining multiple aspects of patient care and outcomes. Since his first publication in 1987, Dr. Foreman has been an author on more than 20 peer-reviewed publications and more than 100 regional, national, and international professional presentations.


Dr. Foreman completed a master’s degree in life science at the University of Texas Permian Basin and earned his MD from the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio where he was inducted into the medical honor society Alpha Omega Alpha.



University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio, Texas



Surgical Critical Care by the American Board of Surgery

Advanced Trauma Life Support – Course Director and State Faculty

General Surgery by the American Board of Surgery


Medical Affiliations/Associations

Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society

American Association for the Surgery of Trauma

American College of Surgeons

American Medical Association

American Society for Parenteral & Enteral Nutrition

American Trauma Society

Dallas County Medical Society

International Wound Ballistics Association

Society of Baylor Surgeons

Society of Critical Care Medicine

Southwestern Surgical Congress

Texas Medical Association

Texas Surgical Society



Selected IRB Approved Studies

IRB 015-118: The Angel® Catheter Clinical Trial: Prevention of Pulmonary Embolism in High Risk Patients

IRB 015-024: Evaluation of the incidence of venothromboembolic events in the traumatic brain injury patients before and after implementation of an evidence-based algorithm for chemical prophylaxis

IRB 015-003: Examination of trauma patient disposition then vs now: How the newly implemented activation criteria is changing work flow

IRB 013-124: Sarcopenia and osteopenia as a marker of frailty and predictor of morbidity and mortality in the trauma patient.

IRB 012-249: The Family Longitudinal Outcome After Trauma Project

IRB 012-125: Assessment of positive and negative clinical indicators of the free water protocol with patients who aspirate on thin liquids

IRB 012-035: Secondary Traumatic Stress in Clinician’s: Impact of Working with Patients who Sustain Trauma

IRB 012-028: The Baylor Trauma Outcome Project

IRB 012-025: Free water protocol

IRB 008-207: Evaluation of a trauma severity coding and classification using Relational Trauma Scoring Systems (RTSS)



Selected Peer Reviewed Publications

Roberson RM, Elliott TR, Reynolds M, Foreman ML, Rainey EE, Warren AM. Resilience and Trajectories of Recovery in the Year Following Traumatic Injury. In Press, Rehabilitation Psychology.


Ewing M, Funk GA, Foreman ML, Rapier N, Reynolds M, Warren AM. Improving NTDB coding data reliability for traumatic injury using a prospective systems approach. Health Informatics Journal. 2015.


Trost Z, Agtarap S, Scott W, Driver S, Guck A, Roden-Foreman K, Reynolds M,Foreman ML, Warren AM. Perceived Injustice After Traumatic Injury: Associations With Pain, Psychological Distress, and Quality of Life Outcomes 12 Months After Injury. Rehabil Psychol. 2015 Jul 20


Cochran G, Field C, Foreman M, Ylioja T, Brown CV. Effects of brief intervention on subgroups of injured patients who drink at risk levels. Inj Prev. 2015 Jun 29.


Shafi S, Barnes SA, Rayan N, Kudyakov R, Foreman M, Cryer HG, Alam HB, Hoff W, Holcomb J.  Compliance with recommended care at trauma centers: association with patient outcomes. J Am Coll Surg. 2014 Aug;219(2):189-98.


Field C, Walters S, Marti CN, Jun J, Foreman M, Brown C. A multisite randomized controlled trial of brief intervention to reduce drinking in the trauma care setting: how brief is brief? Ann Surg. 2014 May;259(5):873-80.


Powers MB, Warren AM, Rosenfield D, Roden-Foreman K, Bennett M, Reynolds MC, Davis ML, Foreman ML, Petrey LB, Smits JA. Predictors of PTSD symptoms in adults admitted to a Level I trauma center: a prospective analysis. J Anxiety Disord. 2014 Apr;28(3):301-9


Field CA, Cochran G, Caetano R, Foreman M, Brown CV. Postdischarge nonmedical use of prescription opioids in at-risk drinkers admitted to urban level I trauma centers. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2014 Mar;76(3):833-9.


Warren AM, Foreman ML, Bennett MM, Petrey LB, Reynolds M, Patel S, Roden-Foreman K. Posttraumatic stress disorder following traumatic injury at 6 months: associations with alcohol use and depression. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2014 Feb;76(2):517-22.


Warren AM, Jones AL, Shafi S, Roden-Foreman K, Bennett MM, Foreman ML. Does caring for trauma patients lead to psychological stress in surgeons? J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2013 Jul;75(1):179-84.


Gierman JL, Shutze WP Sr, Pearl GJ, Foreman ML, Hohmann SE, Shutze WP Jr. Thermoregulatory catheter-associated inferior vena cava thrombus. Proc (Bayl Univ Med Cent). 2013 Apr;26(2):100-2.


Rich JM, Mason AM, Tillmann HA, Foreman M. Rescue ventilation: resolving a "cannot mask ventilate, cannot intubate" situation during exchange of a Combitube for a definitive airway. AANA J. 2009 Oct;77(5):339-42.


Taylor EE, Carroll JP, Lovitt MA, Petrey LB, Gray PE, Mastropieri CJ, Foreman ML. Active intravascular rewarming for hypothermia associated with traumatic injury: early experience with a new technique. Proc (Bayl Univ Med Cent). 2008 Apr;21(2):120-6.


Patel AN, Brennig C, Cotner J, Lovitt MA, Foreman ML, Wood RE, Urschel HC Jr. Successful diagnosis of penetrating cardiac injury using surgeon-performed sonography. Ann Thorac Surg. 2003 Dec;76(6):2043-6; discussion 2046-7.


Conrad JK, Ferry KM, Foreman ML, Gogel BM, Fisher TL, Livingston SA. Changing management trends in penetrating colon trauma. Dis Colon Rectum. 2000 Apr;43(4):466-71.


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