Acute Care Surgery Service (ACSS)

Our ACSS Team

Patients coming to Tacoma General Hospital or St. Joseph Medical Center emergency departments with acute conditions that require urgent surgical intervention or consultation benefit from the Trauma Trust Acute Care Surgery Service.

Trauma Trust Acute Care Surgery Service is a dedicated, hospitalist-based system for general surgery administered by Trauma Trust. The Acute Care Surgery Service provides urgent and emergent surgical intervention and consultation for patients coming to Tacoma General Hospital or St. Joseph Medical Center emergency departments with acute conditions. This service benefits patients by providing:

  • Hospital-based surgeons assigned exclusively to address urgent surgical cases coming from the emergency department and inpatient consults
  • Immediate availability of surgical consultations
  • Rapid scheduling for patients requiring surgery for urgent conditions
  • Continuity of care with clinics at the Frank S. Baker Center and St. Joseph Medical Center.

Four board-certified surgeons currently staff the service:

  • Robert P. Lynch, MD, FACS
    General Surgeon

    Dr. Robert Lynch received his medical degree from Ohio State University, College of Medicine. He completed his surgical internship and residency at Good Samaritan Hospital in Cincinnati. Dr. Lynch has previously held positions as the Medical Director for the Wound Health Institute and the Chief of Surgery for Valley Medical Center in Renton, WA.

    Dr. Lynch was formerly a Lieutenant Commander with the Medical Corps for the U.S. Navy and served as the general surgeon with the First Medical Battalion, First Force Service Support Group, and the First Marine Expeditionary Force. He is board certified in general surgery and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. Dr Lynch is an attending surgeon for Trauma Trust’s Acute Care Surgery Service.

  • Lisa M. Schomogyi, MD, FACS
    General Surgeon

    Dr. Lisa Schomogyi received her medical degree from the University of California at Irvine. She completed her general surgery internship and residency at the University of Washington. Previously she has been a surgical attending physician for Indiana Surgical Specialists and Three Rivers Surgical Associates in Fort Wayne, Indiana. In 1994 she became a Fellowof the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Schomogyi currently is an attending surgeon for Trauma Trust’s Acute Care Surgery Service.

  • Megan Cecchini, MD
    General Surgeon

    Dr. Cecchini received her medical degree from West Virginia University School of Medicine. She completed her internship and residency in General Surgery at Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle, WA. She became board certified in General Surgery in 2016. She is currently an attending surgeon for the Trauma Trust Acute Care Surgery Service at both Tacoma General Hospital and St. Joseph Medical Center. Dr. Cecchini enjoys taking care of patients with acute surgical issues. Her outside interests include traveling, kayaking, stand up paddle boarding and supporting local sports teams.

  • Brenton Ward, MD
    General Surgeon
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