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Dr. Ernest Block

Trauma Surgery
Melbourne, FL
36 years experience male

Locations

Office

Melbourne, FL

Address

1350 Hickory Street, Melbourne, FL
Directions

About

Bio

Dr. Block is medical director of the Trauma Center at the Holmes Regional Medical Center in Melbourne, Florida. Dr. Block was raised in Montreal, Canada. He received a bachelor of arts degree from Cornell University with a dual major in history of art and biochemistry. After receiving his medical degree from the University of Miami, Dr. Block completed a general surgery residency at Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and then additional training in trauma and critical care at Jackson Memorial in Miami, Florida. Dr. Block is an active clinician as well as medical director. He holds offices in a number of academic surgical associations, including the Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma (Past President), the American College of Surgeons (Chair Local Commitee on Applicants; previous Governor), the Florida Committee on Trauma (Vice Chair), and the Florida Chapter of the American College of Surgeons (Past President). In 2002, after practicing for ten years as surgeon, Dr. Block attended night school to become an EMT to better relate to the pre-hospital team that brings the trauma center its patients. He still participates in ride along time with EMS and fire-rescue teams. He lives in Winter Park, Florida with his wife Susan and three children (two of whom have left for college). Dr. Block attended the University of Tennessee and completed his Physician Executive MBA to improve his leadership skills, quality improvement tools, and financial abilities.

Specialties
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Trauma Surgery

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

67 Answers
179 Agrees
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ernest Block
Trauma Surgery 36 years experience
No: The american college of surgeons (acs) committee on trauma is the recognized authority on verification of trauma centers. Some state designating autho... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ernest Block
Trauma Surgery 36 years experience
No but...: Central venous catheter infections have become much less frequent than in the past. The current rates are low but may depend on the type of population... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ernest Block
Trauma Surgery 36 years experience
Illness or nature: Many things cause adhesions, which are basically scar tissue. They can be caused by injury, surgery or infection. They can also just occur naturally. ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ernest Block
Trauma Surgery 36 years experience
Not directly: Obviously, if you stop taking your oral anticoagulant medications for the surgery, that would affect the inr. But typically, a patient with a normal I... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ernest Block
Trauma Surgery 36 years experience
Usually: In most cases, the surgeon led trauma team features emergency medicine specialists. They add their broader based skills (e.g. Medical management of ot... Read More
A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ernest Block
Trauma Surgery 36 years experience
No!: Tinea versicolor is a fungal infection. We see it commonly in florida, where people may share beach towels. Although many fungal creams can be applied... Read More
A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ernest Block
Trauma Surgery 36 years experience
Need more info.: It may be normal, but your description is not sufficient to give more information. You could always have injured more than just skin or you could pote... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ernest Block
Trauma Surgery 36 years experience
Probably: Of course, it depends on the depth of the burn, its age and any other factors (e.g. Systemic diseases like diabetes).
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ernest Block
Trauma Surgery 36 years experience
We need more info: What type of surgery? Did you have pain before surgery? What are you currently doing to alleviate the pain?
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ernest Block
Trauma Surgery 36 years experience
No: In adults, air bag injuries are primarily caused by improper or lack of use of seatbelts. Always use both.
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ernest Block
Trauma Surgery 36 years experience
All kinds!: Liver injuries include blunt and penetrating. The latter are often caused by gunshots and stabbings, although industrial incidents also occur. In blun... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ernest Block
Trauma Surgery 36 years experience
That depends: We would need more information. Was this from trauma? Were there other injuries? What do you mean by massive? How much blood loss? Surgery? More deta... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ernest Block
Trauma Surgery 36 years experience
Mostly no difference: Unless there are specific ventilation processes, there is usually no difference. Many nursing units are referred to as "med/surg" meaning capability t... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ernest Block
Trauma Surgery 36 years experience
Depends on symptoms: If you have noticed blood in the toilet bowl or when wiping, it can be a sign of many different problems including hemorrhoids, inflammatory bowl dise... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ernest Block
Trauma Surgery 36 years experience
Tissue loss: Loss of the layers of skin or other soft tissue defects are some of the reasons. Typically, a skin graft is used to accelerate or improve healing. Com... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ernest Block
Trauma Surgery 36 years experience
Pretty good: Silver sulfadiazine cream is a cornerstone of burn treatment. It revolutionized burn care. That being said, a good surgical team needs to follow your ... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ernest Block
Trauma Surgery 36 years experience
Need more informatio: Sometimes a skin graft is necessary when skin is removed, for example when a tumor is excised. If you can clarify what you are interested in, perhaps... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ernest Block
Trauma Surgery 36 years experience
Worsening infection: Appendicitis is an infection of the appendix. In neglected cases or in vulnerable populations (e.g. Elderly), the infection can become systemic (sprea... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ernest Block
Trauma Surgery 36 years experience
It depends : Basically, the hematocrit is a volume percentage of red cells in whole blood (the other parts being primarily plasma, white cells and platelets). Low ... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ernest Block
Trauma Surgery 36 years experience
I do!: There is ample evidence that physicians overdo testing. I am more of a minimalist; i look for testing that delivers better value to the patient. Of co... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ernest Block
Trauma Surgery 36 years experience
Varies: Mechanical obstruction of the airway is one (e.g. Tumor, swelling). The other common one is patients on long term ventilator support (respirator) who ... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ernest Block
Trauma Surgery 36 years experience
Gun safety class: The response above is wholly inaccurate. Federal firearms license is required for a business to sell a gun and background check is mandatory. These re... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ernest Block
Trauma Surgery 36 years experience
Partial thickness: These burns are defined as superficial or deep partial thickness burns. This means some of the key parts of the skin to allow for closure of the wound... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ernest Block
Trauma Surgery 36 years experience
Depends on patient: First, remove any additional heat (e.g. If there are wet clothes). If the burn is first degree (like a sunburn), no more care may be necessary except ... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ernest Block
Trauma Surgery 36 years experience
Avoid re-injury: So nothing extremely cold or hot. Your tongue should recover rapidly. I assume you are talking about a typical food burn (coffee, anchovy pizza). Som... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ernest Block
Trauma Surgery 36 years experience
Great Question: And I have a better answer: unlike the american bison, most mammals have two separate pleural or lung cavities. If one lung collapses, the problem doe... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ernest Block
Trauma Surgery 36 years experience
Great Question: Not even all burn units agree on this. However, i would suggest that you don't pop it, but have it seen by an appropriate specialist.
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ernest Block
Trauma Surgery 36 years experience
Not a lot: In fact, we see many patients who have intracranial bleeding from simple falls from a standing position.
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ernest Block
Trauma Surgery 36 years experience
Many ways: It is an economic certainty that this plan will lead to rationing of health care. Therefore, physicians will likely treat patients with more advanced ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ernest Block
Trauma Surgery 36 years experience
No: A hernia is a structural defect. It can only be repaired. The most natural repair is a tissue repair (using only the patient's native tissues), but of... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ernest Block
Trauma Surgery 36 years experience
Safety reasons: When there is unfavorable anatomy, too much scarring or other anatomic factors. One of the risks of the surgery is injury to the common bile duct, and... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ernest Block
Trauma Surgery 36 years experience
Trauma centers: These centers save lives! it is amazing, but a gunshot wound to brain can result in meaningful survival. First, the trauma center prevents secondary i... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ernest Block
Trauma Surgery 36 years experience
Seek medical care: Second degree or partial thickness burns will often heal without surgery. The likelihood is affected by your medical condition, age, and factors such ... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ernest Block
Trauma Surgery 36 years experience
Small vs large : Laparoscopy means putting a camera in the belly and looking around. Laparotomy is a larger incision that allows the surgeon's naked eye to inspect and... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ernest Block
Trauma Surgery 36 years experience
See a surgeon: A third degree burn is serious, as it means all layers of the skin have been destroyed. In most cases, the burned tissue must be removed and the area ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ernest Block
Trauma Surgery 36 years experience
Absolutely: Beta blockers are frequently used in the ICU for management of various conditions related to the heart and sometimes for blood pressure control. In th... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ernest Block
Trauma Surgery 36 years experience
Injury or luck: Ok, not really luck. Some people are prone to "spontaneous pneumothorax" where the lung collapses on its own. Other reasons include injury, infection.... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ernest Block
Trauma Surgery 36 years experience
Not clear: We would really need more details. Part of the concern would be why you needed to be on a ventilator at all after what you describe as "minor" surgery... Read More
A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ernest Block
Trauma Surgery 36 years experience
Careful!: First, realize that it takes some time to "seroconvert" for hiv, in other words, someone can be HIV infected but not have a positive study. There are ... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ernest Block
Trauma Surgery 36 years experience
Think of tissue: The other tissue that you can easily donate is blood. Many people excitedly sign organ donor cards while failing to capitalize on regular blood donati... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ernest Block
Trauma Surgery 36 years experience
Depends on patient: Usual vital signs include heart rate, blood pressure (noninvasive and/or invasive), respiratory rate and oxygen saturations. Other numbers may include... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ernest Block
Trauma Surgery 36 years experience
Great Question: There is an excellent program called eddie eagle that the nra sponsors. You can likely find a course in the area. It teaches four principles if they s... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ernest Block
Trauma Surgery 36 years experience
No: There is no compelling reason why any particular activity should prompt registration for organ donation.
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ernest Block
Trauma Surgery 36 years experience
Trauma Surgeon: Emergency medicine physicians do much of the initial diagnostic work on the majority of trauma in this country. In organized trauma systems, severely ... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ernest Block
Trauma Surgery 36 years experience
What do you mean?: If you are asking about lead poisoning, then no. If you are asking about bacteria in the bloodstream (bacteremia), then the answer is yes, but not fro... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ernest Block
Trauma Surgery 36 years experience
You would get care: Despite any statements used to justify passage and political selling of obamacare, if you need emergency surgery you will get it in this country. Of c... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ernest Block
Trauma Surgery 36 years experience
Skin transplant: An thin layer of skin is shaved off of the donor site on the body. That piece of skin may be turned into a mesh sheet. The skin graft is then transpla... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ernest Block
Trauma Surgery 36 years experience
Other diseases: Some diseases make a person hypercoagulable, so there blood clots more easily. One would need to worry about this kind of process as well as cancer wh... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ernest Block
Trauma Surgery 36 years experience
Risk benefit: The risk of going after the bullet has to weighed against any benefit. Usually, the bullet has no long term effects nor risk for infection. The risk o... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ernest Block
Trauma Surgery 36 years experience
Physiatrists: Physiatrists are physicians that specialize in rehabilitation including brain injury rehab. Some are more focused on head injury than others. You may ... Read More

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Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, FL
Graduated 1986MD

Awards

Top Trauma Surgeon , Second Place, National - Summer
2013

Affiliations

American College of Surgeons
Southeastern Surgical Congress
Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma
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