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Date Published: Tuesday, July 19, 2022
Date Updated: Monday, August 1, 2022

Westchester Medical Center Elevates Kartik Prabhakaran, MD, to Chief, Trauma and Acute Care Surgery

Dr. Prabhakaran will oversee emergency general surgery, trauma and surgical critical care.

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VALHALLA N.Y. (July 19, 2022) – Westchester Medical Center, the flagship hospital in the Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth), has elevated Kartik Prabhakaran, MD, to the position of Chief, Trauma and Acute Care Surgery.

In his new position, Dr. Prabhakaran will oversee emergency general surgery, trauma and surgical critical care. Westchester Medical Center has the only Level I adult trauma care program verified by the American College of Surgeons in New York State north of New York City to Albany and west to Syracuse.

Dr. Prabhakaran completed his undergraduate education and graduate degree in public health at Johns Hopkins University. After earning his Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Dr. Prabhakaran trained in general surgery at Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Montefiore Medical Center, followed by a fellowship in Trauma and Surgical Critical Care at Lincoln Medical Center/Cornell University.

Dr. Prabhakaran is active in the education of fellows, residents and medical students and serves as Associate Clinical Professor of Surgery within the New York Medical College and Program Director for WMCHealth's Surgical Critical Care Fellowship. His research interests are traumatic brain injuries and trauma/surgical critical care outcomes. He is the author of over 50 peer-reviewed publications and textbook chapters with research findings cited by local, national and international press outlets.

Dr. Prabhakaran actively serves on both regional and national committees in the field of trauma, and has been an invited speaker to many local, regional, national and international meetings to share his expertise in the field of trauma and acute care surgery.




About Westchester Medical Center Health Network
The Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth) is a 1,700-bed healthcare system headquartered in Valhalla, New York, with nine hospitals on seven campuses spanning 6,200 square miles of the Hudson Valley. WMCHealth employs more than 13,000 people and has nearly 3,000 attending physicians. The Network has Level 1, Level 2, and Level 3 trauma centers, the region's only acute care children's hospital, an academic medical center, several community hospitals, dozens of specialized institutes and centers, Comprehensive and Primary Stroke Centers, skilled nursing, assisted living facilities, home-care services and one of the largest mental health systems in New York State. Today, WMCHealth is the pre-eminent provider of integrated health care in the Hudson Valley. For more information about WMCHealth, visit or follow WMCHealth on or


Dr. Prabhakaran is an expert in the care of injuries caused by trauma as well as trauma prevention.  Press members interested in speaking with Dr. Prabhakaran on related subjects are welcome to contact us at any time.