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Acute Care Surgery

The largest and most comprehensive, multidisciplinary trauma care team in Western New York.

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Our Acute Care Surgery speciality team provides comprehensive care for all injured and critically ill children in the Western New York area. We provide full range, around-the-clock care to patients who are critically ill with acute surgical emergencies, shock, severe sepsis, respiratory failure, and advanced multi-organ failure, in addition to caring for patients with traumatic injuries. 

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Acute Care Surgery

UR Medicine's Approach

Advanced Procedures

Our team are experts in the latest technology and treatments. That's why other hospitals send their toughest trauma cases to us.


URMC Health Care’s acute care surgeons are experts in:

  • Emergency surgery
  • Trauma care
  • Critical care medicine
  • Elective general surgery
  • Burn treatment

Collaborative Multidisciplinary Teams

As a tertiary referral center, patients at the Trauma Center receive immediate access to specialists from a wide range of disciplines.

Highest Standards

We are the region's only academic medical center, with exceptionally high standards that help ensure the best results for our patients.

Outreach and Patient Education

We believe that the best way to treat an injury is to prevent one from happening. The Injury Prevention Program is committed to preventing injuries and deaths.

What Sets Us Apart?

We are Western New York's largest and Rochester's only trauma and burn center.  The Kessler Trauma Center is a state-of-the-art facility aimed at speeding critical care. It treats over 3,000 people a year with severe blunt and penetrating injuries.  The Kessler Burn Center is among the nation's finest burn units. It provides holistic care to the critically injured burn patient from the point of injury to long-term care. 

In 2021, we became one of relatively few civilian trauma centers offering whole blood resuscitation for bleeding trauma patients. Our surgeons were instrumental in lobbying for helicopter emergency medical services in New York State to carry and transfuse blood. We now have whole blood available in the prehospital setting.

We continue to offer newer technologies like Resuscitative Endovascular Balloon Occlusion of the Aorta (REBOA) for use in non-compressible torso hemorrhage as well as rib and sternal plating for severe chest wall fractures.  

Our faculty and program staff are engaged in national PI efforts through EAST as well as the New York State TQIP Collaborative.  Our trauma registrars are Certified Specialists in Trauma Registries (CSTR). We also offer medical student and resident training, including Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)-approved fellowship positions in surgical critical care and burn.


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