Dr. Gentilello attended the University of Texas at El Paso, and received his medical degree from Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City. He completed his surgical residency at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, and a fellowship in Surgical Critical Care at the same institution. This was followed by completion of a fellowship in Trauma Surgery at Jackson Memorial Medical Center, University of Miami School of Medicine. Doctor Gentilello was a faculty member at the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle, where he was based at Harborview Medical Center. He was Co-Director of the Surgical Critical Care Residency, and also Associate Director of the Trauma Intensive Care Unit. He spent one year at Harvard Medical School, where he was Chief of Trauma and Critical Care at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. His research interests include hypothermia, and trauma prevention, public health, health care services, and health care policy. He has conducted a number of clinical trials designed to incorporate phychosocial health care interventions, especially those that involve substance use problems, into the trauma and acute care arena. He has received federal funding from the NIH, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the Health Care Services Research Association, and also from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. He recently received the Innovators Combating Substance Abuse Award from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.


Medical School
Albert Einstein Medical Center (1982)

Research Interest

  • Alcohol Screening in the Emergency Department and Trauma Center Settings
  • Reducing Adolescent Risk Behavior


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

Alcohol interventions in trauma centers: the opportunity and the challenge
Gentilello LM Journal of Trauma 2005 59 s18-20
Confronting the obstacles to screening and interventions for alcohol problems in trauma centers
Gentilello LM Journal of Trauma 2005 59 s137-143
Comparison of trauma center patient self-reports and proxy reports on the Alcohol Use Identification Test (AUDIT)
Donovan DM, Dunn CW, Rivara FP, Jurkovich GJ, Ries RR, Gentilello LM Journal of Trauma 2004 56 873-882
Near Infrared Spectroscopy versus Compartment Pressure Measurements for the Diagnosis of Lower Extremity Compartment Syndrome Using EMG Determined Measurements of Neuromuscular Function
Gentilello LM, Sanzone A, Wang L, et al Journal of Trauma 2001 51 1-0
Alcohol problems in women admitted to a level 1 trauma center
Gentilello LM, Rivara FP, Donovan DM, et al Journal of Trauma 2000 48 108-114

Honors & Awards

  • Indian Health Services (IHS)
    Trauma and Emergency Care, Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and Injury Prevention for Native Americans Contribution Award (2012)
  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
    Innovators Combating Substance Abuse Award - Recipient (2002)

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • American Association for Surgery of Trauma
  • American College of Surgeons
  • Association for Academic Surgery
  • Society of Critical Care Medicine
  • Society of University Surgeons