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    Memorial Hermann Red Duke Trauma Institute

    The Red Duke Trauma Institute is built on a foundation of a long-term collaboration between the Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center Campus and the McGovern Medical School at UTHealth. Our patients benefit from access to first-class UTHealth clinicians with extensive training and experience in the complete range of trauma care.

    Designated a Level I Trauma Center for both adults and children in Houston and surrounding areas, as well as the only verified burn center in the city, the Institute brings together a world-class team of clinicians, researchers and educators armed with the latest in research and technology to deliver comprehensive, life-saving services to the residents of the Gulf Coast region.

    Pediatric Trauma Program:

    The pediatric trauma program at Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital and Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center is equipped to meet the needs of pediatric patients with conditions ranging from minor injuries and illnesses to major trauma. Our Emergency Center (EC) is one of two pediatric Level I trauma centers in Houston, and is the only trauma center in the region able to admit patients of all ages to be cared for at the same facility. This provides a unique advantage for families, especially in trauma situations when multiple family members are admitted to the EC, because we have the ability to care for the entire family unit under one roof.

    For patients needing critical care, increasing the chance for survival and recovery means getting the best care as quickly as possible. Through our hospital-based air ambulance provider, Memorial Hermann Life Flight®, we are able to provide rapid transport within a 150-mile radius of the Texas Medical Center and administer emergency, specialized care to patients from infants to adolescents. We also provide a ground ambulance service for cases up to 300 miles away.

    Important Facts:

    • Children’s Memorial Hermann was the first American College of Surgeons verified pediatric Level I Trauma Center in Houston.
    • Children’s Memorial Hermann is a national leader for interventional clinical trials in traumatic brain injury, advanced neuroimaging and non-accidental trauma.
    • Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center participates in The American College of Surgeons Trauma Quality Improvement Program (TQIP), and our survival rate for pediatric trauma cases significantly exceeds the national benchmark.
    • In 2016, Children’s Memorial Hermann received the award for Pediatric Systems of Care from the SouthEast Texas Regional Advisory Council (SETRAC), which is organized under the authority of the Texas Department of Health and works to establish standards of care and protocols for consideration and adoption by area health care providers.

    Meet the Leaders

    Michelle McNutt

    Michelle McNutt, MD

    Interim Chief of Trauma, Red Duke Trauma Institute

    Dr. Charles Cox md

    Charles Cox, MD

    Co-Director, Red Duke Trauma Institute


    Andrew Burgess, MD

    Chief of Orthopedic Trauma

    Joseph Love, D.O.

    Joseph Love, DO

    Medical Director, Life Flight

James McCarthy md

    James McCarthy, MD

    Chairman, Emergency Medicine

    Kiwon Lee M.D.

    Kiwon Lee, MD

    Medical Director, Neurocritical Care

    Dr. Laura Moore md

    Laura Moore, MD

    Medical Director, Shock Trauma ICU

    Dr. James Cross

    James Cross, MD

    Medical Director, John S. Dunn Sr. Burn Center

    Dr. James Cross

    James Cross, MD

    Interim Chair of Acute Care Surgery

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