Division of Trauma and Surgical Critical Care



Vanderbilt University Hospital provides trauma care for 65,000 square miles. The Division of Trauma at Vanderbilt University Hospital handles close to 3,000 acute trauma admissions annually. Essential for the quality of trauma care provided by Vanderbilt University Hospital are its facilities. These include a 20-bed burn unit, a 31 bed integrated Acute and Sub Acute care unit, which contains a 14 bed ICU, a 7 bed Acute Admission Area and a 10 bed Sub-Acute unit, and LifeFlight, an active air medical transport program. The Trauma Units' unique geography allows close integration and management of patient progress from admission to discharge. LifeFlight provides rapid access to the tertiary care facilities of the Trauma Center for all patients within a 140-mile radius of Nashville.

With over a decade of active service, the LifeFlight helicopters make over 2000 flights annually. LifeFlight and the Stallworth Rehabilitation Center allow patients to remain within the Vanderbilt system from the time of injury until their return to work. The trauma program at Vanderbilt is unique in that surgical residents gain exposure to the problems of both urban and rural trauma care. This comprehensive approach to trauma care and surgical critical care provides powerful research and educational opportunities for residents interested in a career in trauma surgery or surgical critical care.

In addition to the active clinical program, the division supports injury prevention, ongoing research opportunities, and continuing medical education programs for Advanced Trauma Life Support and Pediatric Advanced Life Support.


To provide optimal care for the people in our community through injury prevention and high quality patient care with a focus on return to productivity, and in this directive, lead the country in medical education, research, and the health of the trauma system.


  • Provide efficient and cost effective patient care of highest quality
  • Provide outstanding resident and fellow education
  • Support nationally recognized clinical research


We will accomplish our mission by providing high quality patient care with a collaborative medical and nursing framework.

This page was last updated January, 2013 and is maintained by Chris Kleymeer