Rachel Hight, M.D.

Rachel Ann Hight, M.D.


  • Assistant Professor of Surgery, Division of Trauma
  • Military Volunteer Clinical Faculty


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UC Davis Medical Center

2315 Stockton Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95817
Driving Directions

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

Additional Phone Numbers

Phone: 916-734-2680
Physician Referrals: 800-4-UCDAVIS (800-482-3284)

Philosophy of Care

Dr. Hight strives to treat all her patients as well as she would want her own family members treated, and helps to foster this same focus in her surgical teams.  She has a particular interest in helping people develop their greatest potential.

Clinical Interests

LtCol Rachel Hight is an Active Duty United States Air Force trauma surgeon, assigned at David Grant Medical Center (DGMC) at Travis Air Force Base, California. She is part of a unique military-civilian trauma collaboration between DGMC and UC Davis Medical Center.  

This arrangement helps military surgeons keep their trauma skills sharp for operational deployments and provides an avenue for military surgeons to bring the battlefield "lessons learned" to the civilian sector for incorporation with innovative trauma research, education, and training initiatives.

Research/Academic Interests

Dr. Hight's interests center on trauma resuscitation, regenerative tissue research for repair of traumatic injuries, communication and education in surgical teams, and surgical technical skills training.  

At DGMC, she runs the ATLS program and also trains the Western Region USAF Pararescue teams in tactical trauma and surgical management skills.  Her favorite teaching environment is with small groups in a hands' on learning experience.


General Surgery
Division of Trauma, Acute Care Surgery and Surgical Critical Care

Center/Program Affiliation

Trauma Program


M.D., Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda MD 1998

General Surgery, Keesler Medical Center, Keesler AFBm MS 1998-1999

General Surgery, Keelser Medical Center, Keesler AFB, MS 1999-2003

United States Air Force Academy 1994


Surgical Critical Care, University of Cincinnati Medical Center, Cincinnati OH 2008-2009

Board Certifications

American Board of Surgery - General Surgery, 2013

American Board of Surgery - Surgical Critical Care,

Professional Memberships

American College of Surgeons-Fellow

Association of Academic Surgery

Association of Military Surgeons of the United States

Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma

Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons

Society of Critical Care Medicine

United States Air Force Academy Association of Graduates

Honors and Awards

Outstanding Faculty Educator, UC Davis Medical Center, 2014

Bronze Star, United States Air Force,

Meritorious Service Medal, United States Air Force,

Afghanistan Campaign medal, United States Air Force,

NATO ISAF medal, United States Air Force,

Global War on Terrorism medal, United States Air Force,

Select Recent Publications

Hines, Jeffrey F; Thomas, Angelyn R; Call, Rachel; Satin, Andrew J; Et al. “Development and use of military-unique standardized gynecology patients in military undergraduate medical education.” Military Medicine. April 1, 1999.