mark r. hemmila, md

Associate Professor, Surgery


Dr. Hemmila is an Associate Professor of Surgery in the Division of Acute Care Surgery at the University of Michigan. He also serves on the Medical Liability Review Committee and is a national member of the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma. Dr. Hemmila received his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Rochester-Rochester, NY in 1985. Postgraduate study in Chemical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering was performed at Columbia University-NYC, NY. Dr. Hemmila graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School in 1994 and from General Surgery residency at the University of Michigan Medical Center in 2001. During his residency, he completed a Critical Care fellowship and conducted laboratory research on Extracorporeal Life Support. He is board certified in the specialties of Surgery and Surgical Critical Care.

Mark Hemmila's clinical interests are focused on providing surgical care for trauma or burn injured patients and patients with acute general surgery problems. His elective practice includes, but is not limited to, treatment of benign or neoplastic disease of the GI tract, hernia surgery, spine exposure, and laparoscopic procedures. He also provides critical care services for patients in the trauma and burn ICU with an interest in patients with severe respiratory failure. Dr. Hemmila’s laboratory research focus includes burn and wound inflammation, utilization of local topical burn wound therapy to attenuate inflammation following thermal injury, and pathophysiology/treatment of bacterial pneumonia. He has received extramural funding from the NIH, Department of Defense, the American College of Surgeons, and the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma.

Since 2006, Dr. Hemmila has been involved in creation and conduct of the American College of Surgeons Trauma Quality Improvement Program (ACS-TQIP). He serves as an advisor to TQIP and the National Trauma Data Bank. Based upon the success of previous Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan (BCBSM) funded clinical registry and collaborative quality improvement programs, Dr. Hemmila launched the Michigan Trauma Quality Improvement Program (MTQIP). The initial program was funded by BCBSM Foundation as a pilot project from 2008 to 2010. BCBSM formalized this CQI in January of 2011. Mark Hemmila serves as the program director of MTQIP which brings together 23 participating trauma centers in Michigan to focus on quality improvement at a statewide level. As a member of the Center for Healthcare Outcomes and Policy (CHOP) at the University of Michigan, Dr. Hemmila concentrates on optimizing patient outcomes in the area of Acute Care Surgery (Trauma, Emergent General Surgery, and Critical Care).