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Center for Shock, Trauma and Anesthesiology Research


About the STAR-ORC

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 (UMSOM) in 2007. It is the first research center in the nation dedicated exclusively to the study of trauma, its complications, and prevention.

The STAR-ORC serves as a research umbrella for the Department of Anesthesiology and the Program in Trauma. Many researchers working in the research center are doctors caring for trauma patients at the University of Maryland’s R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center.

Our Research

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The STAR Center's mission is to facilitate translational research in areas related to trauma, tissue injury, critical care, and anesthesiology.

With the combined resources of the schools and centers listed below, the STAR-ORC is uniquely positioned to enhance patient care through pre-clinical and clinical research.

Areas of Research