The Department of Surgery is committed to excellence in patient care, cutting-edge research, innovative training programs, and investments in diversity and health equity. Read the Department of Surgery 2021 Annual Report to see our mission in action.
Acute and Critical Care Surgery
Washington University surgeons in the Section of Acute and Critical Care Surgery provide care to critically ill and injured patients as part of a nationally recognized trauma center. They also perform research to advance the care of these patients and offer fellowship training in surgical critical care.
Surgeons in this section provide care at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, which serves as a regional referral center for critically ill patients and has been designated a Level I Trauma Center by the State of Missouri. The hospital also has earned Level I verification from the American College of Surgeons – the highest national recognition a trauma center can receive.
The section’s focus on patient care is multi-faceted. The faculty specialize in the treatment of traumatic injuries, emergency surgeries, geriatric trauma, general surgeries, burn and wound care, and critical care. The section also has a vested interest in abdominal wall reconstruction.
The section plays an active role in graduate medical education through both the General Surgery Residency Program and the Surgery Critical Care Fellowship Program. Surgeons train general surgery residents who rotate through the critical care service. Residents who go on to train as surgical critical care fellows are exposed to a large and diverse patient population, treating a substantial number of very complicated cases on the surgical and other ICUs. (The medical school also offers an Anesthesiology Critical Care Fellowship.)
In addition to providing patient care, the Section of Acute and Critical Care Surgery works closely with representatives from governmental agencies, industries, and foundations on research projects that will not only assist in patient care, but will make advancements in critical care medicine as a whole.
Please browse our web site to learn more about patient care, teaching and research programs in the Section of Acute and Critical Care Surgery.