Samuel D. Turnipseed, M.D. for UC Davis Health

Samuel D. Turnipseed, M.D.

Department Medical Director

Performance Improvement Director

Chest Pain Service Coordinator, Internal Medicine Resident Rotations

Health Sciences Clinical Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine

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Emergency Medicine


Emergency Medicine

Locations and Contact

Emergency Medicine Department UC Davis Medical Center

2315 Stockton Blvd. 2315 Stockton Blvd.
Sacramento Sacramento, CA CA 95817 95817

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Additional Numbers

Physician Referrals

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

Clinical Interests

Dr. Turnipseed focuses on the treatment of cardiac patients. He developed the Chest Pain Emergency Room/Cardiac Short-Stay Unit, where patients remain outpatients during a more extensive evaluation of their chest pain, thus avoiding unnecessary hospitalization. Dr. Turnipseed has assessed the benefits of immediate exercise on a treadmill for lower-risk cardiac patients, and evaluated syncope during this early diagnostic phase. He has studied the risk of ischemia in amphetamine-abusing patients who experience chest pain, and he also has researched dose-range safety and the effectiveness of specific pharmaceuticals in severe head-injury cases.


Emergency Medicine

Undergraduate School

B.A., Wake Forest University, Winston Salem NC 1981

Medical School

M.D., East Carolina University School of Medicine, Greenville NC 1987


Internal Medicine, UC Davis Medical Center, Sacramento CA 1987-1990

UCDMC Excellence in Quality Award, 2015

Emergency Medicine Excellence Award of the Year, UC Davis Medical Center, 2015

Medical Staff Service Award, Outstanding Contribution and Service, UC Davis Health System, 2012

Emergency Medicine Clinical Teacher of the Year, UC Davis Medical Center, 2012

Emergency Medicine Billing and Documentation Award, UCDMC, 2010

Emergency Medicine Excellence Award of the Year, UC Davis Medical Center, 2010

Phi Beta Kappa, Wake Forest University, Winston Salem, North Carolina, 1981

Richards JR, Hamidi S, Grant CD, Wang CG, Tabish N, Turnipseed SD, Derlet RW. Methamphetamine Abuse and Emergency Department Utilization: 20 years Later. J Addict. 2017;2017:4050932. J Addict. 2017; 2017: 4050932. Published online 2017 Aug 17. doi:10.1155/2017/4050932.

Jacobs BG, Turnipseed SD, Nguyem AN, Salcedo ES, Nishijima DK. Acute Medical Diagnosis are Common in “Found Down” Adult Presenting to the Emergency Department as Trauma. J Emerg Med. 2015 Dec;49(6):992–997. Published online 2015 Jun 3. doi:10.1016/j.jemermed.2015.03.024.

Lerner EB, Dayan PS, Brown K, Fuchs S, Leonard J, Borgialli D, Babcock L, Hoyle JD, Kwok M, Lillis K, Nigrovic LE, Mahajan P, Rogers A, Schwartz H, Soprano J, Tsarouhas N, Turnipseed S, Funai T, Foltin G, for the Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network (PECARN). Characteristics of the Pediatric Patients Treated by the Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network’s Affiliated EMS Agencies. Prehosp Emerg Care. 2014 Jan-Mar;18(1):52-9. Epub 2013 Oct 17. doi:10.3109/10903127.2013.836262. PMID:24134593.

Diercks DB, Kirk JD, Naser S, Turnipseed S, Amsterdam EA. Value of high-sensitivity C-reactive protein in low risk chest pain observation unit patients. Int J Emerg Med. 2011 Jun 24;4:37. Published online 2011 Jun 24. doi:10.1186/1865-1380-4-37.

Bukkapatnam RN, Robinson M, Turnipseed SD, Tancredi D, Amsterdam E, Srivatsa UN. Relationship of myocardial ischemia and injury to coronary artery disease in patients with supraventricular tachycardia. Am J Cardiol. 2010 Aug1;106(3):374-7. doi:10.1016/j.amjcard.2010.03.035.

Turnipseed SD, Amsterdam EA, Laurin EG, Lichty LL, Miles PH, Diercks DB. Frequency of non-ST-segment elevation injury patterns on prehospital electrocardiograms. Prehosp Emerg Care. 2010 Jan-Mar;14(1):1-5. doi:10.3109/10903120903144924.

Amsterdam EA, Kirk JD, Lewis W, Diercks DB, Turnipseed SD. Acute Ischemic Syndromes: Chest Pain Center Concept. Cardiol Clin. 2002 Feb;20(1):117-36. doi:10.1016/s0733-8651(03)00069-9.

Shields GP, Turnipseed SD, Panacek EA, Melnikoff N, Gosselin R, White RH. Validation of the Canadian Clinical Probability Model for Acute Venous Thrombosis. Acad Emerg Med. 2002 Jun;9(6):561-6. doi:10.1111/j.1553-2712.2002.tb02292.x.

Kirk JD, Diercks DB, Turnipseed SD, Amsterdam EA. Evaluation of Chest Pain Suspicious for Acute Coronary Syndrome: Use of an Accelerated Diagnostic Protocol in a Chest Pain Evaluation Unit. Am J Cardiol. 2000 Mar 9;85(5A):40B-48B;discussion 49B. doi:10.1016/s0002-9149(00)00755-4.

Kirk JD, Turnipseed SD, Diercks DB, London D, Amsterdam EA. Interpretation of Immediate Exercise Treadmill Test: Interreader Reliability Between Cardiologist and Noncardiologist in a Chest Pain Evaluation Unit. Ann Emerg Med. 2000 Jul;36(1):10-4. doi:10.1067/mem.2000.107658.