Baylor University Medical Center’s Trauma Center is one of only five adult Level I trauma centers in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex designated by the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma (ACS-COT). With the highest possible level designation, Baylor University Medical Center Trauma Center covering over 21 counties and over 5 million lives, and treats patients annually, with a wide variety of injuries including traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury and orthopedic injuries. As mandated by the ACS-COT, the Division of Trauma, Critical Care, & Acute Care Surgery at Baylor University Medical Center, part of Baylor Scott & White Health, is required to publish at least 20 trauma-related, peer-reviewed journal articles every three years to maintain this designation.
More than simply being able to maintain its designation, though, the division engages in research because it and its members are devoted to both better understanding their patients as well as improving the care the patients receive. This is evidenced by the fact that since 2011, the division has published an average of 12 peer-reviewed journal articles and 20 presentations annually.