Division of Trauma Anesthesiology


The mission of the Division of Trauma Anesthesiology is to provide outstanding anesthetic care to trauma patients originating from the state of Maryland. Care is delivered at the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center, the world’s first freestanding trauma facility, which serves as the primary adult trauma referral center for Maryland and features capabilities which exceed a Level 1 trauma center designation.

The Division strives to provide innovative resuscitation therapies that improve both short- and long-term outcomes, optimize perioperative pain management, and provide appropriate anesthetic management for reconstructive surgeries. The goal is to be the leading trauma center in the world, practicing evidence-based medicine and serving as a model for other trauma centers. Another goal is to be an integral part of the team that helps patients return to functional lives after tragedy, and to make that transition as seamless and comfortable as possible. In 2012, the Division helped open a new building in the trauma hospital and gained two additional operating rooms. The existing building is under renovation and is scheduled for completion in 2014. Once finished, the entire project will yield three new operating rooms, including a new anesthesia workroom and upgraded equipment. The Division recently instituted a new massive transfusion protocol. In addition, staff are expanding their experience with regional anesthetic techniques to improve postoperative pain management and to facilitate surgical needs.

  • Research: The Shock Trauma Center is participating in a large multicenter research project known as the PROPPR study. This study is investigating the best mix of different blood products to control hemorrhage and positively influence long-term outcomes, such as survival and post-operative complications. Faculty are also assessing non-invasive monitors to assist pre-hospital providers with triage decisions. One example is a sensor to determine the quality of respiration in patients with cervical spine injuries. Such a device could be used to determine if these patients should have a secured airway prior to transport.
  • Education: The Division offers the only full-time fellowship in Trauma Anesthesiology in the country. Instruction is also provided by Division staff to paramedics, student nurse anesthetists, medical students, and anesthesiology residents. The Division is awaiting the completion of a new simulation lab which will further enhance faculty competencies as well as the training of residents, fellows and other health care professionals.


Read about our Trauma Anesthesiology Fellowship