Elizabeth R. Raskin, B.A., M.D. for UC Davis Health

Elizabeth R. Raskin, B.A., M.D.

Chief, Division of Colorectal Surgery

Associate Professor, Division of Clinical Surgery

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Minimally Invasive Surgery

Colon and Rectal Surgery




Locations and Contact

Cypress Building- Colon and Rectal Surgery Clinic

2221 Stockton Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95817

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Additional Numbers

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Clinic Referral Phone

800-2-UCDAVIS (800-282-3284)

Physician Referrals

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

Philosophy of Care

I understand the importance of how medical care is delivered and have a keen interest in examining how robotic surgery, surgical education, and developing technologies can improve patient treatment options and outcomes. I believe we have only scratched the surface with the integration of innovative treatments like digital surgery. I believe in helping patients through the use of smarter technology for better surgical treatment and improved recovery. I also believe we have to use our experience, instinct, and imagination to reach beyond traditional boundaries to pave the way for better healthcare today and tomorrow.

Clinical Interests

Dr. Raskin leads the colorectal team with advancing state-of-the-art technologies and driving innovative surgical techniques to provide patients with cutting-edge comprehensive colorectal care. Dr. Raskin is double-board certified in general and colorectal surgery and fellowship trained in colorectal surgery with clinical expertise focusing on the treatment of complex colon, rectal and anal conditions and cancers, including laparoscopic, robot-assisted and open surgical techniques. She is also skilled in transanal endoscopic microsurgery (TEM) and transanal minimally invasive surgery (TAMIS).

Her clinical interests include advancing robotic surgery, surgical education and developing technologies to improve surgical outcomes.

Research/Academic Interests

Dr. Raskin's main areas of interest over the past decade have been robotic surgery, surgical education, and developing technology to improve surgical outcomes. Her clinical expertise focuses on the treatment of complex colon, rectal and anal conditions and cancers, including laparoscopic, robot-assisted and open surgical techniques. She is also skilled in transanal endoscopic microsurgery (TEM) and transanal minimally invasive surgery (TAMIS).

As a researcher, Dr. Raskin has specific interests in the population science of diverticulitis, surgical education, and using technology for quality improvement. She has written and contributed to numerous peer-reviewed publications and textbooks and has presented multiple national and international lectures on a wide array of colorectal topics. Dr. Raskin lectures, teaches and trains surgeons of all levels, allied health representatives, and industry on robotics.


Colon and Rectal Surgery

Center/Program Affiliation

UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center

Undergraduate School

B.A., University of Oregon, Eugene OR 1996

Medical School

M.D., University of Nevada School of Medicine, Reno NV 2002


General Surgery, Tufts-New England Medical Center, Boston MA 2002-2003


General Surgery, Tufts-New England Medical Center, Boston MA 2003-2007


Colon and Rectal Surgery, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis MN 2007-2008

Surgeon of the Year �Golden Scalpel Award,� Excellence in Teaching at Loma Linda University, 2017

Best Doctors for Women-Colon and Rectal Surgery, Minnesota Monthly, 2012, 2013

Resident Teaching Award, Tufts University Medical School, 2005

Raskin ER, Gorrepati ML, Mehendale S, Gaertner WB. Robotic-assisted ileocolic resection for Crohn's disease: outcomes from an early national experience. J Robot Surg. 2019 Jun;13(3):429-434. doi:10.1007/s11701-018-0887-1. Epub 2018 Nov 13. PMID:30426352.

Behdin N, Selleck M, Raskin E. Rectal prolapse in the setting of ascites: a case report. ANZ J Surg. 2019 Mar;89(3):269-270. doi:10.1111/ans.15073. PMID:30827048.

Raskin ER, Keller DS, Gorrepati ML, Akiel-Fu S, Mehendale S, Cleary RK. Propensity-Matched Analysis of Sigmoidectomies for Diverticular Disease. JSLS. 2019 Jan-Mar;23(1):e2018.00073. doi:10.4293/JSLS.2018.00073. PMID:30675092.

Raskin ER, Madoff RD. Complications of Rectal Cancer Surgery. Longo WE, Reddy V, Audisio RA (Eds.). Modern Management of Cancer of the Rectum. 2015;29:447-459.

Jenkins C, Raskin ER. Single Incision Right Colectomy. Kim J, Garcia-Aguilar J (Eds.). Minimally Invasive Surgical Techniques for Cancers of the Gastrointestinal Tract (Memorial-Sloan Kettering textbook). 2020;19:177-183.

Raskin ER. Functional Outcomes after Transanal Surgery for Rectal Neoplasia. Atallah S (Ed.). Transanal Minimally Invasive Surgery and Transanal Total Mesorectal Excision, Springer Nature. 2019;13:123-131.

Raskin, ER. Rectovaginal Fistulae. Beck DE, Steele SR, Wexner SD (Eds.). Fundamentals of Anorectal Surgery. 2019;11:191-204.

Keller D, Raskin ER. Local excision: indications and techniques. Kwaan M, Zbar AP (Eds.). Comprehensive Rectal Cancer Care. 2019;9:161-178.

Raskin ER. Surgical Immunofluorescence and Firefly Technology in Colon and Rectal Surgery. Obias V (Ed.). Robotic Colon and Rectal Surgery: Principles and Practice. 2017;9:105-114.

Raskin ER. Evolution of Robotic Surgery. Ross HM, Lee SW, Champagne BJ, Pigazzi A, Rivadeneira DE (Eds.). Robotic Approaches to Colorectal Surgery. 2015;2:19-27.