The Department of Surgery’s Division of Acute Care Surgery combines the disciplines of emergency general surgery, trauma care, critical care, elective general surgery and burn.

A multidisciplinary team provides patient care, outreach education, and resident and fellowship education, including ACGME-approved fellowship positions in surgical critical care. Faculty members are active in both clinical and basic science research.

University Hospital is an American College of Surgeons verified Level I trauma center, one of only three such centers in Missouri. The Frank L. Mitchell, Jr., MD Trauma Center is recognized as meeting and exceeding the highest standards of care for the most critically injured patients. As the only burn center in the region, MU is also a leader in the treatment of burn-injured patients.

Surgical intensivist coverage in the Trauma-Surgical ICU is coordinated through our division. Our surgeons maintain an active general surgery practice and are available for urgent inpatient and elective outpatient consultations.

Burn and Wound Care

MU Health Care provides comprehensive burn care for adults and children in the George David Peak Memorial Burn Care Center. This includes initial management of the severely burned patient as well as outpatient management of minor burns.

Health care professionals at University Hospital have been caring for patients in the George David Peak Memorial Burn Care Center since 1977.

Today, the Burn Center is housed in University Hospital’s Critical Care Tower. This structure provides the latest in medical technology for critically ill patients. Each unit has an air-handling system that completely exchanges the air six times per hour with fresh filtered air. The new, larger rooms provide more room for patient care and teaching and also provide adequate space to give patients and their families more privacy. Learn more.