Acute Care Surgery

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 & 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 & 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.

Acute Care Surgery Trauma Courses

In addition to the optimum care provided to severely injured or sick surgical patients, we also offer instructor-led courses, such as:

  • ABLS (Advanced Burn Life Support)
  • ASSET (Advanced Surgical Skills for Exposure in Trauma)
  • ATOM (Advanced Trauma Operative Management)
  • FCCS (Fundamentals of Critical Care Support)

Learn more about these advanced training classes.


Acute Care Surgery Specialties

Emergency General Surgery

  • Acute Cholecystitis
  • Acute internal bleeding
  • Free air under the diaphragm
  • Necrotizing acute soft tissue infection
  • Visceral Organ Perforation

Biliary Disease (open or laparoscopy)​

  • Gallbladder dysfunction
  • Gallbladder polyp
  • Stone disease

Hernia (open or laparoscopy)

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


  • Chronic pseudocyst
  • Necrotizing pancreatitis

Peptic Ulcer Disease

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

Small and Large Bowel Disease

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


  • ITP
  • Splenic Cysts
  • Splenomegaly requiring surgery

Skin and Soft Tissue

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


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