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Center for Shock, Trauma and Anesthesiology Research

The Shock, Trauma and Anesthesiology Research organized research center (STAR-ORC) is a world-class, multi-disciplinary research and educational center focusing on critical care and organ support, resuscitation, surgical outcomes, patient safety and injury prevention.

Originally established by Congress as the Charles “McC.” Mathias Jr. National Study Center for Trauma and Emergency Medical Systems, the STAR Center was designated as an organized research center at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in 2007. It is the first research center in the nation dedicated exclusively to the study of trauma, its complications, and prevention.

The Shock, Trauma and Anesthesiology Research Center serves as a research umbrella for the Department of Anesthesiology and the Program in Trauma. Many of the researchers working in the new research center are doctors who care for trauma patients at the University of Maryland’s R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center.


Center Director

Alan Faden, MD

Alan I. Faden, MD
David S. Brown Professor in Trauma and University of Maryland Professor

Helpful Links

10-Year Anniversary Celebration

STAR Strategic Plan  

MCTSA Data Request Form

Trauma & Neuroprotection Seminars 2019-2020