Brain & Spinal Cord Injuries

If you or a loved one experiences a life-threatening brain or spine injury, you want the best care available, and you want it fast. Indiana University Health provides exceptional trauma care from board certified trauma surgeons and neurosurgeons. Experienced trauma specialists can immediately assess and stabilize people with critical injuries, while neurosurgeons are available 24 hours a day to perform lifesaving surgery for brain and spinal cord injuries. 

Home to one of only two Level I Adult Trauma Centers in the state and the only Level I Pediatric Trauma Center in Indiana, Indiana University Health Neurology & Neurosurgery is the statewide choice for life-threatening brain and spine injuries.

Level 1 Trauma Center

With at least 1,200 trauma patients admitted annually, the Level I Trauma Center designation means that Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital and Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health have a dedicated trauma surgeon available 24 hours a day, as well as:

  • Neurosurgeons, orthopedic and emergency physicians
  • Continuous neurotrauma care available for traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries
  • Continuous physician coverage in the Emergency department and intensive care units for critically ill patients
  • Specialized monitoring equipment available, including intracranial pressure monitoring
  • Rehabilitation services


Through Indiana University Health LifeLine, IU Health gives critically-injured people the best chance at survival. IU Health LifeLine is a 24-hour, critical care transport service that uses ambulances, helicopters and planes to quickly get patients to one of the IU Health trauma centers. All IU Health LifeLine vehicles are staffed by a team of critical care specialists and feature the most advanced on-board technology for improved patient safety and survival rates. 

From the moment a patient is picked up for transport to the hospital, through assessment, surgery, hospitalization and rehabilitation, IU Health has the expertise to help patients recover. Our expert physicians provide around-the-clock monitoring, injury care and management for people with life-threatening brain and spine conditions.