American College Of Surgeons - Inspiring Quality: Highest Standards, Better Outcomes


Since 1922, when it formed a Committee on Fractures, the American College of Surgeons (ACS) has waged a continuous effort to improve care of injured patients. 

Today our trauma activities are administered through our 83-member Committee on Trauma (COT), overseeing a field force of more than 3,500 Fellows working to develop and implement meaningful programs for trauma care in local, regional, national, and international arenas.

We strive to improve the care of injured patients before, during, and after hospitalization. Our trauma-related activities—aimed at education, advocacy, professional development, standards of care, and assessment of outcomes—are disseminated through a variety of programs and subcommittees. Examples include ATLS®, TQIP®, trauma systems consultation, and trauma center verification.   

If you’re a trauma care professional, learn more about all that ACS trauma programs has to offer you, your trauma center, and the patients you serve.

Trauma Awards Recipients

Dr. Maier

On Monday, October 5, Ronald V. Maier, MD, FACS (pictured), received the 2015 National Safety Council Surgeons’ Award for Safety, and Raul Coimbra, MD, PhD, FACS, received the Meritorious Achievement Award Monday night at the annual Committee on Trauma Dinner for their contributions to trauma care.

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Stop the Bleed at the White House

Lenworth M. Jacobs, Jr., MD, FACS, ACS Regent and Chairman of the Hartford Consensus (second from the left), was among the featured speakers Tuesday, October 6 at a “Stop the Bleed” event at the White House.

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Spotlight on Trauma

J. Wayne Meredith, MD, FACS, delivered the 2015 Scudder Oration on Trauma, “If Charles L. Scudder Could See Us Now” at Clinical Congress. Watch highlights of his remarks, including how well trauma care is positioned for the future.

Course Search


Find an Advanced Trauma Life Support course near you. 

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Trauma Paper Winners

Trauma Paper Competition Winners

The ACS Committee on Trauma awarded its first- and second-place winners of the annual Residents Trauma Papers Competition during the COT Annual Meeting on March 12. Submissions describe original research in the area of trauma care or prevention in basic laboratory research or clinical investigation.

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NTDB Data Points

Motor Vehicle Injuries

Black Wednesday | Motor-Vehicle Injuries

This month’s column examines the occurrence of Black Wednesday motor vehicle driver-related injuries in the NTDB research dataset for 2013.

  Past NTDB Data Points