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Neurotrauma & Traumatic Brain Injury
The clinical Neurotrauma program of the New Jersey Level I Trauma Center at University Hospital is the largest and busiest trauma center in the state.  Under the directorship of Dr. Ira Goldstein, the departmental faculty evaluates over 500 traumatic brain injuries per year and provide the most advanced and comprehensive care available. Our experience in Neurotrauma care has helped to expand our service footprint and made us a primary referral center for significant tertiary cases. We are served by the Northstar Medivac helicopter, which transports patients to our trauma center from accident scenes and hospitals throughout New Jersey.

Treatment is facilitated by operating rooms staffed 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, by ancillary staff specially trained in the management of the most critically ill patients. Additionally, patients receive specialized critical care in either the Trauma/Surgical Intensive Care Unit or the Neurosurgical Intensive Care Unit. We work in close collaboration with the Shock/Trauma Team for the management of multi-system injury. Our high level of experience makes University Hospital the premier trauma center in the region.

In addition to extensive clinical expertise, the section of Neurotrauma also conducts novel multi-specialty basic science research.  The section's basic science laboratory is under the guidance of Dr. Gandhi and was the recipient of a multi-year grant by the New Jersey Traumatic Brain Injury Foundation for studies designed to help us better understand brain regeneration and repair after TBI.  The research and clinical expertise has allowed the department to provide a comprehensive service for brain-injured patients throughout Northern New Jersey.