Bellal A. Joseph, MD, FACS

  • Chief, Division of Trauma, Acute Care, Burn, and Emergency Surgery
  • Martin Gluck Professor of Surgery
  • Vice Chairman, Research
  • Director, International Research Fellowship
  • Associate Director, Surgical Critical Care/Acute Care Fellowship
  • Medical Director, Southern Arizona Telemedicine and Telepresence (SATT) Program
  • Professor, Neurosurgery
  • Associate Director, Telesurgery, Arizona Telemedicine Program
  • Director of Outpatient Clinics for Trauma/Emergency Surgery

Bellal Joseph, MD, FACS, is the Martin Gluck Professor of Surgery with tenure at the Department of Surgery at the University of Arizona College of Medicine - Tucson. He is also chief of the Division of Trauma, Acute Care, Burn, and Emergency Surgery; the vice chair for knowledge expansion; and director of the department's International Research Fellowship.

Dr. Joseph received his surgical training at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan, and subsequently did his fellowship at Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, Maryland, at the University of Maryland. Dr. Joseph joined the University of Arizona in 2009 and has since excelled as a national figure in trauma surgery. In addition to being a board-certified clinician, Dr. Joseph is the associate director of the Surgical Critical Care/Acute Care Fellowship Programs, director of the Southern Arizona Tele-Trauma Program, associate director of Telesurgery, and director of outpatient clinics for trauma/emergency surgery.

Dr. Joseph’s clinical interests are in the areas of emergency surgery, trauma, and surgical critical care. He has invested himself extensively in research and is the director of Trauma Research and the International Research Fellowship. His research focus is on traumatic brain injuries, resuscitation and new therapies, frailty and caring for geriatric surgical patients, surgical outcomes research, and injury prevention. His research is nationally recognized and has been federally funded by the National Institutes of Health, the National Institute of Aging, and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. Dr. Joseph has published more than 245 peer-reviewed publications and 20+ book chapters and is a member of more than 14 surgical/scientific societies, including the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma, the American College of Surgeons, the Academic Association of Surgery, the International Surgical Society, the American Geriatric Society, and the Society of Critical Care Medicine.

Research Interests: 

Traumatic brain injury
Frailty and geriatric surgical patients
Surgical outcomes
Injury prevention

  • MD: Saba University School of Medicine, 2003
Honors and Awards
  • UA Reynolds Scholar in Applied Geriatrics
  • Henry Ford Hospital, Administrative Chief Resident - General Surgery, 2007-2008
  • Henry Ford Hospital, General Surgery, 2003-2008
  • Henry Ford Hospital, General Surgery, 2003-2008
  • University of Maryland - R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center, Trauma/Surgical Critical Care, 2008
Board Certifications
  • American Board of Surgery, General
  • American Board of Surgery, Surgical Critical Care