Dr. Danielle A. Pigneri

Dr. Danielle A. Pigneri: Recipient of the EAST Oriens Award (2017 Fellow Essay Winner)

Danielle A. Pigneri, MD

Robert Packer Hospital


The human aspect of trauma is the often unspoken underlying force which motivates us to push science forward, to keep looking for solutions, and to try our hardest every day. The Oriens Award is a unique award which highlights and celebrates the emotional drive and reward that comes with a career in trauma and acute care surgery. Winning this award and the experience of presenting my essay to a room of surgeons has been an adventure and an honor. I was met with an incredible degree of support, enthusiasm, and solidarity. I am so thankful for this humbling experience and will never forget EAST 2017.

Read Dr. Pigneri's essay here.

The EAST Oriens Award is funded through contributions to the EAST Development Fund. To learn more about this award, click here.

Consider paying it forward to EAST this April to support awards such as the EAST Oriens AwardDonate today.

On April 28, 2018, EAST is celebrating Pay it Forward Day, a global initiative that encourages people to perform acts of kindness for others without expecting anything in return. Instead, recipients are asked to pay the kindness forward to others, creating a ripple effect of giving.

This April, consider paying it forward with a donation to the EAST Development Fund so that EAST can continue to support up-and-coming investigators whose innovative and unique research ideas can reduce the incidence of trauma and improve the care of the injured patient. When you consider that trauma is the leading cause of death in the USA among those 46 and younger, yet one of the most poorly funded areas of research relative to disease burden, it becomes clear that investment is required if advances in injury control and prevention are to be realized and the burden of disease reduced.

EAST does invest through scholarships and awards that support trauma research thanks to your generosity. Visit the EAST Development Fund page to learn more about the many ways that EAST supports investigators who are committed to changing the future of trauma and find their stories below.

This April, consider paying it forward to EAST with a donation to support valuable initiatives that can change lives. One good deed might not seem like a lot, but when each person does a good deed, the ripple effect of generosity can change the world. 

Thank you for your support.


Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma

633 N. Saint Clair Street, Suite 2400 Chicago, IL 60611-3295 (312) 202-5508 phone (312) 202-5064 fax managementoffice@east.org
Stay connected to EAST
Support EAST
  • AmazonSmiel