Meet Our Trauma Team
A trauma center is staffed with medical experts who have a broad range of specialized training and experience. Trauma nurses and doctors are adept at handling emergencies and treating a wide array of injuries and medical conditions.
At Lawnwood Regional Medical Center and Heart Institute, we’re dedicated to providing exceptional trauma care to the Treasure Coast. We’ve made trauma treatment a significant focus because it impacts so many people each year:
- In the US, injury causes 150,000 deaths each year. Another 3 million people suffer nonfatal injuries. Worldwide, traumatic injuries result in 5 million deaths per year.
- Trauma remains the leading cause of death among individuals up to 45 years old in the US. It is also the fourth leading overall cause of death in this country.
- Auto accidents cause more than 43,000 deaths and 2.7 million injuries each year.
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is the single largest cause of death from injury, affecting more than 1 million people per year in the US.
- Of the 230,000 people hospitalized for TBI each year, 50,000 die and 80,000 to 90,000 suffer long-term disability related to TBI.
Many of these injuries and deaths could be prevented—not only with injury prevention strategies, but also with extended access to high-quality trauma care. That’s why HCA has partnered with the University of South Florida to create a network of trauma centers throughout the state. Lawnwood is one of those, as home to a Level II Trauma Center since July 2010.
Meet Our Team Captains
Coordinating each patient’s care is a trauma surgeon. Trauma surgeons act as the “captains” of the trauma team. Meet our team leaders.
Dr. Setu Dalal, DO is a general, trauma, and critical care surgeon. Board Certified in General Surgery and Board Eligible in Surgical Critical Care, Dr. Dalal focuses primarily on trauma surgery and surgical critical care.
Dr. Christian Schuetz, MD is a general and trauma surgeon. He focuses on surgical critical care, trauma, and acute care surgery, and is Board Eligible in General Surgery.
Dr. Jose A Diaz, MD received his Bachelor of Science in Biology at the Inter-American University of Puerto Rico. Dr Diaz graduated from the St Mary’s School of Medicine in 2001. He completed his Surgery Residency at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach, Florida.
He completed his Trauma Surgery and Critical Care fellowships at the University of Miami, Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine /Jackson Memorial Hospital/Ryder Trauma Center.
Dr Diaz primarily focuses on Trauma Surgery and Surgical Critical Care. Dr Diaz is Board Certified in General Surgery and Board Eligible in Surgical Critical Care by the American Board of Surgery.
Dr. James Kasiewicz, MD received his Bachelor of Science in Biology at the Pennsylvania State University in University Park, Pennsylvania. . Dr Kasiewicz graduated from Temple University School of Medicine in 2004. He completed his Surgery Residency at The Western Pennsylvania Hospital in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania.
He completed his Trauma Surgery and Critical Care fellowships at the University of Pittsburgh.
Dr Kasiewicz primarily focuses on Trauma Surgery and Surgical Critical Care.
Dr. Kasiewicz is Board Eligible in General Surgery and Board Eligible in Surgical Critical Care by the American Board of Surgery.