Christine Cocanour, M.D., F.A.C.S., F.C.C.M.

Christine S. Cocanour, M.D., F.A.C.S., F.C.C.M.


  • Professor of Surgery
  • Surgical Critical Care Fellowship Program Director
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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

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

Clinical Interests

Dr. Cocanour has clinical interests in trauma and critical care. Her research interests focus on trauma resuscitation, nosocomial infections in the ICU, gastric function following severe trauma and computerized decision support in the ICU.


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


M.D., University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1982

B.A., University of Toledo, Toledo, Ohio, 1977

B.S., University of Toledo, Toledo, Ohio, 1978


Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, 1983-1985

Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, 1986-1988


Dudley P. Allen Research Fellowship, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, 1985-1986

University of Texas Health System, Houston, Texas, 1988-1989

Board Certifications

American Board of Surgery, 2008

American Board of Surgery - Surgical Critical Care, 2008

Professional Memberships

American Association for the Surgery of Trauma

American College of Surgeons

College of Critical Care Medicine

Sacramento Surgical Society

Shock Society

Society of Critical Care Medicine

Southwestern Surgical Association

Surgical Infection Society

Western Surgical Association

Western Trauma Association

Honors and Awards

American Board of Surgery Associate Examiner, 2003

Memorial Hermann Hospital Certificate of Recognition, Physician of the Year, 2001

Presidential Citation Recipient, 30th International Educational and Scientific Symposium, Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM), 2001

Dean?s Teaching Excellence Award, 2001

American Board of Surgery Associate Examiner, 2001

Best Doctors in America 2008-2014,

Selected for inclusion in the Consumer Guide: ?Guide to America?s Top Surgeons?, 2004

Select Recent Publications

Donnelley M, Duby J, Cocanour CS.  Safety and efficacy of fidaxomicin in patients with Clostridium difficile infections.  Clinical Medicine Insights: Therapeutics.  2013:5 75-79.

Evans CH, Duby JJ, Berry AJ, Schermer CR, Cocanour CS.  Enteral albuterol decreases the need for chronotropic agents in patients with cervical spinal cord injury-induced bradycardia.  J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2014 Feb;76(2):297-302.

Feliciano DV, Moore EE, West MA, Moore FA, Davis JW, Cocanour CS, Scalea TM, McIntyre RC Jr.  Western Trauma Association critical decisions in trauma: evaluation and management of peripheral vascular injury, part II.  J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2013 Sep;75(3):391-7.

Smith R, Evans A, Adams C, Cocanour C, Dicker R.  Passing the torch:  evaluating exportability of a violence intervention program.  Am J Surg.  2013: 223-228

Michetti CP, Fakhry SM, Ferguson PL, Cook A, Moore FO, Gross R; AAST Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia Investigators.  Ventilator-associated pneumonia rates at major trauma centers compared with a national benchmark a multi-institutional study of the AAST.  J Trauma Acute Care Surg.  2012  May; 72(5):1165-73.

Scalea TM, DuBose J, Moore EE, West M, Moore FA, McIntyre R, Cocanour C, Davis J, Ochsner MG, Feliciano D.  Western Trauma Association critical decisions in trauma:  management of the mangled extremity.  J Trauma Acute Care Surg 2012 Jan; 72(1):86-93.

Cocanour CS. Best strategies in recurrent or persistent Clostridium difficile infection. Surg Infect (Larchmt). 2011 Jun;12(3):235-9. Epub 2011 Jul 18.

Kozar RA, Feliciano DV, Moore EE, Moore FA, Cocanour CS, West MA, Davis JW, McIntyre RC Jr. Western Trauma Association/critical decisions in trauma: operative management of adult blunt hepatic trauma. J Trauma. 2011 Jul;71(1):1-5.

Feliciano DV, Moore FA, Moore EE, West MA, Davis JW, Cocanour CS, Kozar RA, McIntyre RC Jr. Evaluation and management of peripheral vascular injury. Part 1. Western Trauma Association/critical decisions in trauma. J Trauma. 2011 Jun;70(6):1551-6.

Phan HH, Cocanour CS. Necrotizing soft tissue infections in the intensive care unit. Crit Care Med. 2010 Sep;38(9 Suppl):S460-8.

Todd SR, Cocanour CS. The Immunology of Trauma. In Ascensio JA, Trunkey DD, eds, Current Therapy of Trauma and Surgical Critical Care. Elsevier, 2008: 677-681