Gregory Jurkovich, M.D., F.A.C.S.


Gregory J. Jurkovich, MD is Professor of Surgery at the University of Washington and Chief of Trauma at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, Washington.  Harborview is one of the busiest trauma centers in the United States with over 6,000 annual admissions.  It’s unique setting as the only Level I trauma center for the 4-state region of Washington, Alaska, Montana and Idaho (WAMI) is enhanced by the WAMI medical outreach activities of the University of Washington, and supported by a remarkable aeromedical transport service known as Airlift Northwest.

Dr. Jurkovich received an undergraduate degree in biomedical engineering from Northwestern University and his MD degree from the University of Minnesota.  His surgery residency was at the University of Colorado, with a trauma research fellowship at Duke University.    Dr. Jurkovich has looked extensively at some of the major problems in trauma, including new methods of measuring outcome in trauma patients, the role of hypothermia in trauma, alcohol and injury, the immune-inflammatory response to injury, and nutritional support in the critically injured. 

Dr. Jurkovich is an associate editor of the Journal of Trauma and the textbook ACS Surgery: Principles and Practices.  He has held leadership positions in the Association of Academic Surgeons, the Society of University Surgeons.  He is a Director of the American Board of Surgery.  He is currently (2011) president of  the Western Surgical Association, and past president (1997) of the Western Trauma Association.  He has also served as the Vice-Chairman and Chief of Regions of the Committee on Trauma of the American College of Surgeons (ACS/COT).  He is the immediate past-President (2009) of the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma, and has led that organization’s activities in defining the future training paradigm for trauma surgeons as acute care surgeons.