Luis Armando Godoy, M.D. for UC Davis Health

Luis Armando Godoy, M.D.

Diversity and Inclusion Director, Department of Surgery

Assistant Professor, Section of General Thoracic Surgery

Affiliate Faculty, Department of Internal Medicine

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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

Additional Numbers

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Physician Referrals

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

Philosophy of Care

I am dedicated to providing high-quality comprehensive thoracic surgical care that is not only evidence-based, but also patient-centered. As such, I welcome my patient’s input in the decision-making process when it comes to their care. I believe that medicine should be delivered in a compassionate and empathetic way that maintains a person’s dignity and respect. My goal is to provide the best care possible to every single one of my patients regardless of background or circumstance. When I am not working I enjoy traveling with my wife and kids. In addition, I am a car fanatic and love working on classic cars.

Clinical Interests

Dr. Godoy specializes in the surgical treatment of malignant and benign thymus, lung, and esophageal disease with special interest in minimally invasive thoracic surgery including VATS, robotic surgery, interventional bronchoscopy including EBUS and Ion robotic bronchoscopy, upper endoscopy including EUS, esophageal stenting, chest wall reconstruction, hyperhidrosis surgery, diaphragm plication.

Research/Academic Interests

Dr. Godoy's research interest involve surgical quality improvement, surgical outcomes, clinical oncologic trials. and addressing healthcare disparities in thoracic oncology.

Dr. Godoy has a special interest in Surgical and Medical education and serves as Assistant Professor and Assistant Program Director of the Cardiothoracic Surgery Residency programs.


Thoracic Surgery

Center/Program Affiliation

UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center

Undergraduate School

B.S., Biology, UC Davis, Davis CA 2008

Medical School

M.D., UC Davis, Sacramento CA 2014


Cardiothoracic Surgery, UC Davis Health, Sacramento CA 2014-2015


Cardiothoracic Surgery, UC Davis Health, Sacramento CA 2015-2020

UC Davis Health Diamond Doc Award - Patient Appreciation, 2021, 2022

Sacramento Magazine's List of Top Doctors, 2021

Outstanding Cardiothoacic Surgery Faculty Member in Teaching Capacity (2020-2021), 2021

Distinguished Alumni Award, UC Davis School of Medicine, 2020

UC Davis Excellence in Faculty Award, UC Davis School of Medicine, 2020

Godoy LA, Martin AC, Huynh TT, Brown LM, Cooke DT. Racial Health Disparities Research in Cardiothoracic Surgery Under-represented in Major Meetings. J Surg Res. 2023 Apr;284:37-41. doi:10.1016/j.jss.2022.10.040. Epub 2022 Dec 17. PMID:36535117.

Martin AC, Godoy LA, Brown LM, Cooke DT. Reply to a Letter to the Editor - Cardiothoracic Surgery Training Program Directors Have a Fiduciary Responsibility for Diverse Recruitment. Semin Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2023 Spring;35(1):92-93. doi:10.1053/j.semtcvs.2022.01.007. Epub 2022 Mar 3. PMID:35247569.

Martin AC, Godoy LA, Brown LM, Cooke DT. Cardiothoracic Surgery Training Program Director Awareness of Available Visiting Medical Student Clerkships for the Underrepresented in Medicine. Semin Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2022 Winter;34(4):1248-1252. doi:10.1053/j.semtcvs.2021.09.004. Epub 2021 Sep 17. PMID:34543724.

Anderson D, Fuller SC, Godoy LA. Migration of pressure sensor lead from hypoglossal nerve stimulator into right lung. Am J Otolaryngol. 2022 May-Jun;43(3):103462. doi:10.1016/j.amjoto.2022.103462. Epub 2022 Apr 11. PMID:35440395.

Anderson D, Chen SA, Godoy LA, Brown LM, Cooke DT. Comprehensive Review of Chest Tube Management: A Review. JAMA Surg. 2022 Mar 1;157(3):269-274. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2021.7050. PMID:35080596.

Godoy L. The Importance of Diversity and Inclusion in Cardiothoracic Surgery. 2020 July. Available at:

Guenther T, Godoy L, Chen S, Raff GW, Yeh J. Left Ventricle to Right Atrial Shunt Associated with Ventricular-Atrial Malalignment, Double Outlet Right Atrium, and Subaortic Membrane. Sem Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2020 Spring;32(1):140-142. doi:10.1053/j.semtcvs.2019.09.004. Epub 2019 Sep 11. PMID:31520731.

Erhunmwunsee L, Backhus LM, Godoy L, Edwards MA, Cooke DT. Report from the Workforce on Diversity & Inclusion-Society of Thoracic Surgeons Members' Bias Experiences. Ann Thorac Surg. 2019 Nov;108(5):1287-1291. doi:10.1016/j.athoracsur.2019.08.015. Epub 2019 Sep 11. PMID:31520637.

Cooke DT, Olive J, Godoy L, Preventza O, Mathisen DJ, Prager RL. The Importance of a Diverse Specialty- Introducing the STS Workforce on Diversity and Inclusion. Ann Thorac Surg. 2019 Oct;108(4):1000-1005. doi:10.1016/j.athoracsur.2019.07.007. Epub 2019 Aug 17. PMID:31430462.

Godoy L, Raff GW. Sternal Clefts and Anomalies. In: Raff GW, Hirose S, editors. Surgery for Chest Wall Deformities, 1st ed. Cham, Switzerland: Springer. 2017;7:71-82.