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Duke University Hospital has the capability to care for the most complex adult and pediatric traumatic injuries. Our teams provide care for all types of critical injuries, including injuries from:

  • Motor vehicle crashes
  • Falls
  • Gunshot wounds
  • Stab wounds
  • Brain injuries
  • Amputations

Our Mission

To provide exceptional, evidence-based care to our local and regional community that improves the quality of life of those impacted by traumatic injury through education, research, and outreach, while striving for prevention.

Our Vision

To be a nationally recognized trauma center of excellence in the care of injured patients evidenced by best practice.

Our Goals

  • Provide the best care possible to trauma patients
  • Educate health care providers in the care of trauma patients
  • Prevent injury through education of the public on safety issues
  • Participate in trauma research
  • Assist health care facilities and the public to prepare for disasters


Michelle R. Brownstein MD
Trauma Medical Director

Georgina Durst BSN, RN, CEN, TCRN
Trauma Program Manager


Jessica Baker, BSN, RN, CCRN
Trauma Nurse Coordinator

Shelby Ferry, BSN, RN, CEN
Regional Trauma Coordinator

Tricia Smar, MSW, CHES
Injury Prevention Coordinator

Shannon Jackson, BSN, RN
Pediatric Injury Prevention / Safe Kids Durham Coordinator