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Department of Surgery

Department of Surgery

Faculty, critical care


Faculty in the Department of Surgery are responsible for management of critically ill and injured patients, but several faculty members have a particular interest in surgical critical care and are major participants in fellowship training. In keeping with the department's strong belief that critical care is an integral part of surgical practice, faculty with a special interest in critical care are also actively involved in operative surgery and the management of patients outside the intensive care unit environment.

John Anderson M.D.

Dr. Anderson is a professor of surgery and holds a certificate of added qualifications in surgical critical care. His major areas of research interest are pulmonary pathophysiology and the application of computer technology to medicine. He has been on the faculty at UC Davis since 1995.

Christine S. Cocanour, M.D.

Dr. Cocanour, a professor of surgery, is the chief of surgical critical care and program director of the surgical critical care fellowship.  She holds a certificate of added qualifications in surgical critical care.  Her major areas of interest include nosocomial infections in the ICU, the pathophysiology of shock and resuscitation, nutrition and computerized decision support.  She joined the faculty in 2006.

Joseph M. Galante, M.D.

Dr. Galante is an assistant professor of surgery and holds a certificate of added qualifications in surgical critical care.  He completed his UC Davis fellowship in surgical critical care in 2008.  He is the program director of the surgical residency program.  His major areas of research interest are disaster medicine, prehospital and tactical EMS.

David Greenhalgh M.D.

Dr. Greenhalgh is a professor of surgery, chief of the Burn Division at UC Davis, and chief of Burns at the Shriners Hospital for Children of Northern California. Dr. Greenhalgh holds a certificate of added qualifications in surgical critical care and has been at UC Davis since 1997. His research interests are the basic mechanisms of wound healing and the effects of growth factors in wound repair.

James W. Holcroft M.D.

A professor of surgery, Dr. Holcroft is also a vascular surgeon and has obtained certificates of special qualifications in general vascular surgery and surgical critical care from the American Board of Surgery. His major areas of interest are cardiovascular physiology and monitoring, fluid resuscitation, and scoring systems for the prediction of outcome in critical illness. He has been on the faculty at UC Davis since 1979.

Tina L. Palmieri M.D.

Dr. Palmieri, a professor of surgery, is the director of the Firefighters Burn Institute Regional Burn Center and is also the assistant chief of Burn Surgery, Shriners Hospital for Children of Northern California. She holds a certificate of added qualifications in surgical critical care and has been at UC Davis since 1999. Dr. Palmieri's major areas of research interest are analysis of outcomes after burn injury, including both the intermediate physical and long-term psychological effects of burn surgery on patient quality of life.

Ho H. Phan, M.D.

Dr. Phan, an assistant professor of surgery, holds a certificate of added qualifications in surgical critical care.  He completed his UC Davis fellowship in surgical critical care in 2008.  His areas of research interest are the immunologic and genetic regulation of injury response and massive transfusion.

Edgardo Salcedo, M.D.

Dr. Edgardo Salcedo is an assistant professor of surgery at UC Davis Health System.  He is interested in research related to global health and surgical education.  He strives to deliver patient centered care from initial presentation, through the perioperative period and on to recovery.  Dr. Salcedo joined the UC Davis faculty in 2011.

Lynette Scherer M.D.

Dr. Scherer, an associate professor of surgery holds a certificate of added qualifications in surgical critical care. Her major areas of research interest are the immunology of the response to injury and clinical research in trauma care delivery. She has been on the faculty at UC Davis since 2001.

Carol Schermer, M.D.

Dr. Carol Schermer is a professor of surgery at UC Davis Health System.  Her research interests focus on substance abuse and injury prevention with a special focus on alcohol screening and intervention in trauma centers.  She has also published research related to balanced fluid use in surgical patients.  She joined the UC Davis faculty in 2012.

Soman Sen, M.D.

Dr. Sen is an assistant professor of surgery and holds a certificate of added qualifications in surgical critical care.  He joined the faculty in 2009 after completing the one year burn fellowship at UC Davis and then completing the one year surgical critical care fellowship at UC Davis.

David V. Shatz, M.D.

Dr. Shatz, a professor of surgery, joined the UC Davis faculty in 2008 after having spent 17 years at the University of Miami.  Nationally known in the areas of disaster preparedness and emergency response, Dr. Shatz has added qualifications in surgical critical care.  His research interests also include immunologic responses to vaccine in the traumatic asplenic patient.

Garth Utter, M.D., M.Sc.

Dr. Utter is an associate professor of surgery who recently finished his two-year critical care fellowship at the University of Washington and joined the faculty at the UC Davis in 2005. He holds a Masters of Science degree in Epidemiology and has research interests in coagulopathy, short and long-term consequences of blood transfusion, and systematized care.

David Wisner M.D.

Dr. Wisner, is a professor of surgery and vice chair of the Department of Surgery. He has obtained his certificate of special qualifications in surgical critical care and is actively involved with both the trauma service and surgical critical care. His major areas of interest are combined shock and head injury, uncontrolled hemorrhage and medical ethics. He has been on the faculty at UC Davis since 1987.