Cleveland Clinic is the largest regional healthcare system for Trauma and Acute Care Surgery. We strive to provide the best care through a high level multidisciplinary team from the time of accident or illness through the patient’s post-hospitalization rehabilitation.

Cleveland Clinic focuses this surgery subspecialty practice on the national model of the three facets of Acute Care Surgery:

  1. Emergency General Surgery
  2. Trauma Surgery
  3. Surgery Critical Care

Our Trauma and Acute Care specialists excel at managing the most critically injured and ill patients, providing them high quality care 24 hours day – seven days a week. The acute care surgery team uses evidence based medicine and surgery techniques to provide the best optimal care to the critically ill patient. Additionally, we have unique partnerships with local professional sports teams and athletes and can provide you with the most up-date sports related injury therapy and rehab. Unique specialized services such as neurosurgery, endovascular surgery and orthopaedics are available to all of our trauma patients throughout our system. Cleveland Clinic additionally provides critical care transport as needed.


Cleveland Clinic Akron General

  • Level 1 Trauma Center 
  • 532 beds 
  • Southern region (~ 45 min south of downtown Cleveland)

Cleveland Clinic Fairview Hospital

  • Level 2 Trauma Center 
  • 488 beds 
  • West region (~20 min west of downtown Cleveland)

Cleveland Clinic Hillcrest Hospital

  • Level 2 Trauma Center 
  • 496 beds 
  • East region (~30 min east of downtown Cleveland)

Main Campus

  • Cleveland Clinic is a nonprofit, multispecialty academic medical center that integrates clinical and hospital care with research and education 
  • 1,400 beds; 36 Bed SICU
  • Downtown Cleveland
Acute Care Surgery

Acute Care Surgery

Mission: To provide timely surgical assessment and therapy of the patient with acute general surgical condition. We focus our care on an evidence based approach utilizing care pathways and practice management guidelines.

Conditions that we treat:

Trauma Surgery

Trauma Surgery

Mission: To provide timely assessment and therapy to both operative and non-operative management of the traumatically injured patient. Utilizing up to date practice management guidelines we aim to offer the highest quality care when every minute counts. 

Conditions that we treat:

  • Motor vehicle accidents. 
  • Sports related traumatic injuries. 
  • Brain and spinal cord injuries. 
  • Closed head injuries and hemorrhage. 
  • Traumatic bone fractures. 
  • Solid organ Injuries. 
  • All penetrating injuries such as gun shot or knife stab wounds. 
  • All falls related to syncope or mechanical etiologies.
Surgery Critical Care

Surgery Critical Care

The SICU is an intensive care unit for the most critically-ill Cleveland Clinic surgical patient.

The SICU provides care for more than 9,000 patient days per year. Critical care in the SICU is directed by staff intensivists who are board-certified in critical care medicine. They provide specialty services to patients recovering from surgery with acute post-operative management needs or those with post-operative complications. The primary surgical services admitting to the SICU include colorectal surgery, general surgery, otolaryngology, surgical oncology, transplant surgery and orthopaedics.

Effective and timely delivery of critical care is a major safety net for Cleveland Clinic and its community hospitals. Our critical care teams provide high-level ICU support, management of mechanical ventilation and respiratory care, invasive ICU procedures and emergency support in non-ICU areas.

Mission: to provide the highest quality of care to some of the most critically ill patients within our healthcare system. We provide state of the art monitoring, advanced nursing skills within the highest level of critical care.

Conditions that we treat:

  • Multisystem organ failure.
  • Sepsis and life threatening infections.
  • Respiratory failure.
  • Post-operative care.
  • Kidney, liver, pancreas and intestinal transplant patients.
  • Physiologic shock.

Fellowship information is available under For Medical Professionals.

Patient Information

Patient Information

Patient Benefits

Despite decades of progress in the development of trauma centers and trauma systems, injury remains the leading cause of lives lost and millions chronically disabled every year. Within our Cleveland Clinic community, each of our regional trauma centers collaborate with programs aimed to save lives and reduce the disability of our patients.

Community Outreach Programs

Family Welcome Information

Traumatic injuries and emergency surgery can be stressful to the patient and family. At Cleveland Clinic, we place our patients and families first and aim to offer excellence in our trauma care and reduce the level of anxiety that often revolves around an injured loved one.

Where can we stay?

What can I expect while in the hospital?

The trauma surgery team is a multidisciplinary team composed of trauma surgery staff, physician assistants and nurse practitioners. We work as an efficient unit to offer you the best possible care and work closely with our subspecialized care givers such as neurosurgery, orthopedics, and emergency department staff.

How will my primary care physician know what happened to me?

Though typically not involved in trauma care of your family member, all primary care physicians are notified of your admission. By providing your PCP”s name and address, we can keep in touch and send copies of your notes to your doctor upon request and at discharge.

What can I expect after my hospital visit?

The rehabilitation of an injured patient starts on day one of their hospital stay. The ultimate goal of our team is to restore the patient to pre-injury status. During the stay, members of our physical therapy and occupational therapy team will evaluate the patient for goals of care and rehab. As a team, we will work closely with your appointed case manager in determining a safe and optimal location facility for your discharge.

How can I obtain updates of my family member’s progress as a patient?

To protect you loved one’s privacy, medical information is given out only to family members designated by the patient. If a family member can not be designated due to severity of illness, the Power of Attorney will be given necessary medical information If your loved one is able, he or she is in control of medical decision making. This includes deciding who visits and who receives medical information If your loved one has an Advanced Directive, Living Will or Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care, please bring a copy to the hospital.

  • Hillcrest: 440.312.4500
  • Fairview: 440.476.7000
  • Akron General: 330.344.6000
Meet Our Team For Medical Professionals

For Medical Professionals

Cleveland Clinic Trauma and Acute Care Surgery Division is a proud member of the Northern Ohio Trauma System. We join together to provide the highest quality of care to trauma patients across the Ohio region.

We offer 10-ACGME approved fellowships in critical care per year.

The critical care fellowship program is a one year ACGME accredited training program. It has been one of the largest and most successful anesthesiology and surgery critical care fellowship programs for many years with 10 graduating fellows per year in United States.

The fellow will:

  • Develop a unique opportunity to provide excellent primary care to critically ill surgical patients.
  • Develop outstanding skills in state-of-the-art clinical, educational, investigative and administrative aspects of critical care medicine.

Fellowship rotations include the following:

  • Surgical ICU.
  • Cardiothoracic ICU.
  • Neurocritical care.
  • TEE/Bronchoscopy.
  • Regional practice.
  • Elective – 2 months.

We welcome you to explore our training program, contact us for more information and select us as your future training destination. 

Patient care pathways:

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