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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 managemfent 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. She is currently the president of the Western Trauma Association.

Joseph M. Galante, M.D.

Dr. Galante is the Trauma, Acute Care Surgery, and Surgical Critical Care Division Chief and Trauma Medical Director. He completed his fellowship in surgical critical care at UC Davis in 2008. He is the program director of the general surgery residency and vice chair for education. His research interests include military trauma surgery, tactical medicine, specifically investigating how military medical technology can be transitioned to civilian practice, trauma resuscitation, and surgical education.

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 area of interest is surgical education.

Edgardo Salcedo, M.D.

Dr. Edgardo Salcedo is an assistant professor of surgery at UC Davis, appointed to the faculty in 2011. His research interests are in surgical education, global health and clinical outcomes in the fields of trauma, acute care surgery and surgical critical care. He serves as an associate program director of the General Surgery Residency Program and associate surgical director of the Center for Virtual Care.

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 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 acute care surgery service and surgical critical care. He has served on the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma and the Verification Review Committee. He has also been a member of the Board of Manager of the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma. His major areas of interest are combined shock and head injury, medical systems/finance, uncontrolled hemorrhage and medical ethics. He has been on the faculty at UC Davis since 1987.