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

Samuel Dean Turnipseed, M.D.

Emeritus, Department of Emergency Medicine

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Emergency Medicine


Emergency Medicine

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UC Davis Medical Center

Emergency Medicine Department
2315 Stockton Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95817

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Phone: 916-734-3790

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4150 V St.
Sacramento, CA 95817

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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., Biology, 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

Sacramento Top Doctor List, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020

UC Davis Medical Center Chief of Staff Award, 2019

UC Davis Medical Center 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

Richards JR, Wang CG, Fontenette RW, Stuart RP, McMahon KF, Turnipseed SD. Rhabdomyolysis, Methamphetamine, Amphetamine and MDMA Use: Associated Factors and Risks. J Dual Diagn. 2020 Oct;16(4):429-437. doi:10.1080/15504263.2020.1786617. Epub 2020 Jul 9. PMID:32644906.

Ford JS, Parikh A, Sandhu R, Turnipseed S, Morris B, May L, Holmes JF. Testing Asymptomatic Emergency Department Patients for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in a Low-prevalence Region. Acad Emerg Med. 2020 Jun 9:10.1111/acem.14044. doi:10.1111/acem.14044. Epub ahead of print. PMID:2516467.

Richards JR, Harms BN, Kelly A, Turnipseed SD. Methamphetamine use and heart failure: Prevalence, risk factors, and predictors. Am J Emerg Med. 2018 Aug;36(8):1423-1428. doi:10.1016/j.ajem.2018.01.001. Epub 2018 Jan 3. PMID:29307766.

Jacobs BG, Turnipseed SD, Nguyen AN, Salcedo ES, Nishijima DK. Acute Medical Diagnoses Are Common in "Found Down" Adult Patients Presenting to the Emergency Department as Trauma. J Emerg Med. 2015 Dec;49(6):992-7. doi:10.1016/j.jemermed.2015.03.024. Epub 2015 Jun 3. PMID:26048067.

Richards JR, Hamidi S, Grant CD, Wang CG, Tabish N, Turnipseed SD, Derlet RW. Methamphetamine Use and Emergency Department Utilization: 20 Years Later. J Addict. 2017;2017:4050932. doi:10.1155/2017/4050932. Epub 2017 Aug 17. PMID:28913001.

Lerner EB, Dayan PS, Brown K, Fuchs S, Leonard J, Borgialli D, Babcock L, Hoyle JD Jr, Kwok M, Lillis K, Nigrovic LE, Mahajan P, Rogers A, Schwartz H, Soprano J, Tsarouhas N, Turnipseed S, Funai T, Foltin G; 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. doi:10.3109/10903127.2013.836262. Epub 2013 Oct 17. 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. doi:10.1186/1865-1380-4-37. PMID:21702934.

Bukkapatnam RN, Robinson M, Turnipseed S, 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 Aug 1;106(3):374-7. doi:10.1016/j.amjcard.2010.03.035. PMID:20643248.

Turnipseed SD, Trythall WS, Diercks DB, Laurin EG, Kirk JD, Smith DS, Main DN, Amsterdam EA. Frequency of acute coronary syndrome in patients with normal electrocardiogram performed during presence or absence of chest pain. Acad Emerg Med. 2009 Jun;16(6):495-9. Epub 2009 May 7. doi:10.1111/j.1553-2712.2009.00420.x.

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. PMID:19947860.