Center for Trauma and Critical Care

GW Trauma TeamThe Center for Trauma and Critical Care at The George Washington University Hospital provides premier care to severely injured and critically ill patients for 75 miles surrounding the Greater Washington, DC metropolitan area.


The Trauma Center is a Level I American College of Surgeons (ACS) verified facility that evaluates and treats more than 2,000 patients per year. Trauma surgeons, emergency medicine physicians, trauma-trained nurses, anesthesiologists and operating room personnel are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to evaluate and treat any injury. GW is located six blocks from the White House, three 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.

Along with a wide range of specialists, including neurosurgeons, orthopedic surgeons, otolaryngologists, and rehabilitation specialists, we are able to treat all kinds of injuries at any time of day or night.


Through our Patient Transfer Center, we also offer quarternary level support to surrounding hospitals that seek advice, or help in the management of severely injured or critically ill patients. Quarternary care refers to hospitals that provide all medical service, such as trauma and organ transplant. 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 hours a day, seven days a week.


The Center for Trauma and Critical Care is committed to educating all members of the care team— from field emergency medical providers to physicians and nurses. We provide the following:

  • Semi-Annual 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 Nursing Core Course (TNCC)
  • Advanced Trauma Care for Nurses (ATCN)
  • Fundamental Critical Care Support (FCCS)
  • Internet-based education on trauma prevention and injury management (


Research into advanced methods and processes of care is a core function of the Center for Trauma and Critical Care. We currently have active protocols evaluating medications that may improve outcomes following brain injury, methods to rapidly diagnose coagulopathy and proneness to bleeding, methods to improve nutritional support of our sickest patients and advanced methods to treat severe chest 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, The Society for Academic Emergency Medicine and The American Academy of Emergency Medicine.


The Center for Trauma and Critical Care 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

Director: Babak Sarani, MD, FACS, FCCM

For transfer requests, please call toll free 24/7: 1-855-SEND-2-GW or 1-855-736-3249

If you were previously at the Center and need to schedule a follow-up appointment at the trauma clinic, please call: 202-677-6219

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