Jacob Stephenson, M.D.

Jacob T. Stephenson, M.D.


Pediatric Surgery


  • Volunteer Clinical Professor of Surgery


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Cannery Building

3301 C St., Suite 1100
Sacramento, CA 95816
Driving Directions

Primary Phone:

Shriners Hospital for Children

2425 Stockton Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95817
Driving Directions

Primary Phone:
800-2-UCDAVIS (800-282-3284)

Additional Phone Numbers

Physician Referrals: 800-4-UCDAVIS (800-482-3284)

Philosophy of Care

Dr. Stephenson views his role as a pediatric surgeon as a distinct honor to engage with a family through what is often their most vulnerable time.  He is glad to be a part of a team at UC Davis Children's Hospital that focuses on family-centered care throughout the continuum of surgical treatment.

Clinical Interests

Dr. Stephenson practices full-spectrum pediatric general & thoracic surgery, with an interest in minimally invasive approaches to surgical care.  He is an active duty Air Force surgeon with skills in trauma care for children and young adults and has a special interest in providing care for under-served children in the California central valley and around the world.  

Research/Academic Interests

Dr. Stephenson is actively involved in surgical education through the UC Davis surgical residency and through the PAACS organization which trains African surgeons at residency programs throughout Africa.  Ongoing clinical research projects include improving colorectal care for children, trauma management, and building global health capacity.  


Pediatric Surgery

Center/Program Affiliation

UC Davis Children's Hospital
Trauma Program


M.D., University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio TX 2003

B.A., Schreiner College, Kerrville TX 1998

Internship: General Surgery, David Grant Medical Center, Travis AFB 2003-2004


General Surgery, UC Davis Medical Center, Sacramento CA 2004-2009


Fetal Surgery Research, UC San Francisco, San Francisco CA 2006-2007

Pediatric Surgery, Seattle Children's Hospital, Seattle WA 2009-2011

Board Certifications

American Board of Surgery - General Surgery, 2010

American Board of Surgery - Pediatric Surgery, 2012

Professional Memberships

American Academy of Pediatrics- Fellow

American College of Surgeons-Fellow

American Pediatric Surgical Association

International Pediatric Endosurgery Group

Honors and Awards

Arnold P Gold Humanism in Medicine Award of the Military Health System, 2014

Select Recent Publications

McAteer J, Stephenson J, Ricca R, Waldhausen JH, Gow KW. “Intradiaphragmatic pulmonary sequestration: advantages of the thoracoscopic approach.” J Pediatr Surg. 2012 Aug; 47(8):1607-10.

Aarabi S, Stephenson J, Christie DL, Javid PJ. “Noningested intraperitoneal foreign body causing chronic abdominal pain: a role for laparoscopy in the diagnosis.” J Pediatr Surg. 2012 Feb; 47(2):e15-17.

Stephenson JT, Song K, Mesher A, Avansino J, Waldhausen J. “Novel titanium constructs for chest wall reconstruction in children.” J Pediatr Surg. 2011 May;46(5):1005-10.

Stephenson J, Gow K, Meehan J, Hawkins D, Avansino J. “Ewing sarcoma/primitive neuroectodermal tumor arising from the adrenal gland in an adolescent.” Pediatric Blood & Cancer. Pediatr Blood Cancer. 2011 Oct;57(4):691-2. doi: 10.1002/pbc.23034. Epub 2011 Jun 16.

Pichakron KO, Jelin EB, Hirose S, Curran PF, Jamshidi R, Stephenson JT, Fecter R, Strange M, Harrison MR. “Magnamosis II: Magnetic compression anastomosis for minimally invasive gastrojejunostomy and jejunojejunostomy.” J American College of Surgeons. 2011 Jan; 212(1): 42-49.

Bradley T, Stephenson J, Drugas G, Avansion JR. “Laparoscopic management of neonatal paraesophageal hernia with intrathoracic gastric volvulus.” J Pediatr Surg. 2010 Aug; 45(8): E21-3.

Kurpinski KT, Stephenson JT, Janairo RR, Lee H, Li S. “The effect of fiber alignment and heparin coating on cell infiltration into nanofibrous PLLA scaffolds.” Biomaterials. 2010 May; 31(13): 3536-3542.

Stephenson JT, Nobuhara KK, et al. “In utero repair of gastroschisis in the sheep (Ovis aries) model.” J Pediatric Surgery. 2010 Jan; 45(1): 65-69.

Jamshidi R, Stephenson JT, Harrison M. “Magnamosis: magnetic compression anastomosis with comparison to suture and staple techniques.” J Pediatric Surgery. 2009 Jan; 44(1): 222-8.

Stephenson JT, Du Bois JJ. “Compressive orthotic bracing in the treatment of pectus carinatum: The use of radiographic markers to predict success.” J Pediatric Surgery. 2008 Oct; 43(10): 1776-80.