Trauma Program

Every year, injuries, motor vehicle crashes, falls, knife or gunshot wounds or sport and recreational accidents bring patients to Cedars-Sinai for treatment. Each patient with severe, potentially life-threatening or disabling injuries, receives immediate attention.

As a Level I trauma hospital, Cedars-Sinai is a leader in providing the highest level of care for injured patients. The services of the Cedars-Sinai Trauma Program range from prevention through rehabilitation.

Every hour of the day, the Trauma Program provides surgeons, surgical specialists, emergency medicine physicians, nurses and many other healthcare professionals to give immediate care to trauma patients. The Trauma Service is supported by specialists such as neurosurgeons and orthopaedic surgeons as well as emergency medicine physicians and anesthesiologists. Crucial support services such as a blood bank, laboratory services and diagnostic radiology are part of the trauma care team. The Medical Center provides state-of-the-art equipment to resuscitate, stabilize and support the most critically injured patient.

Under the auspices of the Cedars-Sinai Department of Surgery, the Trauma Program provides leadership in injury-prevention programs, research, education, community outreach and trauma system planning.

From the emergency medical personnel at the site of an accident or injury to emergency care through intensive care, rehabilitation and eventually a return to home, the Cedars-Sinai Trauma Program plays a vital role in the survival and healing of severely injured people throughout Los Angeles County and beyond.


Cedars-Sinai Medical Center was initially designated a Level I trauma hospital in 1984 by the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services. Following this initial designation, we have also attained Level I trauma hospital verification from the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma. This is the highest honor attainable for a trauma hospital and re-verification has been granted to the hospital every three years since the initial designation-verification was granted.