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Laura Bruce Petrey, MD, FACS


Dr. Laura Petrey



Laura Bruce Petrey, MD, FACS, earned her MD from the University of Mississippi School of Medicine, completed her residency in General Surgery at the Rush-Presbyterian St. Luke’s Medical Center in Chicago, Ill., is certified by the American Board of Surgery in General Surgery and Surgical Critical Care, and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.  


Currently, Dr. Petrey is an associate attending surgeon in general surgery at the Level I Trauma Center at Baylor University Medical Center (Baylor Dallas), where she holds the distinction of being the first female attending general surgeon in the Department of Surgery, which was formed in 1920. In addition to treating patients in hospital, Dr. Petrey also sees patients on an outpatient basis at Urgent Surgery Associates, PA, which is a private practice group that partners with Baylor Dallas to provide general, acute care and trauma surgery services to Baylor Dallas in-patients, as well as follow-up outpatient care once those patients are discharged from Baylor Dallas.


Dr. Petrey also is the secretary of the medical staff and serves on the ICU Quality Committee, the ICU Clinical Practice Council and the ICU Breakthrough Committee. Previously, she served on the Disaster Planning Steering Committee for five years and the Committee on Committees for four years at Baylor Dallas. She was also president of the Baylor University Medical Center Women’s Physician Forum from 2005 to 2010.


Since 2004, Dr. Petrey has been a member of the Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma (EAST), where she served on the Bylaws Committee for two years. In 2012, she collaborated on EAST’s Practice Management Guidelines Committees for Penetrating Colon Injury and for Blunt Aorta Injury. Recently, she and the rest of the EAST committee started on an update to the management guidelines to penetrating colon injuries, which they expect to publish soon.


Beyond her roles as health care provider and committee member, Dr. Petrey also has been an assistant professor with Texas A&M University’s Health Science Center in the College of Medicine since 2011. As such, she works with medical students during their rotations in acute care surgery or trauma and critical care. Since 2014, Dr. Petrey also has been the associate program director for research for the Department of Surgery at Baylor Dallas, which means she is responsible for supervising the research of the general surgery residents, in addition to pursuing her own research interests in identifying the causes for hospital readmissions of trauma patients, cost-effectiveness throughout the health care industry, and post-traumatic stress disorder in patients. Her research efforts have resulted in several peer-reviewed publications and many more regional and national presentations. 



University of Mississippi School of Medicine, Jackson, Miss.



Advanced Cardiac Life Support

Advanced Trauma Life Support - Instructor Status

Basic and Acute Setting Ultrasound by the American College of Surgeons

Basic Life Support

General Surgery by the American Board of Surgery

Streetlevel Airway Management by International Trauma Anesthesia and Critical Care society

Surgical Critical Care by the American Board of Surgery

Texas Medical Board (with current DEA and DPS registrations)

Ultrasound for the Acute Care General Surgeon


Medical Affiliations/Associations

Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society

American College of Surgeons

American Medical Association

Political Action Committee, American Medical Association

American Medical Women’s Association

Association of Women Surgeons

Dallas County Medical Society

Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma (EAST)

Practice Management Guidelines Committee for Blunt Aorta Injury, EAST

Practice Management Guidelines Committee for Penetrating Colon Injury, EAST

Harwell Wilson Surgical Society, University of Tennessee at Memphis

ICU Breakthrough Committee, Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas, Texas

ICU Clinical Practice Council, Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas, Texas

ICU Quality Committee, Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas, Texas

Society of Critical Care Medicine

Southwestern Surgical Congress

Texas Medical Association


Selected IRB Approved Studies

IRB 015-308: Associations between vehicle occupant restraint systems and maxillofacial injuries following motor vehicle collisions

IRB 015-309: Early versus delayed cholecystectomy in patients presenting to the emergency department with cholecystitis: a cost comparison study

IRB 013-106: Colon Injury in Damage Control Surgery: Is it Safe to do a Delayed Anastomosis?

IRB 013-166: Nurse-driven Chest Tube Management Protocol: Let’s get the Chest Tube out more Quickly and Safely

IRB 013-189: Hospital Re-admission Rates in Trauma Patients: A Deeper Look into the Causes and Remedies

IRB 013-265: Pain Management after Thoracostomy: Is Exparel Better than the Others?


Peer-Reviewed Publications

Cullinane D, Petrey L, Goldberg S, Khwaja K, Schaefer G, Rowell S, Jawa R, Guillamondegui O.   Penetrating Colon Injury (Update): A Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma Practice Management Guideline. Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery; manuscript in preparation.


Petrey LB, Cook A, Gilder R, Bennett M, Reynolds M, Weddle R, Foreman ML. Trauma patient readmissions: Why do they come back for more? Accepted to Journal of Trauma.


Fox N, Schwartz D, Salazar JH, Haut ER, Dahm P, Black JH, Brakenridge, SC, Como JJ, Hendershot K, King DR, Maung AA, Moorman ML, Nagy K, Petrey LB, Tesoriero, R, Scalea TM, Fabian TC.  Evaluation and Management of Blunt Traumatic Aortic Injury.  Journal of Trauma Nursing: The Official Journal of the Society of Trauma Nurses. 2015; 22(2):99-110


Nicole Fox, MD, Diane Schwartz, MD, Jose H. Salazar, MD, Elliott R. Haut, MD, Philipp Dahm, MD, Laura B. Petrey, MD, et al. Evaluation and management of blunt traumatic aortic injury: A practice management guideline from the Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma. Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery. 2015;78(2):447.


Rainey EE, Petrey LB, Reynolds M, Agtarap S, Warren AM. Psychological factors predicting outcome after traumatic injury: the role of resilience. American Journal of Surgery. July 23, 2014.


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. The Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery. 2014;76(2):517-22.


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. Journal of Anxiety Disorders. 2014;28(3):301-9.


Funk, GA; Petrey, LB; Foreman, ML. Clamping Chest Thoracostomy Tubes: A Heretical Notion? Proceedings (Baylor University Medical Center). July 2009: Vol 22 (3), 215-7.


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. Proceedings (Baylor University Medical Center). April 2008 Vol 21 (2) 120-6.


Steen S, Lamont J, Petrey, L. Acute Gastric Dilation and Ischemia Secondary to Small Bowel Obstruction: A Case Report and Review of the Literature. Proceedings (Baylor University Medical Center). 2008 Jan:Vol 21(1) 15-7.


Santaniello JR, Miller PR, Croce MA, Bruce LM, Bee TK, Malhotra AK, Fabian TC. Blunt Aortic Injury with Concomitant Intra-abdominal Solid Organ Injury: Treatment Priorities Revisited. The Journal of Trauma: Injury, Infection, and Critical Care. Sept 2002: (53) 3: 442-445.


Bruce LM, Croce MA, Santaniello, JM, Miller PR, Lyden SP, Fabian TC. Blunt Renal Artery Injury: Incidence, Diagnosis and Management. American Surgeon June 2001: (67) 6: 550-6.



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