Acute Care Surgery (ACS)

The Acute Care Team

Acute care physicians Moustafa Hassan, MD; Joan Dolinak, MD; Lucy Ruangvoravat, MD; William Marx, DO; Amie Lucia, DO; and Richard King, MD.

OFFERS TRAUMA, CRITICAL CARE EXPERTISE

As the region’s only nationally accredited Level One trauma center, Upstate University Hospital’s surgical team handles difficult and challenging cases from throughout its 18-county service area.

The advanced training and verification that distinguishes the trauma service, also means there are always Upstate surgeons standing ready for any acute care surgery (ACS). ACS is a surgical specialty with three essential components: trauma, critical care and emergency surgery. ACS mastery is a necessary component for national trauma accreditation.

ACS surgeons play a vital role in immediately stabilizing critically ill or injured patients. At Upstate, in addition to caring for trauma patients, they also are available to perform a full range of procedures including, but not limited to, appendectomy, cholecystectomy, colon resection, bowel obstruction surgery, hernia, perforation of the stomach or intestine, internal bleeding, necrotizing skin infections and other emergency situations.

Upstate’s Acute Care Surgery program is open to referrals from physicians and other emergency departments.

It offers:

  • A team of surgeons who are board certified in both general surgery as well as surgical critical care. Many also have additional fellowship training.
  • 24/7 anesthesia coverage
  • 24/7 staffed operating rooms
  • Comprehensive radiological services
  • Immediate consultation access with physicians in dozens of specialty areas at Upstate.

Physicians or emergency departments referring a patient to Upstate for ACS services may contact the Upstate Transfer Center at 315-464-5449. The phone is staffed 24/7 by registered nurses.


The ACS Team

Joan Dolinak, MD
Joan Dolinak, MD
315 464-1800
Diseases/Specialties/Treatments: Surgical Critical Care; Burns (Severe); Critical Illnesses and Injuries; Trauma; Adult Trauma and Critical Care; Burn Surgery and Reconstruction; more
Associations/Memberships: American Burn Association; Society of Critical Care Medicine; Association of Women Surgeons

Moustafa A Hassan, MD
Moustafa A Hassan, MD
315 464-1800
Diseases/Specialties/Treatments: Surgery; Surgical Critical Care; Abdominal Abscess; Abdominal Pain; Abdominal Wall Defects; Acute Pancreatitis; more
Education: Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt
Clinical Interests:

Abdominal wall reconstruction

Complex abdominal wall hernia

Trauma Surgery/Acute Care Surgery/General Surgery

Associations/Memberships: Society of Critical Care Medicine; American College of Surgeons (ACS), Fellow; Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma

Richard King, MD
Richard King, MD
315 464-8668
Diseases/Specialties/Treatments: Surgery; Critical Care Surgery; Abdominal Abscess; Abdominal Pain; Abdominal Wall Defects; Acute & Chronic Diseases and Conditions in Adult Patients; more
Education: New York Medical College
Research Interests:

The Golden Hour

Education Interests:

Developing resident practice autonomy

Mentoring medical students in surgery

Clinical Interests:

Complex wounds

Trauma

Burns

Associations/Memberships: American College of Surgeons (ACS), Fellow; Society of Critical Care Medicine; American Burn Association

Amie L Lucia, DO
Amie L Lucia, DO
315 464-1800
Diseases/Specialties/Treatments: Surgery; Trauma Surgery; Surgical Critical Care; Abdominal Abscess; Abdominal Wall Defects; Appendicitis; more
Education: New York College of Osteopathic Medicine
Associations/Memberships: American College of Surgeons (ACS); Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma; Society of Critical Care Medicine; Medical Society of The State of New York

William H Marx, DO
William H Marx, DO
315 464-1800
Diseases/Specialties/Treatments: Critical Care Medicine
Education: University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine, MO
Research Interests:

Trauma; GERD; hernias; gallbladder disease; liver tumors; colon cancer; pancreatitis; stomach cancer; pancreas cancer

Clinical Interests:

Trauma and Critical Care Surgery


Lucy Ruangvoravat, MD
Lucy Ruangvoravat, MD
315 464-1800
Diseases/Specialties/Treatments: Abdominal Abscess; Abdominal Wall Defects; Acute Pancreatitis; Appendicitis; Cholelithiasis; Collapsed Lung (Pneumothorax) Caused by Injury; more
Education: University of Arizona
Associations/Memberships: Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma; Society of Critical Care Medicine