The Sinai Hospital Trauma Center staffs a number of skilled medical providers to treat its trauma patients, 24 hours a day and seven days a week. Your trauma team, or that of your loved one, is likely to include:
- a trauma attending surgeon, who is on call for immediate response at all times and is responsible for resuscitating, stabilizing and later monitoring the patient. The trauma surgeon directs the trauma team.
- a trauma resident, who has graduated from medical school and is receiving specialized, on-the-job training under the supervision of the trauma surgeon.
- a trauma program manager, an advanced practice nurse that organizes the multifaceted services and systems necessary to care for trauma patients.
- a trauma nurse practitioner and/or physician assistant, who will collaborate with the trauma surgeon, make daily rounds, perform minor medical procedures, prescribe medication, and help craft patient care plans and coordinate follow-up care.
- a trauma nurse, a registered nurse with specialized training in the care of trauma patients. Trauma nurses care for patients around the clock and provide updates for families.
Some patients may also require:
- a case manager, who can coordinate resources for patients being discharged
- a social worker, who can coordinate social services for patients and families
- an occupational therapist to help the patient recover daily living and work skills and achieve independence
- a physical therapist to help rehabilitate the patient’s mobility and physical function
- a physiatrist who specializes in physical medicine and rehabilitation
- a psychiatrist to evaluate and treat psychological conditions caused by trauma
- a respiratory therapist, who can provide breathing support and other respiratory treatments
- a speech-language pathologist to evaluate and treat communication and swallowing disorders
Trauma Director: Hashim Hesham, M.D., FACS
Dr. Hesham is a board-certified surgeon. He received his Doctor of Medicine degree from Kabul Medical University, and completed his internship, residency and fellowship at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.
Trauma Center Coordinator: Lauren Smith, M.S.N., A.C.N.P.
Lauren Smith received her BSN from East Stroudsburg University and her MSN and ACNP at the University of Maryland. She is a member of the Society of Trauma Nurses and the Association of Critical Care Nurses.
Lauren joined the Sinai Hospital Trauma Center in 2013, after spending seven years as a critical care nurse practitioner and six years prior as a trauma critical care nurse. She is very passionate about providing the best and most current care to the trauma population, and has a special interest in quality assurance and improvement.
Please contact us with any questions or concerns.