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Robert D. Winfield, M.D., F.A.C.S.

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Professor, Surgery

Division Chief, Acute Care Surgery, SOM-Kansas City

Vice-Chair for Academic Affairs

Professional Background

Dr. Robert Winfield is the Director of Trauma Research and the Division Chief of Emergency General Surgery, Acute Care Surgery, Trauma, Surgical Critical Care, and Comprehensive Surgical Care at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Dr. Winfield is a graduate of the University of Illinois, where he was an accomplished long-distance runner, and the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, where he earned Alpha Omega Alpha honors as a junior medical student. He completed his general surgery training as well as a two-year NIH-sponsored research fellowship at the University of Florida, during which time he won several research awards. He trained in trauma and surgical critical care at the University of California in San Diego. He has maintained continuous research funding for the entirety of his career, including awards from the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma, the American College of Surgeons, institutional grants, and industry support.



Dr. Winfield joined our faculty in 2015. In addition to his ongoing research efforts, Dr. Winfield has been awarded grants to convene multidisciplinary teams focused on addressing the relationships between structural inequality and interpersonal violence. His longstanding mission is to deliver optimal and compassionate care to injured patients, and to advance the field of trauma surgery to determine what is optimal and how best to deliver it.