Kenneth Wilson

Trauma Surgeon

  • Director, Pediatric Trauma, Hurley Medical Center, Flint, Mich.
  • Commanding Officer, Medical Readiness Training Exercise, African Command, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
  • Assistant Professor, Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, Department of Surgery

Education & Experience

Kenneth L Wilson MD brings military trauma experience to his work at Hurley, but first he obtained a bachelor-of-arts degree from Emory University, Atlanta, in 1989; earned his medical degree from Howard University, Washington DC, in 1996; and followed that with a surgical fellowship at the Morehouse School of Medicine, Atlanta, in 2001. In 2003, he completed his Trauma/Critical Care Fellowship at Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, and completed some of the fellowship work at Hurley Medical Center in Flint.

So he felt comfortable at Hurley when he returned as an attending trauma surgeon in 2014 and took on the role of director Pediatric Trauma. His recent research papers have focused on topics such as: intra-abdominal solid organ injuries (and management algorithm), augmented reality as a clinical support tool to assist combat medics in the treatment of tension pneumothoraces, examining the learning effects of a low-cost haptic-based virtual reality simulator on laparoscopic cholecystectomy, pediatric trauma experience in a combat support hospital, and healthcare outcome disparities in trauma care.

Recent presentations include: injury patterns sustained from improvised explosive devices and advancement of the care of vascular injuries as a consequence of military experience, African-American surgeons in armed US conflicts - joining the fight for freedom and acceptance, managing trauma patients through the organ donation process, mangled extremities, wearing augmented reality as a clinical decision-support tool for first-responders, and trauma in austere environments - stories from Afghanistan and emerging technologies in trauma care.


  • Surgical Critical Care, American Board of Surgery
  • General Surgery, American Board of Surgery
  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support
  • Advanced Trauma Life Support
  • Pediatric Advanced Life Support

Honors and Awards

  • Army Commendation Medal, Baraki Barak, Afghanistan, 2013
  • Combat Action Badge, Baraki Barak, Afghanistan, 2013
  • Grady Memorial Hospital Inspiring Mentor Award, 2012
  • Hero in Healthcare, Military Award, 2011
  • Atlanta Business Chronicle, Army Commendation Medal, Khost, Afghanistan, 2011
  • Golden Apple, Instructor of the year, 2009
  • Army Medal of Commendation, Al Kut, Iraq, 2007