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Acute Care Surgery and 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.

24/7 CARE
Twenty-four hours a day, 365 days a year, our highly experienced, dedicated team of attending acute care surgeons, fellows, and residents (licensed doctors under the supervision of senior surgeons), nurse practitioners, registered nurses, and physician assistants are prepared to provide leading-edge care to adult patients with the most severe illnesses or injuries (with the exception of burns).

We are structured so that throughout their entire stay, patients are always under the direct care of a member of a cohesive team of board-certified, senior acute care surgeons. To provide as much continuity of care as possible while also ensuring that our surgeons are well-rested, patients are cared for by the same attending surgeon throughout the daytime from Monday through Friday, with a smooth transition to the nighttime attending. 

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 the BIDMC 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.

We also offer patients access to BIDMC's Cognitive Neurology Follow-Up Clinic. Staffed by senior physicians, this clinic offers comprehensive care for patients who have suffered a concussion or other head injury.

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
Berenson Emergency Department: 617-754-2400
Acute Care Surgery Clinic: 617-632-9922
Trauma Program Office: 617-632-9916

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