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Department of Surgery

Joseph M. Galante, M.D. View profile as PDF

Joseph M. Galante

Clinical Interests

Dr. Galante's clinical interests focus on the care of trauma and emergency surgery patients. 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.


Associate Professor of Surgery
General Surgery Residency Program Director
Vice Chair for Education
Trauma and Emergency Surgery Division Chief and Trauma Medical Director




Division of Trauma, Acute Care Surgery and Surgical Critical Care

Center/Program Affiliation:

Trauma Program


UC Davis Medical Center - Cypress Building
2221 Stockton Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95817
Driving Directions
Phone: 800-2-UCDAVIS (800-282-3284)


M.D., Temple University School of Medicine, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 2000


University of California Davis, Sacramento, CA, 2001


University of California Davis, Sacramento, CA, 2007


University of California Davis, Sacramento, CA, 2008

Board Certifications:

American Board of Surgery, 2008
American Board of Surgery - Surgical Critical Care, 2008

Professional Memberships:

American Association for Surgery of Trauma:Military Liaison Committee
American College of Surgeons
Association for Program Directors in Surgery Member: Transition to Practice Task Force ACS/APDS/ASE Resident Prep Curriculum Committee
Association for Surgical Education: Graduate Surgical Education Committee
Association of Academic Surgery
Pacific Coast Surgical Association
Sacramento Surgical Association
Society of Critical Care Medicine

Select Honors and Awards:

Outstanding Faculty in a Teaching Capacity, University of California, Davis Department of Surgery, 2013

T32 Quality & Safety and Effectiveness Research Training Award - Fellowship A-Mentor: "Use of Dynamic Training, 2013

1st place as outstanding resident paper at Pacific Coast Surgical Association in Kaui – Samuel Schwartz, 2013

Winner Sacramento Business Journal’s Top 40 Under 40 Award, Sacramento Business Journal, 2011

Honorary Medal for Combat Surgical Care, American Association for Surgery of Trauma, 2010

Outstanding Chief Resident Award, University of California, Davis Department of Surgery, 2007

Select Recent Publications:

Young JB, Galante JM. Physician Roles in Tactical Emergency Medical Support: The First Twenty Years.  Journal of Emergency Medicine, 2014 Jan; 46(1):38-45

Smith C, Galante JM, Pierce JL, Scherer LA.  The Surgical Residency Baby Boom: Changing Patterns of Childbearing During Residency over a 20 Year Span.  Journal of Graduate Medical Education.  2013 Dec;5(4):625-9

Shah DR, Galante JM, Bold RJ, Canter RJ, Martinez SR.  Text Messaging Among Residents and Faculty in a University General Surgery Residency Program:  Prevalence, Purpose, and Patient Care.  Journal of Surgical Education.  2013 Nov-Dec;70(6):826-34

Young JB, Galante JM, Sena MJ. Tactical Emergency Medical Support in Urban & Rural Areas: A Regional Survey. Journal of Special Operations Medicine. 2013

Mahmoud A, Galante JM, Wisner D, Farmer D, Sims D. Small Community Hospitals Programs Affiliation with University Programs; “Lessons learned” in 28 successful affiliation”.  Journal of Surgical Education. September/October 2013: 70(5) 636-639.

Young JB, Utter GH, Schermer CR, Galante JM, Phan HH, Yang Y, Anderson BA, Scherer LA. Saline versus Plasma-lyte A in Initial Resuscitation of Trauma Patients: A Randomized Trial.  Annals of Surgery. 2013 May 31 (Epub ahead of print)

Stain SC, Hiatt JR, Ata A, Ashley SW, Roggin KK, Potts JR, Moore RA, Galante JM, Britt LD, Deveney KE, Ellison CE. Characteristics of Highly Ranked Applicants to General Surgery Residency Programs. Archives of Surgery.  JAMA Surgery 2013 May 1;148(5):413-7.

Young JB, Baker AC, Boehmer JK, Briede KM, Thomas S, Cates GA, Galante JM.  Using NNAPPS (Nighttime Nurse and Physician Paging System) to Maximize Resident Call Efficiency within 2011 ACGME Work Hours.  Journal of Surgical Education, 2012 Nov-Dec;69(6):819-25

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