Aaron Strumwasser

Assistant Professor of Clinical Surgery
Aaron Strumwasser

Areas of treatment:

Trauma and Acute Care Surgery:
Acute Traumatic Injury
Emergency General Surgery
Surgical Critical Care:
General Surgery
Hepatobiliary Surgery
Pre-and-Post Transplantation
Thoracic Surgery
Vascular Surgery


  • Critical Care
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Trauma Surgery


  • Department of Surgery

Aaron Strumwasser, MD

Assistant Professor of Clinical Surgery

Practicing locations:

  • Keck Hospital of USC
  • LAC+USC Medical Center

About this doctor:

Philosophy of Care:
As a trauma surgeon, I believe that early, aggressive intervention dramatically impacts patient care. Put simply, early treatment equals better outcomes. As a surgical intensivist, it is my responsibility to bring the most advanced diagnostic and therapeutic modalities available to the critically ill. In addition to these sophisticated technologies, I am fortunate to be able to collaborate with world-leading medical and surgical specialists at USC to provide optimal care for our patients. As a patient advocate, it is also my responsibility to translate the language of medicine. I help the patient (and family) decipher the abundance of medical information available, so they can make informed decisions and actively participate in their care. But even if the severity of their illness stacks the odds against them, I believe it is my responsibility as a critical care surgeon to always stay in the fight, irrespective of the percentages.


MD, Keck School of Medicine of USC, 2006
MS in Statistics, Stanford University, 2002
BA in Human Biology, Stanford University, 2000


University of California, San Francisco – East Bay, Surgery, 2006-2007


University of California, San Francisco – East Bay, Surgery, 2006-2013


Los Angeles County + USC Medical Center, Trauma/Surgical Critical Care, 2013-2015
ACMC/Highland General Hospital, Division of Trauma and Surgical Critical Care, Julia Burke Research Fellowship Award, 2009-2011


American Board of Surgery – General Surgery
American Board of Surgery – Surgical Critical Care


2nd place basic science, Angiotensin II Mediates LPS-Induced Microvascular Permeability Via Differential Activity of AT1 and AT2 Subtype Receptors, ACS Committee on Trauma Region IX Paper Competition, November 2010.
1st Prize, Best Overall Abstract, Cardiac Surgery Induced Organ Edema is Preventable and Treatable, Bay Area Society of Thoracic Surgeons, March 2010.
2nd place basic science, Phospholipid Scramblase-1 is a Key Enzyme During Ischemia-Reperfusion Induced Changes in Microvascular Permeability, ACS Committee on Trauma Region IX Annual Paper Competition, 2009.
1st Prize Basic Science Best Overall Abstract, Phospholipid Scramblase-1 Regulates Microvascular Permeability Induced Changes After Ischemia-Reperfusion Injury in Rat Mesenteric Venules, East Bay Surgical Society Meeting, May 2009.