Acute Care Surgery, Trauma and Surgical Critical Care

The UK HealthCare trauma program is an American College of Surgeons accredited Level 1 Trauma Center. Our Trauma Center is one of only three Level 1 centers serving the needs of Kentuckians. Our trauma center physicians, nurses and staff are committed to providing timely, excellent and cost-effective care for patients with complex, multi-system trauma or single-system trauma requiring specialized surgical services. See our Trauma Program Office »

About Trauma

Trauma remains the leading cause of mortality and morbidity for individuals younger than 40 years of age. Organized trauma systems with specialized centers devoted to the evaluation and treatment of trauma are effective in reducing rates of death and disability associated with injury. 

The surgical critical care service provides consultative services for surgical patients in the intensive care units, giving experience in hemodynamic monitoring, ventilator management, nutritional support, sepsis, and organ failure. The section is actively involved in cardiogenic, hemorrhagic and septic shock research, investigation of L-arginine metabolism after trauma, and lymphatic function in shock states. 


  • Acute care surgery
  • Gastrointestinal endoscopy
  • General surgery
  • Laparoscopic surgery
  • Nutrition
  • Surgical critical care
  • Trauma surgery
  • Virtual ICU