UVA’s Division of Acute Care & Trauma Surgery provides patient care services for traumatic injury, emergency general surgery, surgical critical care, and elective general surgery. UVA is an American College of Surgeons verified Level I Trauma Center, is part of the surgical subspecialties service line at UVA Health, and functions as an entity within the Clinical Care Services of the UVA Health system..
The Adult Trauma Service admits approximately over 1,000 severely injured patients per year. The Pediatric Trauma Service admits approximately 175 patients between the ages of 0–16 per year. The trauma center as a whole admits between 1600 and 2000 injured patients per year. Over 600 of these patients are admitted to the intensive care unit.
The division and the trauma center are under the direction of Jeffrey S. Young, MD John Davis, MD is the director of the emergency general surgery service and is co-director of the surgical trauma intensive care unit. Forrest Calland, MD is the associate trauma director and is responsible for the performance improvement program.
There are four advanced practice practitioners assigned to trauma patients and additional APP’s care for trauma patients in the surgical trauma ICU and the surgical intermediate care unit.
The division performs over 800 elective general surgical procedures and 200 emergency general surgical procedures per year. The division runs outpatient clinics that see over 2,000 patients yearly.
Jeffrey Young, MD Chief, Acute Care & Trauma Division
The Trauma and Acute Care surgery division is a high-performing component of the UVA Health System. We have been verified by the American College of Surgeons and consistently work toward providing the highest quality care to all our patients. The division works with all components of the trauma system including injury prevention, emergency medical services, emergency medicine, orthopedics, neurosurgery, anesthesia, radiology and other clinical services. We endeavor to provide a caring environment for all patients and families.
James Calland, MD received his medical degree from Mount Sinai School of Medicine prior to completing a surgical residency at UVA and a fellowship in traumatology and surgical critical care at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Calland cares for a broad range of patients with life-threatening injuries and general surgical needs, such as hernia, gall bladder problems and tumors. Much of his clinical focus is on providing critical care to patients in intensive care units, as well as mentoring trainees.
John P. Davis, MD pursued his undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences at Mississippi State University. He then studied at the University of Mississippi for his Doctorate in Medicine. Dr. Davis trained at the University of Virginia for General Surgery and at the University of Florida for Surgical Critical Care. Dr. Davis joined the faculty at UVA in September of 2019. His clinical interests include hernia surgery, gallbladder surgery, surgery of the small and large bowel, trauma and acute care surgery, and surgical critical care. His research interests include outcomes in trauma and acute care surgery, outcomes and management of the critically ill surgical patient, and predictive analytics in surgery.
Michael Williams, MD, FACS, is a surgeon specializing in trauma and emergency surgery. He received his medical degree from UVA, completed a general surgery residency at Louisiana State University School of Medicine and then pursued a trauma fellowship at Washington Hospital Center. Williams is director of the UVA Center for Health Policy and a fellow of the American College of Surgeons.
Zequan Yang, MD attended undergraduate and medical school at Beijing Medical University, and came to Charlottesville for a surgery residency and surgical critical care fellowship at UVA. Following his fellowship training, he joined the UVA faculty in the Department of Surgery in 2011. Yang specializes in acute care surgery, trauma and surgical intensive care. He is especially interested in robotic-assisted laparoscopic surgery (cholecystectomy, abdominal wall hernia repair and hiatal hernia repair) and is in charge of resident training in robotic surgery at UVA.
Jeffrey Young, MD was an undergraduate at the University of Virginia and graduated as an Echols Scholar in 1984. He attended medical school at the Medical College of Virginia and trained in general surgery and trauma at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. Young has been director of the UVA Trauma Center and senior associate chief medical officer for UVA Health since 1994. He specializes in caring for critically ill or severely injured patients who need surgery.
The Acute Care and Trauma Division cares for trauma patients, performs over 400 emergency surgeries per year and leads the surgical trauma intensive care unit. We aim to provide timely and effective care to the most critical and urgent cases.
The division leads trauma care at UVA. We care for all trauma patients except for severe burns. Division members are operational medical directors for regional fire departments and rescue squads and we conduct injury prevention activities throughout our region including Stop the Bleed courses.
The division is also responsible for the performance improvement program that is critical to optimal care of injured patients. Dr Calland, Kathy Butler and Val Quick spearhead this activity.
The division provides care for over 400 emergency general surgery patients per year. We see inpatient consults and accept transfers from referring hospitals for urgent and emergent general surgery problems.
The division provides leadership and clinical care for the surgical trauma intensive care unit and the surgical intermediate care unit at UVA.
The STICU provides care for trauma, EGS, transplant, general surgery and surgical subspecialty patients.
The division performs over 800 elective general surgery procedures and 200 robotic procedures yearly.
Robotic procedures include all types of abdominal and inguinal hernia repair, cholecystectomy, Nissen fundoplication and paraesophageal hernia repair.
Faculty see elective general surgery referrals in their outpatient clinics.
Education and Training
Our division offers several courses to advance education. Our Advanced Trauma Life Support class happens 1-2 times per year and we provide several injury prevention classes and activities throughout the region. We also have free resources like the Clinical Brain Training site and podcast.
The division provides the faculty and leads 1-2 ATLS courses yearly.
Division faculty participate in the Asset courses yearly hosted by Sentara Norfolk General hospital. General surgery residents from UVA take this course in their senior years.
Our injury prevention coordinator Liz Horton organizes Stop the Bleed courses as well as other injury prevention educational activities throughout our region.
An app for iPhone and Android that contains all of our protocols, guidelines, and clinical pearls is available free of charge in the app store or Google Play. The app is updated regularly to provide the most up-to-date information.
Since 2012, the Clinicalbraintraining.com website and the Clinical Brain Training podcast have received much attention. Created by Jeffrey Young, MD, these provide educational information for EMS, nursing, residents, medical students, and attending physicians working in critical care and trauma
The website has been visited over 590,000 times and the 128 podcasts have had over 80,000 downloads from all over the world.
Acute Care & Trauma Research
Dr. Zequan Yang is a National Institute of Health funded researcher working in the area of the inflammatory response in mediating acute myocardial infarction and septic shock.
Dr. Forrest Calland performs research in the areas of predictive physiologic monitoring and prevention of clinician burnout.
Dr. Jeffrey Young performs research of improving clinical outcomes of trauma patients, the effect of occult hypoperfusion on organ failure and outcome in injured patients, and research on improving cognitive performance in clinicians caring for injured patients.