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Division of Trauma, Critical Care, and Acute Care Surgery

University of Cincinnati Medical Center (UCMC) is the only verified adult Level I Trauma Center serving Southwestern Ohio, Eastern Indiana and Northern Kentucky. The trauma center has been in operation for over 25 years, and the current referral area encompasses almost 2 million people. The last year has witnessed exciting growth as the University Health systems has expanded its presence and reach with the development of a new Level III trauma center at the West Chester Hospital campus. The West Chester Hospital campus will offer state of the art trauma care for its local communities while partnering with University Hospital to provide the highest level of resource intensity when required.

The University of Cincinnati division of trauma, critical care, and acute care surgery continues to be a regional leader in patient care, education and research. The trauma center treats injuries typically seen in a large urban setting. Approximately 75 percent of the injuries are from blunt force mechanisms and 25 percent are penetrating injuries. Patients are cared for by a multidisciplinary team of surgeons, nurses, respiratory therapists, physical therapists, physician’s assistants, pharmacists and social workers. This multidisciplinary team provides a continuum of care with the goal of returning the patient to the previous level of health as rapidly as possible.

The Acute Care Surgery service, which was implemented in July 2009, continues to grow and expand its reach. UC Health acute care surgeons now work around the clock at UCMC, the West Chester Hospital as well as The Christ Hospital, providing the most responsive, innovative surgical techniques and critical care services to patients in the Greater Cincinnati region.

Our commitment to patient care extends beyond the Tristate area as the division continues its collaboration with the United States Air Force. UCMC serves as one of the nation’s three Air Force Centers for the Sustainment of Trauma and Readiness Skills (C-STARS) training. During the previous calendar year, this unique process has provided specialized training to over 200 members of the Air Force’s elite Critical Care Air Transport Teams (CCATT). These CCATT personnel go on to serve in Iraq, Afghanistan and other locations around the world.

Through the UC Institute for Military Medicine, UC trauma/critical care surgeons and dedicated researchers are conducting major studies to improve medical transport for armed forces in need of emergency care, blunt trauma care protocols and traumatic brain injury prevention. The last twelve months have witnessed an increasingly strong basic science portfolio which is providing key elements to our understanding of transfusion medicine and the evolution of resuscitation of hemorrhagic shock.


Krishna P. Athota, MD
Daniel B. Cox, MD
Kenneth Davis Jr., MD
Ryan E. Earnest, MD
Joel B. Elterman, MD
Brian J. Gavitt, MD
Michael D. Goodman, MD
Dallas G. Hansen, MD
Christopher F. Janowak, MD
Jay A. Johannigman, MD
Amy T. Makley, MD
D Anderson Millar, MD
Vanessa Nomellini, MD
Michael C. Petro, MD
Timothy A. Pritts, MD, PhD
Jason J. Schrager, MD
Kevin V. Schrand, MD
Richard J. Strilka, MD
Betty Tsuei, MD
Christina P. Williams, MD

Nurse Practitioners:

Ashley Agnew
Betsy Linz
Chandra Rhodes
Jessica Straus
Sara Tompkins
Holly Vandergriff
Shaleen Williams

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University of Cincinnati
College of Medicine
231 Albert Sabin Way
Cincinnati, OH 45267-0558

Mail Location: 0558
Phone: 513-558-4748