Welcome to the Department of Surgery

The Department of Surgery encompasses a wide variety of surgical specialties. These include bariatric and metabolic surgery, burn surgery, colorectal surgery, cardiac surgery,  endocrine surgery, cardiothoracic surgery,  gastrointestinal surgery, general thoracic surgery, hepatobiliary surgery, oncologic surgery,  pediatric surgery, plastic surgery, transplant surgery, traumaacute care and surgical critical care surgery,  vascular surgery, and oncologic surgery. The department's extensive surgical expertise, in combination with ongoing teaching and research activities, provide ample resources and advanced surgical techniques for patient care.

Statement of Commitment to Diversity

The UC Davis Department of Surgery is strongly committed to cultivating and preserving a culture that maintains a working and learning environment that is welcoming and supportive of people from all backgrounds. Our mission is to promote an environment that upholds dignity and respect for the many differences that make our department exceptional including race, ethnicity, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, disability, and age. We have an unwavering dedication to fostering an environment of equity, inclusion, and diversity for the members of our faculty, our trainees, our team members, and most importantly, our patients.

We are dedicated to continuing the legacy once established by Dr. Claude H. Organ, former UC Davis East Bay Surgery Department Chair and Dr. Bill Blaisdell, former UC Davis Chair of Surgery. They believed that their greatest professional achievement was being able to pass down knowledge to many younger generations of surgeons. They encouraged diversity and inclusion in the field of surgery and were instrumental in promoting the advancement of women and underrepresented minorities. Decades later, progress has been made but much more needs to be done.

Sacramento is one of the most racially and ethnically diverse cities within the United States. As a department, we denounce sexism, racism, homophobia and discrimination in any form, and mitigate implicit biases, as these factors propagate health disparities and undermine public health. We will continue to invest in our students, trainees, faculty and staff in a commitment to eliminate inequities and structural racism and sexism in healthcare and academia.

Callcut managing possible treatment for severe respiratory failure, a COVID-19 complication

Palmieri explains how burn injuries are occurring in kitchens during pandemic - Washington Post Article

Rare set of conjoined twins successfully separated in 24-hour surgery by Wong and team

Congratulations to Dr. Cooke on his induction into the American College of Surgeons Academy of Master Surgeon Educators

UC Davis surgeons on track to do record number of kidney transplants in 2020

Registration OPEN for Virtual General Surgery Residency Program Information Session

Jurkovich honored as Distinguished Professor

Godoy joins the Section of General Thoracic Surgery

Cooke accepted as Associate Member in American College of Surgeons Academy of Master Surgeon Educators

Bold discusses Pancreatic Cancer with Sacramento's KCRA 3 News

Chen now Board Certified Medical Illustrator

Humphries accepted to iASPIRE leadership program

Callcut nominated for appointment as Acting Chief Research Informatics Officer

Congratulations to Christina Theodorou on receiving the 2020 Outstanding Teaching Award for Resident Medical Staff!

Pu highlighted in article "Complex Surgery by multispecialty UC Davis team"

Carcamo to speak at UC Davis School of Medicine Class of 2020 Virtual Commencement Graduation

AAMC.org article: Medical school graduation 2020: Some pomp under unusual circumstances

'A Global Effort': Public Health, Medicine, and International Education in the Time of COVID-19

Mell elected to membership in American Surgical Association

Brown featured by Women in Thoracic Surgery

Halabi American Society of Colon & Rectal Surgeons Spotlight

Gholami awarded Association for Academic Surgery's 2020 Roslyn Faculty Award

Troppmann finishes her tenure as UCD Quarter Century Club President

Chancellor May awards Prof Wang as 2019-2020 Chancellor Fellow

Dr Lee L.Q. Pu Israel visit highlighted in 2019 ISAPS News Article

Department of Surgery faculty featured in Sacramento Magazine's Top Docs 2019

Farmer elected to ACS Board of Regents

Congratulations to our Clinician Health and Wellbeing Award recipients

2019 Breast Reconstruction Awareness Day October 16

Chief of Vascular Surgery Mell Facebook Live Conversation

Gholami 2020 recipient of Association of Women Surgeons Fellowship Grant

Congratulations to Clark for recent Annals of Surgery publication

New Surgery Faculty 2019

In memoriam: Herbert A. Berkoff

Perez and Transplant team highlighted in KVIE Donate Life Visual Arts Contest video

2019 STS Political Advocacy Scholarship Awarded to Sarkeshik

Bold named Physician-in-Chief of UCD Comprehensive Cancer Center

Godoy awarded AATS Foundation Surgical Robotics Fellowship

UC Davis Schools of Medicine and Nursing receive high national rankings by U.S. News

Canter clinical trial in cancer immunotherapy for Osteosarcoma and Melanoma highlighted in 2019 NCI DCTD Newsletter

Pu highlighted in 2019 American Society of Plastic Surgeons Newsletter for Face Transplant Procedure

2019 Department of Surgery Match Day Welcomes our New Housestaff Resident Officers!

Godoy highlighted in Univision video special "Surgeon, at Heart"

Potential long term treatment of hemophilia with stem cell-mediated gene therapy paper recently published

Pu highlighted in International Society ISAPS visiting professor to Korea program

New carotid artery disease treatment reduces stroke risk

Cardiothoracic surgery team brings advanced heart care to Mexico

UC Davis scientist and surgeon team take on pancreatic cancer with SU2C grant

Manja research thesis paper now on BMJ

Thoracic Surgery Faculty named 2018 Top Doctors by Sacramento Magazine

Sherazee & Xiong selected for 2019 Society of Thoracic Surgeons Looking to the Future Scholarship

CIRM grant awarded to Farmer and Wang team for Spina Bifida research

Galante inaugurated as Associate Member in ACS Academy of Master Surgeon Educators

Mastectomy and Breast Reconstruction Patient Testimonial - Plastic Surgery

Tsurutani selected for ASMBS CBN Item Writing Task Force

UC Davis Transplant Center milestone: 4,000th kidney transplant

Distinguished Lecturer Series - Neurodevelopmental Risk Factors for Autism

ACS: Women at Helm of ACS Charting Course to Gender Equity

Farkas selected as nominee to serve on Commission on Cancer

USNews ranks UC Davis High Performing for Lung Cancer Surgery third year in a row

Salcedo appointed Program Director for General Surgery Residency

2018 Dean’s Fellowship in Entrepreneurship Awarded to Dr. Wang

Cooke New Vice Chair for Faculty Development

Generao abstract accepted at Society for Advanced Wound Care

2018 STS Political Advocacy Scholarship awarded to Sarkeshik

Kirane awarded Paul Calabresi Clinical Oncology K12 Scholarship

Wong President of the California Society of Plastic Surgeons

Rahm highlighted for successful Pediatric Heart Surgery

Deans Award for Excellence awarded to Canter, Cooke, and Hirose

Welcome Dr. Mell as New Vascular Center Director and Chief of Vascular Surgery

2018 CHPR Seminar Series presenters to include Department of Surgery Researchers

15th Annual UC Davis Nephrology and Transplantation Conference April 6, 2018 Pre-Registration

Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education 2018 keynote speaker Braxton a success

Trauma Surgeons meet in Washington for National Trauma Research Action Plan

Video: 2018 Roundtable Discussion: Diversity in Cardiothoracic Surgery feat Cooke and Godoy

Brown Awarded UC Davis Clinical and Translational Science Center KL2 Program Scholarship

Video: 2018 Roundtable Discussion: How the Opioid Crisis Is Affecting Cardiothoracic Surgery

Cooke To Receive Watkins Scholarship Award

Godoy Selected Into Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society

New Vascular Ultrasound Registry Launched, Co-Chaired by Dawson

2018 Society of Thoracic Surgeons Looking to the Future Scholarship awarded to Clark

The Department of Surgery Welcomes Kathleen Romanowski, MD

ASPS awards Sahar and Plastic Team "Best of the Best" Award

15th Annual Bariatric Fashion Show Friday, January 26, 2018 - CLICK FOR DETAILS

2018 Society of Thoracic Surgeons Looking to the Future Scholarship awarded to Chen

Thanks to all attendees of The 5th Annual Women in Surgery "Pinot and Pearls" event hosted by Farmer

Farmer's 2017 American College of Surgeon recognition now in the ACS October Publication

SF Chronicle: Palmieri and Burn Team highlighted for treatment and care of bay area burn patients

Brown joins American Lung Association as Review Panel Member

Canter Awarded 2017 National Cancer Institute's Cancer Moonshot Grant

The 2017 Alliance For Global Clinical Training Newsletter

2017 US News High Performing Award to Colorectal Team

Godoy in 10th Annual Thoracic Surgery Directors Association

2017 STS Advocacy Scholarship awarded to Sarkeshik

Please Welcome New Faculty To Our Team

Lloyd Co-Chair for Octobers National Academy of Sciences Workshop

Campbell releases new study on rare adrenal tumors

D.Farmer, A.Wang and team take major step toward curing Spina Bifida with Stem Cell Treatment

Canter and team study show radiation therapy before sarcoma surgery have higher success rate

Congrats to CT Surgery Team Ranked High Performing for 2017 US News Best Hospitals

How UC Davis Surgical Team Saved Mom, Baby's Life Without Blood Transfusion

Sahar, Bailey and team given 2017 Sandia Engineering Design Award

Best Overall Paper Award to Charvet’s presentation of research with Sahar and lab

Farmer recognized as ACS's 2017 Scientific Forum Dedicatee

The national accreditation program for rectal cancer

David receives Paul Calabresi Clinical Oncology K12 Award

Lloyd selected for Dean's Award for Excellence in Research

Godoy selected for 2017 Outstanding Teaching Award, Resident Medical Staff

Campbell authors editorial on primary hyperparathyroidism for JAMA

Campbell presents new study on rare adrenal tumors in Orlando, FL

Successful 2017 ABA meeting

David recipient of UCDCCC Landgraf award

Surgeon publishes book on effective uses of skin flaps in complex reconstructions

Spotlight: Miriam Nuño, Ph.D.

Brown receives the Carolyn Reed Award for 2017

Dean's Team Award for Excellence in Research

Farmer elected to leadership role with the American College of Surgeons

Two junior faculty selected as research grant recipients

Surgery physicians named "Top Docs" in Sacramento Magazine

UC Davis Surgeons attend first plastic surgery symposium in Cuba

Becker wins No Cal ACS COT paper competition

Blaker receives the Army Commendation Medal for service

Young honored for international humanitarian efforts

Bateni manuscript on surgery in disseminated cancer patients accepted for publication in PLOS One

Russo honored as Elks alum of the year

Scholarship recipient to advance the use of a patient engagement app for chest-surgery patients

Perez semi-finalist for ODRC/AOPO award

Humphries recipient of SVS Research Career Development Travel Award

Vanover selected for GME High Value Care Competition Award

NIH renews knockout mouse project

Braxton selected to serve on ACGME advisory group

Orbay receives UC Davis Postdoctoral Scholars Association Travel Award

Izquierdo wins in Resident Presentation Competition, NW Society of Colon & Rectal Surgeons

Patel receives 2016 UCDMC Resident Professionalism Award

Greenhalgh to lead study of burn shock treatment

Farmer recipient of Nina Starr Braunwald award

Cooke inducted into AATS

Farmer inducted as president of American Pediatric Surgical Association

David's new lung cancer study published

Perez to speak at White House Organ Summit June 13

Hedayati Recipient of 2016 SVS Women's Leadership Training Grant

Orbay receives UC Davis Committee on Research Grant

Greenhalgh awarded DoD funding

FIRST reflections: Impact of ACGME duty hours on CT practitioners

UC Davis Section of General Thoracic Surgery and Core Mobile Inc. Announce Thoracic Surgery Patient Engagement Scholarship

Goodman receives 2016-17 Fulbright Grant

Orbay wins research award

Successful ABA Meeting

Brown selected to participate in AATS Leadership Academy

Winners announced, 27th Annual Research Symposium

Pu inducted as fellow of American Surgical Association

Canter receives SSO Clinical Investigator Award

Russo wins first place in trauma paper competition ACS COT

Perry and Hashimi CTSNet Resident Video Competition Winners

Palma and Kabagambe presented at AST

Wang receives a research grant from the Veterinary Institute for Regenerative Cures (VIRC)

Cooke selected to receive 2015 Dean's Award for Excellence in Mentoring

Spotlight: Gregory J. Jurkovich, M.D.

Russo paper selected for presentation at ACS COT

Keller presents at the 29th EAST Annual Scientific Assembly

Surgery welcomes three new faculty and surgery clinic nurse manager

Tibbits selected as 2016 Women in Thoracic Surgery Scholarship recipient

David receives the Carolyn Reed Award for 2016

Wang receives a research grant from the March of Dimes Foundation

Breast Cancer Patient Education Act becomes law

Wang receives 2016 Interdepartmental Seed Grant

Pu serves as course director at international forum

Ali receives ASMBS research grant

New books by Pu focus on fat grafting in plastic surgery

Farmer, Hirose, featured in UC Davis Medicine

2015-2016 Best Doctors in America®, Sacramento Magazine

Transplant featured on Project Thank You, Discovery Family Channel 

Lee, Section of Endocrine Surgery release study that examines EBRT role

Farmer elected to leadership position with the American College of Surgeons

Goodman selected for ACS Scholarship

Cancer Center's lung cancer specialists attend Best of WCLC

Cooke named chair of ACS Advisory Council for Cardiothoracic Surgery

Shatz selected as EMS Medical Director of the Year

Lloyd awarded NIH grant

Davidson awarded grant for study

Russo awarded grant for study

Greenhalgh to receive Alan and Delwyn Breslau Award

New UC Davis study finds many adrenal tumors are never properly evaluated

Anderson to present at ACS annual meeting

Please welcome new faculty to our team

New vascular ultrasound book published, 10 UC Davis contributors

Wisner appointed Associate Dean of Clinical Affairs

UC Davis vascular surgeon appears on The CBS Evening News

Salcedo named new Surgical Director for the CVC

Amaral Intuitive Surgical Robotics Fellowship recipient

FFBI Regional Burn Center receives thank you

Wang awarded Science Translation and Innovative Research (STAIR) grant

Cancer Center selected for Innovation grant

Cooke elected to membership in prestigious AATS

Surgery resident updates

New book by Pu focuses on plastic surgery in Asians

Behind the Knife podcast featuring Dr. Farmer

UC Davis nurses, physicians featured prominently at ABA annual meeting

Pu presents at international symposiums

Bent Robinson awarded AATS Summer Intern Scholarship

Sen receives UTMB/ USMRAA grant

David admitted to MCRTP

UC Davis surgeons deliver key Western Trauma Association addresses

Cancer surgery goes live on Twitter

Russo awarded grant to fund hemothorax study

Dhillon inducted into AOA Honor Medical Society

Dean's Award for Excellence

Surgery nurses with specialty certifications

Woloszyn wins first prize in PCSA resident competition

Anderson wins Resident Award at NCBC Conference

Awards and Achievements in Surgery

Cooke receives 2015 Alumni Award – Excellence in Achievement

Campbell presents at ENDO 2015

Vascular Care and Strandness Symposium was a success

Young awarded TSFRE/Edwards Lifesciences Foundation Every Heartbeat Matters Award

Cooke awarded PCORI Tier II Pipeline to Proposal Award

Health system community welcome to Feb. 10 grand round: "A Brit Abroad"

Health-care leaders participate in American College of Surgeons forum in Sacramento

Surgery congratulates colleagues on research accomplishments

Hundahl highlights UC Davis collaboration for major joint federal health programs

Utter part of team awarded contract for "Analytic Enhancement of the AHRQ Quality Indicators"

In utero stem cell transplantation research highlighted as "Best of ASH" 2014

Dhillon wins resident paper competition

Shatz receives grant funding from Merck, Sharp & Dohme Corp.

Young publishes his model for medical humanitarian aid

Guevara joins Surgical Oncology

Fetal surgeons at UC Davis are repairing birth defects in babies — before their patients are even born (Comstock's)

New Research Center Aims to Develop Second Generation of Surgical Robots (The New York Times)

Khatri named to board of Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society

Study shows that surgeons need to prepare some thryroidectomy patients for possible cancer diagnosis

Pevec to lead Western Vascular Society

What is liposarcoma? Matt Galloway of CBC/Radio Canada speaks with Dr. Robert Canter

Shinjiro Hirose, M.D. joins Pediatric Surgery

ASPS Plastic Surgery News presents Pu in the Surgeon Spotlight

Wisner selected as Associate Director of the Practice Management Board

Bold authors study on pancreatic surgery and hospital costs

Canter authors study on RVUs and outcomes in general surgery

Sahar invited speaker at University of Texas Health Science Center

Khatri receives MBA with help from health system scholarship

Aijun Wang, Ph.D. awarded 2014 Children’s Miracle Network grant

Junichiro Sageshima, M.D. joins the Division of Transplant Surgery

David Cooke, M.D., honored at esophageal cancer fundraiser

[Perspectives] Diana Farmer: pioneer of fetal surgery

Dhillon selected for 2014 Outstanding Teaching Award, Resident Medical Staff

Galante named chief of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery

Cocanour and Shatz elected as WTA officers

Farmer receives 2013 Dean's Award for Excellence in Mentoring

Bold receives 2013 Dean's Excellence Award

Cooke receives Pipeline to Proposals Award

Campbell lead author on new multi-institutional, international study

Troppmann appointed Associate Editor for the Journal of Surgical Research

Nationally know specialists, 2013 Best Doctors

Lloyd elected as AAAS fellow

Khatri appointed as Medical Director-Clinical Resource Utilization Management

Amy L. Rahm M.D. joins the Department of Surgery

Khatri named Editor-in-Chief of Surgical Oncology journal

Michael J. Campbell M.D. joins the Department of Surgery

Aaron D. Carr, M.D. joins the Department of Surgery

Benson Won, M.P.H., CAO for the Department of Surgery

Young selected for national surgery education advisory board

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