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Joseph V. 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


Appendectomy, Complex Incisional Hernia, Diverticulitis, Elective General Surgery, Emergency General Surgery, Gallbladder Diseases, General Surgery, Inguinal Hernia, Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy, Lipoma, Minimally Invasive Surgery, Robotic and Laparoscopic Surgery, Splenectomy, Umbilical Hernia, Ventral Hernia more

Research Interests

Gun violence; injury prevention; outcomes research; trauma system development; public policy and advancement of surgery in poor resource settings. more


The Johns Hopkins Hospital (Main Entrance)

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

Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center

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


Dr. Joseph V. Sakran is not currently seeing patients at Johns Hopkins facilities. 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 injured patients, and performing both emergency and elective general surgery. 

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

Departments / Divisions

  • Surgery - Acute Care and Adult Trauma Surgery



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

Research & Publications

Selected Publications

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Matar MM, Jewett B, Fakhry S, Wilson DA, Ferguson P, Anton R, Sakran JV. Identifying chronic heavy alcohol use in emergency general surgery patients: a pilot study. Trauma Surg Acute Care Open. 2017 Sep; 2(1):1-5.

Kent AJ, Sakran JV, Efron DT, Haider AH, Cornwell EE 3rd, Haut ER. Understanding Increased Mortality after Gunshot Injury. Am J Public Health. 2017 Dec; 107(12):e22-e23.

Mehta A, Dultz LA, Joseph B, Canner JK, Stevens K, Jones C, Haut ER, Efron DT, Sakran JV. Emergency General Surgery in Geriatric Patients: A Statewide Analysis of Surgeon and Hospital Volume with Outcomes. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2018 Jan 31 [Epub ahead of print].

Mehta A, Efron D, Stevens K, Manukyan MC, Joseph B, Sakran JV. Hospital Variation in Mortality after Emergency Bowel Resections: The Role of Failure-to-Rescue. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2018 Feb 3 [Epub ahead of print].

Sakran JV, Mehta A, Fransman R, Nathens AB, Joseph B, Kent A, Haut ER, Efron DT. Nationwide Trends in Mortality Following Penetrating Trauma: Are We Up for the Challenge? J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2018 Apr 3 [Epub ahead of print].

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
  • RAS Liaison, Advisory Council for General Surgery, 2011
  • Executive Committee Member, RAS, 2011
  • Elected Secretary, RAS-ACS, 2012
  • Vice Chair, RAS-ACS, 2013
  • Chair, RAS-ACS, 2014
  • Ex-officio RAS-ACS, Young Fellows Association Governing Council, 2015
  • 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
  • Presidential Appointment, Strategic Initiative Task Force, Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma, 2013
  • Presidential Appointment, Social Media Task Force, Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma, 2015
  • 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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