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GW Trauma Services in Washington, D.C.

In trauma care, every minute counts, which is why the Trauma and Acute Care surgery team at the George Washington University Hospital stands ready at any time of the day or night to evaluate and treat any injury. Trauma surgeons, emergency medicine physicians, trauma-trained nurses, anesthesiologists, and operating room personnel are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to provide the premier academic trauma care in the DC Metropolitan Area. Our Trauma and Acute Care surgery team also works with a wide range of specialists—including neurosurgeons, orthopedic surgeons, otolaryngologists, and rehabilitation specialists—to provide comprehensive multidisciplinary care.

Spectrum of Care

The Trauma Center is a Level I verified facility, which is the highest designated trauma level. Our team evaluates and treats over 1,500 patients per year. GW is located 6 blocks from the White House, 3 blocks from the State Department, and across the street from the World Bank. The Trauma Center is prepared to service a diverse group of patients, from area residents to visiting dignitaries and heads of state.

Supporting our Community Partners

Through our ONE-CALL GW Patient Transfer Center, we also offer tertiary level support to surrounding hospitals that seek advice or help in the management of severely injured or critically ill patients. Transport for patients can be arranged as requested by a referring physician or hospital. For transfer requests please call Toll Free: 1-855-SEND-2-GW or 1-855-736-3249. This service is available 24/7.

Virginia Hospital Center Partnership
To ensure the highest quality of comprehensive care to a growing patient population, Virginia Hospital Center (VHC) is now partnering with the George Washington University Medical Faculty Associates (GW MFA) to provide a new state-of-the-art Level II Trauma Center in Arlington, VA.

Level II Trauma Centers provide care through a team of experts, available 24-hours-a-day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, who specialize in traumatic injury. Vital elements include: full time experienced trauma surgeons, 24-hour CT scans, operating rooms staffed around-the-clock and a dedicated Surgical Intensive Care unit. The trauma admitting area is staffed by specialized nurses and technicians whose sole responsibility is to care for trauma patients. All of these elements ensure that trauma patients receive necessary and highly specialized care. Establishing a Level II Trauma Center, conveniently located in Arlington, VA will meet a critical community need.

Patients receive comprehensive care, such as trauma care, critical care, acute care and rehabilitation and they will be seen by a multidisciplinary team of specialists, that includes trauma surgeons, trauma nurses, neurosurgeons, orthopedic surgeons, plastic surgeons, otolaryngologists and spine specialists, among others.


The Trauma Center is committed to educating all members of the care team— from the field emergency medical providers to physician colleagues. We provide the following:

  • Symposia for Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics
  • Local pre-hospital provider continuing medical education as requested
  • Advanced Trauma Life Support Course of the American College of Surgeons
  • Trauma Evaluation and Management Course of the American College of Surgeons
  • Online trauma prevention and injury management education (View Resources)

Cutting-Edge Research

A core function of the Trauma Center is research into advanced methods and processes of care. We currently have active protocols evaluating medications that may improve outcomes following brain injury, methods to improve nutritional support of our sickest patients, blood tests to more rapidly diagnose muscle injury, and advanced methods to treat severe chest and lung injury.

The trauma surgeons and emergency medicine physicians on the medical staff at GW Hospital are routinely invited to teach and present their research findings at national meetings, including The American Association for the Surgery of Trauma, The Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma, The Society of Critical Care Medicine, and The Society for Academic Emergency Medicine, and The American Academy of Emergency Medicine.

Prevention and Outreach

The Trauma Center is also focused on injury prevention. We have a dedicated injury prevention team committed to identifying patterns of injury and directing our prevention efforts accordingly.

We focus on many areas, including:

  • Falls prevention
  • Bike safety
  • Pedestrian-related injuries
  • Construction-related injuries
  • Alcohol and drug related injuries