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Acute Care Surgery, Trauma, and Surgical Critical Care

The Division of Acute Care Surgery, Trauma, and Surgical Critical Care provides exceptional, state-of-the-art, multidisciplinary care for adults who require emergency surgery because of an accident (except burns) or sudden illness. This care often begins before the patient arrives and continues throughout the patient's hospitalization and following discharge.

We are one of the busiest providers of acute care in the region and one of only a few staffed around the clock by full-time, attending (senior-level) acute care surgeons whose sole responsibility is the care of critically ill surgical and trauma patients.

In addition, we have a multidisciplinary team of board-certified surgical and other specialists available to provide expert care, including orthopedic surgeons, neurosurgeons, plastic surgeons, and many others. The rapid availability of this multidisciplinary expertise ensures that patients receive the best possible care whatever the type or severity of their illness or injury.

We are with our patients every step of the way. In fact, care often begins before the patient arrives at BIDMC's Berenson Emergency Department, one of the busiest emergency departments in the area. This attentive care continues throughout the patient's evaluation, surgery, and hospitalization; discharge planning; and follows the patient's discharge through our Acute Care Surgery Clinic.

In recognition of its ability to provide the highest level of care to trauma patients and to serve as a regional trauma resource, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center is verified by the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma and designated by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health as a Level 1 Trauma Center. This verification, which must be renewed every three years, indicates that BIDMC meets or exceeds the stringent requirements of a Level I Trauma Center.

In addition to providing excellent, multidisciplinary care, the Division of Acute Care Surgery and Critical Care conducts research, participates in the training of medical students and general surgery residents, and offers an accredited Fellowship in Surgical Critical Care.

We are also committed to preventing injuries and accidents, offering injury-prevention presentations for the general public, as well as education and training courses for emergency medical service providers, nursing professionals, and physicians, including the Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) course.

Contact Information

Emergency: 911
Trauma Transfer Line: 617-754-2494 
Berenson Emergency Department: 617-754-2400

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