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Trauma Acute Care Surgery and Critical Care

at University of Colorado Hospital

TACS team photo

Left to right: Kevin Rothchild, MD; Kerrie Kim, PA; Robert McIntyre, MD; Erik Peltz, DO; Arek Wiktor, MD; Maria Albuja Cruz, MD; Franklin Wright, MD; Melissa Quist, PA. Additional team members not pictured: Lisa Ferrigno, MD; Paul Montero, MD; Christopher Raeburn, MD.

Welcome to TACS (Trauma and Acute Care Services)! Use the menu to the left to navigate our site, or scroll down for news and information on the history of our unit from UCHealth Insider.


New Team Member: Lisa Ferrigno, MD

Lisa Ferrigno, MD

The Division of G.I. Tumor and Endocrine Surgery is pleased to introduce our new Trauma Acute Care and Surgical Critical Care faculty member, Dr. Lisa Ferrigno.

Dr. Ferrigno attended medical school at the State University of New York School of Medicine. She earned a Masters of Public Health with an emphasis in Infectious Disease Epidemiology from the Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health.  Dr. Ferrigno participated in nearly 10 years of clinical research, predominantly in the areas of HIV and AIDS.  She did her surgery training at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. She completed a fellowship in Surgical Critical Care at the University of California San Francisco.

Prior to arriving to Denver, she practiced at a Level 1 trauma center in Portland, Oregon, and was the Associate Director of Trauma and Surgical Education in Santa Barbara, California.  Her research interests include quality and surgical outcomes, trauma, and anti-coagulation management. She has published manuscripts in the J Trauma, JAMA Surg, Am Surg, and J Crit Care.

Her personal interests include cycling, running, yoga, kayaking, surfing, boxing, hiking, reading, and the arts.

(October 2015)

Police officer survives shooting, supports cause

Aurora police officer Ryan Burns in the hospital

In November 2014, our UCH trauma team treated Officer Ryan Burns, an Aurora policeman who was shot after pulling over a car. It took four surgeries and five units of blood to save Burns’ life.

Less than two months later, a recovering Burns was already giving back to the community that supported him by initiating a blood drive for City of Aurora employees. According to CBS Denver News, “Officer Burns asked to have this blood drive as a way to say ‘thank you’ to the community for supporting him, to the doctors and nurses who helped to save his life, and to the donors who gave their blood to help keep him alive.”

Eighty-seven people made appointments to give blood at this special event. For more details, watch the video on Yahoo! Screen. (An advertisement will play before the video.)

(January 2015)

Read more about us in UCHealth Insider:

Trauma Program Redesign Helps Send Volumes Soaring Smooth Surgical Swap for Intensive Care Units Cardiothoracic ICU Opening Creates Unified Surgical ICU Service