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W. Douglas Boyd, M.D.

W. Douglas Boyd, M.D.

Cardiothoracic Surgery


Lisa M. Brown, M.D.

Lisa M. Brown, M.D.

General Thoracic Surgery

David T. Cooke, M.D.

David T. Cooke, M.D.

General Thoracic Surgery


Elizabeth David, M.D.

Elizabeth David, M.D.

General Thoracic Surgery


Gary W. Raff, M.D., F.A.C.S.

Gary W. Raff, M.D.

Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery


Amy Rahm, M.D.

Amy Rahm, M.D.

Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery

J. Nilas Young, M.D., F.A.C.S.

J. Nilas Young, M.D.

Cardiothoracic Surgery


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The Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery is dedicated to providing innovative and progressive medical care to patients requiring surgery for cardiovascular conditions, and non-cardiac surgical treatment of diseases of the chest while simultaneously contributing to scientific advances through innovative clinical and laboratory trials.

Recent and current studies have explored:

  • 5 million dollar CIRM grant for work in Cardiac Regeneration
  • robotics research in collaboration with robotic surgery engineers at UC Berkeley regarding Super-Enhanced Robotic Surgery
  • $10,000 UC Davis Med-Surg Collaborative Research Planning Grant to determine metabolic manifestations of NSCLC that are impacted by COPD
  • collaborative investigative program regarding the mechanisms of pulmonary hypertension in a fetal lamb model

Our research capabilities include:

  • Investigators with broad expertise in basic science, translational research and clinical trials
  • Certified and experienced research support staff
  • State-of-the-art clinical facilities, imaging systems and interventional capabilities
  • UC Davis Clinical and Translational Science Center

A key emphasis of the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery is collaboration with UC Davis specialists in fields such as cardiothoracic surgery, surgical oncology, GI and bariatric surgery, along with integrating established and emerging diagnostic and therapeutic methods into research. This approach assures integrated, seamless treatment options, while reducing risks to patients.

Information about current research studies is available by contacting Claus Sondergaard, Visiting Assistant Professor, at 916-703-0424.

Recent publications

Ann Thorac Surg 2012;94:1060-1064. doi:10.1016/j.athoracsur.2012.04.018
© 2012 The Society of Thoracic Surgeons

Original Articles: General Thoracic

Who Performs Complex Noncardiac Thoracic Surgery in United States Academic Medical Centers?
David T. Cooke, MDa,b,*, David H. Wisner, MDb

a. Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, University of California, Davis Medical Center, Sacramento, California
b. Department of Surgery, University of California, Davis Medical Center, Sacramento, California

Accepted for publication April 5, 2012.

J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg 2012;144:963-969.e1
© 2012 The American Association for Thoracic Surgery

Evolving Technology/Basic Science

Reconstruction of pulmonary artery with porcine small intestinal submucosa in a lamb surgical model: Viability and growth potential
Lorenzo Boni, MDa, Fariba Chalajour, MDa,*, Takashi Sasaki, MDa, Radhika Lal Snyder, BAa, Walter D. Boyd, MDb, R. Kirk Riemer, PhDa, V. Mohan Reddy, MDa

a. Division of Pediatric Cardiac Surgery, Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Stanford University, Stanford, Calif
b. Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, UC Davis Medical Center, Sacramento, California

Ann Thorac Surg 2012;94:1241-1249. doi:10.1016/j.athoracsur.2012.04.098

Original Articles: Adult Cardiac

Contractile and Electrophysiologic Characterization of Optimized Self-Organizing Engineered Heart Tissue
Claus Svane Sondergaard, PhDa,b, Grant Mathews, MSa, Lianguo Wang, MDc, Angela Jeffreys, BSa, Amrit Sahotaa, Moira Wooda, Crystal M. Ripplinger, PhDc, Ming-Sing Si, MDa,b,*

a. Department of Surgery, University of California Davis Medical Center, Sacramento, California
b. Institute for Regenerative Cures, University of California Davis Medical Center, Sacramento, California
c. Department of Pharmacology, University of California Davis, Davis, California

Accepted for publication April 26, 2012.