Karen J. Brasel, MD,MPH

Investigator, Children's Hospital of Wisconsin's Research Institute; director of Surgical Critical Care Fellowship
Professor, Trauma/Critical Care, Bioethics and Medical Humanities, Population Health, The Medical College of Wisconsin

Office Locations

8701 Watertown Plank Rd.
Milwaukee, WI 53226
(414) 805-8624
(414) 805-8641 (fax)



  • Trauma/Critical Care

Research interests

  • Bioethics
  • Critical illnesses
  • Trauma
  • Injury and violence
  • Motor vehicle accidents

Study interests

  • Quality of life
  • PTSD
  • Prehospital care
  • Palliative care


  • Medical degree, University of Iowa, Iowa City, 1991
  • Master's degree, Public Health, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, 1996
  • Residency, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, 1998
  • Fellowship, Surgical Critical Care, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 1999


American Board of Surgery/ General Surgery, 2007; Surgical Critical Care, 2009; ATLS, 1995

Education & Awards

  • Edward J. Lennon Endowed Clinical Teaching Award, 2002
  • Peter C. Canizaro Award, outstanding oral and written presentation by a new member of the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma, 2002
  • Paper of the Year,. Department of Family and Community: Patient Safety Efforts Should Focus on Medical Injuries, JAMA, 2003
  • Learning Resources Innovative Educational Project Award, Medical College of Wisconsin, 2003 and 2005
  • Outstanding Teacher Award, Association of Surgical Education, 2006
  • Outstanding Clinical Faculty Award, Department of Emergency Medicine, 2006
  • MCW Society of Teaching Scholars, 2006
  • Professionalism Award, Department of Surgery, 2007
  • Ernest O. Henschel Clinical Teaching Award, Class of 2008
  • Outstanding Clinical Faculty Award, Department of Emergency Medicine, 2008
  • Teacher of the Year, Department of Surgery, 2009
  • Association of Women Surgeons Foundation Visiting Professor, 2009
  • Best Doctors in America, 2007-2011
  • Outstanding Teacher, Surgical Clerkship, 2009
  • Barney Becker Golden Cane Teaching Award, Department of Surgery, 2010
  • Outstanding Clinical Faculty Award, Department of Emergency Medicine, 2010

Research & Publications

  • Effects of Family Presence During Resuscitation after Trauma, National Institutes of Health (NIH), principal investigator, Jane S. Leske, PhD
  • Initial Development of a Trauma-Specific Quality of Life Instrument, Center of Disease Control (CDC), Injury Research Center, principal investigator
  • Resuscitation Outcomes Consortium, National Institutes of Health (NIH), principal investigator, Tom Aufderheide, MD, role, co-investigator
  • CIREN, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), principal investigator, Dennis Maiman, MD, PhD, role, co-investigator
  • Injury Research Center - Research Core, HHS Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Stephen Hargarten/Dr. Peter Layde, principal investigators, role, Core co-director
  • Prospective Observational Multi-Center Transfusion Study, US Army, principal investigator

Representative publications

  • Bulger E, May S, Brasel K, et al. Out-of-Hospital Hypertonic Resuscitation Following Severe Traumatic Brain Injury; A Randomized Controlled Trial. JAMA. 2010; 304(13):1455-1464
  • Scudday T, *Brasel KJ, Webb T, Codner P, Somberg L, Weigelt JA, Herrmann D, Peppard W. Safety and Efficacy of Prophylatic Anticoagulation in Patients with Traumatic Brain Injury. J Am Coll Surg. 2011:Vol. 213(1):148-154
  • Kaye D*, Brasel KJ, Neideen T, Weigelt JA. Screening for Blunt Carotid Injuries is Cost-Effective. J Trauma. 2011;70:1051.57
  • Codner PC, deRoon-Cassini T, Brasel KJ, Staged Abdominal Repairs Reduce Long-term Quality of Life. Injury. 2011; Feb. 8
  • Geiger A, Brasel KJ, & deRoon-Cassini TA. Considering the Patient's Perspective in the Injury Severity Score. Journal of Surgical Research. 2011; April 12
  • Peschman J, Neideen T, Brasel KJ. The Impact of Discharging Minimally Injured Trauma Patient: Does Age Play a Role in Trauma Admission? J Trauma. 2011;70:1331-1336