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Sandra Wootton Gorges, M.D. View profile as PDF

Sandra Wootton Gorges

Philosophy of Care

Taking care of children, our future, is my priority.  I am dedicated to providing outstanding imaging care to children.   

Clinical Interests

Dr. Gorges's clinical interests center on general pediatric radiology, including plain film, fluoroscopy, ultrasonography, CT and MRI.

She is an expert in the radiographic evaluation of child abuse.  Dr. Gorges concentrates her research activities in pediatric imaging, including dose reduction and appropriate utilization of resources in pediatric CT, and evaluation of the etiology of cerebral edema in pediatric diabetic ketoacidosis.

She also has a strong interest in medical student and resident education, and has published numerous articles and book chapters.


Director of Pediatric Imaging, UCDMC and UC Davis Children's Hospital, Shriner's Hospital of Northern California and Shriner's Hospital of Los Angeles
Associate Chair, Department of Radiology and Quality and Safety
Professor of Radiology


Radiology, Radiology - Pediatric Radiology



Pediatric Radiology

Center/Program Affiliation:


Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center
4860 Y St., Suite 3100
Sacramento, CA 95817
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Phone: 916-734-0655

UC Davis Medical Center
2315 Stockton Blvd., Suite 1808
Sacramento, CA 95817
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Additional Phone:

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


M.D., UC San Francisco School of Medicine, San Francisco CA 1985
B.S., San Jose State University, San Jose CA 1980


Mt. Zion Hospital and Medical Center, San Francisco CA 1985-1986


Diagnostic Radiology, UC San Diego, San Diego CA 1986-1990


Pediatric Diagnostic Radiology, Children's Hospital Boston, Boston MA 1990-1992

Board Certifications:

American Board of Radiology, 1990
American Board of Radiology, Pediatric Radiology, 2015

Professional Memberships:

American College of Radiology
American Roentgen Ray Society
Children's Oncology Group
Pacific Coast Pediatric Radiology Association
Radiological Society of North America
Society of Pediatric Radiology

Select Honors and Awards:

UC Davis Medical Center Physician Recognition Excellence Award, Healthcare Quality, 2015

Dean’s Team Award for Excellence in Clinical Care, UC Davis Medical Center, 2014

President, Pacific Coast Pediatric Radiology Association, 2010

Senior faculty Radiology Teaching Excellence Award, UC Davis Department of Radiology, 2009

Award for Excellence in Manuscript Review in Pediatric Radiology, The Society for Pediatric Radiology, 2008

Award for Excellence in Manuscript Review in Pediatric Radiology, The Society for Pediatric Radiology, 2005

UC Davis Department of Radiology Award for Excellence in Professionalism, 2004

Outstanding Teacher Award, Department of Radiology, UC Davis, 2001

Select Recent Publications:

Sandhez TR, Grasparil AD, Chaudhari R, Coulter KP, Wootton-Gorges SL.  Characteristics of rib fractures in child abuse – the role of low-dose chest computed tomography. Pediatr Emerg Care.  2016, Jan 12. [Epub ahead of print]

Raske ME, Depmsey ME, Dilman JR, Dory CE, Garber M, Hayes LL, Iyer RS, Kulkami AV, Myseros JS, Rice HE, Rigsby CK, Ryan ME, Strouse PJ, Westra SJ, Wootton-Gorges SL, Coley BD, Karmazyn B.  ACR appropriateness criteria:  vomiting in infants up to 3 months of age. J Am Coll Radiol. 2015 Aug 4: S1546-1440. [Epub ahead of print]

Stein-Wexler R, O'Connor R, Daldrup H, Wootton-Gorges SL.  Reply to Dr. Vasquez et al. regarding current methods for intussusception reduction:  external manual reduction with US assistance. Pediatr Radiol. 2015 Jul;45(8):1262.

Sanchez TR, Holz GS, Corwin MT, Wood RJ, Wootton-Gorges SL.  Follow-up barium study after a negative water-soluble contrast examination for suspected esophageal leak:  is it necessary? Emerg Radiol. 2015 Jun 16. [Epub ahead of print]

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; Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network (PECARN); Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network PECARN.  Use of oral contrast for abdominal computed tomography in children with blunt torso trauma. Ann Emerg Med. 2015 Aug;66(2):107-114.

Powell EC, Atabaki SM, Wootton-Gorges S, Wisner D, Mahajan P, Glass T, Miskin M, Stanley RM, Jacobs E, Dayan PS, Holmes JF, Kuppermann N.  Isolated linear skull fractures in children with blunt head trauma. Pediatrics. 2015 Apr;135(4):e851-7.

Stein-Wexler R, O'Connor R, Daldrup-Link H, Wootton-Gorges SL. Current methods for reducing intussusception:  survey results. Pediatr Radiol. 2015 Apr 45(5): 667-74.

Ryan ME, Palasis S, Saigal G, Singer AD, Karmazyn B, Dempsey ME, Dillman JR, Dory CE, Garber M, Hayes LL, Iyer RS, Mazzola CA, Raske ME, Rice HE, Rigsby CK, Sierzenski PR, Strouse PJ, Westra SJ, Wootton-Gorges SL, Coley BD.  ACR appropriateness criteria head trauma – child. J Am Coll Radiol. 2014 Oct;11(10):939-47.

Hess EP, Wyatt KD, Kharbanda AB, Louie JP, Dayan PS, Tzimenatos L, Wootton-Gorges SL, Homme JL, LeBlanc A, Westphal JJ, Shepel K, Shah ND, Branda M, Herrin J, Montori VM, Kuppermann N. Effectiveness of the head CT choice decision aid in patients of children with minro head trauma:  study protocol for a multicenter randomized trial.  Trials 2014 June 25; 15(1):253

Sanchez TR, Ducore J, Balagtas J, Molloy C, Wootton-Gorges SL. WARM N COLD:  malignant and benign renal tumors in children. Emerg Radiol. 2014 Jun;21(3):261-9. Epub 2014 Feb 26.

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