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An Organized Research Center

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The Shock, Trauma and Anesthesiology Research organized research center (STAR-ORC) is a world-class, multi-disciplinary research and educational center focusing on brain injuries, critical care and organ support, resuscitation, surgical outcomes, patient safety and injury prevention. It is the first research center in the nation dedicated exclusively to the study of trauma, its complications and prevention.

Originally established by Congress as the Charles “McC.” Mathias, Jr., National Study Center for Trauma and Emergency Medical Systems, the center was designated an organized research center at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in 2007.

The Shock, Trauma and Anesthesiology Research Center serves as a research umbrella for the Department of Anesthesiology and the Program in Trauma. Many of the researchers working in the new research center are doctors who care for trauma patients at the University of Maryland’s R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center.

The STAR-ORC is led by Alan I. Faden, MD, the David S. Brown Professor in Trauma and professor of Anesthesiology. Dr. Faden is a scientist and physician with extensive expertise in the treatment of brain trauma and other central nervous system injuries.