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Acute Care and Trauma Surgery

Injury is the fifth leading cause of death in Americans overall, and the leading cause of death for those under age 44. It accounts for significant disability in this population, regardless of race, gender or economic status. When seconds count, the specialized care offered at the Kessler Burn & Trauma Center can mean the difference between life and death.Bell

The Kessler Burn & Trauma Center is a major tertiary referral center serving the metropolitan Rochester area as well as the 1.8 million people in the 17 counties which surround the Finger Lakes Region in Western New York. Located on the campus of the University of Rochester Medical Center, the center provides around-the-clock care for the sickest patients.

State-of-the-Art Facility Speeds
Critical Care

The Kessler Trauma Center is the Greater Rochester's only full-service, trauma facility. As such, it provides 24-hour access to high quality trauma care, as well as trauma systems leadership for the entire Finger Lakes region. The Strong Regional Trauma Center is the region's largest and most advanced emergency facility, and admits over 1,900 injured patients each year.

Expert Burn Care, Right in Rochester

No one ever plans to be burned. But if you or someone you love is ever involved in a fire, explosion or accident, it's good to know that the Kessler Burn Center is close by when every minute counts. From severely burned patients to patients with minor injuries, our dedicated burn care team is skilled in the techniques to provide the best care available.

Our Surgeons

Gestring Mark L. Gestring, M.D. 
Associate Professor and Director of the Kessler Trauma Center, Chief of Acute Care Division
bankey Paul E. Bankey, M.D., Ph.D. 
Professor of Surgery 
bell Derek E. Bell, M.D. 
Burn Director of the Kessler Burn Center, Division of Plastic Surgery
cheng Julius D. Cheng, M.D., M.P.H. 
Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics and 
Professor of Clinical Nursing at the 
School of Nursing
Qi Yanjie Qi, M.D. 
Assistant Professor 
Stassen Nicole A. Stassen, M.D. 
Professor of Surgery and Medical Director of the Kessler Family Burn/Trauma ICU; 
Surgical Critical Care Residency Program Director 
Sangosanya Ayodele T. Sangosanya, M.D. 
Associate Professor of Surgery
Vella Michael Vella, M.D., M.B.A.
Assistant Professor of Surgery