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Faran Bokhari, MD, Trauma Chairman

1950 W. Polk St.
Chicago, IL 60612

Mission Statement

Maintain a standard of excellence that ensures optimal patient care of the critically injured, trauma and burn patient, through a multi-discipline approach, emphasizing prevention, education and research


Continue our growth as a global presence in the areas of Trauma, Burn and Rehabilitation with a continued focus on:

  • Clinical Excellence
  • Educating civilian and military medical personnel
  • Clinical protocols and organization efficiency
  • Advanced Research


Cook County Hospital’s Trauma Unit is one of the largest trauma units in the United States. It was also one of the first comprehensive trauma units. In 1966, Dr. Robert Freeark and Dr. Robert Baker conceived of a comprehensive trauma unit. This unit would provide a continuum of care for all seriously injured trauma patients beginning in the prehospital and resuscitation phases, through operative and post-operative or post-injury care and continuing on to the outpatient and rehabilitation settings. The patient is cared for by the same team of physicians from their initial encounter in the resuscitation area throughout their hospital stay. Continuing the theme of comprehensive care, the same trauma nursing team works in the Trauma Resuscitation area, the Trauma observation area, and the Trauma Intensive Care Unit.

The original Cook County Trauma Unit was located in a renovated physician’s dining room on the third floor of the old Cook County hospital. In December of 2002, we moved into the new state-of-the-art John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital. Trauma is located on the first floor near the Emergency Department. The Trauma Resuscitation area is, however, completely separate from the Emergency Department.

We have 15 trauma resuscitation bays that include a shock room. Most X-rays are done in our unit with the exception of CT scanning and angiography. Point of care testing is immediately available as is point of care ultrasound.

All seriously injured trauma patients are brought directly to our Resuscitation area. Last year we treated over 5000 patients including pediatric trauma and burn patients.

The Trauma Intensive Care Unit is a 12-bed unit adjacent to the resuscitation area. The same team of physicians and nurses cares for patients in both areas. We admit over 600 patients per year to our Intensive Care Unit.

We also have a 10-bed Trauma observation area where we can monitor those patients who require frequent assessment during the first 24 hours post injury. 


The Burn Unit has a 6-bed intensive care unit and up to 12 convalescent beds. Over 400 patients were admitted last year with thermal, chemical and electrical burns as well as diseases such as toxic epidermal necrolysis, and all types of complicated soft tissue wounds.

The Department has 9 full-time attending trauma/burn surgeons, 5 clinical trauma fellows, 2 clinical burn fellows and 4 research fellows. Our trauma registry functions are carried out by a surveillance team consisting of 6 abstractors who are supervised by our Trauma Coordinator.


A physiatrist, or rehabilitation physician, is a medical doctor who has completed residency training in the medical specialty of physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R). This physician is a nerve, muscle, bone and brain expert who diagnoses and treats injuries or illnesses that affect how you function and move. The physiatrist looks at the whole person and not just one symptom or condition. Rehabilitation physicians do not perform surgery.

The Rehabilitation Medicine department provides an inpatient consultation service to evaluate a patient’s rehabilitation needs during a hospital admission course. A physiatrist may assess patients and co-ordinate treatments alongside physical therapists, occupational therapists, and speech language pathologists. Patients may need further therapies to transition back to home in a safe, functional manner. Recommendations and referrals are sometimes made to obtain these therapies at an inpatient rehabilitation facility or outpatient center once the patient is medically ready for discharge.

The department also provides outpatient services through the Musculoskeletal Clinic, the Orthotics Clinic, and the Amputee Clinic. Here, patients are provided with non-operative, conservative orthopedic and neurological care through a variety of means:

  • Peripheral joint injections
  • Exercise prescription for physical therapy
  • Prosthetic prescription for amputees
  • Orthotic and wheelchair prescription
  • Osteopathic manual medicine
  • Kinesio Taping
  • Botulinum toxin injections
  • Nerve conduction studies/electromyography
  • Acupuncture
  • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation consist of three full-time physicians and fifty physiatrist, occupational therapist and speech therapist. These highly skilled individuals provide therapy services to trauma and burn patients as well as all other patients within the Cook County Health and Hospital Systems.


Mersaydes Young, Trauma Administrator

Mersaydes is currently the Trauma Administrator. Mersaydes received her Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice from Western Illinois University in Macomb, IL. She earned her Masters of Organizational Leadership from Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, IL. Mersaydes specializes in organizational efficiency, collaborative leadership and is an expert in Parliamentary Procedure, she does workshops throughout Illinois on Robert’s Rules of Order and how to maximize employee potential and effectiveness.

Information Management

Information and registry are the backbone of the department. Information is used to assess quality of care and drive research.


Justin Mis, Trauma Program Coordinator

Justin Mis is currently the Trauma Program Coordinator and acting interim Burn Program Coordinator for the Cook County Department of Trauma and Burn.  Justin received his Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN where he graduated as a Helen R. Johnson Scholar.  Justin completed his nurse residency program at the University of Chicago in 2009.  During his tenure, he has worked in neuro intensive care, surgical intensive care, and emergency medicine.  He maintains specialty certifications in both acute care (CCRN) and trauma medicine (TNS). Justin specializes in trauma registry, quality assurance, and process improvement. He also has clinical, research, and educational interests in pre-hospital and resuscitative trauma care.

Trauma Registrars

Mary Collins, Daphne Coppage, Corey Lane, Shantana Minter, Elizabeth Tracy, Ivana Vuksanovic


Accreditations: IDPH and American Burn Association