Lantern Award Bestowed on Dr. David R. King
The Knights of Columbus for the Jurisdiction of Massachusetts proudly bestowed its highest public honor, the 2014 Lantern Award, on Dr. David R. King of Massachusetts General Hospital on the Occasion of the Fifty-eighth Annual Lantern Award Presentation at this the One Hundred Fourteenth Patriots Day Dinner.
Dr. David King was born and raised in Woonsocket, RI. He is the only son of Nancy and Richard King. He attended Mount Saint Charles Academy and graduated in 1991. Dr. King earned his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Tamp in 1995, and his Medical Doctorate from the University of Miami in 2000. His surgical residency training was done primarily at Jackson Hospital/University of Miami in Miami, FL from 2000-2005. He completed advanced fellowship in trauma surgey and surgical critical care at the Ryder Trauma Center in Miami, FL in 2007.
Dr. King was voluntarily commissioned in the United State Army as Captain in 2000. He attended basic parachute school (Airborne) and air assault school. He deployed with special operations forward surgical te to Haiti after the earthquke in 2010. He has extensive experience with resource-limited surgical care and management of mass-casualty incidents, including the bombing of COP Sayad Abad and the Boston Marathon bombing of 2013, among many others.
Dr. King is an academic attending trauma and acute care surgeon at the Massachusetts General Hospital Trauma Center. He is also an Assistant Professor of Surgey at the Harvard Medical School. His practive is limited to caring for the acutely injured and traumatized, emerget surgical illnesses, as well as surgical critical care. Dr. King treats all conditions that are the result of penetrating injuries such as gunshot and stab wounds, as well as blunt trauma such as falls, assults, and motor vehicle crashes.
After running in the Boston Marathon in 2013, Dr. King had just left the runner’s recovery area when he heard about the explosion.Dr. King operated for 30 hours straight on 15 victims of that Marathon bombing.
Dr. King is a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve, and has served in the war zones of Iraq and Afghanistan as an Army Surgeon.
Dr. King is a prolific researcher with multiple federally-funded cambat casulty research grants. His research interests are related to resuscitation and pre-hospital control of non-compressible hemorrage. He has over 80 peer-reviewed publications in the Library of Congress. Dr. King is also a super endurance athlete, having completed over 50 marathons and 3 ironman triathlons. He is married to Ann Marie King, and has two daughters – Isabella (3) and Abygail (7). He resides in Cambridge, MA.
The Lantern Award is betowed upon those who best reflect the religious and patriotic ideals of our Founding Fathers, and is named for the Lanterns placed on the tower of the Old North Church in Boston to warn Paul Revere.