Kara Agee Toles, M.D. for UC Davis Health

Kara Agee Toles, M.D.

Director of Equity and Inclusion, UC Davis Emergency Medicine

Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine

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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

Philosophy of Care

I strive to provide excellent emergency care with compassion in close partnership with my patients. I am committed to the dismantling of systems which create health inequities in my department and within the community.

Clinical Interests

Dr. Toles is an emergency medicine physician, clinical educator, and advocate for health equity. She is passionate about providing excellent care in the emergency department and utilizes point-of-care ultrasound in her practice and education. She also leads departmental initiatives which aim to create a more inclusive, diverse, and justice-oriented emergency department through the intentional building of equitable policies and practices.

Research/Academic Interests

Dr. Toles's scholarly activity and research span various subjects including innovative bedside emergency procedures, toxicological emergencies, innovations in medical education, and diversity, equity, and inclusion topics. She is passionate about making medical education accessible and participates in the free open access medical education movement; follow her on Twitter at @kat04747.


Emergency Medicine

Undergraduate School

B.A., Pomona College, Claremont CA 2007

Medical School

M.D., UC Davis School of Medicine, Sacramento CA 2012


Emergency Medicine, Highland Hospital, Oakland CA 2012-2013


Emergency Medicine, Highland Hospital, Oakland CA 2013-2016

Health Career Connection 30 Inspiring and & Impactful Alumni, 2020

UC Davis Chancellor’s Achievement Award for Diversity and Community, 2020

UC Davis Mentorship Innovation Award, 2019

Herbert W. Nickens Award, Association of American Medical Colleges, 2010

Point Foundation Scholar, 2010

Medeiros S, Toles K, Kuppermann N, et al. My Pastor Told Me To. Guest host on EM Pulse podcast episode regarding equitable COVID19 vaccination efforts in Sacramento. 2021 Apr 3. (podcast episode)

Toles K, Chenoweth J, Medeiros S, Magana J. Less Lethal Crowd Control. Guest host on EM Pulse podcast episode regarding police violence and street medic work in the wake of George Floyd’s killing. 2020 Aug 17. (podcast episode)

Toles K, Chisholm-Straker, M. et al. COVID Under the Magnifying Glass. Guest Host on EM Pulse podcast episode regarding health inequities in COVID19. 2020 May 18. (podcast episode)

Richards JR, Blohm E, Toles KA, Jarman AF, Ely DF, Elder JW. The association of cannabis use and cardiac dysrhythmias: a systematic review. Clin Toxicol (Phila). 2020 Sep;58(9):861-869. doi:10.1080/15563650.2020.1743847. Epub 2020 Apr 8. PMID:32267189.

Toles K, Campa O, Godzich M, Jain S. Academic Coaching: An Innovative Tool in Medical Education at UC Davis School of Medicine. Presented at the spring conference of the AAMC Group on Diversity and Inclusion, Chicago, IL. 2019 Apr 10. (poster presentation)

Toles K, Medeiros S, et al. Don’t be a Jerk. Guest Host on EM Pulse podcast episode regarding caring for transgender patients in the emergency department. 2018 July 17. (podcast episode)

Toles K, Nagdev A. Alternative patient positioning for the in-plane ultrasound-guided ulnar nerve block. Academic Life in EM Tricks of the Trade. 2016 Jan 1. (online publication). http://bit.ly/1V8QzsG

Toles K. Extra-oral technique for Reduction of Anterior Mandible Dislocation. Academic Life in EM Tricks of the Trade. 2016 Jan 26. (online publication). http://bit.ly/1RLWmqj

Gugelmann H, Qian L, Thoren K, Yang H, Sullivan E, Baumgardner J, Toles K, Smollin C. Repeated Massive Ingestion of Verapamil with Early Endoscopic Removal. Presented at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Clinical Toxicology, New Orleans CA. 2014 Oct.

Haas LM, Hayes JN. Tricks of the Trade in Emergency Medicine, ALiEM Publishing, Redwood City CA. 2020:60-61.