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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: 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.


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)

New Team Member: Franklin Wright, MD

Franklin Wright, MD

Franklin Wright, MD, has joined the faculty as an Assistant Professor in the Division of G.I. Tumor and Endocrine Surgery specializing in Trauma, Acute Care Surgery, and Surgical Critical Care.

Dr. Wright attended the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California before completing a General Surgery Residency at the University of Colorado. He then went on to complete a Surgical Critical Care Fellowship at Loyola University Medical Center and worked there as a Trauma and Acute Care Surgeon, and Surgical Intensivist.

Dr. Wright has published 14 manuscripts and book chapters, including publications in Shock, Circulation, The Journal of Surgical Research, and the Journal of Trauma Injury Infection and Critical Care. He has given eight research presentations and eight invited lectures. He has won awards from the Shock Society and the American Heart Association.

Dr. Wright joins the faculty as an Assistant Professor of surgery and will be attending on the Trauma Acute Care Surgery Service and in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit. His research interest includes ARDS and sepsis in critical illness as well as system and process improvement in trauma.

(September 2014)

New Team Member: Arek Wiktor, MD

Arek Wiktor, MD

Arek Wiktor, MD, has joined the faculty as an Assistant Professor in the Division of G.I., Tumor, and Endocrine Surgery, specializing in Burn, Trauma and Acute Care Surgery.

Dr. Wiktor attended the University of Colorado School of Medicine. He completed his General Surgery Residency and a Burn Surgery Fellowship at the University of Colorado, along with additional training in the burn units at Shriners Hospital for Children and Brooke Army Medical Center. He then went on to complete a Surgical Critical Care Fellowship at the University of Michigan.

Dr. Wiktor has published 10 abstracts and manuscripts, delivered 10 research presentations at national meetings, and 9 Grand Rounds. He has won awards from the Golden Humanism Honor Society, the American College of Surgeons, the Arnold P. Gold Foundation, the Denver Academy of Surgery, and the Society for Free Radical Biology and Medicine.

Dr. Wiktor has been appointed the Associate Director of the Burn Surgery Service. Additionally, he will be attending on the Surgical Intensive Care Unit and on the Trauma Acute Care Surgery Service. He is developing a critical care ultrasound curriculum for medical students, residents, and fellows. His research interests include acute burn resuscitation, inhalation injury, and point of care ultrasound use in the intensive care unit.

(August 2014)

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