Trauma Institute

About the Trauma Institute

Northwell Health offers the very best care for the medical procedures you plan—and the ones you don't. Our exceptional trauma care is exemplified by our Trauma Institute. With six Northwell Health locations and two affiliated trauma centers in the New York metropolitan area, three of which are American College of Surgeons (ACS) verified, the Northwell Health Trauma Institute ensures that patients of all ages are in the best hands.

Despite significant advances in trauma care over the past several decades, injuries continue to be the leading cause of death for children and adults ages 1-44 in the United States. Through outreach, injury prevention, research and education, the Trauma institute helps advance trauma care on a regional and national level to keep the community safe and injury-free.

The goals of the Trauma Institute are:

  • Advancing the practice of trauma care across all our trauma centers
  • Contributing meaningful and collaborative research to the body of trauma literature
  • Educating care providers on the best practices of trauma care
  • Providing collaborative injury awareness and prevention programs across the region in an attempt to keep our neighbors safer

Our eight trauma centers account for 42 percent of the trauma care delivered in our geographic area.  


Jeffrey Michael Nicastro, MD

  • Chief of Division - Acute Care Surgery of Surgery - Division of General Surgery, Long Island Jewish Medical Center
  • Vice Chairman of Surgery - Division of General Surgery, Long Island Jewish Medical Center
  • Chief of Division - Acute Care Surgery of Surgery - Division of General Surgery, North Shore University Hospital
  • Vice Chairman of Surgery - Division of General Surgery, North Shore University Hospital
  • Clinical Assistant Professor, Hofstra Northwell School of Nursing
  • Associate Professor, Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell
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Nathan Christopherson, RN, MSN, MBA, TCRN, CPEN, CEN, EMT-P

  • Assistant Vice President,
    Trauma Institute
  • Administrative Director of Trauma,
    Cohen Children's Medical Center


ACS Verified Level I Trauma Center

North Shore University Hospital

Nassau County Medical Center

Staten Island University Hospital

ACS Verified Level I Pediatric Trauma Center

Cohen Children’s Medical Center

ACS Verified Level II Trauma Center

Southside Hospital

ACS Verified Level II Pediatric Trauma Center

Staten Island University Hospital

ACS Verified Level III Trauma Center

Huntington Hospital

NYS Provisional Trauma Centers

Maimonides Medical Center – Adult Level I & Pediatric Level II

Peconic Bay Medical Center – Level III

Injury prevention

The Northwell Health Trauma Institute takes a proactive approach to preventing injuries through a number of dedicated programs.

Adult and elderly programs

In 2015, 77 percent of admissions at the Trauma Institute were due to falls by the elderly. We offer the following programs at multiple facilities to help prevent falls and their resulting injuries in the adult and elderly populations:

Tai Chi for Arthritis: Tai Chi for Arthritis is an evidence-based fall prevention program that focuses on movement control, weight transference and the integration of mind and body.  This program meets twice a week for an hour over the span of eight weeks.  Benefits of this program include improved physical condition, muscle strength, coordination, and flexibility.

Stepping On: Stepping On is a multifaceted program designed for older adults who are at risk of falling, have a fear of falling or who have fallen one or more times.  Participants meet two hours a week for seven weeks.  Workshops are facilitated by trained leaders and health care professionals including physical therapists, pharmacists, vision experts and community safety experts including EMTs, firefighters , nd police.  This program covers simple and fun balance and strengthening exercises, the role that vision plays in your risk of falling, how medications affect your risk of falling, proper footwear and ways to stay safe at home and in the community.

Alcohol Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT): 40 percent of all motor vehicle-related deaths and injuries are a result of excessive alcohol use. Additionally, higher percentages of falls and injuries from violence, including spousal and child abuse, result from someone drinking too much.   

In fact, alcohol is a factor in:

  • 60 to 70 percent of homicides
  • 40 percent of suicides
  • 38 percent of all fatal motor vehicle crashes
  • 60 percent of fatal burns and drowning
  • 40 percent of fatal falls

SBIRT is an alcohol screening program offered at all Northwell Health Trauma Institute facilities. The program helps patients who are at risk for addiction through education and referrals.

Pediatric and young adult programs

Sports Injury and Concussion Prevention - Over 3.5 million kids under age 14 receive medical treatment for sports injuries each year. To address these injuries, injury prevention specialists from Cohen Children’s Medical Center and Safe Kids collaborated to create a sports safety curriculum for community-based sport organizations.  This program is offered for both parents and coaches.

Think First - Cohen Children’s Medical Center is a chapter of Think First National Injury Prevention Foundation. Think First is an educational program whose goal is to reduce injury in children, teens and young adults. This program is offered for grades K-12.

Helmet/Bike Safety - Proper use of a helmet can reduce the risk for head injuries by 85 percent, so it’s important that parents and their children are aware of not only the importance of using a bicycle helmet, but how to use it correctly. Through partnerships with community centers and schools, Bike Safety events are held in communities across Long Island and NYC to provide free education on proper helmet use and fit as well as bicycle safety best practices for both parents and children.

Walk Safe - In the United States, there is one crash-related pedestrian death every two hours. Walk Safe is a pedestrian safety program for elementary school students that helps children build on their decision making skills as pedestrians and teaches the importance of safety by integrating learning with play.

Impact Teen Drivers/CARES Distracted Driving - According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), accidental injuries are the leading cause of death among teenagers. 73 percent of these deaths are caused by motor vehicle traffic accidents. Impact Teen Drivers is a national program used to provide awareness and education to teenagers, their parents and community members about all facets of responsible driving.

Child Passenger Safety - In the United States, only 1 in 4 child car seats are properly installed. In an effort to combat these statistics and their potentially devastating effects, the Trauma Institute offers car seat safety inspections to the public on a routine basis. During these checks, a certified child passenger safety technician not only ensures that the participant’s car seats are properly installed, but also educates the parents how to install their own car seat.


Ping Wang, MD

Dr. Wang’s main research is focused on understanding the mechanisms responsible for cell and organ dysfunction after injury and sepsis as well as their correction. More specifically, Dr. Wang is focused on the improvement of organ function after severe hypovolemia, or a state of decreased blood volume, and the role of sympathetic nervous system and parasympathetic nervous system in sepsis.

Jared M. Huston, MD, FACS

Dr. Huston’s research focuses on how the central nervous system regulates uncontrolled bleeding, the most common preventable cause of traumatic death in the United States. Dr. Huston and his colleagues discovered that stimulating the vagus nerve decreases bleeding and accelerates clot formation specifically at sites of tissue injury. His goal is to translate the beneficial effects of vagus nerve stimulation into clinical practice to improve the care of surgical patients.

Ona Bloom, PhD

Dr. Bloom’s lab focuses on understanding biological responses to traumatic spinal cord injury. Her research addresses the urgent, unmet need to predict and promote functional recovery after traumatic spinal cord injury (SCI), a devastating injury affecting approximately 12,000 Americans annually. The long-term goal of the research conducted at the Bloom Lab is to identify cellular and molecular responses that promote successful functional recovery from SCI.