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At right is Stony Brook University Hospital Trauma Surgeon James A. Vosswinkel, MD, who has been appointed Chief of the new Division of Trauma, Emergency Surgery and Surgical Critical Care, with, left to right: Daniel N. Rutigliano, DO, Michael F. Paccione, MD, and Steven Sandoval, MD, of the division.
Trauma Surgeon James A. Vosswinkel, MD, appointed as Chief of Division

Stony Brook University Hospital (SBUH) has formed a new Division of Trauma, Emergency Surgery and Surgical Critical Care to reflect its expert capacity to provide around-the-clock care for trauma and emergency surgery patients as a regional Level 1 Trauma Center. Stony Brook Trauma Surgeon James A. Vosswinkel, MD, was appointed Chief of the division in an announcement by Alexander B. Dagum, MD, FRCS(C), FACS, Interim Chair of the Department of Surgery at Stony Brook University School of Medicine and Chief of the Department of Plastic Surgery at SBUH.

The Division of Trauma, Emergency Surgery and Surgical Critical Care provides 24/7 care for trauma and emergency surgery patients and for patients in the hospital's Surgical Intensive Care Unit (SICU), Dr. Dagum said. Previously, the hospital's trauma/surgical critical care service was a section of the Division of General Surgery.

James A. Vosswinkel, MD, Chief of the Division of Trauma, Emergency Surgery and Surgical Critical Care, Stony Brook University Hospital.
An Assistant Professor of Surgery at Stony Brook University School of Medicine, Dr. Vosswinkel has served as Director of the SICU at SBUH since 2008 and as Chief of the Section of Trauma and Critical Care since 2011. "As Director of the SICU, he has had an enormous impact on quality outcomes and reduced complications rates," Dr. Dagum said. His clinical expertise includes traumatology, conventional and minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery, as well as the pre- and post-operative critical care of adult surgical patients.

Dr. Vosswinkel joined the faculty of the Department of Surgery in 2002. He received his medical degree from the SUNY Upstate Medical University, and completed his residency training in general surgery at Stony Brook. Subsequently, he completed a fellowship in trauma/surgical critical care at Yale University.

He is board certified in general surgery, surgical critical care and neuro critical care. In 2011, he was one of two physicians selected by faculty peers as a recipient of the Stony Brook University Physicians Award for Excellence in Clinical Practice.

SBUH is Suffolk County's only state-designated Level 1 Trauma Center. It is among four of 40 trauma centers in the state with survival rates for patients with severe traumatic injury that are significantly above the statewide average, according to the latest report from the New York State Trauma System for 2007 to 2009. Stony Brook's survival rates for patients with severe traumatic injury were also significantly above the statewide average during the previous reporting period, from 2003 to 2006. Only two hospitals in New York State – Stony Brook and Albany Medical Center – were significantly above the statewide rate for both reporting periods.

"Our trauma service has been recognized by multiple state and federal healthcare agencies as providing among the highest level of care to injured patients in the country," Dr. Dagum said.

Established in 1986, SBUH's trauma service treats more than 1,800 patients annually, including approximately 800 patients with moderate to severe injuries. SBUH receives transfers of complex, critically injured patients from community hospitals across Suffolk County. Stony Brook also serves as EMS control for all of Suffolk County's ground and air ambulances.

About Stony Brook University Hospital:
Stony Brook University Hospital (SBUH) is Long Island's premier academic medical center. With 597 beds, SBUH serves as the region's only tertiary care center and Level 1 Trauma Center, and is home to the Stony Brook Heart Institute, Stony Brook Cancer Center, Stony Brook Long Island Children's Hospital, Stony Brook Neurosciences Institute, and Stony Brook Digestive Disorders Institute. SBUH also encompasses Suffolk County's only Level 4 Regional Perinatal Center, state-designated AIDS Center, state-designated Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program, state-designated Burn Center, the Christopher Pendergast ALS Center of Excellence, and Kidney Transplant Center. It is home of the nation's first Pediatric Multiple Sclerosis Center. To learn more, visit www.stonybrookmedicine.edu.
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