Travis Gerlach, M.D.

Travis W. Gerlach, M.D.


  • Assistant Professor of Surgery, Division of Trauma
  • Military Volunteer Clinical Faculty
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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

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


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

Center/Program Affiliation

Trauma Program


M.D., Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda MD 2002

B.S., University of Alaska, Anchorage AK 1997


Surgery, Davis Grant USAF Medical Center, Travis AFB, Travis CA 2003-2005


Trauma and Surgical Critical Care, UC Davis Medical Center, Sacramento CA 2009-2010

Acute Care Surgery, UC Davis Medical Center, Sacramento CA 2008-2009

Board Certifications

Air Force Flight Surgeon,

American Board of Surgery,

American Board of Surgery - Surgical Critical Care,

CA Medical Board, License,

Professional Memberships

Air Force Association

American College of Surgery - Fellow

American Medical Association

Christian Medical and Dental Society

Society of Air Force Clinical Surgeons

Honors and Awards

Unites States Armed Forces Meritorious Service Medal ? CSTARS Cincinnati, 2014

Air Force Commendation Medal ? Bagram, Afghanistan, 2014

Donahue Research Award - 60th Medical Group, Travis AFB ? ?Top Scientific Publication of 2009?, 2009

Academic Achievement Award ? Anatomy II ? 1999 ? Uniformed Services University, 1999

Select Recent Publications

Tsuei BJ, Hanseman DJ, Blakeman MJ, Blakeman TC, Yang SH, Branson RD, Gerlach TW. Accuracy of noninvasive hemoglobin monitoring in patients at risk for hemorrhage. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2014 Sep;77(3 Suppl 2):S134-9.

Davis B, Welch K, Walsh-Hart S, Hanseman D, Petro M, Gerlach T, Dorlac W, Collins J, Pritts T. Effective teamwork and communication mitigate task saturation in simulated critical care air transport team missions. Mil Med. 2014

Sena MJ, Douglas G, Gerlach T, Grayson JK, Pichakron KO, Zierold D. A pilot study of the use of kaolin-impregnated gauze (Combat Gauze) for packing high-grade hepatic injuries in a hypothermic coagulopathic swine model. J Surg Res. 2013 Aug;183(2):704-9. 

Graham JS, Gerlach TW, Logan TP, Bonar JP, Fugo RJ, Lee RB, Coatsworth MA. Methods of advanced wound management for care of combined traumatic and chemical  warfare injuries. Eplasty. 2008 Jul 21;8:e34.

Gerlach T, Grayson JK, Pichakron KO, Sena MJ, DeMartini SD, Clark BZ, Estep JS, Zierold D. Preliminary study of the effects of smectite granules (WoundStat)  on vascular repair and wound healing in a swine survival model. J Trauma. 2010 Nov;69(5):1203-9.

Gerlach TW, Troppmann C, Khatri VP. Major bile duct injury resulting from radiofrequency-assisted hepatectomy. Hepatogastroenterology. 2009 May-Jun;56(91-92):610-4.