UI Hospitals and Clinics

Acute Care Surgery Clinic

The Division of Acute Care Surgery consists of faculty members with a special interest in the care of general surgery, emergency general surgery, trauma, burns, and surgical and neurosciences intensive care unit with a full spectrum of care and consultation services.

University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics is an American College of Surgeons verified Level-1 Adult and Level-1 Pediatric Trauma center as well as a verified Burn Treatment Center by the American Burn Association. The UIHC serves as a major referral center for critically injured adult and pediatric patients, admitting more than 1,400 patients for traumatic injuries each year.

In addition to the optimum care provided to severly injured or sick surgical patients, the Division of Acute Care Surgery also offers trauma courses such as ATOM (Advanced Trauma Operative Management) Course 5x/year, ASSET (Advanced Surgical Skills for Exposure in Trauma) Course 2x/year, FCCS (Fundamentals of Critical Care Support) Course as well as ABLS (Advanced Burn Life Support) course, all of which also include instructor courses. Contact the ACS Division office at 319-356-7892 if you have additional questions or are interested in attending any or all of these courses.

The Division of Acute Care Surgery specializes in:

Emergency General Surgery:

  • Appendicitis
  • Cholangitis
  • Acute cholecystitis
  • Visceral organ perforation
  • Acute internal bleeding
  • Free air under the diaphragm
  • Necrotizing acute soft tissue infection

Biliary Disease (open or laparoscopy)

  • Stone disease
  • Gallbladder polyp
  • Gallbladder dysfunction

Hernia (open or laparoscopy)

  • Umbilical/incisional/ventral
  • Inguinal/femoral
  • Lumbar


  • Necrotizing pancreatitis
  • Chronic pseudocyst 

Peptic Ulcer Disease:

  • Recurrent bleeding and/or perforation
  • Obstruction or mass lesion
  • Pyloric outlet obstruction

Small and Large Bowel Disease:

  • Obstruction
  • Perforation
  • Diverticulum/duplication/cystic lesions
  • Enterocutaneous fistula
  • Entervesical or enterovaginal fistula
  • Mesenteric disease
  • Placement of stable enteric feeding access (PEG, G-tube, J-tube)


  • ITP
  • Splenic Cysts
  • Splenomegaly requiring surgery

Skin and soft tissue:

  • Torso/extremities mass or cystic lesions
  • Soft tissue infection/abscess