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Glossary of Trauma Terms

Trauma Surgeons
The attending trauma surgeon is the physician who is ultimately in charge of your care. This surgeon specializes in trauma surgery and has extensive training in trauma and critical care medicine. Several attending physicians work together cohesively in providing care in the Emergency Department, Intensive Care Unit (ICU), and other hospital units. Because we provide 24/7 coverage, there may be different attending trauma surgeons at different times during a patient’s stay.