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The Division of Trauma, Burns, Critical Care & Acute Care Surgery engages in research ranging from basic science to clinical studies.

We conduct a wide array of projects that include outcomes-based database research, single-center investigator-based trials as well as multicenter trials in which we both participate and lead. Examples of each type of study include:

Database studies

  • Black Race and Body Mass Index are Risk Factors for Rhabdomyolysis and Acute Kidney Injury in Trauma; Pacific Coast Surgical Association, 2018
  • Combined Venous Injury Increases Upper Extremity Limb Loss in Patients with Axillary or Subclavian Arterial Injury; Society for Clinical Vascular Surgery, 2018
    Winner of the 2018 Karmody Poster Competition
  • Rising Mortality in Patients with Combined Trauma and Burn; American Burn Association, 2018

Single-center studies

  • Abdominal Seatbelt Sign: Exclusion of Hollow Viscous Injury Is Easier Than Prediction; Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma (EAST) 2019
  • Adult Trauma Patients With Isolated Spinous/Transverse Process Fractures Do Not Require Brace or Surgery; Society For Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM) 2018

Currently enrolling multicenter studies

  • Pelvic Angioembpolization; an AAST multicenter trial
  • Prospective, Observational Trial of Blunt Cerebrovascular Injury Management and Stroke Formation; an EAST multi-center prospective observational study
  • Necrotizing Pancreatitis; an AAST multicenter trial
  • Colorectal resection in Emergency General Surgery — to anastomose, or not to anastamose?; an EAST multi-center prospective observational study
  • Optimal Management of Traumatic Esophageal Perforation; an EAST multi-center prospective observational study

International Research Fellowship

Given the wealth of research opportunities, our division offers an unpaid one- to two-year research fellowship. This fellow has ample opportunity to present high quality research abstracts at national meetings, as well as to publish manuscripts.

Applicants must have completed medical school and, preferably, at least some years of a surgery-related residency. Preference also is given to applicants with prior research and/or statistical analysis experience, although this is not required.

For application information, please contact Melanie Janczak at 714-456-5840 or

AAAST 2016 Doctors LDI pig Animal lab
Presentation Presentation Two ladies Schubl Karmody prize

Top row, left to right:

  • Image 1: UCI surgeons Cristobal Barrios, Steven Maximus and Eric Kuncir at the AAST Scientific Assembly
  • Image 2: The trauma team in clinic
  • Image 3: A view of the animal research lab
  • Image 4: Another view of the animal research lab

Bottom row, left to right:

  • Image 1: UCI surgical critical care fellow Lourdes Swentek accepting the 2018 EAST Oriens Award
  • Image 2: UCI surgery resident Areg Grigorian accepting the Karmody Poster Award for his presentation on vascular trauma
  • Image 3: UCI medical students presenting critical care research
  • Image 4: UCI trauma surgeon Sebastian Schubl making a presentation on blunt trauma CT imaging at the AAST Scientific Assembly