Originally from Caracas, Venezuela, Dr. Rafael J. Grossmann Zamora has been at Eastern Maine Medical Center, in Bangor, for most of his career. He completed his General Surgery Residency in Ann Arbor, Michigan, but after a period of a few years back to his home country, decided that he could only develop his full potential back in the Unites States.
He is part of the Surgery and Trauma team employed by the hospital, and has been interested and involved in the application of “Virtual Presence” to the care of injured patients, or “Teletrauma”, for several years. He is part of the group that made EMMC the first hospital in Maine to be verified as a Trauma Center by the American College of Surgeons, a few years ago. Their work on “Teletrauma” has been recognized nationally and in 2009 was awarded the “Best Scientific Award” at the annual congress of the American College of Surgeons in Chicago. The current idea is to make the teletrauma network widely available, more versatile, accessible and very inexpensive, by the use of the newest mobile technology.