ALBANY, N.Y., July 19, 2005 – Joseph L. Pfeifer, III, M.D., has been appointed associate professor of surgery at the Albany Medical Center. In this capacity, Dr. Pfeifer will join Albany Med’s surgical trauma team to treat the most serious injuries at the region’s only Level 1 state-designated trauma center, and will also serve as an attending physician in the surgical intensive care unit.
Dr. Pfeifer recently served as assistant professor of surgery at the University of Massachusetts Memorial Medical Center, where he served as interim director of trauma and received the department of surgery’s Faculty Award in 2003. He has also served as assistant professor of surgery at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine.
He completed a fellowship in trauma at Brown University/Rhode Island Hospital, and completed a general surgery residency at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, where he also received his medical degree. He received a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in biology from Fordham University.
Dr. Pfeifer was a Commander of the United States Navy (Reserve), Medical Corps, and served as a staff surgeon assigned to Fleet Hospital 6 in Operation Desert Storm in 1991.
He is a member of numerous professional organizations including the American College of Surgeons, Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma and Society of Critical Care Medicine, and has authored several papers. He is certified by the American Board of Surgery in both surgery and critical care. He is also state faculty for the American College of Surgeons Advanced Trauma Life Support course (ATLS).
Dr. Pfeifer resides in Arlington, VT with his wife Audrey and their son, Jacob. The couple is expecting a baby girl in August.