The 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. 

Spectrum of Care

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. Located six blocks from the White House, three blocks from the State Department, and across the street from the World Bank, the Center for Trauma and Critical Care at GW Hospital 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.

Patient Direct Admit Process

Physicians can directly admit their patients for treatment at GW Hospital. Follow these steps to direct admit a patient >

Download the direct admit form and fax to 202-715-5608 >

Patient Transfer Center

GW offers 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.


Watch Babak Sarani, MD, Director of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery, discuss trauma surgery at GW Hospital.



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 (

Cutting-edge Research

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.

Prevention and Outreach

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. Areas of focus include:

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

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