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Emergency & Trauma Surgery

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

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Injury is the leading cause of death in Americans under age 44, and the fifth leading cause of death overall. When seconds count, specialized care in a trauma center is a matter of life or death.

Our Kessler Trauma Center is a tertiary referral center, meaning it has the expertise to handle the most complex cases sent to us by other regional health systems. Our specialists cover a wide range of disciplines.

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Video: 24-hour care for injured patients who need it most. We're home to the only full-service trauma facility in the Rochester metropolitan area and surrounding region. We treat thousands of injured patients a year. #advanceshappenhere

UR Medicine's Approach

The Kessler Trauma Center manages life-threatening injuries, but our team also takes a comprehensive approach to trauma care for anyone in the Rochester metropolitan area and surrounding region.

The cycle of care progresses from critical care and recovery to rehabilitation and physical therapy, support with returning into the community, and injury prevention through community outreach.

Advanced Procedures

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


Our 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 receive immediate access to specialists from a wide range of disciplines.

Highest Standards

As part of an academic medical center, we have 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.

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Acute Care Surgery

What Sets Us Apart?

The Kessler Trauma Center is the Rochester metropolitan area and surrounding region's only full-service trauma facility, offering 24-hour access. We treat thousands of injured patients a year.

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.

Special features of the Kessler Trauma Center

  • Board-certified trauma surgeons/surgical intensivists available around the clock
  • Surgeons who are part of local, national, and international organizations involved in trauma research, education, outreach, and advocacy
  • Sub-specialty support services (neurosurgery, orthopedic surgery, plastic surgery, vascular surgery) available around the clock
  • Access to whole blood (supplied by the American Red Cross) for resuscitation of bleeding trauma patients
  • Emerging technologies such as Resuscitative Endovascular Balloon Occlusion of the Aorta (REBOA) and rib plating for rib fractures
  • Complete support of the trauma patient from initial arrival through the rehabilitation process and beyond
  • Quality and performance improvement programs including the availability of trauma video review
  • Immediate availability of fully staffed, trauma operating rooms
  • Modern trauma resuscitation bays with immediate access to ultrasound, x-ray imaging, and state-of-the-art CT scanning
  • Transfer center available around the clock
  • Easy access by air (helipad) or critical care transport service (ground)
  • Faculty and staff involved in multicenter trials involving trauma care

Outreach Efforts

Stop the Bleed: Death from bleeding is the number one preventable cause of death from injury. We support the national STOP THE BLEED public health campaign to save lives by training people across the country in how to stop bleeding (similar to encouraging people to learn CPR). The annual national STOP THE BLEED Day is a one-day call to action. For more information, visit

Rochester Youth Violence Partnership: This hospital-based, violence intervention program helps trauma victims under the age of 18 when they seek medical care following a knife or gun injury. Our trauma center’s efforts are supported by 28 local nonprofit, government, and service-based organizations. The hospital serves as “first responder” by identifying at-risk patients and treating injuries. A coordinated effort follows to help reduce violence in this vulnerable population.


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We serve you in the Rochester metropolitan area and surrounding region.

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Kessler Burn & Trauma Center - Rochester

Strong Memorial Hospital
601 Elmwood Avenue
Rochester, NY 14642

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