Ian Angus Powelson, M.D. for UC Davis Health

Ian Angus Powelson, M.D.

Assistant Professor, Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

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Surgery - Plastic & Reconstructive

Surgery - Burn

Hand Surgery



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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Shriners Hospital for Children

Shriners Hospital for Children
2425 Stockton Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95817

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Clinic Phone: 916-453-2180

Clinic Fax: 916-453-2373

UC Davis Medical Group - Point West

UC Davis Medical Group - Point West
1535 River Park Drive
Sacramento, CA 95815

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Philosophy of Care

I believe that every patient deserves to have a frank discussion about the risks and benefits of various treatment options — including the option not to have surgery. Every patient has their own goals and risk tolerance, so we will work together to formulate a plan which best matches your needs. Regardless of which decision you make, I will always put your safety and well-being first.

Clinical Interests

Dr. Powelson is a plastic and reconstructive surgeon who completed fellowships in hand surgery, burn surgery, and surgical critical care. Though he maintains a broad plastic surgery practice and offers a variety of procedures, he has a special interest in working with burn survivors to restore both form and function. Additionally, he is the Plastic Surgery Director of the Advanced Wound Clinic and is an expert in pressure injury reconstruction. He treats both adults and children through his practices at UC Davis Medical Center and Shriners Children’s Northern California.

Research/Academic Interests

Dr. Powelson is interested in improving outcomes for patients undergoing burn reconstruction surgery. He is particularly interested in optimizing upper extremity function after severe burns and is uniquely qualified to investigate this topic as he is one of the only surgeons in the United States with fellowship training in both hand and burn surgery. Additionally, he is passionate about improving burn care globally and travels frequently to developing countries, where he operates with and teaches reconstructive techniques to local surgeons.


Plastic Surgery

Center/Program Affiliation

Burn Center

Undergraduate School

B.A., Biochemistry, Columbia University, New York NY 2007

Medical School

M.D., University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor MI 2014


General Surgery, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon NH 2014-2017


Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon NH 2017-2020


Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery, John Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore MD 2020-2021


Burn Surgery and Surgical Critical Care, University of Southern California Medical Center and Los Angeles County Medical Center, Los Angeles CA 2021-2022

To see a full list of Dr. Powelson's publications, please click here.

Powelson I, Kaufmann RA, Chida NM, Shores JT. A New Consideration for Corticosteroid Injections: Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19) Vaccination. J Hand Surg Am. 2022 Jan;47(1):79-83. doi:10.1016/j.jhsa.2021.07.002. Epub 2021 Jul 16. PMID:34561136.

Wampler AT, Powelson IA, Homa K, Freed GL. BREAST-Q Outcomes before and after Bilateral Reduction Mammaplasty. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2021 Mar 1;147(3):382e-390e. doi:10.1097/PRS.0000000000007605. PMID:33620922.

Fisher AH, Powelson IA, Wampler AT, Doughty H, Freed GL Jr. Analgesic Use Following Bilateral Breast Reduction. Ann Plast Surg. 2020 Aug;85(2):110-114. doi:10.1097/SAP.0000000000002088. PMID:31688122.

Wampler A, Powelson I, Matthew MK. Comparative Accuracy of Clinical and Formula-Based Estimation of Resection Weight in Reduction Mammoplasty and Implications for Insurance Preapproval and Payment. Ann Plast Surg. 2019 Apr;82(4S Suppl 3):S259-S263. doi:10.1097/SAP.0000000000001885. PMID:30855397.

Kunisaki SM, Powelson IA, Haydar B, Bowshier BC, Jarboe MD, Mychaliska GB, Geiger JD, Hirschl RB. Thoracoscopic vs open lobectomy in infants and young children with congenital lung malformations. J Am Coll Surg. 2014 Feb;218(2):261-70. doi:10.1016/j.jamcollsurg.2013.10.010. Epub 2013 Oct 24. PMID:24315887.

Zeller J, Turbiak AJ, Powelson IA, Lee S, Sun D, Showalter HD, Fearon ER. Investigation of 3-aryl-pyrimido[5,4-e][1,2,4]triazine-5,7-diones as small molecule antagonists of β-catenin/TCF transcription. Bioorg Med Chem Lett. 2013 Nov 1;23(21):5814-20. doi:10.1016/j.bmcl.2013.08.111. Epub 2013 Sep 7. PMID:24060489.

Kunisaki SM, Powelson IA, Bruch SW, Jarboe MD, Geiger JD, Mychaliska GB. Thoracoscopic repair of recurrent bochdalek diaphragmatic hernias in children. J Laparoendosc Adv Surg Tech A. 2012 Dec;22(10):1004-9. doi:10.1089/lap.2012.0048. Epub 2012 Jul 23. PMID:22823465.

Kunisaki SM, Maher CO, Powelson I, Gemmete JJ, Hirschl RB, Mychaliska GB. Benign sacrococcygeal teratoma with spinal canal invasion and paraplegia. J Pediatr Surg. 2011 Sep;46(9):e1-4. doi:10.1016/j.jpedsurg.2011.05.013. PMID:21929968.

Burns NZ, Hackman BM, Ng PY, Powelson IA, Leighton JL. The enantioselective allylation and crotylation of sterically hindered and functionalized aryl ketones: convenient access to unusual tertiary carbinol structures. Angew Chem Int Ed Engl. 2006 Jun 2;45(23):3811-3. doi:10.1002/anie.200600910. PMID:16671141.