Claire Elizabeth Graves, M.D., F.A.C.S. for UC Davis Health

Claire Elizabeth Graves, M.D., F.A.C.S.

Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery

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Surgery - Endocrine

Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism



Locations and Contact

UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center

UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center
2279 45th Street
Sacramento, CA 95817

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Phone: 916-734-5959

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

Philosophy of Care

Dr. Graves believes in compassionate, personalized, and team-based care. She is committed to continuous learning in order to provide the most up-to-date, highest quality care for each patient. She believes medicine is a team sport and values the contributions of all members of the team in providing excellent patient care.

Media Coverage: SeamlessMD. “Dr. Claire E. Graves: From Arts & Humanities to Digitizing the Endocrine Surgery Experience.” The Digital Patient. (Podcast) 25 January 2022.

Clinical Interests

Dr. Graves is a board certified surgeon scientist and fellowship trained Endocrine surgeon. She specializes in the comprehensive, personalized surgical treatment of patients with disorders of the thyroid, parathyroid, and adrenal glands. She has special clinical interest and expertise in surgical innovation and minimally invasive techniques, such as thyroid ablation (a non-surgical option to “shrink” the thyroid gland), remote access “scarless” thyroidectomy, robotic and laproscopic adrenalectomy, and focused parathyroidectomy.

Outside of the hospital, Dr. Graves enjoys running and hiking, traveling, practicing yoga, and exploring northern California with her husband and dog Billie.

Media Coverage: Nguyen, Brandon. “UC Davis endocrine surgeons are the first to perform a ‘scarless’ thyroidectomy in the Central Valley region” The Aggie. 18 February 2022.

Research/Academic Interests

Dr. Graves' research focuses on improving surgical outcomes in diseases of the thyroid, parathyroid, and adrenal glands, particularly through innovative procedures and new technology. She is also interested in the ways that patients experience their diseases, treatment, and interactions with healthcare and how these affect their daily lives.


Surgical Oncology

Center/Program Affiliation

UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center

Undergraduate School

B.A., Religious Studies, Yale University, New Haven CT 2007

Medical School

M.D., Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York NY 2012


General Surgery, New York Presbyterian Hospital - Columbia University, New York NY 2012-2013


General Surgery, New York Presbyterian Hospital - Columbia University, New York NY 2013-2019


Endocrine Surgery, UC San Francisco, San Francisco CA 2019-2020


Research Fellowship - Pediatric Surgery and Surgical Innovation, UC San Francisco, San Francisco CA 2015-2017

Diamond Doc Award, UC Davis, 2021

International Association of Endocrine Surgeons Travel Scholar Award, 2019

Physician of the Year, New York Presbyterian / Allen Hospital, 2018

Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, selected September, 2011

Graves CE, Duh QY, Suh I. Innovations in Parathyroid Localization Imaging. Surg Oncol Clin N Am. 2022 Oct;31(4):631-647. doi:10.1016/j.soc.2022.06.004. Epub 2022 Sep 26. PMID:36243498.

Graves CE, Campbell MJ. Best Left to the Experts: Proficiency and Experience are Key for Safety in Remote-Access Thyroidectomy for Graves' Disease. World J Surg. 2022 May;46(5):1114-1115. doi:10.1007/s00268-022-06496-y. Epub 2022 Mar 1. PMID:35230507.

Graves CE, Goyal N, Levin A, Nuño MA, Kim J, Campbell MJ, Shen WT, Gosnell JE, Roman SA, Sosa JA, Duh QY, Suh I. Anxiety During the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Web-Based Survey of Thyroid Cancer Survivors. Endocr Pract. 2022 Apr;28(4):405-413. doi:10.1016/j.eprac.2022.01.002. Epub 2022 Jan 12. PMID:35032648.

Graves CE. Clinical Judgment and Experience Remain Critical Factors in the Safety of Minimally Invasive Adrenalectomy: Commentary on "Outpatient Adrenalectomy: A Framework for Assessment and Institutional Protocol". Ann Surg. 2022 Feb 1;275(2):e543. doi:10.1097/SLA.0000000000005037. PMID:34225291.

Graves CE, Hope TA, Kim J, Pampaloni MH, Kluijfhout W, Seib CD, Gosnell JE, Shen WT, Roman SA, Sosa JA, Duh QY, Suh I. Superior sensitivity of 18F-fluorocholine: PET localization in primary hyperparathyroidism. Surgery. 2022 Jan;171(1):47-54. doi:10.1016/j.surg.2021.05.056. Epub 2021 Jul 21. PMID:34301418.

Graves CE, Hwang R, McManus CM, Lee JA, Kuo JH. The effect of chronic kidney disease on intraoperative parathyroid hormone: A linear mixed model analysis. Surgery. 2021 May;169(5):1152-1157. doi:10.1016/j.surg.2020.11.031. Epub 2021 Jan 7. PMID:33423798.

Kim J, Graves CE, Jin C, Duh QY, Gosnell JE, Shen WT, Suh I, Sosa JA, Roman SA. Intraoperative nerve monitoring is associated with a lower risk of recurrent laryngeal nerve injury: A national analysis of 17,610 patients. Am J Surg. 2021 Feb;221(2):472-477. doi:10.1016/j.amjsurg.2020.10.013. Epub 2020 Oct 16. PMID:33121660.

Graves CE, Suh I. The current status of remote access thyroidectomy in the United States. Surgery. 2020 Jul 7;S0039-6060(20)30306-8. doi:10.1016/j.surg.2020.05.021. Online ahead of print. PMID:32651055.

Graves CE, Gosnell JE. Medullary thyroid carcinoma in children. Seminars in Pediatric Surgery. 2020 May 15;29(3):150921. doi:10.1016/j.sempedsurg.2020.150921. PMID:32571506.