Acute Care & Trauma Surgery Division


UVA Pegasus helicopter hovering against a sunsetUVA’s Division of Acute Care & Trauma  Surgery provides patient care services for traumatic injury, emergency general surgery, surgical critical care, and elective general surgery. UVA is an American College of Surgeons verified Level I Trauma Center, is part of the surgical subspecialties service line at UVA Health, and functions as an entity within the Clinical Care Services of the UVA Health system..

The Adult Trauma Service admits approximately over 1,000 severely injured patients per year.  The Pediatric Trauma Service admits approximately 175 patients between the ages of 0–16 per year. The trauma center as a whole admits between 1600 and 2000 injured patients per year. Over 600 of these patients are admitted to the intensive care unit.

The division and the trauma center are under the direction of Jeffrey S. Young, MD.  John Davis, MD is the director of the emergency general surgery service and is co-director of the surgical trauma intensive care unit. Forrest Calland, MD is the associate trauma director and is responsible for the performance improvement program.

There are four advanced practice practitioners assigned to trauma patients and additional APP’s care for trauma patients in the surgical trauma ICU and the surgical intermediate care unit.

The division performs over 800 elective general surgical procedures and 200 emergency general surgical procedures per year. The division runs outpatient clinics that see over 2,000 patients yearly.

Clinical Programs

The Acute Care and Trauma Division cares for trauma patients, performs over 400 emergency surgeries per year and leads the surgical trauma intensive care unit. We aim to provide timely and effective care to the most critical and urgent cases.

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Education and Training

Our division offers several courses to advance education. Our Advanced Trauma Life Support class happens 1-2 times per year and we provide several injury prevention classes and activities throughout the region. We also have free resources like the Clinical Brain Training site and podcast.

Acute Care & Trauma Research

Close up image of a microscopeDr. Zequan Yang is a National Institute of Health funded researcher working in the area of the inflammatory response in mediating acute myocardial infarction and septic shock.

Dr. Forrest Calland performs research in the areas of predictive physiologic monitoring and prevention of clinician burnout.

Dr. Jeffrey Young performs research of improving clinical outcomes of trauma patients, the effect of occult hypoperfusion on organ failure and outcome in injured patients, and research on improving cognitive performance in clinicians caring for injured patients.


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