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J. Douglas  Kirk

Clinical Interests

J. Douglas Kirk, M.D. is Chief Medical Officer of UC Davis Medical Center, a 619-bed acute-care teaching hospital in Sacramento, California. He has a broad portfolio of responsibilities, including leading and directing the professional portion of the clinical delivery system between the medical center and its partner medical staff organization. He serves as a liaison to the self-governed medical staff, as well as the senior officer in the medical center for patient safety and quality, and also oversees the medical center’s licensure and accreditation functions.

Dr. Kirk represents the medical center on UC Health’s system-wide panel of five medical centers and on the Chief Medical Officer Group of the University Health System Consortium, a national team of medical leaders influencing quality improvement in U.S. academic medical centers.

Dr. Kirk joined the UC Davis Department of Emergency Medicine in 1991 and has served as Vice Chair of Clinical Operations and Medical Director of the Chest Pain Evaluation Unit.

Research/Academic Interests

An accomplished physician and scientist, Dr. Kirk has been an investigator for numerous clinical trials and has authored more than 150 journal articles, book chapters and abstracts on emergency cardiovascular care.


Chief Medical Officer, UC Davis Medical Center


Emergency Medicine


UC Davis Medical Center
Clinical Affairs
2300 Stockton Blvd., Suite 2600
Sacramento, CA 95817
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M.D., Marshall University School of Medicine, Huntington, West Virginia, 1988


UC Davis Medical Center, Sacramento, California, 1988-1991

Board Certifications:

American Board of Emergency Medicine, 2006
American Board of Internal Medicine, 2001

Professional Memberships:

American College of Emergency Physicians
American College of Physicians
Society for Academic Emergency Medicine
To see if J. Douglas Kirk is accepting new patients, or for assistance finding a UC Davis doctor, please call 800-2-UCDAVIS (800-282-3284).