Acute Care Surgery

The Division of Acute Care Surgery consists of health care providers with a special interest in general surgery, emergency general surgery, trauma, burns, and surgical and neurosciences intensive care unit with a full spectrum of care consultation services.

University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics is an American College of Surgeons verified Level-1 Adult and Level-1 Pediatric Trauma Center, as well as a verified Burn Treatment Center by the American Burn Association. The UI Hospitals and Clinics serve as a major referral center for critically injured adult and pediatric patients, admitting more than 1,400 patient for traumatic injuries each year.

In addition to the optimum care provided to severely injured or sick surgical patients, the Division of Acute Care Surgery also offers instructor-led trauma courses such as ATOM (Advanced Trauma Operative Management), ASSET (Advanced Surgical Skills for Exposure in Trauma), FCCS (Fundamentals of Critical Care Support) and ABLS (Advanced Burn Life Support). Learn more about these advanced training classes.



The Division of Acute Care Surgery specializes in the following:

Emergency General Surgery

Biliary Disease (open or laparoscopy)

  • Stone disease
  • Gallbladder polyp
  • Gallbladder dysfunction

Hernia (open or laparoscopy)

  • Inguinal (groin)
  • Umbilical (belly button)
  • Incisional/ventral (at the site of a previous surgery)
  • Lumbar


  • Necrotizing pancreatitis
  • Chronic pseudocyst

Peptic Ulcer Disease

  • Recurrent bleeding and/or perforation
  • Obstruction or mass lesion
  • Pyloric outlet obstruction

Small and Large Bowel Disease

  • Obstruction
  • Perforation
  • Diverticulum/duplication/cystic lesions
  • Enterocutaneous fistula
  • Enterovesical or enterovaginal fistula
  • Mesenteric disease
  • Placement of stable enteric feeding access (PEG, G-tube, J-tube)


  • ITP
  • Splenic Cysts
  • Splenomegaly requiring surgery

Skin and Soft Tissue

  • Torso/extremities mass or cystic lesions
  • Soft tissue infection/abscess


  • Follow-up post trauma care

Care Team