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Division of Traumatology, Surgical Critical Care and Emergency Surgery

The Trauma Center at Penn is accredited by the Pennsylvania Trauma Systems Foundation as a Level 1, Regional Resource Trauma Center and is nationally and internationally recognized as a model program for other hospitals. For traumatically injured or critically ill patients in need of immediate care, consider the vast resources at Penn Medicine and the Trauma Center at Penn.

The Trauma Center is staffed 24 hours a day by:

  • Experienced in-house fellowship trained trauma surgeons
  • Emergency medicine physicians
  • Anesthesiologists
  • Orthopaedic surgeons
  • Neurosurgeons
  • Interventional radiologists
  • Medical and surgical sub-specialists
  • Trauma nurses
  • Operating room teams
  • Radiology technicians
  • Support services

Moreover, in our dedicated surgical intensive care unit, trauma and surgical patients are cared for by board-certified intensivists. This unit provides 24/7, 365-day in-house coverage by a team of physicians and advanced practice nurses using state-of-the-art technology, including VISICU, the computerized "virtual ICU" and portable CT scan capabilities. We specialize in poly-trauma, shock, severe sepsis, advanced respiratory failure, multisystem organ dysfunction, acute surgical emergencies including abdominal compartment syndrome and abdominal catastrophes. We take pride in our multidisciplinary team approach to care. All surgical ICUs are recognized with Beacon awards for excellence in critical care nursing.

Among the World's Best Surgeons

As the field of trauma and surgical critical care has changed, our surgeons have pushed the field forward, improving the survival rates and quality of life for these patients with excellent outcomes that rank above national averages. We've been a leader in many of the field's clinical advances, including the development of trauma centers and trauma systems and Damage Control, a technique that was refined at Penn. Now military surgeons on front lines around the world are using it to stabilize patients with massive injuries before they are transported to a hospital.

In addition to trauma care, our surgeons specialize in emergency general surgery and our program has become a regional referral center for the care of patients with complex abdominal and soft tissue conditions.

Rapid, Easy Access to the Most Advanced Medical Care:

Transferring a patient to The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania at Penn Medicine is easy and requires one call. Experienced medical dispatchers are available around the clock to facilitate transfers quickly and efficiently. Staff can also arrange ground or air transportation eliminating delays. Our team of dedicated trauma surgeons and staff are available 24/7 to provide superior care when you need it most.

As part of that service, we offer PennSTAR Flight, the critical care flight service of Penn Medicine. PennSTAR provides instant medical evaluation and transfer within a 150-mile radius of our medical centers and affiliates. Penn Critical Care Rescue team members have 25 years' experience in transporting and rendering lifesaving care to more than 30,000 of the region's most critically ill patients since 1988.

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Coming Soon!
Trauma Center is moving to Penn Presbyterian

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The Trauma Center at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center will become Penn Medicine's Level 1 Regional Resource Trauma Center in early 2015.

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