Programs & Focus Areas
Trauma & Neurosurgery
Trauma Neurosurgery Program
St. Michael's Hospital (SMH) is one of 11 Ontario hospitals designated by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care as a Level 1 trauma centre. Level 1 Trauma Centres are mandated to care for the most severely injured patients within defined geographic areas. St. Michael’s is part of this regional system designed to ensure that severely injured patients have access to an appropriate level of quality care in a timely fashion.
Unlike other aspects of health care, severely injured patients rarely have a choice as to where they receive care. As a result, trauma centres differ from other hospitals in many respects. Our trauma team is composed of multidisciplinary specialists and services such as blood bank, radiology department and operating rooms immediately available to attend to patients 24/7. The Allen T. Lambert Trauma & Neurosurgery Intensive Care Unit always has a trauma bed to receive a critically ill trauma patient.
The Neurosurgery service at St. Michael's Hospital is a busy inner city urban practice and one of 11 neurosurgical centres in Ontario. It is one of the largest of less than a handful that provide highly specialized neurovascular services including endovascular neurosurgery, aneurysm coiling, carotid stenting and vascular malformation management.
The division of neurosurgery distinguishes itself by providing neurosurgical care to patients with:
- neurovascular disease
- complex skull base lesions including pituitary tumours
- brain tumours
- combined neurosurgery and orthopedic spinal care for patients with spinal disease.
The Trauma Program at St. Michael’s Hospital was established in 1992 with the regionalization of trauma care in the city of Toronto. Find out more.