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Trauma Research

The KU School of Medicine trauma research program is a dynamic, patient-focused, team-oriented enterprise that is answering questions in trauma through basic, translational and clinical investigation.

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The KU School of Medicine trauma research program has a mission of supporting the University of Kansas Medical Center and the The University of Kansas Health System's Level I Trauma Center through the generation of original research that advances knowledge and contributes to optimal care in the field of trauma, the leading cause of death and disability in the young.

Our philosophy is to improve trauma care for Kansas City, the state of Kansas, America, and the world through the relentless pursuit of knowledge and excellence. Our vision has five parts, based on the strengths, expertise, and needs of our local and global communities of partners and collaborators:

  1. To be a leading international center in understanding resuscitation and inflammatory and vascular responses to injury.
  2. To carry out research that helps reduce and eliminate gun violence in Kansas City.
  3. To partner in and perform cutting edge research in neurologic (spinal cord and traumatic brain) injuries.
  4. To improve patient care through the implementation of our research findings.
  5. To encourage, develop, and support passionate researchers in the field of trauma surgery.

While the KU School of Medicine trauma research program's active project list is in constant evolution, the first three components of our vision provide a guide to us in determining the basic, translational, and clinical projects to which we devote our focus. The fourth element of our vision is a goal for all of the research that we complete - to ultimately utilize our data to develop and refine optimal care for the injured. The fifth piece of the vision speaks to the program's emphasis on educating students, residents, and members of the KU Medical Center community on the fundamentals of research and helping to develop them into successful investigators.

With our mission, philosophy and vision as guidelines, the KU School of Medicine trauma research program has enjoyed excellent success in presenting and publishing its research efforts in regional and national venues and in respected peer-reviewed publications.

  • Kansas Committee on Trauma
  • American College of Surgeons Region VII Committee on Trauma
  • Academic Surgical Congress Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma
  • American Association for the Surgery of Trauma
  • Southwestern Surgical Congress Shock Society
  • Society of Trauma Nurses
  • American College of Surgeons
  • Trauma Quality Improvement Project
  • American Journal of Surgery
  • Surgery
  • Shock
  • Journal of Surgical Research
  • Intensive Care Medicine
  • Journal of the American College of Surgeons
  • Injury
  • Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery

In summary, the KU School of Medicine trauma research program is a dynamic, patient-focused, team-oriented enterprise that is answering questions in trauma through basic, translational, and clinical investigation. By simultaneously prioritizing the cultivation of those interested in research, we are not only addressing issues in trauma today, but helping to grow a group that will tackle these questions for decades to come.

Want to learn more or track our progress? Follow us on Twitter at KU Trauma Research - #tomorrowcomestoday

KU School of Medicine

University of Kansas Medical Center
Department of Surgery
Mail Stop 2005
3901 Rainbow Boulevard
Kansas City, KS 66160
Phone: 913-588-3117