UC San Diego Level 1 Trauma Center


UC San Diego Health's Dr. Raul Coimbra, recognized around the world as a trauma care expert and pioneer, pushes for a statewide trauma system.

Trauma is the leading cause of death in the U.S. Fewer than eight percent of hospitals have a trauma center.

UC San Diego Health leads the nation in effective trauma care, operating the region's first Level 1 Trauma Center. Our team has provided care for critical injuries in San Diego and Imperial Counties since 1976.

Our Trauma Center is part of the San Diego Trauma System – a collaborative, lifesaving, countrywide effort of six hospitals. Equipped with special facilities, advanced technology, and highly trained personnel, the Trauma Center is committed to decreasing the mortality rate from traumatic injuries in the San Diego region.

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Leader in Trauma Care

Our Level 1 Trauma Center provides truly comprehensive care for trauma patients, from intensive care through progressive care and rehabilitation.

We operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and care for over 3,200 patients every year.

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The most effective force against traumatic injury is prevention. As part of our commitment to the highest level of trauma care, we play a vital role in San Diego prevention.

Using new research, our team implements programs shown to reduce injuries and trauma.

bulletFind out how you and your loved ones can prevent traumatic injuries.

Multidisciplinary Care

Picture of Dr. Godat with the trauma team.

The trauma team is led by Raul Coimbra, MD, PhD.

Our team stays with you every step of the way, coordinating care with other specialists to ensure you're getting the right treatment.

Meet the team.

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Call 619-543-7200


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