Ronald V. Maier M.D., F.A.C.S.

Ronald V. Maier M.D., F.A.C.S.

Specialties and Expertise

Colorectal Surgery, Emergency Medicine, Esophageal Surgery, Hernia, Pulmonary Disease, Surgery, Traumatology




Primary Location

General Surgery Clinic at Harborview

410 9th Ave., 7th Floor
Seattle, WA 98104
Phone: 206.520.5000|Map It 


Dr. Maier is the surgeon-in-chief of Harborview Medical Center and professor and vice-chair of surgery at the University of Washington. He is the Jane and Donald D. Trunkey professor of trauma surgery. He is an expert in trauma care, emergency general surgery and surgical critical care. He conducts research on clinical approaches to improve survival after severe injuries and following severe life-threatening surgical illness. He is also an expert in care and research of patients in the ICU with multiple organ failure and critical illness.

Dr. Maier earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Notre Dame and his M.D. from Duke University. He first came to the University of Washington to complete his general surgery residency. After a postdoctoral fellowship in immunopathology at the Scripps Research Foundation in La Jolla, CA, he returned to the University of Washington as an attending in surgeon. After 30 years as a faculty member, he is now the surgeon- in -chief of Harborview Medical Center. He is listed in ""The Best Doctors in America."" He is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and is board certified in surgery and surgical critical care. He is past-president of the Society of University Surgeon, the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma, the Surgical Infection Society, the Shock Society and the Halsted Society. In addition, he has served as chair of the American Board of Surgeon and the NIH Study Section for Surgery, Anesthesiology and Trauma. "

Patient Care Philosophy

I believe in proving the best and "cutting edge" care for both the elective operation and the critically ill surgical patient. My goal is to provide exceptional care without exception.

Personal Interests

I enjoy traveling with my wife, son and daughter. I both water and snow ski and enjoy bicycling.

Clinical Interests

Dr. Maier's primary clinical interests are in care of the multiple injured patient, and the severely ill patient from surgical disease, such as gall bladder stones, diverticulitis, perforated ulcers, bowel obstructions, appendicitis, intestinal ischemia and necrotizing soft tissue infections, such as "flesh eating bacterial infection". In addition, he performs numerous general surgical procedures such as laparoscopic Nissen procedures for hiatal hernias with reflux, gall bladder disease, colon cancer, hernias of all types and anal diseases, such as hemorrhoids, etc., along with other surgical processes.

Research Interests

Dr. Maier's research interests in the ICU are improvements in care for multiple organ failure, including lung, due to injury, sepsis or severe illness. He has studied the immunologic response to injury and sepsis and developed treatments to counteract the inappropriate response by the patient's body. He is also involved in the delivery of care, including development of trauma centers and systems.


Duke Univ. School of MedicineMedical education1973
Parkland Memorial HospitalInternshipSurgery
Scripps ClinicFellowshipImmunology
UW - Dept. of SurgeryResidencyGeneral Surgery


Board Certifications

American Board of SurgerySurgical Critical Care1987
American Board of SurgerySurgery1979
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