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Peter C. Muskat, M.D., FACS

Professor and Chief,
Department of Surgery at Zuckerberg San Francisco General
Vice Chair, UCSF Department of Surgery
Chief of Surgery, Zuckerberg San Francisco General 
Col, USA(Ret)

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University of California, San Francisco
San Francisco, CA 94143-0807
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  • Amherst College, Amherst, Massachusetts B.A.1979
  • USAF Medical Center, Scott AFB, II Transitional internship Intern, 1984 - 1985
  • Wilford Hall Medical Center, San Antonio, TX. Intern, 1988 - 1989
  • Wilford Hall Medical Center, San Antonio, TX. Resident, 1989 - 1992
  • Wilford Hall Medical Center, San Antonio, TX. Chief Resident,1993
  • Surgical Critical Care/Trauma, University of North Carolina Medical Center, Chapel Hill, NC. 1996 - 1997
  • American Board of Surgery, General Surgery
  • American Board of Surgery, Surgical Critical Care
  • Trauma and Surgical Critical Care
  • Disaster preparedness
  • Massive Transfusion
  • Traumatic Lung Injury

Peter C. Muskat, M.D., FACS is Professor and Chief of the Department of Surgery Zuckerberg San Francisco General, Vice Chair of the UCSF Department of Surgery, and Chief of Surgery at Zuckerberg San Francisco General. Dr. Muskat was raised in a military family. He completed his undergraduate studies at Amherst College in Massachusetts in 1979 where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Neuroscience. He obtained his medical degree from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences School of Medicine in Bethesda, Maryland.

Upon completion of medical school in 1984, he completed the aerospace medicine primary course and a transitional internship at Scott AFB. From there he served as a flight surgeon for the 90th Squadron flying F4s and received the Pacific AF Flight Surgeon of the Year award in 1987. He obtained his general surgery training at Wilford Hall Medical Center in San Antonio, TX. He earned Surgical Critical Care Qualification at the University of North Carolina under the guidance of Tony Meyer and Samir Fakhry.

Colonel Muskat was a keystone force in the development of the Air Force's trauma readiness posture and served as the Air Force State Chairman to the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma. He also served as Consultant to the US Air Force Surgeon General for Trauma and Surgical Critical Care. He was the original action officer for the design and development of the Mobile Field Surgical Team, the USAF's premier deployable surgical team. He was the chief surgical consultant for development of the Expeditionary Medical Support hospital which was used extensively during the Afghanistan and Iraq wars. He served as chief of general surgery and as Chairman of the Dept of Surgery, 59th Medical Wing, Lackland Air Force Base, Texas.

His squadron was the largest surgical department in the Air Force, with 600 personnel. He completed a three year tour as the Director for The Center for the Sustainment of Trauma and Readiness Skills (CSTARS), which is responsible for the training of all of the Air Force's Critical Care Aeromedical Transport Teams, specialized teams tasked with the transfer of critically ill patients using aircraft. Career awards include the Excalibur Award, given for his contributions to the USAF and Society of AF Clinical Surgeons, the highest honor an AF surgeon can receive. His military awards include the Legion of Merit and the Meritorious Service Medal, with two Oak Leaf Clusters.

Following his retirement from the Air Force he became the Trauma director for the University of Cincinnati Medical and associate professor of surgery, guiding them through two successful verifications as a Level 1 trauma center by the American College of Surgeons. He is currently a national member of the ACS COT and serves on the Verification and PIPS committees. He also is a trauma center site surveyor for the COT, reviewing trauma centers around the country. He has 40 published articles and two book chapters and served as associate editor for the 3rd Edition of the NATO War Surgery Manual.

Most recent publications from a total of 45
  1. Tominaga GT, Staudenmayer KL, Shafi S, Schuster KM, Savage SA, Ross S, Muskat P, Mowery NT, Miller P, Inaba K, Cohen MJ, Ciesla D, Brown CV, Agarwal S, Aboutanos MB, Utter GH, Crandall M. The American Association for the Surgery of Trauma grading scale for 16 emergency general surgery conditions: Disease-specific criteria characterizing anatomic severity grading. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2016 Sep; 81(3):593-602. View in PubMed
  2. Moore SE, Decker A, Hubbard A, Callcut RA, Fox EE, Del Junco DJ, Holcomb JB, Rahbar MH, Wade CE, Schreiber MA, Alarcon LH, Brasel KJ, Bulger EM, Cotton BA, Muskat P, Myers JG, Phelan HA, Cohen MJ. Statistical Machines for Trauma Hospital Outcomes Research: Application to the PRospective, Observational, Multi-Center Major Trauma Transfusion (PROMMTT) Study. PLoS One. 2015; 10(8):e0136438. View in PubMed
  3. Pommerening MJ, Goodman MD, Holcomb JB, Wade CE, Fox EE, Del Junco DJ, Brasel KJ, Bulger EM, Cohen MJ, Alarcon LH, Schreiber MA, Myers JG, Phelan HA, Muskat P, Rahbar M, Cotton BA. Clinical gestalt and the prediction of massive transfusion after trauma. Injury. 2015 May; 46(5):807-13. View in PubMed
  4. Holcomb JB, Tilley BC, Baraniuk S, Fox EE, Wade CE, Podbielski JM, del Junco DJ, Brasel KJ, Bulger EM, Callcut RA, Cohen MJ, Cotton BA, Fabian TC, Inaba K, Kerby JD, Muskat P, O'Keeffe T, Rizoli S, Robinson BR, Scalea TM, Schreiber MA, Stein DM, Weinberg JA, Callum JL, Hess JR, Matijevic N, Miller CN, Pittet JF, Hoyt DB, Pearson GD, Leroux B, van Belle G. Transfusion of plasma, platelets, and red blood cells in a 1:1:1 vs a 1:1:2 ratio and mortality in patients with severe trauma: the PROPPR randomized clinical trial. JAMA. 2015 Feb 3; 313(5):471-82. View in PubMed
  5. Matijevic N, Wang YW, Wade CE, Holcomb JB, Cotton BA, Schreiber MA, Muskat P, Fox EE, Del Junco DJ, Cardenas JC, Rahbar MH, Cohen MJ. Cellular microparticle and thrombogram phenotypes in the Prospective Observational Multicenter Major Trauma Transfusion (PROMMTT) study: correlation with coagulopathy. Thromb Res. 2014 Sep; 134(3):652-8. View in PubMed
  6. Baraniuk S, Tilley BC, del Junco DJ, Fox EE, van Belle G, Wade CE, Podbielski JM, Beeler AM, Hess JR, Bulger EM, Schreiber MA, Inaba K, Fabian TC, Kerby JD, Cohen MJ, Miller CN, Rizoli S, Scalea TM, O'Keeffe T, Brasel KJ, Cotton BA, Muskat P, Holcomb JB. Pragmatic Randomized Optimal Platelet and Plasma Ratios (PROPPR) Trial: design, rationale and implementation. Injury. 2014 Sep; 45(9):1287-95. View in PubMed
  7. Hubbard A, Munoz ID, Decker A, Holcomb JB, Schreiber MA, Bulger EM, Brasel KJ, Fox EE, del Junco DJ, Wade CE, Rahbar MH, Cotton BA, Phelan HA, Myers JG, Alarcon LH, Muskat P, Cohen MJ. Time-dependent prediction and evaluation of variable importance using superlearning in high-dimensional clinical data. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2013 Jul; 75(1 Suppl 1):S53-60. View in PubMed
  8. Hampton DA, Fabricant LJ, Differding J, Diggs B, Underwood S, De La Cruz D, Holcomb JB, Brasel KJ, Cohen MJ, Fox EE, Alarcon LH, Rahbar MH, Phelan HA, Bulger EM, Muskat P, Myers JG, del Junco DJ, Wade CE, Cotton BA, Schreiber MA. Prehospital intravenous fluid is associated with increased survival in trauma patients. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2013 Jul; 75(1 Suppl 1):S9-15. View in PubMed
  9. Rahbar E, Fox EE, del Junco DJ, Harvin JA, Holcomb JB, Wade CE, Schreiber MA, Rahbar MH, Bulger EM, Phelan HA, Brasel KJ, Alarcon LH, Myers JG, Cohen MJ, Muskat P, Cotton BA. Early resuscitation intensity as a surrogate for bleeding severity and early mortality in the PROMMTT study. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2013 Jul; 75(1 Suppl 1):S16-23. View in PubMed
  10. Holcomb JB, Fox EE, Zhang X, White N, Wade CE, Cotton BA, del Junco DJ, Bulger EM, Cohen MJ, Schreiber MA, Myers JG, Brasel KJ, Phelan HA, Alarcon LH, Muskat P, Rahbar MH. Cryoprecipitate use in the PROMMTT study. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2013 Jul; 75(1 Suppl 1):S31-9. View in PubMed
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