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Mary Washington General
Surgery & Trauma is a unique practice that provides care to trauma patients, those 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 general surgery and surgical critical
care. All of our physicians are Fellows of the American College of Surgeons (FACS).
All our surgeons are board certified in general surgery and surgical critical care.
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. According to the ABS, "board certification is different
from possessing a medical license, which is the minimum required by law
to practice medicine and is not specialty specific."
The American College of Surgeons
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:
Surgical Patient Education for a Better Recovery. 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 elective procedures include skin cancer, lipomas, hemorrhoids,
port placement for chemotherapy, feeding tubes, parathyroid, splenectomy,
pilonidal cystectomy, temporal artery biopsy, lymph node, sentinel node
biopsy, cholecystectomy, colon resection, thyroidectomy and adrenalectomy,
and the 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. Many trauma patients see multiple
specialists, such as Orthopedics, Neurosurgery or Otolaryngology. All
care is coordinated by our team prior to the patient's discharge from
the hospital. The
Mary Washington Hospital Trauma Center is a Level II Adult Trauma Center designated by the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Comprehensive trauma care is provided to all victims of injury.
Trauma is any 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