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Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

Philip R. Wolinsky, M.D. View profile as PDF

Clinical Interests

Dr. Wolinsky specializes in orthopaedic trauma. His clinical interests include long-bone fractures, patients with multiple injuries, post-fracture reconstruction, and infections. 

Research/Academic Interests

Dr. Wolinsky's research focuses on the biomechanics of internal and external fixation devices.


Vice Chair and Chief- Trauma Services


Orthopaedic Surgery - Trauma


Orthopaedic Surgery


Orthopaedic Surgery


Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center
Orthopaedic Surgery
4860 Y St., 3800 & 1700 (Clinic)
Sacramento, CA 95817
Driving Directions
Phone: 916-734-2700
Phone: 916-734-0171

Additional Phone:

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


M.D., New York University School of Medicine, New York City, New York, 1987
B.A., Columbia University, New York City, New York, 1983


New York University, Bellevue Medical Center, New York, CA, 1988


New York University, Bellevue Medical Center, New York City, New York, 1992
Stony Brook Medical Center, Stony Brook, New York, 1989


Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, Tennessee, 1993

Board Certifications:

American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, 2009

Professional Memberships:

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
American College of Surgeons
American Orthopaedic Association
AO North America Teaching Faculty
Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma
Foundation for Orthopedic Trauma
Orthopaedic Trauma Association
Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society
Vanderbilt Orthopaedic Society

Select Honors and Awards:

Dean's Team Award for Excellence for Trauma Specialty in Critical Care, 2014

Grand Marshall- UC Davis School of Medicine Commencement Exercises, 2014

Achievement Award by American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, 2014

Making a Difference Award, ACC National Surgical Quality Improvement Program, 2013

Select Recent Publications:

Lowe JA, Tejwani N, Yoo B, Wolinsky P. Surgical techniques for complex proximal tibial fractures. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2011 Aug 17;93(16):1548-59.

Min W, Wolinsky PR. The dedicated orthopedic trauma operating room. J Trauma. 2011 Aug;71(2):513-5.

Koenig SJ, Tornetta P 3rd, Merlin G, Bogdan Y, Egol KA, Ostrum RF, Wolinsky PR. Can We Tell if the Syndesmosis Is Reduced Using Fluoroscopy? J Orthop Trauma. 2015 Sep;29(9):e326-30.

onyun M, Nauth A, Egol KA, Gardner MJ, Kregor PJ, McKee MD, Wolinsky PR, Schemitsch EH. Hot topics in biomechanically directed fracture fixation. J Orthop Trauma. 2014;28.

Forsh DA, Amanantullah DF, Coleman S & Wolinsky PR. The financial impact of the loss of county indigent patient funding on a single orthopedic trauma surgery service. The J of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery, 2014;76(2): 529-33.

Tejwani N, Polonet D, Wolinsky PR. Controversies in the intramedullary nailing of proximal and distal tibia fractures. The J of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, 2014;22(10): 665-73.

Lowe JA, Min W, Lee MA, Wolinsky PR. Risk of injury to the superior gluteal nerve when using a proximal incision for insertion of a piriformis-entry reamed femoral intramedullary nail: A cadaveric study. The J of Bone and Joint Surgery. American volume, 2012;94(15): 1416-9.

Roberts JW, Libet LA, Wolinsky PR. Who is in danger? Impingement and penetration of the anterior cortex of the distal femur during intramedullary nailing of proximal femur fractures: Preoperatively measurable risk factors. The J of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery, 2012;73(1): 249-54.

Amanatullah DF, McDonald E, Shellito A, Lafazan S, Cortes A, Curtiss S, Wolinsky PR. Effect of mini-fragment fixation on the stabilization of medial malleolus fractures. The J of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery, 2012;72(4): 948-53.

Amanatullah DF, Khan SN, Curtiss S, Wolinsky PR. Effect of divergent screw fixation in vertical medial malleolus fractures. The J of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery, 2012;72(3): 751-4.

To see if Philip R. Wolinsky is accepting new patients, or for assistance finding a UC Davis doctor, please call 800-2-UCDAVIS (800-282-3284).