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 University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics serves as a major referral center for critically injured adult and pediatric patients, admitting more than 1,400 patients for traumatic injuries each year.


The Acute Care Surgery Clinic specializes in a number of different operations, some of which are considered areas of specialization by the Acute Care Surgery Clinic. These include:

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