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Joseph Victor Sakran, M.D., M.P.A., M.P.H.

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Director, Emergency General Surgery

Assistant Professor of Surgery


Languages: English, Arabic, Hebrew

Expertise: Appendectomy, General Surgery, Inguinal Hernia, Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy, Lipoma, Splenectomy , Umbilical Hernia, Ventral Hernia

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The Johns Hopkins Hospital (Main Entrance)
Appointment Phone: 443-287-6909

1800 Orleans St.
Sheikh Zayed Tower, Suite 6107
Baltimore, MD 21287 map
Phone: 443-287-6909

Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center
Appointment Phone: 443-287-6909

4940 Eastern Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21224 map
Phone: 443-287-6909


Dr. Joseph V. Sakran is an Assistant Professor of Surgery, Associate Chief of the Division of Acute Care Surgery, and Director of Emergency General Surgery at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. Dr. Sakran spends the majority of his time taking care of the injured patient, and performing both emergency and elective general surgery. His research interests are in outcomes research, trauma system development, public policy specifically gun violence prevention, and the advancement of surgery in poor resource settings.

Dr. Sakran’s interest in medicine stems partly from having nearly lost his life after a gunshot wound to the throat during his senior year of high school, and he has subsequently dedicated his life to making a social impact. While completing his undergraduate degree at George Mason University, Dr. Sakran trained as a medic and firefighter at the City of Fairfax Fire and Rescue Department. His interest in global health began when he decided to attend The Medical School for International Health, a unique collaboration between Ben-Gurion and Columbia University. Dr. Sakran subsequently integrated his medical studies with public health when he attended the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, where he completed a Masters in Public Health within the global health track. After completing a diverse and comprehensive general surgery residency at Inova Fairfax Hospital, he joined the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania where he completed a fellowship in Traumatology, Surgical Critical Care, and Emergency General Surgery.

Dr. Sakran has delivered care and sustainable solutions throughout numerous countries in India, the Middle East, and Africa. The aim has been to provide long-term interventions in order to reduce the global burden of surgical disease and allow for capacity building.  He has responded to a number of international disasters including the Asian Tsunami in 2004, and the Haitian Earthquake in 2010. The American College of Surgeons (ACS) recently recognized Joe for his work in resource poor settings when he received the 2014 Surgical Volunteerism Award. He has been actively involved in the ACS, served as the past Chair of the Resident and Associate Society (RAS), and currently on the Governing Council of The Young Fellows Association.  Dr. Sakran recently finished spending a year pursing a Masters in Public Administration at the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) of Government where he developed a unique skill-set focused on public policy, economics, and leadership development. more


  • Director, Emergency General Surgery
  • Associate Chief, Division of Acute Care Surgery
  • Assistant Professor of Surgery



  • MD, Ben-Gurion University Medical School for International Health (2005)


  • Inova Fairfax Hospital / General Surgery (2010)


  • Penn Presbyterian Medical Center / Surgical Critical Care (2012)

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Surgery / Surgery (2010)
  • American Board of Surgery / Surgical Critical Care (2011)

Research & Publications

Selected Publications

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Sakran J, Alshareef MA, Rustin RB. Leading with humility. Developing a culture of success. Int J Acad Med 2016;2:78-82.

Tasigiorgos S, Economopoulos K, Winfield R, Sakran J. Firearm Injury in the United States: an Overview of an Evolving Public Health Problem. J Am Coll Surg. 2015 Sep 12. pii: S1072-7515(15)01540-9. doi: 10.1016/j.jamcollsurg.2015.08.430.

Sakran J, Hoffman R, Ko C, Kelz R. The ACS NSQIP Quality In-Training Initiative: Educating residents to ensure the future of optimal surgical care. Bulletin –American College of Surgeons. 98(11): 30-35, November 2013.

Sakran J, Greer S, Werlin E, McCunn M. Care of the Injured Worldwide: Trauma Still the Neglected Disease of Modern Society. Scandinavian Journal of Trauma, Resuscitation and Emergency Medicine. 20:64, September 2012.

Sakran J, Michetti C, Sheridan M, Richmond R, Waked T, Aldaghlas T, Rizzo A, Griffen M, Fakhry S. The Utility of Procalcitonin in Critically Ill Trauma Patients. Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery. 73(2):413-418, August 2012.

Activities & Honors


  • Top Resident Teacher Award – Virginia Commonwealth University, 2010
  • Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma (EAST) – Oriens Award, 2011
  • Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma (EAST) – Leadership Development Scholarship, 2013
  • Surgical Training Awareness and Residency (STAR) Award – Department of Surgery, Medical University of South Carolina, 2013
  • American College of Surgeons – Surgical Humanitarian and Volunteerism Award, 2014
  • Fellow Leadership Award – American College of Surgeons, 2014
  • Future Trauma Leaders Program – American College of Surgeons, 2015
  • Elected, Alpha Omega Alpha, 2016


  • Fellow, American College of Surgeons, 2005
  • Member, Society of Critical Care Medicine, 2007
  • Member, Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons, 2008
  • Member, Association for Academic Surgery, 2009
  • Member, Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma, 2011
  • American College of Surgeons (FACS)


Professional Activities

  • Fellow, American College of Surgeons (ACS), 2005
  • RAS-Liaison, Inova Fairfax Hospital Surgical Residency Program, 2005 - 2010
  • RAS Liaison, Advisory Council for General Surgery, 2011 - 2014
  • Executive Committee Member, RAS, 2011 - 2016
  • Elected Secretary, RAS-ACS, 2012 - 2013
  • Vice Chair, RAS-ACS, 2013 - 2014
  • Chair, RAS-ACS, 2014 - 2015
  • Ex-officio RAS-ACS, Young Fellows Association Governing Council, 2015 - 2016
  • Steering Committee Member, Committee on Trauma-Weber Shandwick Initiative, 2015
  • Member, Performance Improvement committee, Committee on Trauma, 2016
  • Member, Advocacy committee, Committee on Trauma, 2016
  • Member and Vice-Chair, International Sub-committee, Operation Giving Back, 2016
  • Member, Young Fellows Association Governing Council, 2016
  • Member, Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma, 2016
  • Member, Careers Committee, Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma, 2012 - 2015
  • Presidential Appointment, Strategic Initiative Task Force, Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma, 2013 - 2016
  • Presidential Appointment, Social Media Task Force, Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma, 2015 - 2016
  • Member, Annual Scientific Assembly Section, Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma, 2015

Videos & Media

Recent News Articles and Media Coverage

Trauma surgeon who survived shooting fights against gun violence, The Baltimore Sun (11/27/2016)

US gun violence: School shooting victim becomes surgeon to save others, Australian Broadcasting Corporation,(05/01/2016)

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