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Douglas J.E. Schuerer, MD, FACS, FCCM

  • Professor of Surgery

Medical School

MD, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, PA, 1995

Post Doctoral Education

Intern in General Surgery, Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, MI, 1996

Resident in General Surgery, Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, MI, 2001

Surgical Critical Care Fellow, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, 2002

Board Certifications

Surgical Critical Care--Certified
General Surgery--Certified

Honors and Awards

Fellow, American College of Surgeons, 2004

Clinical Interests

Dr. Schuerer specializes in burn, trauma and surgical critical care. Other areas of clinical interest include multiple organ failure, pathophysiology of shock and sepsis, infection, acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) and hemorrhage.

Research Interests

Long Term Outcomes and Quality of Life after Trauma

Reduction in DVT rates in the Trauma Population.

Effectiveness of Beta-Blockade in Trauma Patients

Effects of Insurance Type on Outcomes in Trauma

ATV Accidents: Epidemiology and Economics

Reduction in primary line infections in the ICU using antibiotic-coated lines.

Critical Event Reporting in the ICU

NIH-ARDS Collaborative Investigations:
Lasrs – Late Steroid Rescue Study

Alveoli – Assessment of Low tidal Volume and elevated End expiratory volume to Obviate Lung Injury

FACCT – Fluid and Catheter Therapeutic Trial

Principal Investigator: "A multicenter, randomized, open label, phase III study to compare the safety and efficacy of IV Doripenem with that of IV Imipenem in ventilator associated pneumonia," Peninsula Pharmaceuticals, Inc., 2005-2007

Principal Investigator: "A multicenter, open label, randomized, comparative study of Tigercycline vs. Ceftriaxone Sodium plus Metronidazole for the treatement of hospitalized patients with cIAIs," Wyeth, 2005-2007

Hospital Affiliations

Barnes-Jewish Hospital

Patients Seen At

Surgical and Wound Care Clinic
Barnes Center for Outpatient Health
4901 Forest Park Ave.
Floor 3, Suite 340
St. Louis, MO 63108
Fax: 314-362-5743

Contact Information

Washington University School of Medicine
Department of Surgery
Section of Burn/Trauma/Surgical Critical Care
Campus Box 8109, 660 S. Euclid Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63110
(314) 362-5472

Selected Publications

Schuerer D. Hyperacute stabilization (<12 hours) for Polytrauma Patients with Unstable Spinal Fracture. 2015. (In Print)

Bonne S, Mazuski JE, Schuerer DJ. Preventing Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infection: In Reply to Mermel. J Am Coll Surg. 2015 Oct;221(4):892-3.

Bonne S, Mazuski JE, Sona C, Schallom M, Boyle W, Buchman TG, Bochicchio GV, Coopersmith CM, Schuerer DJ. Effectiveness of Minocycline and Rifampin vs Chlorhexidine and Silver Sulfadiazine-Impregnated Central Venous Catheters in Preventing Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infection in a High-Volume Academic Intensive Care Unit: A Before and After Trial. J Am Coll Surg. 2015 Sep;221(3):739-47.

Mellnick VM, Raptis C, Lonsford C, Lin M, Schuerer D. Traumatic lumbar hernias: do patient or hernia characteristics predict bowel or mesenteric injury? Emerg Radiol. 2014 Jun; 21(3): 239-43.

Bonne S, Schuerer DJ. Trauma in the older adult: epidemiology and evolving geriatric trauma principles. Clin Geriatr Med. 2013 Feb;29(1):137-50.

To K, Sona S, Schallom M, Skrupky L, Bowles J, Jarman S, Southard R, Freeman B, Schuerer D, Mazuski J. Limiting Blood Loss From Routine Phlebotomy Practices in the ICU. SCCM. 2011

Schuerer DJ, Borrelli J Jr. Use of low-molecular-weight heparin and a deep vein thrombosis protocol to prevent DVT in elderly patients with trauma. Am J Orthop (Belle Mead NJ). 2011 Aug;40(8):E143-7.

Washington CW, Schuerer DJ, Grubb RL Jr. Platelet transfusion: an unnecessary risk for mild traumatic brain injury patients on antiplatelet therapy. J Trauma. 2011 Aug;71(2):358-63.

Byrnes MC, Schuerer DJ, Schallom ME, Sona CS, Mazuski JE, Taylor BE, McKenzie W, Thomas JM, Emerson JS, Nemeth JL, Bailey RA, Boyle WA, Buchman TG, Coopersmith CM. Implementation of a mandatory checklist of protocols and objectives improves compliance with a wide range of evidence-based intensive care unit practices. Crit Care Med. 2009 Oct;37(10):2775-81.

Sona CS, Zack JE, Schallom ME, McSweeney M, McMullen K, Thomas J, Coopersmith CM, Boyle WA, Buchman TG, Mazuski JE, Schuerer DJ. The impact of a simple, low-cost oral care protocol on ventilator-associated pneumonia rates in a surgical intensive care unit. J Intensive Care Med. 2009 Jan-Feb;24(1):54-62.

Schuerer DJ, Kolovos NS, Boyd KV, Coopersmith CM. Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation: current clinical practice, coding, and reimbursement. Chest. 2008 Jul;134(1):179-84. Review.

Horwitz DA, Schuerer DJ. Trauma rehabilitation outcome scoring. Curr Opin Crit Care. 2008 Aug;14(4):445-50. Review.

Freeman BD, Kennedy C, Robertson TE, Coopersmith CM, Schallom M, Sona C, Cracchiolo L, Schuerer DJ, Boyle WA, Buchman TG. Tracheostomy protocol: experience with development and potential utility. Crit Care Med. 2008 Jun;36(6):1742-8.

Schuerer DJ, Zack JE, Thomas J, Borecki IB, Sona CS, Schallom ME, Venker M, Nemeth JL, Ward MR, Verjan L, Warren DK, Fraser VJ, Mazuski JE, Boyle WA, Buchman TG, Coopersmith CM. Effect of chlorhexidine/silver sulfadiazine-impregnated central venous catheters in an intensive care unit with a low blood stream infection rate after implementation of an educational program: a before-after trial. Surg Infect (Larchmt). 2007;8(4):445-454.

Schuerer D, Nast P, Harris C, Krauss M, Jones R, Boyle W, Buchman T, Coopersmith C, Dunagan W, Fraser V. A new safety event reporting system improves physician reporting in the surgical intensive care unit. Journal of the American College of Surgeons. 2006;202(6):881-887.

Taylor B, Schallom M, Sona C, Buchman T, Boyle W, Mazuski J, Schuerer D, Thomas J, Kaiser C, Huey W, Ward M, Zack J, Coopersmith C. Efficacy and safety of an insulin infusion protocol in a surgical ICU. Journal of the American College of Surgeons. 2006;202(1):1-9.

Pub Med page for Douglas J.E. Schuerer, M.D.


Contributing Author. “Self-Assessment Colour Review of Cardiothoracic Critical Care”. Karmy-Jones and Horst, Manson Publishing, 1998.

Editorial Positions

Journal Reviewer

2005-Present, Journal of the American College of Surgeons
2007-Present, Journal of Trauma
2009-Present, Surgical Infections


Schuerer D, Brandes S. "Traumatic Renal Injuries." In: Cameron JL (ed.). Current Surgical Therapy. 10th Edition. Elsevier; 2011.

Schuerer D. "Trauma Surgery and ATLS" In: Kollef M (ed.). The Washington Manual of Critical Care. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; 2008.

McConnell K, Schuerer D. "Trauma Surgery" In: Klingensmith ME (ed.). The Washington Manual of Surgery. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; 2008.

Kodner I, Freeman D, Schuerer D, Whinney R. "Ethical Dilemmas and the Law." In: Britt LD (ed.). Acute Care Surgery; Springer; 2007.