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Department of Surgery

David V. Shatz, M.D. View profile as PDF

David V. Shatz

Clinical Interests

Dr. Shatz is a trauma surgeon and surgical intensivist who has lectured extensively both nationally and abroad. His primary research interests are in the immunologic competence of the injured spleen, and in disaster preparedness and response. He is a nationally recognized expert in disaster response, having worked and taught within the federal search and rescue system for over fifteen years. His clinical and professional interests also extend to the pre-hospital environment, where he has been a fire-rescue medical director for over ten years in Florida and California.


Professor of Surgery



Division of Trauma, Acute Care Surgery and Surgical Critical Care


UC Davis Medical Center
UC Davis Medical Center - Trauma, Acute Care Surgery and Surgical Critical Care
2315 Stockton Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95817
Driving Directions
Phone: 800-2-UCDAVIS (800-282-3284)

Additional Phone:

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

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M.D., Loyola Stritch School of Medicine, Maywood, Illinois, 1983
B.A., UCLA, Los Angeles, California, 1977


University of Hawaii School of Medicine, Honolulu, Hawaii, 1984


Tripler Army Medical Center, Honolulu, Hawaii, 1989
University of Hawaii School of Medicine, Honolulu, Hawaii, 1986


Jackson Memorial Medical Center, Miami, Fla, 1992

Board Certifications:

American Board of Surgery, 1998
American Board of Surgery - Surgical Critical Care, 2001

Professional Memberships:

ACS Committee on Tauma
Society of Critical Care Medicine

Select Honors and Awards:

Life Saving Award, Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Dept., 2008

Thomas Quinn Exceptional Service Award, Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department, 2008

Peace and Unity Award, Archdiocese of Miami, 2006

Special Certificate of Appreciation, Miami-Dade County Office of the Mayor & Board of County Commissioners, 2005

Select Recent Publications:

Mechanical ventilation weaning and extubation after spinal cord injury: A Western Trauma Association multicenter study.  J Trauma and Acute Care Surg, 2013.

Berg RJ, Inaba K, Recinos G, Barmparas G, Teixeria PG, Georgiou C, Shatz D, Rhee P, Demetriades D.  Prospective evaluation of early follow-up chest radiography after penetrating thoracic injury.  World J Surgery 37(6): 1286-1290, 2013.

Inaba K, Ives C, McClure K, Branco BC, Eckstein M, Shatz D, Martin MJ, Demetriades D. Radiologic evaluation of alternative sites for needle decompression of tension pneumothorax. Arch Surgery 147(9): 813-818, 2012.

Inaba K, Branco BC, Eckstein M, Shatz DV, Martin MJ, Green DJ, Noguchi TT, Demetriades D. Optimal positioning for emergent needle thoracostomy: a cadaver based study. J Trauma 71(5): 1099-1103, 2011

Shatz DV.  Prehospital intubations and mortality: a level 1 trauma center perspective.  Anesth Analg 110(5): 1508, 2010.

To see if David V. Shatz is accepting new patients, or for assistance finding a UC Davis doctor, please call 800-2-UCDAVIS (800-282-3284).