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Who We Are

The Coalition for National Trauma Research (CNTR) is a 501c3 non-profit organization that brings the trauma community together with a unified focus to address the critical need to coordinate our efforts to achieve federal research funding commensurate with the burden of disease and to enhance the infrastructure supporting high-impact, multidisciplinary clinical trials.

The core members–the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma, the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma, the American Burn Association, the Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma and the Western Trauma Association–are joined by stakeholder and affiliate member organizations. Together, our current members represent nearly 157,000 professionals in diverse medical fields including trauma, burn, orthopedic and neurological surgeons; emergency physicians, trauma nurses and EMS providers; geriatric and rehabilitation specialists; and survivor and patient support communities.

Based in San Antonio, Texas, CNTR was first established in 2014 by a group of trauma community leaders from the National Trauma Institute, American Association for Surgery of Trauma, Eastern Association for Surgery of Trauma, Western Trauma Association and the ACS Committee on Trauma. Its first efforts were directed toward advocacy for federal trauma research funding. To that end, CNTR organized teams of trauma surgeons to meet with dozens of federal legislators and make a single, unified request: to appropriate $10M per year for use by clinical trauma investigators. Over three years, CNTR’s advocacy efforts helped to secure $30M in appropriated funding, now delivered to clinical trauma investigators through the LITES program, managed by the Department of Defense.

To further consolidate efforts, the National Trauma Institute (NTI) changed its name to CNTR in early 2020. CNTR invites representation from trauma- and emergency medicine-related specialties such as neurotrauma, orthopedic trauma, emergency medicine, burns, pediatric trauma, military medicine, trauma nurses and other stakeholder groups. CNTR now has three membership levels: Core, Stakeholder, and Affiliate.

To learn more about CNTR membership and benefits, see the Member page or contact Michelle Price, Executive Director, at

Our Call to Action!

It’s time for a federal commitment to fund traumatic injury research.

Even a 5% reduction in trauma deaths and economic burden would mean 10,000 lives and $33 billion saved EVERY YEAR.

As a core member of CNTR, EAST supports the investigation of trauma prevention, research and improved trauma systems design in efforts to enable and stimulate future generations of surgeons to meet the challenges in trauma care.

A. Britton Christmas, MD FACS

President, EAST