The Division of Trauma, Critical Care and Acute Care Surgery

The division of trauma, critical care and acute care surgery at Oregon Health & Science University  uses the acute care surgery model which encompasses urgent surgical specialties:  trauma surgery, surgical critical care and acute care surgery. We are staffed by surgeons and operating teams equipped to provide acute general surgery patients with a timely surgical assessment and operative management day or night. 

Our team

Our division is comprised of knowledgeable and skilled surgeons, residents, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurses and ancillary staff.  This team of dedicated staff provides quality care to the acutely and critically ill patients of the Pacific Northwest Region including Alaska. 

Our patients

An acute care surgical patient may be one who is:

  • Transferred from an outside hospital with a complicated surgical need requiring specialized surgical care
  • An admission from the Emergency Department with an acute surgical need night or day 
  • A hospitalized patient who may additionally require acute surgical intervention

Evidence-based medicine

The division of trauma, critical care and acute care surgery utilizes an evidence-based medicine approach in caring for patients which decreases variability in treatment, cost of care, decreases length of stay and improves patient outcomes. 

Continuity of patient care

Our patients are cared for by our skilled trauma team through the continuum, from the emergency department to the operating room to the intensive care unit to the ward until discharge, providing for continuity of patient care.   

Teaching and education

Additionally, The division of trauma, critical care and acute care surgery service is dedicated to the education of medical students, residents, fellows and nurses to increase their understanding and provide complex care to the surgical patient. 
Learn more about our ongoing continuing education opportunities available to healthcare providers.