The Trauma/Surgical Critical Care and Injury Prevention Program at Hackensack University Medical Center is designated as a regional trauma center by the state of New Jersey, and The American College of Surgeons – Committee on Trauma (ACS-COT)

The program was awarded this important designation for meeting, and often exceeding, strict criteria set forth by the ACS-COT, a national agency that identifies the need for organized trauma systems throughout the country and mandates strict criteria for state designation.

The Trauma/Surgical Critical Care and Injury Prevention Program is a fully operational trauma service with policies and procedures in place for the rapid reception, assessment, diagnosis, and definitive treatment of trauma patients. It is staffed and equipped to receive patients with major life-threatening injuries 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The medical center's state-of-the-art Emil Buehler Helipad is also operational 24 hours a day, allowing Medevac helicopter access to the medical center for direct field transports as well as inter-facility transports of patients. The trauma program adheres to all New Jersey state regulations regarding on-call availability, triaging, and respecting patient’s rights to care

Injured patients benefit from a complete array of support services from many other medical center subspecialties, including surgery, neurosurgery, orthopedic surgery, emergency medicine, and anesthesiology

Support services include:

  • The Jeffrey M. Creamer Trauma Center – which offers dedicated trauma nursing personnel, heated resuscitation area, and equipment
  • The Samuel Toscano, Sr. Operating Room – available and ready 24 hours a day to receive critically injured patients
  • Surgical Intensive Care Unit – with dedicated trauma nursing personnel, a surgical residency program, and monitoring equipment
  • Respiratory Therapy
  • Radiological services 24 hours a day – CT scan, angiography, MRI, ultrasound, and nuclear medicine
  • Clinical Laboratory and Blood Bank services 24 hours a day
  • In-house Hemodialysis
  • Acute Spinal Cord Injury Management
  • Cardiac Surgery
  • Hand Surgery
  • Microvascular/Replant Surgery
  • Obstetrics/Gynecologic Surgery
  • Ophthalmic Surgery
  • Oral/Maxillofacial Surgery
  • Plastic/Reconstructive Surgery
  • Thoracic Surgery
  • Critical Care Medicine
  • Rehabilitation Services – physical therapy, sports medicine, occupational therapy, speech therapy, social service, in-patient and out-patient services
  • Organized Performance Improvement Program
  • Continuing Trauma Medical Education

In keeping with our philosophy that the best treatment for injuries is prevention, we offer an array of educational programs for people of all ages to raise awareness of many leading causes of injury, and ways to avoid them. Formal community injury prevention programs include:

  • Traumaroo - bicycle helmet and playground safety for children in pre-kindergarten through second grade
  • ENCARE - drinking and driving prevention for students in junior high school and high school
  • TAKECARE - senior citizen safety and prevention of Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) offenses
  • Bergen County Office of Highway Safety/HUMC Trauma Team Bicycle Helmet Campaign - a program whereby local law enforcement representatives report bicycle helmet law offenders to the medical center's Trauma Team and letters are sent to their parents reinforcing helmet safety.
  • Think First - head and spinal cord injury prevention for high school students
  • Seatbelt and Car Seat Checkpoint - members of the medical center's trauma team join local law enforcement at the designated check point site to distribute pamphlets and toys reinforcing seatbelt use
  • Stoned Cold: DWI reenactment video and teaching guide for high school students.
  • Hush Little Baby: video documentary about Shaken Baby Syndrome for parents, grandparents, babysitters, and daycare providers. 

Division Chief

John LoCurto, M.D.

Director, Surgical Intensive Care Unit

J. Martin Perez, M.D.


Sara Dayal, M.D. - 551-996-2900

Sanjeev Kaul, M.D. - 551-996-2900

John LoCurto, M.D. - 551-996-2900

J. Martin Perez, M.D. - 551-996-2900

Kelly Rippey, M.D. - 551-996-2900

Peter Stewart, M.D. - 551-996-2900

Trauma Program Coordinator

Patricia Nierstedt, RN - 551-996-2609

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