Eric R. Frykberg, MD, FACS, an American College of Surgeons (ACS) Governor, died March 25 at the age of 62. For nearly 30 years, Dr. Frykberg was chief of the division of general surgery at Shands Jacksonville Medical Center and professor of surgery at the University of Florida College of Medicine-Jacksonville.
Dr. Frykberg had an intense interest in many aspects of general surgery and was particularly dedicated to trauma care and disaster preparedness. He served on the ACS Committee on Trauma (COT) from 1999 to 2005 and in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks chaired the COT’s Ad Hoc Committee on Disaster and Mass Casualty Management. He also served on the COT’s Committee on Injury Prevention and Control (1999–2005). In addition, he was member of the Nominating Committee of the Board of Governors (2011–2012) and the Board of Governors’ Committee on Physician Competency and Health (2011–2012).
His foresight saved many lives and his insights forged systems of care that will save many more. He is missed by all who had the privilege to know and work with him.
Dr. Frykberg is survived by his wife of 39 years, Patti; daughter Erica Glass, DO; son Brett Frykberg, MD; daughter Jessica Vogel; and five grandchildren.