Trauma Dr Leo Mercer left at 2018 research forum Flint MI
Trauma Dr Leo Mercer director of trauma fellowship Hurley Medical Center

Leo C Mercer Jr


  • Director of Trauma Surgery & Trauma Research Fellowships, Hurley Medical Center, Flint, Mich.
  • Director of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery, Hurley Medical Center, Flint, Mich.
  • Trauma & general surgeon, Hurley Medical Center, Flint, Mich.
  • Clinical Assistant Professor, Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, Department of Surgery, East Lansing, Mich.

While Dr. Mercer may have spent most of his professional career in the warmer climes of Texas and New Mexico, he also spent some time as a surgeon and hospital CEO in a New Zealand Hospital, so he may be prepared for the hot and cold of Michigan’s climate. No matter where he is practicing, he is sure to keep a cool head.


  • Bachelor of Science in Microbiology (Honors): Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas
  • Medical School: Texas Tech Univeristy School of Medicine, Lubbock, Texas
  • Surgery Residency: Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Lubbock, Texas
  • Trauma Surgery Fellowship: Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Lubbock Texas


  • Surgery
  • Surgical Critical Care
  • Quality Assurance and Utilization Review
  • Wound Management
  • Advanced Trauma Life Support (Provider)
  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support (Provider)
  • Fundamentals of Critical Care Support (Instructor & course director)
  • Advanced Surgical Skills for Exposure in Trauma (Provider & instructor candidate)
  • HBO Safety and Chamber Operations


  • English
  • Spanish

Research and Quality Improvement

Dr. Mercer has chaired and/or has been a member of Institutional Review committees and Quality Improvement committees within various departments and institutions, as well as within entire health-care systems. In addition, he has served on state and national committees to improve quality, standards, policies, technology, and other focus areas - and holds two US patents.

Past local, national and international presentations focused on the topics of:

  • Rationing in the US healthcare delivery system
  • Required attributes of healthcare leadership
  • Information technology and privacy in relation to health information
  • Ethics of public health provsion
  • Integrated clinical information systems
  • Information technology, the Internet and healthcare
  • Radiology implications of a lifetime clinical record
  • Privacy and confidenticality in clinical informatics, perils of the Internet
  • Sports injuries
  • Pediatric head & abdominal trauma
  • Injury in childhood
  • Traumatic wounds and burns

Past books, chapters and monographs have been published in the 5-Minute Clinical Consult, Conn’s Current Therapy, and others.


Dr. Mercer has served as a tenured associate professor of surgery as well as other academic ranks for much of his professional career and has much experience teaching residents and medical students, as well as serving on Graduate Medical Education committees.

Clinical experience

Dr. Mercer has vast experience in acute care, surgery critical care, trauma and wound care in hospital-based practice. Not including ICU procedures, he typically has 550 operative cases per year, including thyroid, parathyroid, breast, thoracic, abdominal procedures, including laparoscopic and wound-care procedures.

He also has headed up clinical program-development efforts in acute care surgery, surgery critical care and trauma in two academic medical centers, addition to establishing a Level III trauma center in a rural area covering nine counties. He developed a wound-care center to provide evidence-based wound management for chronic and complex wounds and implemented a multidisciplinary intensivist program, staffed by critical-care specialists certified in either medicine or surgery, as well as acute-care nurse practitioners. In addition, he led the transition from a Level III trauma center to a Level II trauma center.