David E. Leshikar, M.D.
Surgical Critical Care
- Assistant Professor
- Associate Program Director, General Surgery Residency and Surgical Critical Care Fellowship
UC Davis Medical Center
2315 Stockton Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95817
UC Davis Medical Center - Cypress Building
2221 Stockton Blvd., Suite E
Sacramento, CA 95817
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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.
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.
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.
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
General Surgery, UC Davis Medical Center, Sacramento CA 2010-2015
Surgical Critical Care, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas TX 2015-2016
American Board of Surgery - General Surgery,
American Board of Surgery - Surgical Critical Care,
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.