John J. Fildes, MD
General Surgery, Trauma and Surgical Critical Care
John Fildes, MD, FACS, FCCM, FPCS (Hon) is Professor and Inaugural Chair of the Department of Surgery at the new UNLV School of Medicine (UNLVSOM). He established the first AAST approved fellowship in Acute Care Surgery in the nation and he continues to function as its Program Director.
Dr. Fildes is also the Medical Director of the Trauma Center and Chair of the Department of Trauma and Burns at the University Medical Center (UMC) in Las Vegas. He has held this position since 1996. UMC is Nevada’s only Level 1 Trauma Center, only Pediatric Trauma Center, and only Burn Center. Dr. Fildes was a leader in the medical response to the One October Shootings in Las Vegas and he continues to be a spokesperson at the regional, national, and international level.
Dr. Fildes has been practicing in Las Vegas since 1996 where he received the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce’s Achievement Award (1998), was named as Nevada’s Distinguished Physician (2006), Healthcare Hero (2012), Best Doctors of Southern Nevada (2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018), and honored by the Mayor of Las Vegas who proclaimed May 12th as Dr. John Fildes Day in the City of Las Vegas (2017). He also received the Dean’s Distinguished Service Award (2007), Foundation Professor Award (2012), and was named the Outstanding Teacher and Full Time Professor on numerous occasions by the UNR School of Medicine. Dr. Fildes is the recipient of certificates of appreciation from the White House Medical Unit (1998, 2017), the Centers for Disease Control (2009 and 2012), and the US Air Force (2016).
John Fildes received his BS degree, cum laude, in Biomedical Engineering from Union College in Schenectady, NY (1973-1977). He received his MD degree, meritisimus, from the University of Santo Tomas in Manila (1978-1982). Dr. Fildes completed his residency in General Surgery at the Bronx-Lebanon Hospital in Bronx, NY (1982-1987). He completed his fellowship in Trauma, Burns, and Surgical Critical Care at the Cook County Hospital in Chicago, IL (1988-1989).
Dr. Fildes has been a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) since 1990. He made significant contributions to the creation of the National Trauma Data Bank® (NTDB®) and the Trauma Quality Improvement Project® (TQIP®). He was appointed National Chair of the ACS Committee on Trauma (COT) (2006-2010) and was promoted to Medical Director of Trauma Programs in the Division of Research and Optimal Patient Care at the ACS (2010-2014). He served as ACS Governor for the state of Nevada (2015-2018). Dr. Fildes received the Trauma Achievement Award (2018) for exceptionally meritorious service and lifetime achievement from the ACS and COT.
Dr. Fildes has been a member of the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma (AAST) since 1994. He served as Chair of the Injury Assessment and Outcome Committee (2004-2006). He also served as the Chair of the Acute Care Surgery Committee (2010-2013) where he made significant contributions to the growth and development of Acute Care Surgery training programs. He currently serves as the Chair of the Acute Care Surgery Program Directors Committee.
Dr. Fildes has collaborated with the United States Air Force (USAF) for more than a decade. He was a Senior Visiting Surgeon and Consultant at Landsthul Regional Medical Center in Germany and at Bagram and Kandahar Air Bases in Afghanistan (2008). He embedded active duty residents into general surgery and emergency medicine residencies at the UNLVSOM. Dr. Fildes collaborated and led the efforts to establish the STARS-P (Sustainment of Trauma and Resuscitation Skills – Program) and more recently the SMART (Sustained Medical and Readiness Training) programs to sustain and improve the readiness of attending surgeons and medical personnel for battlefield medicine.