The Penn Traumatology, Surgical Critical Care and Emergency Surgery team is nationally and internationally recognized for their excellence in providing the full spectrum of care for those who have sustained life-threatening injuries or who are critically ill.


The Penn Traumatology, Surgical Critical Care and Emergency Surgery team is dedicated to providing timely, expert treatment to improve the survival rate and quality of life for the traumatically injured and critically ill.

Our multidisciplinary team of experts collaborate across a variety of medical and surgical specialties in the fields of trauma, surgical critical care, and emergency surgery. Our depth of knowledge and capability to care for even the most complex cases positions us a step above other Level 1 trauma centers and emergency departments in all aspects of trauma care from prevention and treatment, to recovery.

Our patients are offered the unique benefit of being cared for by those who are the best in their fields at a prestigious academic medical center. Since its founding in 1989 by C. William Schwab, MD, the Penn Trauma Program has trained over 100 fellows worldwide. Approximately 50 percent of our fellows have gone on to become chiefs, chairs and program directors at trauma centers across the country and internationally.

Trauma Care

Penn's Level 1 Trauma Center treats patients that are critically injured and has resources immediately available to stabilize and definitively treat even the most complex traumatic injuries. Our technologically advanced facilities offer vast resources and enhanced capacity to treat high volume and critical care patients. 

The Difference between a Trauma Center and the Emergency Room

Do you know when to go to a Trauma Center vs. the Emergency Room? Learn about the types of injuries that are treated at the Trauma Center vs. the Emergency Room and how it can help you or a loved one know where to go during an emergency.

Programs and Services

Emergency Surgery

Penn emergency surgeons specialize in the full spectrum of complex general and emergency surgical procedures.

Surgical Critical Care

Penn Surgical Critical Care physicians specialize in critical care treatment and management of patients who require both emergency surgery and an ICU level of care.

Trauma Center

Penn’s Level 1 Trauma Center offers the most advanced specialty care in the region, resulting in exceptional patient outcomes that rank well above national averages.

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