Trauma, Surgical Critical Care and Burns

Trauma, Surgical Critical Care, Burns & Acute Care Surgery is a division of the Department of Surgery made up of specially trained experts in the care of critically ill or injured people. The division operates four integrated areas:

The trauma, surgical critical care and burns team is always on standby. We are involved in the medical care of thousands of people each year, and work collaboratively with departments throughout UC San Diego Health System to provide comprehensive care. In addition, we are an integral part of disaster preparedness in the region. Read more about what we do through the links below and at

bullet Trauma Center

Raul Coimbra, MD, PhD, is pushing for a statewide trauma system.

UC San Diego Health System established the region’s first Level 1 Trauma Center. Our highly trained personnel and special facilities for handling serious multi-system injuries are part of the collaborative San Diego Trauma System. The system is a nationally recognized, lifesaving enterprise made up of six trauma centers throughout San Diego County.

Trauma is a disease. Stop the spread of the epidemic. Learn more about trauma prevention.

bullet Regional Burn Center

Since 1973, the UC San Diego Regional Burn Center has served the San Diego and Imperial counties with:

  • State-of-the-art care to victims of burn injury
  • Support to families and friends
  • Community education
  • Emergency medical personnel training
  • Research and the advancement of burn care

bullet Acute Care Surgery

Surgical emergencies require acute surgical care. Surgical emergencies include trauma and acute surgical diseases throughout the body. UC San Diego Health System surgeons in the critical care environment make rapid surgical assessment of your condition. That involves prioritizing procedures to best address complex surgical needs.

bullet Surgical Intensive Care Unit

The Surgical Intensive Care Unit at UC San Diego Health System is a powerhouse of critical care expertise. People who are in life-threatening medical need receive highly coordinated, multispecialty care in a technologically advanced setting. Whether you have experienced a traumatic injury, are receiving an organ transplant or are in a surgical emergency situation, the SICU team is with you.

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UC San Diego Medical Center
200 West Arbor Drive 
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