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Division of Acute Care Surgical Services

Welcome to Acute Care Surgical Services

The Division of Acute Care Surgical Services provides the highest quality care for a broad spectrum of surgical diseases including the most critically ill and injured patients.

Our faculty physicians are double-boarded in general surgery and surgical intensive care and specialize in trauma surgery, emergency general surgery, elective general surgery, and surgical critical care. Our trauma center is designated a level I trauma center by the state of Virginia and nationally verified by the American College of Surgeons.

Our interdisciplinary specialties include:

  • Orthopedic surgery
  • Neurosurgery
  • Plastic surgery
  • Cardiothoracic surgery
  • Emergency medicine
  • Anesthesiology
  • Radiology

VCU Medical Center is the only Level I Trauma Center in the region verified by the State of Virginia and the American College of Surgeons for Adult, Pediatric, and Burn trauma.

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Surgery Education

Education is a core function of the division with a multi-faceted approach including pre-hospital, nursing, advanced practice providers, medical students, residents, fellows and all other providers who care for our patients.

Our one year Fellowship Program in surgical critical care is ACGME accredited and focuses on intensive clinical training in our surgical trauma intensive care unit.

The Center for Trauma and Critical Care Education offers comprehensive continuing education, paramedic courses, and outreach serving the commonwealth of Virginia and beyond. 

For information on our annual Rao R Ivatury Trauma Symposium click here

Surgical Critical Care Fellowship


Research areas include injury outcome research, translational research, organ preservation during traumatic injury, reperfusion injury in hemorrhagic shock and mechanisms of lethal critical care illness after traumatic injury. Click here to learn more about our extensive research portfolio.

New Faculty Announcement

Join us as we welcome our new faculty to the Division:

From the Chair

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From the Chair

"Our acute care surgical division stands at the apex of the continuum of care of the acute surgical patient…with dedicated, skillful and doubly boarded critical care surgeons, and highly trained advanced providers. I am proud to serve with such dedicated compassionate and skillful providers."

— Michel Aboutanos, MD, MPH, FACS

VCU Health Trauma Center


Contact Us

Michel Aboutanos, M.D., MPH
Chair, Acute Care Surgical Services

Abdul Nur, MHA
Associate Administrator
(804) 828–9584

Dannette Arezzi, CTFC, MHA, MPI
Division Supervisor
(804) 827–0043

Office Location
West Hospital
15th Floor, East Wing

Mailing Address 
Box 980454
Richmond, Virginia 23298-0454

Phone: (804) 827–1207
Fax: (804) 827–0285

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