Millions of Americans are affected by trauma every year, and many benefit from excellent care that enables them to recover and lead normal lives. NTI gathers such inspirational stories because they powerfully convey our message: Through research and education, America’s medical providers can continuously improve treatment and reduce the rates of death and disability due to traumatic events.





Therese Frentz: Attack in the Green Zone
Learning to Live Half-Way Healed
Hard-charging Therese Frentz never did anything half-way. High school valedictorian. Number one seed on the varsity tennis team. Member of the regional championship volleyball team. Prom queen...Read More


Nicholas Velasquez: Family Outing Ends in Nightmare
Drunk Driving Victim Finds a Hero
Today, trauma surgeons around the country are often able to save patients who may have been lost two decades ago—patients like Nicholas Velasquez....Read More


Derek McGinnis: Iraq War Veteran
Wounded Warrior Helps Others Relieve Pain
Derek McGinnis, a hospital corpsman in the U.S. Navy, was dispatched to pick up wounded marines during the 2004 Fallujah Offensive in Iraq. As his Humvee ambulance paused on the street, it was broadsided by a suicide driver...Read More


Sharon Smith: Working to Improve the Odds
Survivors Must Include More than the Lucky
Sharon Smith, the executive director of NTI, has avoided the site of her traumatic injury for nearly 40 years...Read More


Roberto Espinosa: Three-Story Fall Changes a Life
Proficiency and Providence Transform Victim into Victor
Roberto Espinosa had a lot of luck and one of the best trauma teams in Texas on his side when, on October 7, 2002, the bottom literally dropped out of his life...Read More


































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