Carrie Valdez

Carrie Valdez, MD

  • Surgical Critical Care
  • Trauma Surgery
  • Physician

Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery

Insurances We Accept

About Me

As an acute care surgeon, I’m responsible for caring for people as they face some of the worst experiences of their lives. I treat traumatically injured patients, which includes those who require emergency general surgery and those in the surgical intensive unit. My patients and their families trust me to fully explain complex medical situations and to support them through what can be long and difficult hospitalizations.

As the Trauma Medical Director at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, I’m passionate about helping all acutely ill surgical patients recover. The Ohio State Wexner Medical Center offers a multidisciplinary approach that provides innovative, exceptional care for surgical patients and I’m proud to be part of it.

I commonly treat patients suffering from traumatic brain injuries, rib fractures, injured solid organs (liver, spleen, pancreas, kidney), bowel injuries and soft tissue injuries. I treat conditions that require emergency surgery, like appendicitis, cholecystitis (gallbladder infection), bowel obstructions and necrotizing skin infections. I also care for postoperative patients in the intensive care unit.

My research is focused on strategies to improve outcomes for traumatic injury patients. I’m especially interested in management methods to reduce the use of narcotics for pain control.

I enjoy helping to train other physicians interested in trauma care. As a faculty surgeon, I previously taught medical students and residents at Central Michigan Medical School and Michigan State University.

I’m also committed to increasing online education for trauma surgeons. I’m the chair of the Online Education Committee at the Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma (EAST). My team produces YouTube videos, called East Minute, that serve as resources for physicians and trainees. I’m also the lead podcast host of “Traumacast.”

In addition, I’m passionate about providing medical care overseas. I participate in annual surgical missions with the International Surgical Health Initiative (ISHI) in Trujillo, Peru.

Procedures and Conditions I Treat

  • Rib Fractures
  • Appendicitis
  • Intestinal Perforation
  • Abdominal Injuries
  • Critical Care
  • Brain Injuries
  • General Surgery
  • Multiple Trauma
  • Soft Tissue Infections

Locations Where I Practice

Please note: Not all physicians schedule patients at each listed location.

Education and Training

Education History

Medical School

Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk, VA
8/15/2005 - 5/16/2009


George Washington University Medical Center, Washington, DC

7/1/2009 - 6/30/2015


University of Maryland Medical Center, Baltimore, MD

7/1/2015 - 6/30/2016

Board Certifications

American Board of Surgery

American Board of Surgery (Subspecialty: Surgical Critical Care)

Academic Information

My Department


My Division

Trauma, Critical Care and Burn

Consulting and Related Relationships

At The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, we support a faculty member’s research and consulting in collaboration with medical device, research and/or drug companies because a faculty member’s expertise can guide important advancements in the practice of medicine and improve patient care. In order to provide effective management of these relationships, the University requires annual disclosures from all faculty members with external interests related to their University responsibilities.

As of 09/30/2022, Dr. Valdez has reported no relationships with companies or entities.