Division of Acute Care Surgery


Vanderbilt University Medical Center provides trauma care for 80,000 square miles. The Division of Acute Care Surgery at Vanderbilt University Medical Center handles close to 8,000 acute traumas admitting over 5,000 of those annually. Essential for the quality of trauma care provided by Vanderbilt University Medical Center are its facilities. These include a 25-bed burn unit, a 31-bed integrated Acute and Sub Acute care unit, which contains a 18 bed ICU, a 7 bed Acute Admission Area and a 10 bed Sub-Acute unit, and LifeFlight, an active air medical transport program. In 2019, the trauma unit expanded their footprint to include 17 additional stepdown beds. The Trauma Unit's unique geography allows close integration and management of patient progress from admission to discharge.

With over 3 decades of active service, the LifeFlight helicopters make over 3000 flights annually. LifeFlight has 8 helicopters, 1 airplane and 14 ground ambulances which helps provides rapid access to the tertiary care facilities of the Trauma Center for all patients within a 140-mile radius of each base. LifeFlight and the Stallworth Rehabilitation Center allow patients to remain within the Vanderbilt system from the time of injury until their return to work. The trauma program at Vanderbilt is unique in that surgical residents gain exposure to the problems of both urban and rural trauma care. This comprehensive approach to trauma care and surgical critical care provides powerful research and educational opportunities for residents interested in a career in trauma surgery or surgical critical care.

In addition to the active clinical program, the division supports injury prevention, ongoing research opportunities, and continuing medical education programs such as American College of Surgeon’s: ATLSATOMASSETRTTDC, and Stop the Bleed Classes

Trauma Follow-up Clinic - (615) 343-1616, The Vanderbilt Clinic, Suite 3501A, 1301 Medical Center Drive, Nashville, TN 37232


Mayur Patel

Mayur B. Patel, MD, MPH
Chief, Division of Acute Care Surgery