Trauma Surgery – About

The Division of Trauma, Acute Care, and Critical Care Surgery at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center plays a major role in the future of the people of central Pennsylvania through excellent patient care, forward-thinking education of future doctors and scientists, and groundbreaking research.

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Patient care

Serving a catchment area of more than 1.2 million people, Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center is the only Level I Trauma Center for both the adult and pediatric population in south central Pennsylvania.

Our Surgical Intensive Care Unit (SICU) is a 30-bed state-of-the-art complex with a diverse patient population including cardiothoracic, general, vascular, transplant, trauma, and neurosurgical cases.

Our acute care surgery provides emergency general surgery and surgical follow-up for patients as well as referral back to their home community physicians.


Our educational programs aim to train the best clinical and academic surgeons possible. This begins with the education of our medical students in clerkships and continues through residency and surgical critical care and/or acute care surgery fellowships.

Research and research training program

Our basic and physician scientists are involved in research programs and clinical studies that are shaping treatments of tomorrow.

We also participate in a research training program with the Departments of Surgery and Cellular and Molecular Physiology to provide qualified and motivated individuals with a comprehensive knowledge base and rigorous laboratory experience that leads to a successful and productive career in independent academic trauma research. The program focuses on training clinician-scientists in molecular techniques to perform mechanistic and translational research on clinically relevant problems related to trauma care.