Mary Washington Medical Group General
Surgery & Trauma (formerly Rappahannock Trauma and Acute Care Surgeons) is a unique practice
that provides care to trauma patients, patients who need to undergo emergency
general surgery or who need elective general surgery. We provide care
to those in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit (SICU) and have a group of
surgeons who have specialty training and American Board of Surgery Board
Certification in both general surgery and trauma/surgical critical care.
All of our physicians are Fellows of the American College of Surgeons (FACS).
Board certification represents acknowledgement by the
American Board of Surgery of successful completion of a certification process. Certification by
the ABS is a voluntary process meant to recognize individuals who have
met a defined standard of education, training and knowledge specifically
in the field of surgery. Board certification is different from possessing
a medical license, which is required by law for an individual to practice
medicine.Board certification is specialty-specific, whereas medical licensure
is not.” [quote from ABS website]
The American College of Surgeons
The American College of Surgeons (ACS) is the governing body for Surgeons.
“If you or someone you know is considering elective surgery, you
should be aware that there are some ways to objectively evaluate your
surgeon. The American College of Surgeons—the largest international
organization of surgeons in the world—recommends that you look for
the following criteria:
- Board certification
- Hospital or ambulatory center accreditation
- Fellowship in the American College of Surgeons (FACS). The American College
of Surgeons admits to its Fellowship only those surgeons whose professional
activity is devoted to surgical practice and who agree without compromise
to practice by the professional and ethical standards of the College.
The ACS has patient information which may be of value. Please refer to
this link (www.facs.org/patienteducation/index.html) The Specialty of
General Surgery involves the surgical care of the GI tract and intestines
from mouth to anus, management of hernias, treatment of cancer, and the
care of complex wounds.
Commonly performed procedures include appendectomy, cholecystectomy, colon
resection for cancer or conditions such as diverticulitis, drainage of
abscesses and debridement of wounds, thyroidectomy and adrenalectomy,
and the management and repair of all kinds of hernias. We are experienced
in laparoscopic (minimally invasive) surgery. Some procedures can be performed
in the Clinic, while others must be performed in the Operating Room. We
are committed to timely evaluations and treatment, and compassionate and
well communicated care for all of our patients.
Trauma is the care of the seriously injured. Most patients who suffer trauma
are initially managed in the Trauma Center, but care continues beyond
hospitalization and we manage their outpatient needs. Many trauma patients
see multiple specialists, such as Orthopedics, Neurosurgery or Otolaryngology.
All care is coordinated by our office. The
Mary Washington Hospital Trauma Center is a Level Two Adult Trauma Center designated by the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Comprehensive trauma care is provided to all victims of injury.
Trauma is any life-threatening accidental or intentional injury. Most commonly,
we see patients who suffer motor vehicle crashes, motorcycle crashes,
falls, and injuries due to stabbings or gunshots The Mary Washington Hospital
Trauma Center has 24/7 availability of Trauma surgeons, including those
trained in such specialties as Neurosurgery and Orthopedic surgery.
Surgical Critical Care
Surgical Critical Care is the discipline of our specialty which deals with
the management of complex surgical patients in the Intensive Care Unit.
The participation of a Surgical Intensivist in the daily management of
surgical patients in the ICU has been shown to improve outcome. Our group
provides 24/7 coverage in the MWH Surgical Intensive Care Unit for immediate
evaluation and management of all surgical patients.
Our community responsibility includes education, injury prevention, and
health maintenance. We partner with primary care and general practitioners
to make sure preventative medicine and health maintenance for all of our
patients is available.
For more information, please contact Trauma Services office at 540.741.2855.