"Traumatic injury is a major public health problem in the United States. Each year, trauma accounts for 41 million emergency department visits and 2.3 million hospital admissions. Injury is the leading cause of death in Americans between the ages of 1 and 44, and its effect on productive life years lost far exceeds that caused by any other disease.
For these reasons, the National Trauma Institute was established to provide the leadership to focus a research agenda and gather the necessary funding to move it quickly toward solutions to trauma’s biggest challenges. No other U.S. health agency or institute deals solely with traumatic injury, and funding for such research has significantly lagged that dedicated to other public health priorities.
I’m proud of the progress NTI has made in just a few short years, but there’s much more to be done. I hope you’ll join us in our mission."
Donald H. Jenkins, M.D., FACS Chair, National Trauma Institute.