Dr. Jack Sava and the MedStar Washington Hospital Center Level 1 Trauma Center team

Above, some of the more than 100 providers and associates from MedSTAR trauma, orthopaedic surgery, the operating room, anesthesiology, critical care, nursing and the blood bank who recently provided life-saving care for Officer Crystal Griner and Rep. Steve Scalise after a mass shooting in Virginia. 

60 Minutes segment on Rep. Scalise’s amazing recovery featuring Dr. Jack Sava. 

Regional Experts for Complex, Multiple Trauma Care

The internationally renowned MedSTAR Trauma (Medical Shock/Trauma Acute Resuscitation) at MedStar Washington Hospital Center is the regional referral center for critical multiple trauma, treating individual victims of traumatic injury and the multiple victims of mass trauma occurrences.

In the heart of the nation’s capital, the center’s well-earned reputation for excellence has been repeatedly tested. It has responded to thousands of medical crises, including treating patients of the September 11th terrorist attack on the Pentagon, and victims of the Navy Yard shootings.

MedSTAR’s impressive list of credentials includes:

  • Verified by the American College of Surgeons committee on trauma as a Level I trauma center, providing the top level of trauma care
  • Performs in the top decile (top 10%) of U.S. trauma centers, according to data from the American College of Surgeons Trauma Quality Improvement Program
  • Treatment at MedSTAR confers a 40% reduction in odds of death compared to other U.S. trauma centers.
  • Evaluates 2,200 to 3,000 patients with severe and multiple system injuries each year
  • An internationally respected multidisciplinary team of trauma experts, including trauma surgeons, emergency physicians, anesthesiologists and many others
  • 24/7 access to the hospital’s diverse team medical and surgical specialists
  • Serves as a referral center for a 150 mile radius of the hospital, receiving critically injured trauma patients from D.C., Maryland, Virginia, Delaware and Pennsylvania
  • Air and ground transportation via MedSTAR Transport bringing patients from referring hospitals and from the site of the injury
  • More than 50,000 patients airlifted by MedSTAR helicopter transport service, staffed round-the-clock with surgeons and medical flight staff specially trained in the complexities of trauma care
  • Offers eight resuscitation areas, with access to an operating room and high tech equipment to assess, diagnose and treat life-threatening injuries and illnesses


Community Outreach

Stop the Bleed

No matter how rapid the arrival of professional emergency responders, bystanders will always be first on the scene.  A person who is bleeding can die from blood loss within five minutes, therefore it is important to quickly stop the blood loss. Those nearest to someone with life threatening injuries are best positioned to provide first care. According to a recent National Academies of Science study, trauma is the leading cause of death for Americans under age 46.1

By educating themselves in emergency first-aid, ordinary people become the first line of treatment. Learning how to respond to life-threatening injuries could empower you to help save a life. By stopping the blood flow on a wounded individual, you can help buy the time our MedSTAR Trauma team needs to retrieve the injured patient and do what they do best.

Click the poster to learn more about the Stop the Bleed campaign.

1Department of Homeland Security


Advanced Trauma Life Support

Recognizing that emergency medicine and trauma response skills are a useful skill set for all physicians, we offer our physicians quarterly classes for Advanced Trauma Life Support® (ATLS®). The course curriculum provides our physicians with training on how to immediately manage an injured patient's needs.

The course presents doctors with knowledge and techniques that are comprehensive and easily adapted to fit their needs. For doctors who infrequently treat trauma, the ATLS course provides an easy-to-remember method for evaluating and treating the victim of a traumatic event. For doctors who treat traumatic disease on a frequent basis, the ATLS course provides a scaffold for evaluation, treatment, education, and quality assurance. In short, ATLS is a measurable, reproducible, and comprehensive system of trauma care.

By the end of the course, participants should have the ability to:

  1. Assess the patient’s condition rapidly and accurately
  2. Resuscitate and stabilize the patient according to priority
  3. Determine if the patient’s needs exceed a facility’s capacity
  4. Arrange appropriately for the patient’s inter-hospital transfer (who, what, when, and how)
  5. Assure that optimum care is provided and that the level of care does not deteriorate at any point during the evaluation, resuscitation, or transfer process


Advanced Trauma Care for Nurses

Nurses are an integral part of patient care and critical members of the emergency response team, which is why we also offer a course in Advanced Trauma Care for Nurses (ATCN) twice a year to equip our nursing staff with valuable trauma and emergency medicine skills.

ATCN is an advanced course designed for the registered nurse interested in increasing his/her knowledge in management of the multiple trauma patient, and is taught concurrently with the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Advanced Trauma Life Support® (ATLS).

The ATCN course offers unique training in: 

  • Initial Assessment and Management
  • Airway and Ventilatory Management
  • Pediatric Trauma
  • Hemorrhagic Shock
  • Musculoskeletal & Spinal Trauma
  • Head Trauma

Contact Us Today

Call 202-877-3627

MedStar Washington Hospital Center
110 Irving Street Northwest
Washington, D.C., 20010

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Trauma Team in Action

President Donald Trump recognizes Director of Trauma Surgery, Dr. Jack Sava and Director of Orthopedic Trauma, Dr. Robert Golden for their critical work in treating Representative Steve Scalise. Full story here.

See how our Trauma team pulled together to help this DC firefighter make a remarkable recovery, after initial concerns that he would never walk again. 

Dr. Jack Sava shares the experiences which shaped his early practice and led him to become the current Director of Trauma Surgery at MedStar Washington Hospital Center.

Hear from Dr. James Street III as he shares the personal experience and circumstances which inspired him to become a leading trauma surgeon, saving lives everyday at MedStar Washington Hospital Center.

Police officer Sean Hickman was a victim of a hit and run and doubted if he would walk ever again. Learn how MedStar Washington Hospital Center gave him a second chance.


What Is a Code Yellow?

You may have heard this announced at a hospital before not knowing what it  is. Here is a peek behind the curtain to see how the team jumps into action when this major trauma alert is called.