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Research & Education

Dedicated to Whole Health Care for the Whole Family

University Health belongs to the people of this community. While we are dedicated to best-in-class trauma care, we also believe in the importance of trauma research and injury prevention.

Research Goals

  • Increase understanding in the care of trauma and critically ill patients
  • Increase public awareness of trauma
  • Optimize care for critically injured patients
  • Allow patients and families to participate in studies that may impact the future of critical care

Areas of Study

  • Acute lung injury
  • Adult respiratory distress syndrome
  • Blood utilization
  • Blood substitutes
  • Intra-abdominal infections
  • Operative versus nonoperative management of trauma patients
  • Surgical infection
  • Surgical nutrition
  • Ventilator management and weaning

Where Research Begins

Trauma and other critical care studies most often originate in one of these areas:

  • Investigator-initiated studies focused on the South Texas patient population
  • Industry-sponsored national multicenter studies
  • Federally funded grants through the National Institutes of Health


The only cure for trauma is prevention. University Health dedicates itself and its resources to injury prevention through educational opportunities and events for our community. We’re actively involved with the Southwest Texas Regional Advisory Council (STRAC) to support essential trauma programs in and around San Antonio.

Through our Injury Prevention Department, we also promote child and adult safety with programs designed to eliminate traumatic incidents. We focus on many initiatives, such as car seat inspections and installations, school and community education and parent and child education.

Published Work

We are proud to advance medical treatments and standards through our research. Some of our work has been published in medical journals, including studies on:

  • Injury prevention
  • General surgery
  • Orthopedic trauma
  • Trauma