Rachel Ann Hight, M.D., F.A.C.S. for UC Davis Health

Rachel Ann Hight, M.D., F.A.C.S.

Associate Professor, Department of Surgery

Retired Colonel, United States Air Force

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Locations and Contact

UC Davis Medical Center

UC Davis Medical Center - Trauma, Acute Care Surgery and Surgical Critical Care
2315 Stockton Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95817

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Physician Referrals

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

Philosophy of Care

Dr. Hight strives to treat all her patients as well as she would want her own family members treated, and helps to foster this same focus in her surgical teams. She has a particular interest in helping people develop their highest potential.

Clinical Interests

Dr. Hight is a board-certified trauma/critical care and general surgeon. She has over 15 years of clinical and leadership experience with the United States Air Force in various roles spanning the globe in a variety of settings, including two deployments to Afghanistan, in a nearly 30-year career. Dr. Hight arrived at UC Davis in 2010 while concurrently serving in the USAF at Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield, CA and retired in 2019 in the rank of Colonel. Dr. Hight is the UC Davis military-civilian partnership liaison and is the focal point for helping the two health systems leverage the high-volume, high-acuity clinical experience at UC Davis to optimize the Department of Defense's military medical readiness platform through exposure to currency cases with individual and team-based solutions.

Research/Academic Interests

Dr. Hight has a passion for trauma skills and pre-hospital medical training, surgical education and communication, emergency hemorrhage control techniques, and disaster preparedness. Her favorite teaching environment is with small groups in a hands' on learning experience.


Division of Trauma, Acute Care Surgery and Surgical Critical Care

Center/Program Affiliation

Trauma Program

Undergraduate School

United States Air Force Academy, USAF Academy CO 1994

Medical School

M.D., Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda MD 1998


General Surgery, Keesler Medical Center, Keesler AFB, Biloxi MS 1998-1999


General Surgery, Keelser Medical Center, Keesler AFB, Biloxi MS 1999-2003


Surgical Critical Care, University of Cincinnati Medical Center, Cincinnati OH 2008-2009

Outstanding Faculty Educator, UC Davis Medical Center, 2013

Legion of Merit, United States Air Force,

Bronze Star, United States Air Force,

Meritorious Service Medal, United States Air Force,

Afghanistan Campaign Medal, United States Air Force,

NATO ISAF Medal, United States Air Force,

Global War on Terrorism Medal, United States Air Force,

Anderson JE, Farmer DL, Hight RA, Galante JM. Achieving Zero Preventable Deaths: A Model of a Military-Civilian Medical Training Partnership. Bulletin Amer Coll Surg. 2018 Jun 1;103(6):10-14.

Johnson MA, Neff LP, Williams TK, DuBose JJ; EVAC Study Group. Partial resuscitative balloon occlusion of the aorta (P-REBOA): Clinical technique and rationale. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2016 Nov;81(5 Suppl 2 Proceedings of the 2015 Military Health System Research Symposium):S133-S137. doi:10.1097/TA.0000000000001146. PMID:27244578.

Russo RM, Zakaluzny SA, Neff LP, Grayson JK, Hight RA, Galante JM, Shatz DV. A pilot study of chest tube versus pigtail catheter drainage of acute hemothorax in swine. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2015 Dec;79(6):1038-43; discussion 1043. doi:10.1097/TA.0000000000000693. PMID:26317812.

Hight RA, Salcedo ES, Martin SP, Cocanour CS, Utter G, Galante JM. Level I academic trauma center integration as a model for sustaining combat surgical skills: The right surgeon in the right place for the right time. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2015 Jun;78(6):1176-81. doi:10.1097/TA.0000000000000649. PMID:26151520.

Hines JF, Thomas AR, Call R, Satin AJ, Armstrong AY, Haffner WH. Development and use of military-unique standardized gynecology patients in military undergraduate medical education. Mil Med. 1999 Apr;164(4):280-2. PMID:10226455.