Trauma physicians in OR room

Pediatric Trauma & Burn Center: Unmatched in South Texas

University Hospital operates the only Level I Pediatric Trauma Center in South Texas and is verified by the American College of Surgeons. This means we’ve demonstrated our expertise in taking care of seriously injured children with our partners at UT Health San Antonio. Additionally, this means that we’re conducting research to find new and better ways to treat those injuries.

As any parent knows, kids are prone to bumps and bruises. It’s the ever-present danger of serious injuries that worry us the most and keep us watchful.

Injuries are the leading cause of death among children, more than all diseases and disorders combined.That's why University Health System’s pediatric trauma team is here, offering the highest level of care around the clock, 7 days a week.

Injury Prevention

In addition, our Injury Prevention Team is out in the community, preventing injuries before they happen by:

  • Helping families correctly install their car seat or booster
  • Providing education on topics from distracted driving,to burn prevention, to the dangers of leaving kids in hot cars.

Our Team of Specialists Are Here to Help

More than 1,000 seriously injured children are treated each year by our pediatric trauma team. That team includes doctors, nurses and staff specially trained in childhood injuries. Team members include:

  • Trauma surgeons
  • Pediatric Neurosurgeons
  • Pediatric orthopedic surgeons
  • Pediatric ophthalmologists
  • Plastics and reconstructive surgeons
  • Pediatric otolaryngologists
  • Pediatric urologists
  • Pediatric radiology
  • Pediatric psychologists and psychiatrists
  • Rehabilitation medicine
  • Pediatric critical care nurses and staff
  • Child life specialists - to help kids and families manage the stress of being hurt and in the hospital
  • Injury prevention specialist - to help families learn about common causes of injury and what can be done to prevent them, as well as provide resources to keep kids safe
  • Certified car seat technician - to help families correctly install and use their car seat or booster

Support Services

University Children's Health offers support services through these foundations in order to help prevent injury and trauma in children.


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