Donald D. Trunkey Center for Civilian and Combat Casualty Care

The Donald D. Trunkey Center for Civilian and Combat Casualty Care represents an unprecedented commitment to optimizing trauma care through collaborative research efforts in the Portland area.

The Center was established in April 2020, and named for the late emeritus OHSU chair of surgery Dr. Donald D. Trunkey. It connects trauma providers and investigators from multiple disciplines across OHSU and the VA Portland Health Care System.

A sunny day view of the OHSU campus, with the hospital on the right

Monthly Seminar Series

Launched in May 2020, the mission of the Donald D. Trunkey Center for Civilian and Combat Casualty Care is to advance trauma research, innovation, and patient care. Our monthly seminar series brings together researchers working across trauma-related disciplines, highlights cutting edge research in the field, and serves as a focal point for new collaborations.

Join us this month for key research presentations on traumatic brain injury

  • When: Wednesday, March 17, 2021, 4-5 p.m. PST.
  • Where: Online via WebEx. A calendar invitation with WebEx info will be sent after registration
  • Registration required: REGISTER HERE to attend
  • Learn more: Contact Sarah Biber, Ph.D.

Dr. Martin Schreiber, Trunkey Center Director, will start us off with a brief welcome statement and introductions. We will then launch into research presentations from Dr. Holly Hinson and Dr. Miranda Lim. The final portion of the seminar will be interactive with the opportunity to brainstorm potential research collaborations inspired by the presentations.

Our March Presenters:

Dr. H. E. Hinson, M.D., M.C.R., is an Associate Professor of Neurocritical Care, Neurology, and Emergency Medicine at Oregon Health and Science University. She serves as the Associate Director of Clinical Research in the Neurosciences ICU at OHSU, a member of the AAN’s Science Committee, and serves on the editorial boards of the journals Neurology, Stroke, and Neurocritical Care. She identifies her work as "Computational Neurology"; her research involves developing precision strategies for the treatment of acute brain injuries, such as traumatic brain injury (TBI), by applying integrative approaches that include high dimensional molecular and clinical data to infer predictive models of disease-related phenotypes

Dr. Miranda Lim, M.D., Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Neurology at OHSU and Staff Neurologist at the Portland VA. Dr Lim’s laboratory studies the neurobiological cascade of events following mild TBI, with the goal of identifying mechanisms underlying sleep/wake disturbances and potential therapies for intervention. Her TBI-related research has been published in high impact journals including Science Translational Medicine, SLEEP, Frontiers in Neurology, and Journal of Neurotrauma, among others. Recent discoveries include the contribution of TBI to persistent sleep disturbances, sensory sensitivity, and chronic pain in Veterans.

OHSU is internationally recognized in trauma research, identified by the American College of Surgeons as one of the top five trauma research programs in the nation. The three leading OHSU faculty investigators in this field alone bring in more than $28 million in federal and industry funding.

Our mission

The center’s mission is to mine and convene the much broader local community of investigators to better leverage research expertise, partners and resources to advance trauma research and improve patient outcomes across the continuum of care.

The center is directed by Martin Schreiber, M.D., professor of surgery, Division of Trauma, Critical Care and Acute Care Surgery, and a colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve. Several dozen collaborators have signed on and Dr. Schreiber is looking for more.

Located in the School of Medicine, Department of Surgery, in collaboration with the Schools of Dentistry, Nursing and Pharmacy, the center leverages an existing trauma endowment and serves as a focal point for philanthropic, government, foundation and industry research funding.

The center embodies the deep connection between trauma care at OHSU and service in the U.S. military. As a colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve during the Gulf War’s Operation Desert Storm in 1991, Dr. Trunkey pointed out in a federal report that “in general, reserve and active duty Army surgeons lacked experience with trauma.” His report led to the establishment of the Joint Trauma Training Center at Ben Taub General Hospital at Texas Medical Center in Houston. Then-Major Martin Schreiber served on the first pilot team at Ben Taub and commanded the second team.

Ongoing military collaborations

OHSU’s ongoing collaborations with the military include a partnership with the U.S. Army launched in June 2019 called the Army Military Civilian Trauma Training Team (AMCT3).  OHSU was selected as one of the first two sites for this collaboration out of 28 potential sites nationwide.  Since this time, the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness and Advancing Innovation Act was passed into law to support these collaborations.

Through industry partnerships aimed at accelerating the translation of research from the bench to the bedside, leaders envision a significant contribution to improved patient care.

Donald D. Trunkey, M.D., late emeritus OHSU chair of surgery
Late Emeritus OHSU chair of surgery Dr. Donald D. Trunkey, out in the field