Jonathan L. Pierce, M.D. for UC Davis Health

Jonathan L. Pierce, M.D.

Professor of Surgery

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UC Davis Medical Center - Cypress Building

UC Davis Medical Center - Cypress Building
2221 Stockton Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95817

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Clinical Interests

Dr. Pierce's clinical interests focus on advanced laparoscopy, including bariatric, colon, foregut, solid organ and hernias. His research interests include surgical education and techniques, and implementation into training programs.


Foregut, Metabolic and General Surgery

Undergraduate School

B.S., Wildlife and Conservation Biology, UC Davis, Davis CA 1995

Medical School

M.D., UC Davis School of Medicine, Sacramento CA 1999


General Surgery, UC Davis Medical Center, Sacramento CA 1999-2000


General Surgery, UC Davis Medical Center, Sacramento CA 2001-2005


General Surgery, Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, Winston-Salem NC 2000-2001


Minimally Invasive & Robotic Surgery, UC Davis Medical Center, Sacramento CA 2005-2006

Certificate of Appreciation, Institutional Central Line Training- Initial Outcome at the 2011 Integrating Quality: Linking Clinical and Educational Excellence at UCDHS Symposium, 2011

ASMBS Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence Program Designee, 2010

Society of Laparoscopic Surgeons (SLS) Outstanding Laparoendoscopic Resident Surgeon Award, 2004

Paul R. Lipscomb M.D. Award for Excellence in Orthopaedics, 1999

Vaughn CJ, Kim E, O'Sullivan P, Huang E, Lin MY, Wyles S, Palmer BJ, Pierce JL, Chern H. Peer video review and feedback improve performance in basic surgical skills. Am J Surg. 2016 Feb;211(2):355-60. doi:10.1016/j.amjsurg.2015.08.034. Epub 2015 Nov 22. PMID:26691925.

Mostaedi R, Ali MR, Pierce JL, Scherer LA, Galante JM. Bariatric surgery and the changing current scope of general surgery practice: implications for general surgery residency training. JAMA Surg. 2015 Feb;150(2):144-51. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2014.2242. PMID:25535681.

Leshikar DE, Pierce JL, Salcedo ES, Bola G, Galante JM. Do more with less: a surgery directed institutional model for resident central line training. Am J Surg. 2014 Feb;207(2):243-50. doi:10.1016/j.amjsurg.2013.09.005. Epub 2013 Oct 23. PMID:24216187.

Smith C, Galante JM, Pierce JL, Scherer LA. The surgical residency baby boom: changing patterns of childbearing during residency over a 30-year span. J Grad Med Educ. 2013 Dec;5(4):625-9. doi:10.4300/JGME-D-12-00334.1. PMID:24455012.

Smith CA, Galante JM, Pierce JL, Scherer LA. Laparoscopic transdiaphragmatic pericardial window: getting to the heart of the matter. J Am Coll Surg. 2011 Dec;213(6):736-42. doi:10.1016/j.jamcollsurg.2011.09.005. Epub 2011 Oct 13. PMID:21996485.

Doraiswamy A, Rasmussen JJ, Pierce J, Fuller W, Ali MR. The utility of routine postoperative upper GI series following laparoscopic gastric bypass. Surg Endosc. 2007 Dec;21(12):2159-62. doi:10.1007/s00464-007-9314-9. Epub 2007 May 19. PMID:17514398.

Troppmann C, Johnston WK 3rd, Pierce JL, McVicar JP, Perez RV. Impact of laparoscopic nephrectomy on donor preoperative decision-making and postoperative quality of life and psychosocial outcomes. Pediatr Nephrol. 2006 Jul;21(7):1052-4; author reply 1055. doi:10.1007/s00467-006-0093-7. Epub 2006 Apr 25. PMID:16773425.

Fitzgerald JT, Demos S, Michalopoulou A, Pierce JL, Troppmann C. Assessment of renal ischemia by optical spectroscopy. J Surg Res. 2004 Nov;122(1):21-8. doi:10.1016/j.jss.2004.05.025. PMID:15522310.

Kyles AE, Gregory CR, Griffey SM, Bernsteen L, Pierce J, Lilja HS, Morris RE. Immunosuppression with a combination of the leflunomide analog, FK778, and microemulsified cyclosporine for renal transplantation in mongrel dogs. Transplantation. 2003 Apr 27;75(8):1128-33. doi:10.1097/01.TP.0000061789.97072.12. PMID:12717190.

Troppmann C, Pierce JL, Gandhi MM, Gallay BJ, McVicar JP, Perez RV. Higher surgical wound complication rates with sirolimus immunosuppression after kidney transplantation: a matched-pair pilot study. Transplantation. 2003 Jul 27;76(2):426-9. doi:10.1097/01.TP.0000072016.13090.4E. PMID:12883205.