Clifford T. Pereira, M.D., F.A.C.S., F.R.C.S. (Eng) for UC Davis Health

Clifford T. Pereira, M.D., F.A.C.S., F.R.C.S. (Eng)

Associate Professor, Department of Surgery

To see if Clifford T. Pereira is accepting new patients, or for assistance finding a UC Davis doctor, please call 800-2-UCDAVIS (800-282-3284).



Hand Surgery

Peripheral Nerve

Microsurgical Reconstruction

Burn Reconstruction



Locations and Contact

UC Davis Medical Center - Cypress Building

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

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Phone: 800-2-UCDAVIS

Cannery Building

Plastic Surgery
3301 C St.
Sacramento, CA 95816

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Phone: 916-734-7844

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Physician Referrals

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

Philosophy of Care

As a surgeon who has previously undergone surgery, I bring a unique perspective and a better understanding of patient’s needs to my practice. I believe in combining cutting-edge medical knowledge with patient education and patient-centric multidisciplinary team approach, in order to develop an individualized treatment plan for each patient. My job as your surgeon is not solely to perform excellent surgery…, it is to do the right operation, at the right time, for the right reasons to bring you through surgery, safely and effectively.

Clinical Interests

Dr. Clifford Pereira is a Board Certified, Fellowship-trained Hand and Upper Extremity Microvascular Reconstructive Surgeon. His clinical interests include brachial plexus and peripheral nerve surgery; wrist and hand trauma, rheumatoid hand deformities, tetraplegia hand function optimization, burn reconstruction and microvascular reconstructive free tissue transfers. Dr. Pereira offers latest cutting-edge techniques including minimally invasive arthroscopic and endoscopic surgeries, nerve transfers, tendon transfers and Targetted Muscle Reinnervation (TMR). TMR is an exciting new technique offered to patients with amputations in order to improve neuroma pain and phantom pain.

Research/Academic Interests

Dr. Pereira runs a research laboratory that focuses on peripheral nerve injury and reconstruction. His research involves the use of novel tissue engineering technology, stem cells and bioactive molecules to improve nerve regeneration. Work is also conducted on the influence of nerves on the microenvironment of cancer cells. Dr. Pereira's team conducts several clinical research aimed at improving patient outcomes. He is actively involved in medical student and resident education and has ongoing research projects to enhance surgical education and training.


Plastic Surgery

Center/Program Affiliation

Trauma Program

Medical School

M.B.B.S., Baroda Medical College, Gujarat, India 1996

Other School

F.R.C.S.Ed., General Surgery, Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburg, Edinburg, United Kingdom 2000

Other School

F.R.C.S., General Surgery, Royal College of Surgeons of England, London, United Kingdom 2000


General Surgery, Texas Tech University Hospital, Lubbock TX 2005-2006


General Surgery, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles CA 2006-2011


Plastic Surgery, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles CA 2011-2014


Hand and Microsurgery, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles CA 2014-2015

UC Davis Committee on Research - Innovative Development Award, 2020

UC Davis CHPR/CHT/BHCOE Covid19 Pilot Fund Award, 2020

Voted ‘Top Docs’ in Sacramento Magazine, 2019

American Society for Surgery of the Hand International Travel Fellowship Award, 2019

American Society for Surgery of the Hand Scholarship Award, 2014

Li A, Pereira C, Hill EE, Vukcevich O, Wang A. In Vitro, In Vivo and Ex Vivo Models for Peripheral Nerve Injury and Regeneration. Curr Neuropharmacol. 2022;20(2):344-361. doi:10.2174/1570159X19666210407155543. PMID:33827409.

Zeiderman MR, Pereira CT. Substance Addiction and the Hand Surgery Patient: A Comprehensive Review. J Hand Surg Am. 2021 Sep;46(9):790-799. doi:10.1016/j.jhsa.2021.05.016. Epub 2021 Jul 8. PMID:34247846.

Pereira CT, Paxton ZJ, Li AI. Involvement of PDGF-BB and IGF-1 in Activation of Human Schwann Cells by Platelet-Rich Plasma. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2020 Dec;146(6):825e-827e. doi:10.1097/PRS.0000000000007406. PMID:33234996.

Li A, Pereira C. The Effects of Lidocaine on Voltage-Gated Calcium Channels. J Hand Surg Am. 2020 Jul;45(7):e3. doi:10.1016/j.jhsa.2020.03.019. Epub 2020 Apr 21. PMID:32327336.

Zeiderman MR, Pereira CT. Reply to: "Updated guidelines on complex regional pain syndrome in adults". J Plast Reconstr Aesthet Surg. 2019 Feb;72(2):335-354. doi:10.1016/j.bjps.2018.11.022. Epub 2018 Dec 15. PMID:30579910.

Moshrefi S, Sheckter CC, Shepard K, Pereira C, Davis DJ, Karanas Y, Rochlin DH. Preventing Unnecessary Intubations: A 5-Year Regional Burn Center Experience Using Flexible Fiberoptic Laryngoscopy for Airway Evaluation in Patients With Suspected Inhalation or Airway Injury. J Burn Care Res. 2019 Apr 26;40(3):341-346. doi:10.1093/jbcr/irz016. PMID:31222272.

Lee C, Pereira CT, Rough j, Sugi M, Ghodasra J, Yamaguchi K, Zoller S, Benhaim P. Feasibility and Reliability of Open Reduction and Internal Fixation in Delayed Distal Radius Fracture Management. J Hand Surg Global Open. 2019 Jul;1(3):138-143. doi:10.1016/j.jhsg.2019.05.003.

Hinchcliff K, Pereira CT. Subungual Tumors: An Algorithmic Approach. J Hand Surg Am. 2019 Jul;44(7):588-598. doi:10.1016/j.jhsa.2018.12.015. Epub 2019 May 6. PMID:31072661.