Department of Surgery
Susan Rowell is a nationally respected trauma and critical care surgeon with over 15 years of experience caring for severely injured and critically ill patients. While she treats all traumatic injuries, she specializes in the treatment of patients with traumatic brain injury.
As a National Institutes of Health (NIH)–funded researcher, Rowell was the primary investigator and first author on a multinational clinical trial that showed improved survival for patients with traumatic brain bleeding. Her research has changed the way patients with traumatic brain injury are treated across the world. She is also actively involved in most of the major national trauma organizations and has participated in the development of many of the national patient treatment guidelines that are followed by trauma centers across the country.
Rowell received a BS in business administration–finance and a postbaccalaureate degree in biology from California State University, Fresno. She later earned a master’s degree in clinical research and an MBA at Oregon Health & Science University in conjunction with the School of Business at Portland State University. She earned her medical degree from the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine, and completed an internship and residency in general surgery at the UC Davis Medical Center, followed by a fellowship in surgical critical care at the Oregon Health & Science University.