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Dr. Ernest Block

Trauma Surgery
Melbourne, FL
37 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
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ernest Block
Trauma Surgery 37 years experience
No perfect answer: There is no established time limit. One recent study showed benefit to early tracheostomy in patients who an intensivist identified as needing one eve... Read More
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A 52-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ernest Block
Trauma Surgery 37 years experience
How would you know?: The greater risk is what other injuries may co-exist (e.G trachea, esophagus, blood vessels). If somehow you could prove that then only structure inju... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ernest Block
Trauma Surgery 37 years experience
Manage symptoms: Intensivists work with the obstetricians in a multidisciplinary, multispecialty collaborative practice team. Major treatment is to treat symptoms and ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ernest Block
Trauma Surgery 37 years experience
Several kinds: Otorhinolaryngologists (ENT) or general surgeons are the usual types of surgeons who do this. Some oral surgeons do as well. However, these practition... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ernest Block
Trauma Surgery 37 years experience
Of course!: But first she should receive a formal firearm safety training program. Adult supervision would be mandatory. Also, all local and state laws would appl... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ernest Block
Trauma Surgery 37 years experience
That's Debatable: Some surgeons remove it at end expiration, reasoning no air can rush in then. Others remove it at maximum inspiration, since there will be no opportun... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ernest Block
Trauma Surgery 37 years experience
Yes: I am an emt=p. However, I am also a trauma surgeon.
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ernest Block
Trauma Surgery 37 years experience
More info needed: It all depends on the nature of the head injury. We would need details on the results of ct scan, the cause of the head injury and so forth. Also, whe... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ernest Block
Trauma Surgery 37 years experience
Not really: A hematocrit that is low may indicate iron deficiency. However, some people have normal iron stores and a low hematocrit as well. More tests would be ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ernest Block
Trauma Surgery 37 years experience
Specialists: Although the age definition of "children" may vary, i will assume you ask about younger children (not late teens). In that case, a specialty team led ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ernest Block
Trauma Surgery 37 years experience
No: Tube thoracostomy is performed by surgeons and other specialists who have sufficient training. With careful local anesthetic administration and intrav... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ernest Block
Trauma Surgery 37 years experience
How thick or thin?: Of course it all depends on how you define these thicknesses and how big a slice. In general, estimates are a difference of about 100-200 calories per... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ernest Block
Trauma Surgery 37 years experience
Yes: Temporary swallowing dysfunction can be seen in patients with tracheostomy. Most facilities have a process to screen for this problem. Speech therapis... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ernest Block
Trauma Surgery 37 years experience
Shearing or cutting: Trauma is when external forces are applied to the human body. The energy transmitted is effected by the angle of the force, the amount of force and pr... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ernest Block
Trauma Surgery 37 years experience
Likely right away: Assuming you have no airway obstruction, exercise could be resumed early. Of course, if you injured it playing hockey, probably not right away for tha... Read More
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A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ernest Block
Trauma Surgery 37 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
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ernest Block
Trauma Surgery 37 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
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ernest Block
Trauma Surgery 37 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
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ernest Block
Trauma Surgery 37 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
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ernest Block
Trauma Surgery 37 years experience
Could be permanent: A blow to the head can result in permanent coma, even death. This is why blunt force trauma from punches and kicks can be so threatening.
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ernest Block
Trauma Surgery 37 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
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ernest Block
Trauma Surgery 37 years experience
No: There is no compelling reason why any particular activity should prompt registration for organ donation.
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ernest Block
Trauma Surgery 37 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
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ernest Block
Trauma Surgery 37 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
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ernest Block
Trauma Surgery 37 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
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ernest Block
Trauma Surgery 37 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
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ernest Block
Trauma Surgery 37 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
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ernest Block
Trauma Surgery 37 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
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ernest Block
Trauma Surgery 37 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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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ernest Block
Trauma Surgery 37 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
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ernest Block
Trauma Surgery 37 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
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ernest Block
Trauma Surgery 37 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
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ernest Block
Trauma Surgery 37 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
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ernest Block
Trauma Surgery 37 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
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ernest Block
Trauma Surgery 37 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
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ernest Block
Trauma Surgery 37 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
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ernest Block
Trauma Surgery 37 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
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ernest Block
Trauma Surgery 37 years experience
Yes: This is not a common deficit after head injury. However it does occur and loss of smell is most commonly caused by trauma. It may be permanent.
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ernest Block
Trauma Surgery 37 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
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ernest Block
Trauma Surgery 37 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
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ernest Block
Trauma Surgery 37 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
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ernest Block
Trauma Surgery 37 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
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ernest Block
Trauma Surgery 37 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
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ernest Block
Trauma Surgery 37 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
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A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ernest Block
Trauma Surgery 37 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
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ernest Block
Trauma Surgery 37 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
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ernest Block
Trauma Surgery 37 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.
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ernest Block
Trauma Surgery 37 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
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ernest Block
Trauma Surgery 37 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
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ernest Block
Trauma Surgery 37 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?
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Block is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Block is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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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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