Leadership in Action

6 September 2017

Dr. Neil Vining was recently elected as the incoming Chair of Geneva’s Scientific Advisory Board. Dr. Vining is a board certified, fellowship trained orthopedic surgeon specializing in pediatric orthopedics and trauma. He also earned his MBA in Finance and Entrepreneurship.

Dr. Vining completed his orthopedic surgery residency at Madigan Army Medical Center, during which time Geneva supported his research and educational aims. Immediately following his residency, Dr. Vining spent three years as a military Orthopedic Trauma Surgeon at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, treating wounded military evacuees from the Iraq and Afghan conflicts. During his time at Landstuhl, Dr. Vining was deployed with the 212th Mobile Army Surgical Hospital in Muzafarabad, Pakistan for humanitarian relief following a major earthquake, and again with the 160th Forward Surgical Team in Afghanistan. After returning, Dr. Vining was the Assistant Chief of Orthopedic Surgery at Winn Army Community Hospital.

After leaving active duty military service, Dr. Vining continued to maintain an interest in the delivery of surgical care in the battlefield setting and has published articles on the subject. He has also served as an advisor to the Wake Medical Center Simulations Center, designing medical simulations for training of military medical personnel.

Dr. Vining currently practices orthopedic trauma surgery in North Carolina. In addition to his clinical practice, Dr. Vining is the National Medical Director for TeamHealth Surgical Services.  This comprises clinical, operational, and financial oversight for more than 20 orthopedic and general surgery hospital-based trauma programs across the country.

Dr. Vining is an inaugural member of Geneva’s Scientific Advisory Board joining in 2012. During his time on the Board, Dr. Vining has been integral in developing a pilot research fellowship program, advancing Geneva’s collaborations, and serving as a subject matter expert in Geneva’s orthopedic and combat casualty care research portfolios. According to Geneva’s President Elise Huszar, “Dr. Vining’s extensive experience in military medicine, along with his previous involvement with Geneva, make him uniquely qualified to lead the organization’s Scientific Advisory Board”.

“The Geneva Foundation directly addresses so many of the fundamental challenges that I faced as a young researcher in the military, and in such vital fields of study. I am proud to be part of an organization that focuses not just on the conduct of military medical research, but on the mentorship and personal development efforts that make that research possible,” said Dr. Vining.