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Traumatic Brain Injury

West Penn Allegheny Health System houses the first unit in the state of Pennsylvania specifically designed for trauma care and has provided advanced neurosurgical care to traumatic brain injured (TBI) patients for more than 20 years. The Pennsylvania Trauma System Foundation has consistently designated AGH as a Level I Regional Resource Trauma Center with the highest level of patient care, research and education.

The hospital’s trauma services also include LifeFlight, the first aeromedical transportation system in the northeastern United States. LifeFlight, based at AGH and in four outlying communities, maintains five helicopters on 24-hour service, plus specialized fixed-wing aircraft. The service has completed more than 40,000 flights. Twenty million dollars was just expended to put two new state-of-the-art medical helicopters in service.

Our Shock Trauma Center is the largest in the tri-state area of Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia, with a $50 million expansion of the emergency department and the trauma unit having taken place within the past five years. Since 1984, AGH has been the leading institution in the area to focus on care and research into TBI and spinal cord injury (SCI).

Dr. Jack Wilberger, MD, Chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery, was instrumental in developing the guidelines for the management of severe TBI. This evidence-based document first published in 1996 codifies the optimal clinical management parameters for severe TBI. Utilization of these guidelines has been shown to significantly improve outcomes for these patients. In addition, Dr. Wilberger is one of three editors of the textbook Neurotrauma, the most comprehensive compendium on the care of TBI and SCI in press today. Dr. Wilberger has served as Chairman of the Joint Section of Neurotrauma and Critical Care of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and the Congress of Neurological Surgeons.

Learn more about Traumatic Brain Injury in our Health Library.

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