Welcome to the Department of Surgery

The UC Davis Department of Surgery is among the highly respected surgical programs in the nation, with a strong legacy of clinical, scientific, and academic accomplishments. Our internationally recognized surgeons are at the forefront of pioneering innovative ways to advance surgical treatments and improve patient outcomes. Our efforts are echoed through our nationally ranked surgical research and clinical programs.  We are committed to delivering world-class patient care and are passionate about training and educating the next generation of surgeon scientists and leaders. 

The department is comprised 11 divisions, which encompass a wide variety of surgical specialties, centers and programs. Our surgical specialties include bariatric and metabolic surgery, burn surgery, colorectal surgery, cardiac surgery, endocrine surgery, gastrointestinal surgery, general thoracic surgery, hepatobiliary surgery, oncologic surgery, pediatric surgery, plastic surgery, transplant surgery, trauma, acute care and surgical critical care surgery, vascular surgery, and oncologic surgery.

2020 Annual Report

Over the past year, the UC Davis Department of Surgery has continued to build on our proud history of clinical and academic achievement. Our 2020 Annual Report highlights some of the many examples of our ongoing commitment to excellence in clinical care, innovative research, and surgical education.  Click the link below to view our 2020 Annual Report.

2020 Annual Report 

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.

Anti-Asian Violence Statement

The shootings last week in the Atlanta area, which left eight people dead, are appalling. Six of those murdered were of Asian descent and seven were women. While details are still forthcoming, some reports indicate that the victims were targeted based on their perceived race and gender.

This tragedy highlights an escalating pattern of anti-Asian abuse and hate crimes that have been reported in our region and country over the past year and during this pandemic. We are deeply troubled by these attacks and by any aggression and violence based on one’s race, ethnicity, religion or gender.  These reprehensible acts, and the abhorrent sentiment behind them, go against our Department’s mission of supporting a diverse and inclusive community, and they must not and will not be tolerated.  We as a Department are dedicated to equity and inclusion, and we will continue to proudly support our Asian American Pacific Islander patients, faculty, trainees, staff and other colleagues.

If you have been the victim of discrimination or witness to such acts, please feel free to file a report using THIS (PDF) resource. This is a list of Health and Psychological resources that are available to students, staff, residents, and faculty.

Gholami highlighted in Oncology Times article on 3D Tumor Model Research

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

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