James Holmes, Jr., M.D., M.P.H.

James F. Holmes, Jr., M.D., M.P.H.


Emergency Medicine


Emergency Medicine


  • Professor and Vice Chair for Research, Department of Emergency Medicine
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4150 V St., Suite 2100
Sacramento, CA 95817
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Clinical Interests

James F. Holmes Jr. has presented grand rounds in trauma and pregnancy, pediatric abdominal trauma and spinal trauma. He has studied various approaches to improving both cost effectiveness and quality of care in the emergency department, including clarifying the indications for computer tomography of head injuries, and prospectively evaluating the role of laboratory tests in detecting unsuspected intra-abdominal injury in pediatric blunt-trauma patients.


M.D., University of Alabama School of Medicine, Birmingham AL 1994

M.P.H., UC Berkeley School of Public Health, Berkeley CA 2003

B.S., Auburn University, Auburn AL 1990


Emergency Medicine, UC Davis Medical Center, Sacramento CA 1994-1997

Board Certifications

American Board of Emergency Medicine, 2008

Professional Memberships

American College of Emergency Physicians

Society of Academic Emergency Medicine

Select Recent Publications

Newgard CD, Holmes JF, Haukoos JS, Bulger EM, Staudenmayer K, Wittwer L, Stecker E, Dai M, Hsia RY; Western Emergency Services Translational Research Network (WESTRN) Investigators. Improving early identification of the high-risk elderly trauma patient by emergency medical services. Injury. 2016 Jan;47(1):19-25.

Vogel JA, Newgard CD, Holmes JF, Diercks DB, Arens AM, Boatright DH, Bueso A, Gaona SD, Gee KZ, Nelson A, Voros JJ, Moore EE, Colwell CB, Haukoos JS; Western Emergency Services Translational Research Network. Validation of the Denver Emergency Department Trauma Organ Failure Score to Predict Post-Injury Multiple Organ Failure. J Am Coll Surg. 2016 Jan;222(1):73-82.

Nesper AC, Morris BA, Scher LM, Holmes JF. Effect of Decreasing County Mental Health Services on the Emergency Department. Ann Emerg Med. 2015 Nov 3. [Epub ahead of print]

Lichenstein R, Monroe D, Quayle KS, Miskin M, Cooper A, Gerardi MJ, Callahan JM, Dayan PS, Holmes JF, Kuppermann N; Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network (PECARN). Television-Related Head Injuries in Children: A Secondary Analysis of a Large Cohort Study of Head-Injured Children in the Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network. Pediatr Emerg Care. 2015 Nov 6. [Epub ahead of print]

Nishijima DK, Holmes JF, Dayan PS, Kuppermann N. Association of a Guardian's Report of a Child Acting Abnormally With Traumatic Brain Injury After Minor Blunt Head Trauma. JAMA Pediatr. 2015 Dec 1;169(12):1141-7.

Mahajan P, Tunik M, Yen K, Atabaki SM, Lee LK, Ellison A, Bonsu BK, Olsen CS, Kwok MY, Lillis K, Kuppermann N, Holmes JF. Comparison of Clinician Suspicion Versus a Clinical Prediction Rule In Identifying Children At Risk for Intra-abdominal Injuries after Blunt Torso Trauma. Academic Emergency Medicine 2015; 22:1034-41.

Ellison AM, Quayle KS, Bonsu B, Garcia M, Blumberg S, Rogers A, Wootton-Gorges SL, Kerrey BT, Cook LJ, Cooper A, Kuppermann N, Holmes JF. Use of Oral Contrast for Abdominal Computed Tomography in Children With Blunt Torso Trauma. Ann Emerg Med 2015; 66:107-114.

Mumma BE, Diercks DB, Wilson MD, Holmes JF. Association Between Treatment at an ST Segment Elevation Myocardial Infarction (STEMI) Center and Neurologic Recovery Following Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest. American Heart Journal 2015; 170:516-23.

Wu C, Melnikow J, Dinh T, Holmes JF, Gaona S, Bottyan T, Paterniti DA, Nishijima DK. Patient Admission Preferences and Perceptions Western Journal Emergency Medicine 2015; 16:707-714.

Finnerty NM, Rodriguez RM, Carpenter CR, Sun BC, Theyyunni N, Ohle R, Dodd KW, Schoenfeld EM, Elm DK, Kline JA, Holmes JF, Kuppermann N. Clinical Decision Rules for Diagnostic Imaging in the Emergency Department: A Research Agenda. Academic Emergency Medicine 2015; 2015;22:1406–1416.