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Trauma, Emergency Surgery, and Surgical Critical Care Division

Traumatologists at Stony Brook Medicine
The faculty of the Trauma, Emergency Surgery, and Surgical Critical Care Division: (left to right) Drs. Daniel N. Rutigliano, Michael F. Paccione, Steven Sandoval, and James A. Vosswinkel (not pictured are Drs. Polikseni Eksarko, Randeep S. Jawa, Jerry A. Rubano, and Marc J. Shapiro).

The Division of Trauma, Emergency Surgery, and Surgical Critical Care comprises our clinical faculty of board-certified traumatologists/intensivists and their support staff dedicated to our mission of excellence in patient care; the education of medical students and surgical residents in traumatology and intensive care; research aimed at advancing patient care; and community service, from giving free public lectures on injury prevention to partnering with the volunteer firefighters of Suffolk County.

The Division provides around-the-clock care for patients requiring trauma and emergency surgery, as well as for patients in the hospital’s Surgical Intensive Care Unit (SICU).

Our surgeons have been recognized for their clinical excellence by selection for inclusion in the present and past editions of the Castle Connolly Guide, Top Doctors: New York Metro Area, representing the top 10% of physicians in the New York Metropolitan area. In addition, the faculty has been selected for inclusion in the Consumers' Research Council of America Guide to America's Top Surgeons.

Our surgeons are fellowship trained in all aspects of traumatology and critical care medicine, and they manage University Hospital’s SICU, as well as the Suffolk County Volunteer Firefighters Burn Center. Ours is the only burn center in Suffolk County, earning the support of the county’s volunteer firefighters.

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Suffolk County Police helicopter ambulance coming in for landing at University Hospital.

The Stony Brook Trauma Center is the only adult/pediatric Level I trauma center in Suffolk County with verification from the American College of Surgeons (read more). Our trauma specialists coordinate the initial evaluation and treatment of all injured patients transported by ambulance or helicopter to our Emergency Room. Our trauma program has been recognized as being in the top 4% nationally, and is the top-ranked center in the care of pedestrian trauma.

The Division’s faculty plays an important role in the education of our medical students and general surgery residents. They are given unique opportunities for exposure to both trauma care and surgical critical care. In addition, the Division provides an accredited surgical critical care residency (fellowship).

With regard to research, the Division also provides patients with the opportunity to participate in clinical trials that offer them the only local access to newly developed treatment options. Basic science research is done, as well, in the fields of clinical outcome, new technology, injury, and metabolism, with the ultimate aim of improving patient care.

Together, the clinical and academic strengths of the Division of Trauma, Emergency Surgery, and Surgical Critical Care form the foundation for our continued excellence expected in patient care, education, research, and community service.