Dr Donald Scholten, trauma surgeon and faculty, Hurley Medical Center, Flint, MI

Donald J Scholten


  • Trauma surgeon, Hurley Medical Center, Flint, Mich.
  • Clinical Professor of Surgery, Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, Department of Surgery, East Lansing, Mich.

In addition to his top-notch clinical skills, Dr. Scholten is known for excellence in teaching and has won many teaching awards from residents and students. He also has focused some of his research on the education of surgeons. Further, many of his hospital committee appontments throughout his career have focused on education, research, and improvement.


  • Bachelor of Arts (Magna Cum Laude): Hope College, Holland, Mich.
    • Research: National Science Foundation (GP-27587 - Investigator MP Doyle PhD), Dept. of Chemistry
  • Medical School (with distinction): Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit, Mich.
  • Internship, Categorical Year: Butterworth Hospital, Grand Rapids, Mich.
  • General Surgery Residency: Michigan State University / Butterworth Hospital, Grand Rapids, Mich.
  • Senior Fellow/ Critical Care Fellowship: University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, Penn.
  • Research Fellowship: CCM Resuscitation Research Center, University Health Center Project at Pittsburgh


  • Surgery
  • Surgical Critical Care


  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Alpha Omega Alpha
  • Fellow, American College of Surgeons
  • Named to list of “Best Doctors in the Nation - Midwest Region” multiple years (Woodward/White, Inc., publishers)
  • Voted “Outstanding Resident Teacher” multiple times by MSU medical students and interns
  • Received “Resident Teacher of the Year” multiple times from resident physicians
  • Received “Leo J Kenny Award” multiple times from resident physicians
  • Received “Resident Sub-Specialty Teacher of the Year” award
  • Elected “Young Surgeon Representative,” Michigan Chapter, American College of Surgeons
  • Received “ACS-COT Millennium Commitment Award,” American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma


If Dr. Scholten were the boasting type, he could talk about his nearly 300 publications and presentations, but he is not, so here is a brief list of his most recent topics published or presented:

  • Anti-platelet and anti-coagulation therapies do not increase mortality in the absence of traumatic brain injury
  • Use of bovine pericardial strips to buttress stable lines at small intestine, mesentery and anastomotic junctions
  • A comparison of two different prophylactic dose regimens of low molecular-weight heparin in bariatric surgery
  • Concomitant blunt enteric injuries with injuries of the liver and spleen
  • A presurgical need for psychotherapeutic care correlates with improvement in medical comorbidities following gastric bypass
  • Failure of antiseptic bonding in the prevention of central venous catheter-related infection and sepsis
  • Does surgical critical-care fellowship training during residency influence general surgery resident performance?
  • Outcome of patients requiring airway management in surgical critical illness: Use of computer database for quality assessment
  • Surgical resident training in the era of health-care reform: experience with a combined program in plastic surgery
  • Training for military readiness: beyond ATLS
  • Minimum-access bariatric surgery
  • Frequent errors in the initial evaluation and management of trauma
  • Heroes and heroines
  • Bariatric surgery: operating for success
  • Systemic response to injury