Part of the Emergency & Trauma Center

Trauma Surgical Intensive Care Unit

Main Campus


1924 Alcoa Highway

Knoxville, TN 37920



Nurses work in the TSICU

Our Services

The TSICU has a dedicated team of providers to ensure optimal recovery for each patient, including trauma attendings, surgical critical care fellows, residents, advanced care practitioners, nurses, and ancillary staff. The unit also has a full complement of licensed caregivers integral to the recovery of the patient, like physical therapists, occupational health therapists, speech therapists, audiologists, pharmacists, nutritionists, and case managers.

Specialty consultants and ancillary services like laboratory, radiology and respiratory therapy are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Trauma care starts at the time of injury and continues until the patient has reached their best level of recovery. We are dedicated to your care and recovery.

The TSICU is equipped to assist you throughout all phases of your recovery.

We are a Level I Trauma Center, verified by the American College of Surgeons. We offer a:

  • Specially trained trauma team
  • Surgical capabilities 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year

The medical center’s Trauma Survivors Network is dedicated to connecting and rebuilding your life after a traumatic injury. We offer support groups, peer visitors and more.

Our dedicated and trained staff includes:

  • Trauma surgeons
  • Surgical critical care fellows and surgery residents
  • Advanced care practitioners
  • Highly trained nursing and ancillary staff

Each year, the Trauma Services department publishes its annual report, a mix of stories, staff and statistics from the last 12 months.

Read the latest Annual Trauma Services Report

We off multiple training courses for health care professionals, including:

  • Trauma Nursing Core Course (TNCC)
  • Advanced Trauma Care for Nurses (ATCN)
  • Fundamentals of Critical Care Support (FCCS)

Peer support groups allow you to share your thoughts, concerns and hopes for the future with others facing similar challenges. Our Let’s CHAT (Come Have A Talk) Support Group is a monthly meetup for trauma survivors, family members and caregivers.

Prepare for Your Visit


1924 Alcoa Highway
Knoxville, TN 37920


Garage H, Building Lot F

Google map of UT Medical Center at Turkey Creek

About Us

The University of Tennessee Medical Center is one of only five Level I Trauma Centers in Tennessee, and the only one in our region. Our Trauma Surgical Intensive Care Unit (TSICU) monitors critically injured patients suffering from traumatic brain bleeds, extensive spleen or liver injuries, collapsed lung, spinal injuries, orthopedic injuries, or a combination of multiple injuries.