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Trauma & Surgical Critical Care

Two trauma surgeons debriefing

Temple University Hospital is a Level 1 trauma center, a distinction that means it cares for the most seriously injured patients. It is also one of Philadelphia’s trauma centers with a burn center that is accredited by the American Burn Association. 

Staffing Temple’s trauma center are eight board-certified surgeons in the Division of Trauma and Surgical Critical Care. These surgeons—who are specially trained to care for critically ill or injured patients—provide around-the-clock, in-house coverage 365 days a year. They also manage patients in the hospital’s Intensive Care Unit and perform general surgeries.

Temple’s trauma surgeons continue to care for patients after they have been discharged from the hospital. The surgeons’ outpatient practice offers convenient office hours each week and provides follow-up care to trauma patients, including patients with trauma-related medical issues who were treated at other hospitals. 

The Trauma and Surgical Critical Care team works closely with the Temple Transport Team, a state-of-the-art emergency transportation unit that can quickly move critically injured patients by ground or air to the hospital. 

A Commitment to Research

Research is a core component of Temple’s Division of Trauma and Surgical Critical Care. Faculty members in the division are actively involved in a range of clinical research projects that are helping improve care and define best practices in this rapidly advancing field. 

Learn more about the research being performed by the division’s faculty members.

Educating the Next Generation

Education is a high priority in Temple’s Division of Trauma and Surgical Critical Care. The division’s one-year, ACGME-accredited fellowship is one of the most rigorous, varied and sought-after training programs of its kind in the nation. 

At Temple, trainees will find a program that truly lives its tripartite mission of patient care, research and education. Program graduates leave Temple well-trained in the latest procedures and technology and confident in their ability to practice in the environment of their choice.   

Preventing Violence

Temple University Hospital is the busiest penetrating trauma center in Pennsylvania and one of the busiest in the nation. For this reason, violence prevention is a major focus of Temple’s Division of Trauma and Surgical Critical Care.