MUSC trauma center

Trauma Center

The trauma center at MUSC provides care for patients with very serious injuries or illnesses. We are prepared 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to offer immediate care for life and limb-threatening injuries,  and provide trauma patients with instant access to the most advanced technology, surgical suites and critical care services, which can make all the difference in saving lives and decreasing disabilities.

Your Trauma Center

MUSC Trauma ReportShould you ever require emergency care, you have the right to ask to be taken to a Level 1 trauma center. For Lowcountry residents and visitors, MUSC is the area’s only Level 1 trauma center and is equipped to handle the most seriously injured patients. Your family can also make this request during a time of crisis if you are not able to. We are your trauma center—and treat you as our neighbors, our friends and our family.

Learn more about the MUSC Trauma Center by downloading our annual report.

For more information about trauma centers in South Carolina, visit the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control’s Emergency Medical Services website.

Our Commitment to the Future

The Trauma and Acute Care Surgery Fund was recently created at MUSC so that our grateful patients and community supporters can help us maintain funding not only for the good work we do, but to advance that work to the next level. Our trauma team continues to focus on opportunities to further our knowledge and skill, create a greater impact on community health and advocate for reducing trauma-related injuries and deaths.

Please contact Vera Ford with the MUSC Development Office at for information about making a financial gift to MUSC in support of the trauma program.

The Level 1 Trauma Center Difference

As a Level I trauma center, MUSC is staffed and equipped to provide multi-disciplinary, coordinated care for adult and pediatric patients with multiple severe injuries such as ruptured spleen, broken pelvis, severe brain injuries, and spinal cord injuries. A Level 1 trauma center is able to manage severe shock from bleeding, rapidly assess and treat multiple complex injuries at the same time and provide emergency surgery 24 hours a day, seven days a week, including holidays.

Better Survival Rates

A study in the New England Journal of Medicine showed that patients treated at Level 1 trauma centers fare significantly better than those with comparable injuries who are treated at non-trauma centers. Findings showed Level 1 trauma centers can lower the risk of death for injured patients by 25 percent.

National Recognition

The MUSC Trauma Center has received the highest national recognition for trauma centers through the American College of Surgeons (ACS), and is the only hospital in South Carolina with this accomplishment. ACS verification provides confirmation that a hospital has demonstrated the ability to provide the highest quality trauma care. Only after meeting hundreds of demanding criteria is a hospital awarded this distinction.

Research and Outreach

Though MUSC is always ready to care of you and your family should you need us, it’s our sincere hope that you never require treatment for a traumatic injury or illness. Through our research, community outreach programs and injury prevention activities, we’re working hard to reduce the number of trauma patients in our area, helping residents and visitors live longer, healthier lives.

Our Trauma Team

MUSC’s trauma team is staffed around the clock, led by a trauma surgeon with board certification in both surgery and surgical critical care, and a team of highly trained personnel from the emergency room, operating room, intensive care, radiology, blood bank and respiratory therapy. Physicians from more than 10 specialties are all immediately available.


The trauma program is led by Samir M. Fakhry, M.D., medical director for Surgical and Acute Critical Care and chief of General Surgery; Douglas E. Norcross, M.D., professor of surgery and founding Medical Director of Trauma; Bruce A. Crookes, M.D., current Medical Director of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery; Sharon DeGrace, RN, MN, administrator for Surgical and Medical Acute Critical Care; and Terrie Stewart, MS, MSM, RN, program manager of the trauma program.

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