Kenneth Michael Kelley, M.D. for UC Davis Health

Kenneth Michael Kelley, M.D.

Emergency Ultrasound Fellowship Director

Co-Assistant ED Medical Director

Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine

Kenneth Michael Kelley is not currently accepting new patients. For assistance finding a UC Davis doctor, please call 800-2-UCDAVIS (800-282-3284).



Emergency Medicine


Emergency Medicine

Locations and Contact

UC Davis Medical Center

Emergency Medicine Department
2315 Stockton Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95817

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Phone: 916-734-3790

Additional Numbers

Clinic Phone


Physician Referrals

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

Philosophy of Care

Dr. Kelley provides outstanding medical care to all his patients. Dr. Kelley went into emergency medicine because he wanted to treat all patients regardless of their previous access to care and walk with them during some of the most acute trying times of their lives.

Clinical Interests

Dr. Kelley is a board certified emergency physician.  He treats adult patients who present to the emergency department. He has completed a fellowship in emergency ultrasound and is currently the emergency ultrasound fellowship director. Dr. Kelley is also active in ED operations activities.

Research/Academic Interests

Dr. Kelley's academic interests are in point of care ultrasound and ED operations. Dr. Kelley has participated in multiple studies involving the use of ultrasound in the emergency department.


Emergency Medicine

Center/Program Affiliation

Trauma Program

Medical School

M.D., University of Illinois College of Medicine, Chicago IL 2006

Other School

M.S., University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Champaign IL 1993


Emergency Medicine, Advocate Christ Medical Center, Oak Lawn IL 2006-2009


Emergency Ultrasound, UC Davis Medical Center, Sacramento CA 2009-2010

Diamond Doc Award Recipient, UC Davis Health System, Quarters 2&3 “The new award recognizes the voice of our patients. It celebrates [providers] who demonstrated careful listening, clear explanations, and respectful partnerships and who received the 90th percentile or higher in the hospital consumer assessment of health care providers (HCAHP) survey for the third quarter of the fiscal year 2021.", 2021

Fellow, American College of Emergency Physicians, 2013

Chief Resident, Advocate Christ Medical Center, Department of Emergency Medicine, 2008

Junior Inductee Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society, University of Illinois, Chicago, College of Medicine, 2005

Association of Pathology Chairs Honor Society, University of Illinois, Chicago, College of Medicine, 2004

Nowadly CD, Kelley KM, Crane DH, Rose JS. Evaluation of High Altitude Interstitial Pulmonary Edema in Healthy Participants Using Rapid 4-View Lung Ultrasound Protocol During Staged Ascent to Everest Base Camp. Wilderness Environ Med. 2021 Sep;32(3):278-283. doi:10.1016/j.wem.2021.03.004. Epub 2021 Jun 24. PMID:34175211.

Acuña J, Stolz U, Stolz LA, Situ-LaCasse EH, Bell G, Berkeley RP, Boyd JS, Castle D, Carmody K, Fong T, Grewal E, Jones R, Hilberts S, Kanter C, Kelley K, Leetch SJ, Pazderka P, Shaver E, Stowell JR, Josephson EB, Theodoro D, Adhikari S. Evaluation of Gender Differences in Ultrasound Milestone Evaluations During Emergency Medicine Residency Training: A Multicenter Study. AEM Educ Train. 2019 Oct 24;4(2):94-102. doi:10.1002/aet2.10397. PMID:32313855.

Holmes JF, Kelley KM, Wootton-Gorges SL, Utter GH, Abramson LP, Rose JS, Tancredi DJ, Kuppermann N. Effect of Abdominal Ultrasound on Clinical Care, Outcomes, and Resource Use Among Children With Blunt Torso Trauma: A Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA. 2017 Jun 13;317(22):2290-2296. doi:10.1001/jama.2017.6322. PMID:28609532.

Soucy ZP, Mills L, Rose JS, Kelley K, Ramirez F, Kuppermann N. Creation of a High-fidelity, Low-cost Pediatric Skull Fracture Ultrasound Phantom. J Ultrasound Med. 2015 Aug;34(8):1473-8. doi:10.7863/ultra.34.8.1473. PMID:26206834.

Abo A, Kelley K, Kuppermann N, Cusick S. Ultrasound equipment for the pediatric emergency department: a review. Pediatr Emerg Care. 2011 Mar;27(3):220-6; quiz 227-9. doi:10.1097/PEC.0b013e31820db814. PMID:21378527.

Kulstad EB, Sikka R, Sweis RT, Kelley KM, Rzechula KH. ED overcrowding is associated with an increased frequency of medication errors. Am J Emerg Med. 2010 Mar;28(3):304-9. doi:10.1016/j.ajem.2008.12.014. PMID:20223387.

Kulstad EB, Kelley KM. Overcrowding is associated with delays in percutaneous coronary intervention for acute myocardial infarction. Int J Emerg Med. 2009 Jun 5;2(3):149-54. doi:10.1007/s12245-009-0107-x. PMID:20157464.