Mark R. Sochor
Vice Chair for Research Department of Emergency Medicine
Associate Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and Emergency Medicine
Medical Director, Center for Applied Biomechanics
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Dr. Mark Sochor is an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine and Associate Professor in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at the University of Virginia. Dr. Sochor is a clinically active emergency medicine physician and a researcher at the Center for Applied Biomechanics. He currently conducts post-mortem human subjects (PMHS) testing, including test setup, subject instrumentation and post impact autopsies. Dr. Sochor has been PI or Co-PI on several grants which address issues related to motor vehicle safety as well as human response to blunt trauma.
Prior to attending medical school, Dr. Sochor was a biomechanical safety engineer who developed vehicle occupant safety systems (airbag and steering column) with the Chrysler Corporation. Dr. Sochor holds a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering with an emphasis in Biomedical Engineering and has published numerous articles on impact biomechanics as it relates to the c-spine, chest, abdomen (pregnancy), pelvis and lower extremities. As the University of Michigan Program for Injury Research and Education (UMPIRE) Injury Research Fellow, Dr. Sochor trained numerous engineers from industry in anatomy and injury causation.
Dr. Sochor’s unique qualifications as an occupant safety engineer, former CIREN team member and physician enable him to see the entire spectrum of the disease of blunt trauma from motor vehicle crashes. Dr. Sochor is a Co-Editor for the Journal of Traffic Injury and Prevention, and a reviewer for both the American Journal of Emergency Medicine and the Society of Automotive Engineers. Dr. Sochor is currently the Chair of the AIS subcommittee on Training and Certification. Dr. Sochor sits on the boards of the American Trauma Society, Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine and is the President of the Virginia College of Emergency Physicians. Dr. Sochor is recognized as a national leader in the research of traumatic injuries.
- NHTSA CIREN Fellow, National Highway Traffic Administration
- Injury Research Fellow, University of Michigan CIREN Center
- MD, Doctor of Medicine, Wayne State University School of Medicine
- MS, Mechanical Engineering, Wayne State University
- BS, Mechanical Engineering, Michigan State University
- Injury biomechanics – Head, C-Spine, Chest, Abdomen and Pelvis and extremities
- Occupant Kinematics
- Pedestrian Injury
- Experimental embalming techniques (soft embalming for medical and surgical education)
- Post mortem human subject training techniques for life saving procedures
- Anatomical injury scaling
- Real-world investigation of crashes and injury mechanisms
- Characterization of biological materials and structures
- Impact biomechanics for surgical training
Awards & Affiliations
- President, Virginia College of Emergency Physicians
- Chair, Training and Certification Committee – Association for Advancement of Automotive Medicine (AAAM)
- Young Achiever Award – AAAM
- AJ Merkin Service Award – AAAM
- American College of Emergency Physicians – Hero of Emergency Medicine
- Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles Medical Advisory Board
- GLass Intact Assures Safe Cervical Spine Protocol. The Journal of Emergency Medicine. [Journal of Emergency Medicine -D-11-00579R2]
- Mutually Undesired Computed Tomography for Patients with Blunt Trauma: I Don’t Want It. You Don’t Want It. Who Does Want It? Annals of Emergency Medicine. 2012; 60(2): 244-245.
- BioTab—A New Method for Analyzing and Documenting Injury Causation in Motor-Vehicle Crashes. Traffic Injury Prevention. 2011; 12(3), 256-265.
- National Survey of Emergency Department Alcohol Screening and Intervention Practices. Annals of Emergency Medicine. 2010; 55(6): 556-562.
- Postmortem Computed Tomography As An Adjunct To Autopsy For Analyzing Fatal Motor Vehicle Crash Injuries: Results Of A Pilot Study. Journal of Trauma-Injury Infection and Critical Care. 2008; 65(3): 659-665.
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