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The Unit


Ryder Trauma Center of the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center is the only freestanding trauma center in the country. Ryder Trauma Center over sees over 3,500 seriously injured patients each year; in addition, there is another 3,500 emergency surgical consulting, consults from the Jackson Memorial Medical Center. There are also over 300 burn admissions per year.

Research Activities

The faculty working at the trauma center are actively engaged in research involving shock, ultrasound evaluation of the traumatized patient, and the antibiotic use in the intensive care unit. In addition, one of the fellows is involved in the Masters Public Health Program.

Fellowship Program

Clinical Responsibilities

The University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center and Ryder Trauma Center sponsor four trauma fellows per year. This allows a reasonable clinical workload and on-call schedule. The trauma fellows do approximately five months on the trauma service where there is a one in three call schedule. This allows for seven months of related services and adequate time for research. The trauma fellows also have a busy elective schedule and do rotations in pre-hospital and injury prevention.

Research Opportunities

The trauma fellows are expected to take on prospective research projects and adequate time is provided for them to accomplish this goal. There are over 20 active prospective research protocols and weekly meetings to foster research opportunities for the fellows.

Teaching Responsibilities

The trauma fellows lead the trauma team, which consists of senior surgical residents, mid-level surgical resident, an intern and usually four medical students. The trauma fellows give five conferences per week, and in addition there are five more conferences per week provided for the trauma fellow.


The trauma center is a designated level one trauma recognized by the State of Florida.


$51,030 per year

Applicant Requirements

Completion of 5 years of General surgery


Lou Pizano, MD

Dept of Surgery (D-40)
University of Miami School of Medicine
PO Box 016960

Miami, Florida 33101
United States

Phone: 305-585-1178

Email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

URL: um-jmh.org

Nov 24, 2012