Thomas M. Scalea, MD


The Honorable Francis X. Kelly, Distinguished Professor in Trauma

Director, Program in Trauma

University of Maryland School of Medicine

Physician in Chief, Shock Trauma Center

System Chief for Critical Care Services, University of Maryland Medical System

School Affiliation

School of Medicine


  • Surgery
  • Critical Care


Dr. Scalea is one of the world’s foremost authorities on trauma research, education, and clinical practice. As physician-in-chief of the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center, he leads the largest facility of its kind in the nation and the first in the world to treat shock. Since taking over Shock Trauma, he has elevated the center to be one of the premier trauma facilities in the world, treating 8,000 critically injured patients annually with a 96 percent survival rate for gunshot victims, head-on car collisions, and other trauma injuries. Widely acknowledged as a pioneer in the treatment of shock trauma, Dr. Scalea puts in 60 to70 hours a week attending to patients and performing about 600 surgeries a year. His Program in Trauma has expanded clinical services, and his faculty is responsible for the bulk of emergency general surgery patients at the University of Maryland Medical Center. His group has built a regionwide critical care program and is responsible for nine intensive care units and over 100 beds. Several years ago, he established the GO Team, a physician-led rapid response team consisting of an anesthesiologist, surgeon, critical care medicine specialist, and certified registered nurse anesthetist that is available around the clock every day and serves as a specialized component of Maryland’s statewide emergency medical system. Dr. Scalea remains a prolific investigator, and Shock Trauma investigators from his department report at many national meetings.

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This information was last updated May 17, 2023.