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8110 Gatehouse Road, Falls Church, VA 22042

Trauma Acute Care Surgery

Comprehensive, around-the-clock care for trauma, surgical critical care and emergency general surgery patients.

The Section of Trauma Acute Care Surgery (TACS) provides comprehensive, around-the-clock care for trauma, surgical critical care and emergency general surgery patients. Our team is comprised of twelve faculty members, each board certified by the American Board of Surgery in general surgery and surgical critical care.

What is Acute Care Surgery?

Acute Care Surgery takes the fundamentals of trauma care with its team-based approach and continuous quality improvement, and applies them to patients with urgent surgical conditions.

Patient Care

In addition to us routinely treating patients with general surgery needs (biliary disease, appendix disease, hernia, endocrine conditions, and upper and lower endoscopy needs), we provide around-the-clock intensive care unit management of patients with various critical illness including trauma, vascular disease and complicated obstetric and gynecologic, orthopedic, transplant and plastic surgical processes.

Rather than a single practitioner, patients are treated by a team of experienced surgeons, providing multidisciplinary care in both in-patient and out-patient settings. We work with surgeons throughout Inova’s surgical specialties to provide our expertise in critical care situations.

As Inova Fairfax Medical Campus is a teaching hospital, the Trauma Acute Care Surgery section works with the Inova General Surgical Residency program and Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine to help develop the future leaders in acute care surgery. Additionally, our Acute Care surgery faculty supports an interdisciplinary ACGME-accredited Surgical Critical Care Fellowship.

Our daily outpatient general surgery clinic is located close to Inova Fairfax Medical Campus. Here, we see patients for their follow-up appointments and welcome new patients who require surgical consultation.

Research and Affiliations

Trauma Acute Care Surgery participates in clinical research and multi-institutional trials in an ongoing effort to improve patient outcomes both regionally and nationally. Our surgeons participate as committee members of national organizations including the American College of Surgeons, American Trauma Society, American Association for the Surgery of Trauma and the Society of Critical Care Medicine.

Our Team

David P. Blake, MD

A member of Inova Medical Group
The doctors of Inova Medical Group are Inova’s premier primary care and specialty physicians, offering top-notch medical expertise, full access to Inova facilities, and the convenience of integrated electronic medical records.
Specialty: Surgical Critical Care, Surgery
Board-certified specialties granted by an ABMS Member Board. Learn more about board certification.
Years of Experience: 30

Elizabeth Franco Cadavid, MD

A member of Inova Medical Group
The doctors of Inova Medical Group are Inova’s premier primary care and specialty physicians, offering top-notch medical expertise, full access to Inova facilities, and the convenience of integrated electronic medical records.
Specialty: Surgical Critical Care, Surgery
Board-certified specialties granted by an ABMS Member Board. Learn more about board certification.
Clinical Interests: Colorectal Surgery, Gallbladder Surgery, Gastrointestinal (GI) Cancer, Hernia Problems/Surgery and Treatments, Minimally Invasive Surgery
Areas of special interest identified by the physician or additional training completed.
Years of Experience: 26

Margaret Mary Griffen, MD

A member of Inova Medical Group
The doctors of Inova Medical Group are Inova’s premier primary care and specialty physicians, offering top-notch medical expertise, full access to Inova facilities, and the convenience of integrated electronic medical records.
Specialty: Surgery, Surgical Critical Care
Board-certified specialties granted by an ABMS Member Board. Learn more about board certification.
Clinical Interests: Colorectal Surgery, Gallbladder Surgery, Hernia Problems/Surgery and Treatments, Minimally Invasive Surgery
Areas of special interest identified by the physician or additional training completed.
Years of Experience: 27

Christopher Paul Michetti, MD

A member of Inova Medical Group
The doctors of Inova Medical Group are Inova’s premier primary care and specialty physicians, offering top-notch medical expertise, full access to Inova facilities, and the convenience of integrated electronic medical records.
Specialty: Surgical Critical Care, Surgery
Board-certified specialties granted by an ABMS Member Board. Learn more about board certification.
Clinical Interests: Colonoscopy, Colorectal Surgery, Gallbladder Surgery, Hernia Problems/Surgery and Treatments
Areas of special interest identified by the physician or additional training completed.
Years of Experience: 26

Edmond K. Ng, MD

A member of Inova Medical Group
The doctors of Inova Medical Group are Inova’s premier primary care and specialty physicians, offering top-notch medical expertise, full access to Inova facilities, and the convenience of integrated electronic medical records.
Specialty: Surgical Critical Care, Surgery
Board-certified specialties granted by an ABMS Member Board. Learn more about board certification.
Clinical Interests: Gallbladder Surgery, Hernia Problems/Surgery and Treatments, Stomach Disorders and Treatment
Areas of special interest identified by the physician or additional training completed.
Years of Experience: 24

Anne G. Rizzo, MD

A member of Inova Medical Group
The doctors of Inova Medical Group are Inova’s premier primary care and specialty physicians, offering top-notch medical expertise, full access to Inova facilities, and the convenience of integrated electronic medical records.
Specialty: Surgical Critical Care, Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Surgery
Board-certified specialties granted by an ABMS Member Board. Learn more about board certification.
Years of Experience: 31

Jennifer Lauren Rodriguez, MD

A member of Inova Medical Group
The doctors of Inova Medical Group are Inova’s premier primary care and specialty physicians, offering top-notch medical expertise, full access to Inova facilities, and the convenience of integrated electronic medical records.
Specialty: Surgical Critical Care, Surgery
Board-certified specialties granted by an ABMS Member Board. Learn more about board certification.
Clinical Interests: Colonoscopy, Colorectal Surgery, Gallbladder Surgery, Hernia Problems/Surgery and Treatments, Minimally Invasive Surgery
Areas of special interest identified by the physician or additional training completed.
Years of Experience: 13

Hani M. Seoudi, MD

A member of Inova Medical Group
The doctors of Inova Medical Group are Inova’s premier primary care and specialty physicians, offering top-notch medical expertise, full access to Inova facilities, and the convenience of integrated electronic medical records.
Specialty: Surgical Critical Care, Surgery
Board-certified specialties granted by an ABMS Member Board. Learn more about board certification.
Clinical Interests: Colorectal Surgery, Gallbladder Surgery, Hernia Problems/Surgery and Treatments, Thyroid Disorders
Areas of special interest identified by the physician or additional training completed.
Years of Experience: 36

Dina Tabello, DO

A member of Inova Medical Group
The doctors of Inova Medical Group are Inova’s premier primary care and specialty physicians, offering top-notch medical expertise, full access to Inova facilities, and the convenience of integrated electronic medical records.
Specialty: Surgical Critical Care (Eligible), Surgery
Board-certified specialties granted by an ABMS Member Board. Learn more about board certification.
Years of Experience: 8

Erik J. Teicher, MD

A member of Inova Medical Group
The doctors of Inova Medical Group are Inova’s premier primary care and specialty physicians, offering top-notch medical expertise, full access to Inova facilities, and the convenience of integrated electronic medical records.
Specialty: Surgical Critical Care, Surgery
Board-certified specialties granted by an ABMS Member Board. Learn more about board certification.
Clinical Interests: Gallbladder Surgery, Hernia Problems/Surgery and Treatments, Stomach Disorders and Treatment
Areas of special interest identified by the physician or additional training completed.
Years of Experience: 16

Stephen Earl Varga, MD

A member of Inova Medical Group
The doctors of Inova Medical Group are Inova’s premier primary care and specialty physicians, offering top-notch medical expertise, full access to Inova facilities, and the convenience of integrated electronic medical records.
Specialty: Surgical Critical Care, Surgery
Board-certified specialties granted by an ABMS Member Board. Learn more about board certification.
Years of Experience: 14

Jill B. Watras, MD

A member of Inova Medical Group
The doctors of Inova Medical Group are Inova’s premier primary care and specialty physicians, offering top-notch medical expertise, full access to Inova facilities, and the convenience of integrated electronic medical records.
Specialty: Surgical Critical Care, Surgery
Board-certified specialties granted by an ABMS Member Board. Learn more about board certification.
Years of Experience: 16