Rachel Ann Hight, M.D.
- Assistant Professor of Surgery, Division of Trauma
- Military Volunteer Clinical Faculty
Philosophy of Care
Dr. Hight strives to treat all her patients as well as she would want her own family members treated, and helps to foster this same focus in her surgical teams. She has a particular interest in helping people develop their greatest potential.
LtCol Rachel Hight is an Active Duty United States Air Force trauma surgeon, assigned at David Grant Medical Center (DGMC) at Travis Air Force Base, California. She is part of a unique military-civilian trauma collaboration between DGMC and UC Davis Medical Center.
This arrangement helps military surgeons keep their trauma skills sharp for operational deployments and provides an avenue for military surgeons to bring the battlefield "lessons learned" to the civilian sector for incorporation with innovative trauma research, education, and training initiatives.
Dr. Hight's interests center on trauma resuscitation, regenerative tissue research for repair of traumatic injuries, communication and education in surgical teams, and surgical technical skills training.
At DGMC, she runs the ATLS program and also trains the Western Region USAF Pararescue teams in tactical trauma and surgical management skills. Her favorite teaching environment is with small groups in a hands' on learning experience.
M.D., Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda MD 1998
General Surgery, Keesler Medical Center, Keesler AFBm MS 1998-1999
General Surgery, Keelser Medical Center, Keesler AFB, MS 1999-2003
United States Air Force Academy 1994
Surgical Critical Care, University of Cincinnati Medical Center, Cincinnati OH 2008-2009
American Board of Surgery - General Surgery, 2013
American Board of Surgery - Surgical Critical Care,
American College of Surgeons-Fellow
Association of Academic Surgery
Association of Military Surgeons of the United States
Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma
Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons
Society of Critical Care Medicine
United States Air Force Academy Association of Graduates
Honors and Awards
Outstanding Faculty Educator, UC Davis Medical Center, 2014
Bronze Star, United States Air Force,
Meritorious Service Medal, United States Air Force,
Afghanistan Campaign medal, United States Air Force,
NATO ISAF medal, United States Air Force,
Global War on Terrorism medal, United States Air Force,
Select Recent Publications
Hines, Jeffrey F; Thomas, Angelyn R; Call, Rachel; Satin, Andrew J; Et al. “Development and use of military-unique standardized gynecology patients in military undergraduate medical education.” Military Medicine. April 1, 1999.