Surgicalists and Acute Care Surgeons in Hospital Medicine

Several encouraging trends suggest that the future of general surgery is as strong as ever.

Two dominant models that emerged in the early 2000s are shaping the emergency surgical workforce nationally: the acute care surgeon and the surgical hospitalist.  Both were catalyzed by the shortage of surgeons to provide emergency call coverage, and integral to both is the dedicated on-site availability of a surgeon for either trauma or emergency general surgery.

An estimated 400 programs are now in place across the country, each representing a unique variation on the original themes.  This page is a place to exchange ideas, network, share data and articles and better define the size, growth and future of the surgical hospitalist and acute care surgery movements.

  • Register a surgicalist/acute care surgery practice on the interactive map
  • Complete a practice profile
  • Submit  data and research to share with others in the field of emergency surgery
  • Post upcoming meetings and events
  • Provide links to other websites that might interest others
  • Ask questions, provide comments and interact with other acute care surgeons and surgical hospitalists in online Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM) communities

Watch this brief video of Larry Wellikson, MD, SFHM, CEO of the Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM) discuss five things surgicalists and acute care surgeons can do with SHM.

Surgicalist and Acute Care Surgeon Practice Profiles

This map contains information about surgicalist and acute care surgeon hospitalist practices throughout the United States. Click the marker to view the information about any of the surgicalist and acute care surgeon hospitalist practices.


View Surgicalist/Acute Care Surgery in a larger map

To add a practice, complete the practice profile form.

By completing the practice profiles form you agree to have your contact information and practice information rendered on the map below and available for viewing by other hospitalmedicine.org website users.

Additional Resources and Articles for Surgicalists and Acute Care Surgeons

General Hospital-Focused Practice Articles

Specialty Hospitalists Analyzing an Emerging Phenomenon
Nelson J, Wellikson L, Wachter R. JAMA, April 25, 2012—Vol 307, No. 16

Hospital-Focused Physician Creating the Hospital of the Future:
The Implications for Hospital-Focused Physician Practice. Afable, Combes, Olson, Lokosky, Ehlert, Maa, Nelson, Wachter, Wellikson (2012) From American Hospital Association’s Physician Leadership Forum

Hospitalist-Focused Practice
As specialists adopt HM model, need for new terminology, cooperation grows. Nelson, J.  The Hospitalist, September 2011.

Hospitalist Dermatology
Fox l, Cotliar J, Hughey, L, Kroshinsky D, Shinkai D. JAAD, July 2009-Vol 61, Issue 1

Will acute care surgery and surgicalists help to avert an emergency care crisis?
Slappy, Sweeney, O'Shea, Maa (2014) from Bulletin of The American College of Surgeons.

Website Resources and Presentations

University of California, San Francisco, Division of General Surgery
Surgical Hospitalist Program Articles and Links (remove this hyper link but keep text)

Hospitalists and the Expansion of Acute Care Services
John Nelson, MD, MHM, Co-founder and Past President, Society of Hospital Medicine, Medical Director, Hospitalist Practice, Overlake Hospital, Bellevue, Washington, Principal, Nelson Flores Hospital Medicine Consultants

Events for Surgicalists and Acute Care Surgeons

Please check back for upcoming events.