Trauma Program

The Trauma Program within the Division of Trauma, Emergency Surgery and Surgical Critical Care at Massachusetts General Hospital treats patients with the most critical traumatic injuries.


Our highly trained team of surgeons of the Trauma Program at Massachusetts General Hospital provides 24-hours-a-day coverage for trauma and emergency surgery patients. The team includes:

  • George Velmahos, MD, PhD, MSEd, who has served as chief of the Division of Trauma, Emergency Surgery and Surgical Critical Care since 2004. He received trauma surgery training at the Baragwanath Hospital in South Africa, the world's largest trauma center, and practiced medicine for 10 years at the Los Angeles County Hospital, one of the largest trauma centers in the United States.
  • Marc de Moya, MD, who trained at Temple University, St. Barnabas Medical Center and the University of Miami Ryder Trauma Center, joined the Division in 2005. His clinical and research interests include giant abdominal hernia repair and abdominal wall reconstruction, novel fluid resuscitation models and shock/trauma physiology.
  • David King, MD, who trained at the University of Miami, Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, Florida and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts, joined the Division in 2008. He is experienced in treating traumatic injuries in civilian and military trauma settings, and his clinical interests include acute traumatic brain injury resuscitation, combat casualty care and mass casualty rapid response.

In addition to expertly trained trauma surgeons, our multidisciplinary team includes trauma psychiatrists, rehabilitation physicians, injury prevention specialists, trauma nurse practitioners, and occupational and physical therapists. We work closely with specialists across the Mass General Trauma Center, including colleagues in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, the Department of Neurosurgery, the Division of Plastic Surgery, Imaging, the Department of Emergency Medicine and many other areas to deliver the full spectrum of expert care.

Preparedness the Key

Mass General has a solid infrastructure in place to support complex clinical efforts. Everyone from residents to nurses and surgeons receive extensive training in trauma care.

Once paramedics notify us that a trauma patient is arriving, an activation system assures a multidisciplinary team is assembled at the Emergency Department to accept the patient. Other areas of the hospital, including the Blood Bank, Intensive Care Unit and operating rooms, also are automatically notified to reserve resources in case they are needed. Attending surgeons are on-site 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and respond within a few minutes of activation.

Partnerships with Community Hospitals

Mass General partners with community hospitals to improve care for patients who are injured a great distance from a Level I trauma center. Telecommunication capabilities and trauma transfer agreements facilitate prompt identification of patients with severe injuries and expedite transfer if needed.

For information on partnering with our Trauma Division, please contact Dr. Velmahos at 617-726-9591 or

Research and Education

Mass General is committed to leading the trauma field into the future. Our division regularly conducts clinical, basic science, translational and injury prevention research projects. Funded by federal and private agencies, our laboratory performs groundbreaking experiments to discover new methods of trauma care.

In addition, we provide ongoing education for the next generation of trauma professionals, including residents, fellows, nurses, medical students and international medical graduates. We offer:



Contact Us

Division of Trauma, Emergency Surgery and Surgical Critical Care (TESSCC)

Suite 810165 Cambridge Street Boston, MA 02114,
  • Near Public Transit
  • Accessible
  • Phone: See below

For patient care inquiries, please call: 617-726-2760.
For administrative issues, please call: 617-726-9591.

Referral process for non-acute phase transfer of a patient

1. Call MD Connectat 1-877-MD-REFER (1-877-637-3337) and explain that you would prefer to transfer your patient to Massachusetts General Hospital.

2. Talk directly to an attending physician at Massachusetts General Hospital. After providing pertinent medical data to our transfer coordinators, either stay on the line or return to your patient and our attending physician will call you back promptly.

3. Decide if you would like MD Connect to handle ambulance transport. Simply tell our transfer coordinators that you would like MD Connect to manage transportation to Massachusetts General Hospital, and we will make the arrangements.


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