Dr. Omar K. Danner, a native of Birmingham, AL, is the Chief of Surgery at Grady Memorial Hospital, Director of Trauma and an Associate Professor of Medicine in Atlanta, GA. He is the founder Surgery for the Morehouse School of and Program Director of the renowned Reach One Each One Youth Mentoring and Medical Exposure Program for High School Students at Grady. He has been an Attending Trauma Surgeon & Surgical Critical Care Specialist at GMH for over 9 years.
He received his medical degree from the University of Alabama School of Medicine in 1995, where he also completed his General Surgery Residency in 2001. He is the Co-chair of the Georgia Violence Prevention Task Force at the Injury Prevention Research Center at Emory and Vice-Chair of the Education Committee for the Georgia Society of the American College of Surgeons.
Dr. Danner completed his advanced fellowship training at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Surgical Critical Care and Trauma in 2002, where he served as a Clinical Instructor and Attending Trauma Surgeon and Surgical Critical Care Specialist from 2002 to 2003 at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, MD. He subsequently matriculated to the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center where he completed a fellowship in Advanced Minimally Invasive/Laparoscopic Surgery with a focus and concentration in Obesity Management, Bariatric Surgery, Hernia Repair, Anti-reflux Surgery, and Surgery of Foregut Disease from 2003 to 2004. He later joined the Surgical Faculty at the Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) and Grady Memorial Hospital (GMH) in January of 2009, as a practicing trauma surgeon, surgical critical care specialist, and laparoscopic surgeon, while performing clinical and translational research, as well as training MSM surgical residents and teaching medical students. He has been the Program Director for the highly acclaimed Reach One Each One Program for the past 7 1⁄2 years.
Dr. Danner is a diplomat of the American Board of Surgery and is double-board-certified in Surgery and Surgical Critical Care. He is also a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS) and the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma (AAST). His principle clinical and research interests are in Youth Violence and Injury Prevention, Hospital-based Youth Mentoring and Medical Exposure for High School Student, Early Sepsis Identification and Treatment using of Predictive Analytics, and Vitamin D Related Research in the Setting of Critical Illness. Dr. Danner is a published author of several manuscripts and abstracts. Omar is a member of the Mentoring Committee for the Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma and Prevention Committee for the AAST. He is a Quality Improvement Expert and certified in Lean Six Sigma as a Green Belt (Six Sigma), Purple Belt (Lean), and Orange Belt (Express Work-Out Practitioner and LSS Facilitator). He has served as Coach for LSS Projects including Improved Sepsis Treatment in the ED and Operating Room Turnover Efficiency, and is a LSS Black Belt (Statistician) in Training (LSSBBiT).
He is happily married with two wonderful children. He is a member of the Stronghold Christian Church in Lithonia, GA.