DENVER (CBS4)– Denver Health Medical Center is coming together to honor a surgeon who has helped save thousands of lives.

Dr. Ernest E. Moore has been with the hospital for 42 years.

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Now the hospital is renaming the trauma center after the doctor who many claim wrote the book on trauma care.

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Dr. Moore has helped develop the center to be one of the best, with one of the highest survival rates in the country.

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Denver Police Officer Tony Lopez was shot in the line of duty and says Dr. Moore saved his life.

“It’s amazing, I don’t know how you ever thank someone for saving your life. But to be invited was awesome. We have a very good relationship, and it’s continued since the day I got hurt and since the day he saved my life,” said Lopez.

The Ernest E. Moore Shock Trauma Center treats more than 2,700 patients a year.