Michael James Campbell, M.D. for UC Davis Health

Michael James Campbell, M.D.

Associate Professor, Department of Surgery

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Surgery - Oncology

Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism

Surgery - Endocrine

Robotic Surgery

Surgery - Robotic



Locations and Contact

UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center

UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center
2279 45th Street
Sacramento, CA 95817

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Phone: 916-734-5959

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800-4-UCDAVIS (800-482-3284)

Philosophy of Care

My philosophy of care is to treat every patient how I would want my own family treated. I believe that each patient deserves to be taken care of with compassion, respect, and a commitment to deliver the best care possible. I am dedicated to providing a multidisciplinary approach for my patients bringing together the vast resources of the UC Davis Health System to formulate a shared, patient-centered plan. There is no “simple” operation when you are the patient.

Clinical Interests

Dr. Campbell is a fellowship-trained endocrine surgeon who specializes in the surgical treatment of patients with thyroid, parathyroid, adrenal and pancreatic disorders. He is an expert in minimally invasive parathyroid and thyroid surgery as well as complex laparoscopic adrenal surgery. He offers a wide range of unique services including laparoscopic adrenalectomy; minimally invasive and reoperative thyroid and parathyroid surgery; and complex lymph node dissections.

Research/Academic Interests

Dr. Campbell’s research interests include improving multidisciplinary care for endocrine patients; improving the evaluation of incidental adrenal tumors, patient outcomes following thyroid surgery; recurrent and persistent hyperparathyroidism; and familial endocrine disorders (such as multiple endocrine neoplasia).


Surgical Oncology

Center/Program Affiliation

UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center

Undergraduate School

B.S., Environmental Toxicology, UC Davis, Davis CA 1997

Medical School

M.D., UC Davis School of Medicine, Sacramento CA 2007


General Surgery, Virginia Mason Medical Center, Seattle WA 2007-2012


Endocrine Surgery, UC San Francisco, San Francisco CA 2012-2013

Sacramento Magazine Best Doctors List, 2017, 2022

UC Davis Diamond Docs, 2021

Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, 2015

Endocrine Society Outstanding Abstract Award, 2015

Robert A. Pommerening Award for the Outstanding Resident of the Year, 2012

Soares de Oliveira MA, Campbell M, Afify AM, Huang EC, Chan JW. Simulated fine-needle aspiration diagnosis of follicular thyroid nodules by hyperspectral Raman microscopy and chemometric analysis. J Biomed Opt. 2022 Sep;27(9):095001. doi:10.1117/1.JBO.27.9.095001. PMID:36071559.

Graves CE, Campbell MJ. Best Left to the Experts: Proficiency and Experience are Key for Safety in Remote-Access Thyroidectomy for Graves' Disease. World J Surg. 2022 May;46(5):1114-1115. doi:10.1007/s00268-022-06496-y. Epub 2022 Mar 1. PMID:35230507.

Graves CE, Goyal N, Levin A, Nuño MA, Kim J, Campbell MJ, Shen WT, Gosnell JE, Roman SA, Sosa JA, Duh QY, Suh I. Anxiety During the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Web-Based Survey of Thyroid Cancer Survivors. Endocr Pract. 2022 Apr;28(4):405-413. doi:10.1016/j.eprac.2022.01.002. Epub 2022 Jan 12. PMID:35032648.

Campbell MJ, Graves CE. The adrenal incidentaloma: An opportunity for surgeons to improve patient care. Am J Surg. 2022 Feb;223(2):229-230. doi:10.1016/j.amjsurg.2021.08.004. Epub 2021 Aug 4. PMID:34373084.

Ladenheim A, Tian M, Afify A, Campbell M, Kamangar E. Primary Angiosarcoma of the Adrenal Gland: Report of 2 Cases and Review of the Literature. Int J Surg Pathol. 2022 Feb;30(1):76-85. doi:10.1177/10668969211020099. Epub 2021 May 24. PMID:34029146.

Semrad TJ, Li Q, Goldfarb M, Semrad A, Campbell M, Farwell DG, Keegan THM. Influence of Socioeconomic Status on Incident Medical Conditions in Two-Year Survivors of Adolescent or Young Adult Differentiated Thyroid Cancer. J Adolesc Young Adult Oncol. 2021 Oct;10(5):521-533. doi:10.1089/jayao.2020.0142. Epub 2021 Jan 28. PMID:33512275.

Corwin MT, Lan C, Wilson M, Loehfelm TW, Campbell MJ. Can abdominal CT features predict autonomous cortisol secretion in patients with adrenal nodules? Abdom Radiol (NY). 2021 Sep;46(9):4338-4344. doi:10.1007/s00261-021-03110-y. Epub 2021 May 7. PMID:33963418. 

Marsden M, Weaver SS, Marcu L, Campbell MJ. Intraoperative Mapping of Parathyroid Glands Using Fluorescence Lifetime Imaging. J Surg Res. 2021 Sep;265:42-48. doi:10.1016/j.jss.2021.03.023. Epub 2021 Apr 17. PMID:33878575.

Corwin MT, Mitchell AS, Wilson M, Campbell MJ, Fananapazir G, Loehfelm TW. Accuracy of focal cystic appearance within adrenal nodules on contrast-enhanced CT to distinguish pheochromocytoma and malignant adrenal tumors from adenomas. Abdom Radiol (NY). 2021 Jun;46(6):2683-2689. doi:10.1007/s00261-020-02925-5. Epub 2021 Jan 8. PMID:33415383.

Corwin MT, Arora A, Loehfelm TW, Fananapazir G, Campbell MJ. Adherence to guidelines for hormonal evaluation in patients with incidentally detected adrenal nodules: effects of radiology report wording and standardized reporting. Abdom Radiol (NY). 2020 Sep;45(9):2910-2915. doi:10.1007/s00261-020-02517-3. PMID:32270262.