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Acute Care Surgery

Division of Acute Care Surgery

Trauma and Surgical Critical Care

The trauma and critical care service consists of faculty members with a special interest in the care of the severely injured. UI Hospitals and Clinics is an American College of Surgeons verified Level I Trauma Center. As a Level I Adult and Level I Pediatric Trauma Center, UI Hospitals and Clinics serves as a major referral center for critically injured adult and pediatric patients, admitting more than 1,400 patients for traumatic injuries each year. Resources include a trauma registry, multidisciplinary trauma teaching conferences, and collaborative research with the UI Injury Prevention Center. In the 34-bed Surgical and Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit, surgeons and anesthesiologists cooperate to provide optimum care for severely injured or sick surgical patients.

Emergency General Surgery

The Emergency General Surgery (EGS) service is a growing clinical program within the Division that provides rapid surgical assessment and operative management of patients experiencing an acute general surgical problem. 
At the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, the EGS service is interdisciplinary and patient-centered. This allows for the development of evidence-based medicine and care management guidelines that yield optimal clinical outcomes as well as a seamless patient care experience.

Burn Treatment Center

The Burn Treatment Center is an American Burn Association and American College of Surgeons verified burn center. The center is a component of the UI Hospitals and Clinics' comprehensive program for patients with trauma and injuries. The burn center averages about 260 burn and frost bite admissions and 100 soft tissue admissions each year. Most of the extensive burns in Iowa are sent to the center for care. Outpatient burn/wound care is also available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Outpatient visits average 1,800 per year. The Burn Treatment Center features a positive pressure isolation room and hydrotherapy facility for state of the art wound care.

Courses Provided by the Division of Acute Care Surgery

  • Advanced Burn Life Support (ABLS), April 12, 2017
  • Fundamentals of Critical Care Support (FCCS), April 27-28, 2017, at the UIHC.
    • Fee is $270 for all attendees.  
    • Registration is limited to 24 participants and will close on April 17, 2017.
    • Written notification is required for cancellations; a $75 cancellation fee applies.  No refunds will be authorized after April 4, 2017.
    • Course materials will be sent to participants by the Department of Surgery. Tara Maurer is the departmental contact at 319-356-7892
    • Register here: https://medicine.uiowa.edu/cme/webtracker
  • Advanced Trauma Operative Management (ATOM), on these dates: Feb. 21, April 6, May 8, Nov. 7, Dec. 14, all in 2017
  • Advanced Surgical Skills for Exposure in Trauma (ASSET), June 6, 2017
  • Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS)

Kent Choi, MD
Division Director

Division Contact Information

Trauma, Surgical Critical Care, and Elective/Emergency General Surgery
Phone: (319) 356-2902

Burn Treatment Center
Phone: (319) 356-2496