Trauma and Burn Surgery

The Fletcher Allen Emergency Department  in Burlington, VT, offers excellence in trauma surgery, burn-related surgery and surgical critical care.

As Vermont’s only Level I Trauma Center—and the first in the U.S. to be verified for both children and adults—you can be assured that you and your family have access to the most advanced trauma surgery and surgical critical care available in the event of a serious injury or accident.


Setting New Standards in Trauma Surgery and Critical Care

At Fletcher Allen, we are extremely proud that our mortality rates are below the national benchmark for major trauma centers across the United States.

Our highly skilled trauma surgeons specialize in critical care, have expertise in trauma care and are board-certified in general surgery. Some of our trauma surgery specialties include:

ICU Waiting
The ICU Waiting Room (McClure 3) features kitchenette, computers, and a flat screen television.

  • Anti-reflux surgery
  • Burns
  • Complicated hernia surgery
  • Complicated wound management
  • Minimally invasive (laparoscopic) surgery

Common procedures include

The following procedures are performed by Trauma attending physicians:

  • Cholecystectomy (removal of the gallbladder)
  • Complicated Incisional Hernias
  • Emergent General Surgery
  • Incisional/Ventral Hernias
  • Inguinal/Femoral Hernias
  • Laparoscopic Surgery
    • Laparoscopic Appendectomy (removal of the appendix)
    • Laparoscopic Nissen
  • Necrotizing Infections

Level I Trauma Center

Fletcher Allen is a Level I Trauma Center, which means we meet or exceed strict national standards in providing the highest level of specialty care to trauma patients.

As a referral center serving the Vermont and northern New York with advanced-level trauma surgery and critical care, we are ready around the clock, 365 days a year, for any type of emergency. We care for approximately 1,000 trauma victims each year—people who have been critically injured in car, hunting or skiing accidents, as well as fires, drownings or shootings, among other incidents.


Another way our trauma surgery specialists serve patients throughout the region is through the use of technology, which places Fletcher Allen specialists with advanced expertise in the emergency rooms of 12 community hospitals in rural locations. Using two-way interactive video, this technology, known as telemedicine, allows the local provider and the trauma surgeon to interact and develop a care plan when every second counts. 

Learn More About the Trauma Surgery at Fletcher Allen

Explore this site for more information about our comprehensive emergency care, including our 24/7 emergency room,  or call us anytime at (802) 847-2434.