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Acute Care Surgery

The Department of Surgery's Division of Acute Care Surgery reflects the current model of combining the disciplines of trauma, burn, surgical critical care, and emergency general surgery. A multidisciplinary team provides patient care, outreach education, and medical student and resident training, including ACGME (Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education) -approved fellowship positions in surgical critical care and burn. Faculty members are also active in both clinical and basic science research.

University Hospital is an American College of Surgeons verified Level I trauma center, one of only three such centers in Missouri. The Frank L. Mitchell, Jr., MD Trauma Center is recognized as meeting and exceeding the highest standards of care for the most critically injured patients. As the only trauma and burn center in the region, MU is also a leader in the treatment of burn-injured patients.

Surgical intensivist coverage in the trauma, surgical and burn intensive care unit is coordinated through Acute Care Surgery. Our surgeons maintain an active general surgery practice, available for urgent inpatient and elective outpatient consultations.


Trauma Transfers: (888) 42-MU-911

Burn, Emergency General Surgery, or Critical Care Transfers: (888) 884-MU-DOC

General Surgery Referrals: (573) 884-6098

Division of Acute Care Surgery
One Hospital Drive
McHaney Hall, Suite MC213
Columbia, MO 65212

Phone: (573) 884-8214 or (573) 884-1880
Fax: (573) 884-8398

Why are trauma centers important?

Jacob Quick, MD, an acute care surgeon at University Hospital’s trauma center, defines and discusses trauma centers on Missouri Medical Focus. Click here to listen.