David Leshikar, M.D.

David E. Leshikar, M.D.

Department

Surgery

Title

  • Assistant Professor
  • Associate Program Director, General Surgery Residency and Surgical Critical Care Fellowship

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UC Davis Medical Center

2315 Stockton Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95817
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Primary Phone:
800-2-UCDAVIS (800-282-3284)

UC Davis Medical Center - Cypress Building

2221 Stockton Blvd., Suite E
Sacramento, CA 95817
Driving Directions

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

Additional Phone Numbers

Clinic Fax: 916-734-7755
Physician Referrals: 800-4-UCDAVIS (800-482-3284)

Philosophy of Care

I believe in taking care of patients as if they were my own family member. I recognize that many patients are hesitant about having surgery and I think it is crucial to have a thorough discussion covering the indications, risks and benefits of an operation before proceeding. I believe that it is critically important that we provide the best possible care to each and every patient that comes through our door. Residents play a big part in the care that we provide at UC Davis and I encourage their participation in treating all patients.

Clinical Interests

Dr. Leshikar is a general surgeon who specializes in Trauma Surgery and Surgical Critical Care. He primarily works in the inpatient setting caring for patients with complex injuries and those who require emergency general surgery operations. In addition to trauma surgery, he sees patients in clinic who require hernia surgery, including abdominal wall reconstruction.

Research/Academic Interests

Dr. Leshikar believes strongly in the importance of education and learning in the hospital. He serves as the Associate Program Director of both the General Surgery Residency and the Surgical Critical Care Fellowship where he helps design the trainee's curriculum and prepare them to ultimately take excellent care of their patients. He is also involved in teaching medical students and nursing education to help reinforce the strong teamwork atmosphere that we have at UC Davis. 

Division

Division of Trauma, Acute Care Surgery and Surgical Critical Care

Center/Program Affiliation

Trauma Program

Education

M.D., University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, Dallas TX 2009

B.S., University of Texas, Austin TX 2004

Internship: General Surgery, UC Davis Medical Center, Sacramento CA 2009-2010

Residency

General Surgery, UC Davis Medical Center, Sacramento CA 2010-2015

Fellowships

Surgical Critical Care, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas TX 2015-2016

Board Certifications

American Board of Surgery - General Surgery,

American Board of Surgery - Surgical Critical Care,

Professional Memberships

Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, UC Davis School of Medicine Chapter

American College of Surgeons, Fellow

UC Davis Surgical Association, President

Western Trauma Association, Member Initiate

Honors and Awards

Outstanding Faculty Member in a Teaching Capacity, UC Davis, 2019

Chief of Staff Award, UC Davis, 2019

Faculty: Outstanding Leadership In and Outside of the Operating Room, UC Davis, 2018

Outstanding Faculty Member in a Teaching Capacity, UC Davis, 2018

Resident and Faculty: Outstanding Leadership In and Outside of the Operating Room, UC Davis Department of Surgery, 2015

Outstanding Resident and Role Model in a Teaching Capacity, UC Davis Department of Surgery, 2015

Outstanding Intern, UC Davis Department of Surgery, 2010

University Honors, University of Texas at Austin, 2000, 2001, 2002

Select Recent Publications

Guenther T, Chen S, Wozniak C, Leshikar D. Fatal cardiac injury sustained from an air gun: Case report with review of the literature. Int J Surg Case Rep. 2020;70:133-136. Published online 2020 May 11. doi:10.1016/j.ijscr.2020.04.039.

Phares A, Sauder CA, Salcedo ES, Leshikar DE, Irwin C, Middleton G, Phan HH. Timing of Surgery and Internal Medicine Clerkships and Shelf Examination Scores. J Surg Res. 2019 Dec;244:456-459. doi:10.1016/j.jss.2019.06.085. Epub 2019 Jul 19.

Marrufo AS, Boyd WD, Leshikar DE. Minimally invasive surgical management of penetrating chest injury from kinetic impact bean bag projectile. Trauma Case Reports. 2019 Aug;22:100210. Published online 2019 Jun 28. doi:10.1016/j.tcr.2019.100210.

Abdelfattah KR, Spalding MC, Leshikar D, Gardner AK. Team-based simulations for new surgeons: Does early and often make a difference? Surgery. 2018 Apr;163(4):912-915. doi:10.1016/j.surg.2017.11.005. Epub 2017 Dec 8.

Madni TD, Leshikar DE, Minshall TC, Nakonezny P, Cornelius CC, Imran JB, Clark AT, Williams BH, Eastman AL, Minei JP, Phelan HA, Cripps MW. The Parkland Grading Scale for Acute Cholecystitis. Am J Surg. 2018 Apr;215(4):625-630. doi:10.1016/j.amjsurg.2017.05.017. Epub 2017 Jun 6.

Cocanour CS, Leshikar DE, Salcedo ES. Trauma in Pregnancy. In Moore, Feliciano and Mattox (eds). Trauma, 8th Edition, New York: McGraw Hill Medical. 2017 May;37.

Carden AJ, Salcedo ES, Leshikar DE, Utter GH, Wilson MD, Galante JM. Randomized controlled trial comparing dynamic simulation with static simulation in trauma. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2016 May;80(5):748-53; discussion 753-4.

Leshikar DE, Pierce JL, Salcedo ES, Bola G, Galante JM. Do more with less: a surgery directed institutional model for resident central line training. Am J Surg. 2014 Feb;207(2):243-50.