Title: Medical Director
Company: NC Jaycee Burn Center at UNC Chapel Hill
Location: Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United States
Booker T. King, MD FACS, Medical Director of NC Jaycee Burn Center at UNC Chapel Hill, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Doctors for dedication, achievements, and leadership in healthcare administration.
With many years of experience to his credit, Dr. King has found much success in a number of positions at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill since 2020, including as a professor in the division of burn surgery, the medical director of the NC Jaycee Burn Center and the division chief of burns in the department of surgery. Prior to these appointments, he served as the trauma medical director at the Womack Army Medical Center in Fort Bragg, North Carolina from 2018 to 2020. He was previously recruited as the director of the clinical division of the U.S. Army Burn Center at Joint Base San Antonio in Texas between 2013 and 2018. Dr. King began his career as the associate program director at Brooke Army Medical Center at the aforementioned base from 2008 to 2013.
Before embarking on his professional path, Dr. King pursued an education at the City College of New York, from which he obtained a Bachelor of Science in biomedical sciences, magna cum laude, in 1992. He concluded his formal studies at the New York University School of Medicine in 1994, graduating with a Doctor of Medicine. Following these academic accomplishments, he completed a general surgery residency through the University at Buffalo, part of the State University of New York system, between 1994 and 1999 as well as a trauma and surgical critical care fellowship at the University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine between 2005 and 2007. Dr. King likewise obtained myriad certifications in his areas of expertise, including basic life support, advanced cardiac life support instruction, advanced burn life support instruction and advanced trauma life support instruction.
Incredibly proud of his 20 years of military service, Dr. King was initially enlisted in the Medical Corps Army Reserve between 1995 and 1999. He would subsequently excel as a theater burn consultant, staff trauma surgeon and staff intensivist at the 86th Combat Support Hospital in Baghdad, Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom from 2007 to 2009, a theater burn consultant and staff trauma surgeon at the 31st and 115th Combat Support Hospital in Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom from 2010 to 2011, a theater trauma director for Operation Inherent Resolve in 2019 and the chief medical officer for the 528th Hospital Center for Task Force MED in Baghdad in 2019. Dr. King further held myriad additional posts in the Brooke Army Medical Center, USA MEDDAC Heidelberg in Germany, Shaw Air Force Base and Operation Joint Forge in Bosnia during his impressive military career.
In light of his exceptional efforts, Dr. King has accrued several accolades, including the 1993 Rita Kersingbaum Award for Academic Excellence, an Army Achievement Medal in 2001, Bronze Stars in both 2008 and 2010, Army Commendation Medals in 2003, 2015 and 2017, Meritorious Service Medals in 200, 2012 and 2019 and a Legion of Merit Award in 2018 and 2020. A recipient of the 1994 Harry A. Kersner Scholarship in Surgery, he has also been published in such medical journals as General Surgery Examination and Board Review and Journal of Burn Care & Research. Attributing his success to his spirituality, Dr. King hopes to continue renovating the existing burn centers at the University of North Carolina while making an impact in his field and mentoring the next generation of medical students within his discipline.
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