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Department of Surgery

David H. Wisner, M.D. View profile as PDF

David H. Wisner

Clinical Interests

Dr. Wisner is a sought-after national and international speaker on shock and trauma management. He has contributed to numerous publications on trauma, serious injury and critical-care medicine. Dr. Wisner also holds a course director certification in advanced trauma life support. He has clinical interests in medical ethics and a variety of trauma-related topics. His research projects focus on the effects of head injury and shock resuscitation, resuscitation on uncontrolled hemorrhage, and a variety of insults on the blood-brain barrier.


Professor and Vice Chair of Surgery




Trauma Surgery

Center/Program Affiliation:

Trauma Program


UC Davis Medical Center - Cypress Building
2221 Stockton Blvd., Suite 3112
Sacramento, CA 95817
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Phone: 916-734-8298

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

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M.D., UC Davis School of Medicine, Sacramento, California, 1981
B.A., UC Davis School of Medicine, Davis, California, 1977


UC Davis Medical Center, Sacramento, California, 1981-1982


UC Davis Medical Center, Sacramento, California, 1982-1987


Medizinische Hochschule Hannover, Hannover, 1984-1985

Board Certifications:

American Board of Surgery, 1997
American Board of Surgery, Surgical Critical Care, 1998

Professional Memberships:

American Association for the Surgery of Trauma
American College of Surgeons
Association for Academic Surgery
Pacific Coast Surgical Society
Sacramento Surgical Society
Sacramento/El Dorado County Medical Society
Shock Society
Society of Surgical Chairmen
UC Davis Surgical Association
Western Surgical Society

Select Honors and Awards:

Department of Surgery Chief Residents Appreciation Award, 2012

Medical Student Poster Forum Appreciation Award, 2012

Gold Humanism Society Selection, 2011

UC Davis Medical Center Medical Staff Award for Outstanding Service, 2001

Selected for inclusion in The Best Doctors in America,, Best Doctors Inc. of Aiken, S.C., 2001

Governor-at-Large of the American College of Surgeons, 2000-2006,

Associate Examiner for the American Board of Surgery 2000, 2006, 2010,

Select Recent Publications:

Mahmoud A, Galante J, Wisner D, Farmer D, Sims D. Small community hospitals programs affiliation with university programs; "lessons learned" in 28-year successful affiliation. J Surg Educ. 70(5):636-9, 2013.

McCracken B, Klineberg E, Pickard B, Wisner DH. Flexion and extension radiographic evaluation for the clearance of potential cervical spine injures in trauma patients. Eur Spine J. 22(7):1467-73, 2013.

Holmes JF, Lillis K, Monroe D, Borgialli D, Kerrey BT, Mahajan P, Adelgais K, Ellison AM, Yen K, Atabaki S, Menaker J, Bonsu B, Quayle KS, Garcia M, Rogers A, Blumberg S, Lee L, Tunik M, Kooistra J, Kwok M, Cook LJ, Dean JM, Sokolove PE, Wisner DH, Ehrlich P, Cooper A, Dayan PS, Wootton-Gorges S, Kuppermann N; Pediatric Emergency Publications 11 Care Applied Research Network (PECARN). Identifying Children at Very Low Risk of Clinically Important Blunt Abdominal Injuries. Ann Emerg Med. 62(2):107-116, 2013

Canter RJ, Smith CA, Martinez SR, Goodnight JE Jr., Bold RJ, Wisner DH. Extremity soft-tissue tumor surgery by surgical specialty: A comparison of case volume among oncology and non-oncology designated surgeons. J Surg Oncol. 108(3): 142-7, 2013.

Kerrey BT, Rogers AJ, Lee LK, Adelgais K, Tunik M, Blumberg SM, Quayle KS, Sokolove PE, Wisner DH, Miskin ML, Kuppermann N, Holmes JF; Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network. A multicenter study of the risk of intra-abdominal injury in children after normal abdominal computed tomography scan results in the emergency department. Ann Emerg Med. 62(4):319-26, 2013.

Nishijima, DK, Simel, DL, Wisner, DH, Holmes, JF. Does this adult patient have a blunt intra-abdominal injury? JAMA : the journal of the American Medical Association, 307(14): 1517-27, 2012.

Holmes, JF, Wisner, DH. Indications and performance of pelvic radiography in patients with blunt trauma. The American Journal of Emergency Medicine, 30(7): 1129-33, 2012.

Natale, JE, Joseph, JG, Rogers, AJ, Mahajan, P, Cooper, A, Wisner, DH, Miskin, ML, Hoyle, JD, Atabaki, SM, Dayan, PS, Holmes, JF, Kuppermann, N,. Cranial computed tomography use among children with minor blunt head trauma: association with race/ethnicity. Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, 166(8): 732-7, 2012.

Cooke, DT, Wisner, DH. Who performs complex noncardiac thoracic surgery in United States academic medical centers? The Annals of Thoracic Surgery, 94(4): 1060-4, 2012

Tran, NK, Wisner, DH, Albertson, TE, Cohen, S, Greenhalgh, D, Palmieri, TL, Polage, C, Kost, GJ. Multiplex polymerase chain reaction pathogen detection in patients with suspected septicemia after trauma, emergency, and burn surgery. Surgery, 151(3): 456-63, 2012.

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