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Founded in 2008, the Shock, Trauma and Anesthesiology Research Organized Research Center (STAR-ORC) encompasses the Congressionally-mandated National Study Center for Trauma and Emergency Medical Systems; the clinical research activities of the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center; the clinical research programs of the Program in Trauma; and the pre-clinical and clinical research programs of the Department of Anesthesiology. 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 School of Medicine, the Shock Trauma Center, the National Study Center, and the UMB campus, the STAR-ORC is uniquely positioned to enhance patient care through pre-clinical and clinical research. 

Program Co-Directors


Wei Chao, MD, PhD, FAHA
Anesthesiology Endowed Professor in Translational Research
Director, Translational Research Program Vice-Chair for Translational Research
Department of Anesthesiology

Rosemary Kozar, MD, PhD

Rosemary Kozar, MD, PhD
Professor, Department of Surgery
Acting Director, Charles “McC” Mathias National Study Center for Trauma and EMS
Director, Translational Research, Program in Trauma, R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center

Research projects can be found on the STAR Speciality Page