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The Division of Trauma at Vanderbilt University

Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VMC)


Vanderbilt University Hospital is the only Level I Trauma Center in Middle Tennessee and meets or exceeds all the criteria set forth by the American College of Surgeons for such designation. Providing trauma care for 65,000 square miles, the Division of Trauma at Vanderbilt University Hospital handles close to 4,000 acute trauma admissions annually. Essential for the quality of trauma care provided by Vanderbilt are its facilities. These include a 20-bed burn unit, a 31 bed integrated Acute and Sub Acute care unit, which contains a 14 bed ICU, a 7 bed Acute Admission Area and a 10 bed Sub-Acute unit, and LifeFlight, an active air medical transport program. The Trauma Units' unique geography allows close integration and management of patient progress from admission to discharge. The Vanderbilt Orthopaedic trauma service performs 2500 cases per year with many of these encompassing more than one operative procedure. These cases include over 150 operative acetabular fracture cases per year, 200 operative pelvic cases per year, and greater than 200 femur and tibia fractures each per year. A current faculty of 4 orthopaedic trauma attendings with 4 supportive nurse practitioners and an administrative staff of 5. The service has three to four operating rooms per day for orthopaedic trauma, including 2 rooms reserved on the weekend solely for orthopaedic trauma. The clinical research team for orthopaedic trauma includes one PhD, a clinical research nurse coordinator and 2 research assistants.

Site Principal Investigator: William T. Obremskey, MD, MPH

1211 Medical Center Drive
Nashville, TN 37232