Established in 1993 to centralize and improve care of trauma victims in Bexar County and the surrounding 22-county region in South Texas, the Division of Trauma and Emergency Surgery is currently composed of ten full-time and two part time faculty surgeons, four Physician Assistants and five Nurse Practitioners.
The Division is a 'pre-hospital to home' enterprise, providing transfer coordination from regional facilities, initial care in the Emergency Center, ongoing care in the ICU and the inpatient care, as well as the follow-up care in the outpatient setting. It provides the trauma care, surgical critical care and the emergency general surgery care at University Hospital. Our offices are located on the sublevel of University Hospital.
Our mission is to reduce trauma-related death and disability; advance the state of knowledge in trauma, critical care and surgical infections; produce compassionate and highly-skilled surgeons; advocate for improved trauma systems and lead Texas and the nation in patient care, training and research.
University Hospital is a 716 bed acute care hospital and serves as the region's lead level 1 trauma center. The Trauma Center manages more than 4,000 trauma activations each year that come from a 26,770 sq. mi., 22 county catchment area serving a population of more than 2.4 million. Transfers are coordinated through a centralized regional transfer center (MEDCOM). All trauma surgeons staffing the Trauma Center are active members of the UTHSCSA faculty and closely supervise the team of trauma residents, fellows, physician assistants and nurse practitioners. University Health System is the public hospital district for Bexar County, Texas and is the primary teaching facility for UTHSCSA. The University Health System employs more than 4,000 people and maintains an operating budget of over $615 million annually.
Residents from each of the five years of residency rotate on the trauma service for four to six weeks. The residents participate in all aspects of the service including rotations in the emergency department, ward and ICU. Daily didactic lectures and extensive opportunities for faculty-resident interaction are offered.