David Shihua Chen, M.D. for UC Davis Health

David Shihua Chen, M.D.

Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Radiology

Associate Program Director, Diagnostic Radiology Residency Program

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Locations and Contact

Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center

4860 Y St.
Sacramento, CA 95817

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

Philosophy of Care

I believe that all persons are deserving of accessible, high quality, patient-centered health care. I aim to ensure that all of my patients are empowered to make their own decisions about medical care and reassured that their well-being is of utmost importance when they are treated at UC Davis Health.

Clinical Interests

Dr. David Chen is a musculoskeletal radiologist who specializes in interpreting imaging of the bones and joints. His practice includes MRI, CT, ultrasound and x-rays of trauma, sports medicine, rheumatologic arthropathy, and orthopedic oncology, amongst other subcategories. He also offers diagnostic and therapeutic fluoroscopic guided joint injections. He has a special clinical interest in teaching medical trainees and engaging in research in medical physics and sports medicine.

Research/Academic Interests

Dr. David Chen research focuses on improving the diagnosis and treatment of orthopedic related injuries. He also has an interest in clinical education, medical physics, and quality improvement of radiation safety.


Musculoskeletal Radiology

Undergraduate School

B.A., Chemistry, Duke University, Durham NC 2012

Medical School

M.D., Keck School of Medicine of USC, Los Angeles CA 2016


Internal Medicine, UCLA-Olive View Medical Center, Sylmar CA 2016-2017


Diagnostic Radiology, UC Davis Medical Center, Sacramento CA 2017-2021


Musculoskeletal Radiology, UC San Francisco, San Francisco CA 2021-2022

Academic Chief Resident, UC Davis Diagnostic Radiology Residency, 2021

Reading Room Educator of the Year, UC Davis Department of Radiology, 2022, 2023

McGill KC, Patel R, Chen D, Okwelogu N. Ultrasound-guided bursal injections. Skeletal Radiol. 2022 Aug 26. doi:10.1007/s00256-022-04153-y. Epub ahead of print. PMID:36008730.

Bucknor MD, Chen DS, Chan L, McGill KC. Deciphering the Ankle Sprain: Ligament Injuries in Athletes. Stems to Sternum: Sports Imaging Inside and Out, 2022 ARRS Categorical Course. 

Chen DS, Escobedo EM, Eastman JG, Bloomstein JD, Taylor SL, Seibert JA. Dose-Area Product-to-Effective Dose Conversion Coefficients for Pelvic Radiography Using a Monte Carlo Program. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2020 Sep;215(3):679-684. doi:10.2214/AJR.19.22013. Epub 2020 Jul 13. PMID:32755183. 

Sand D, She R, Shulman IA, Chen DS, Schur M, Hsu HY. Microbial keratitis in los angeles: the doheny eye institute and the los angeles county hospital experience. Ophthalmology. 2015 May;122(5):918-24. doi:10.1016/j.ophtha.2014.11.027. Epub 2015 Jan 15. PMID:25600200.

Wang B, Rao YH, Inoue M, Hao R, Lai CH, Chen D, McDonald SL, Choi MC, Wang Q, Shinohara ML, Yao TP. Microtubule acetylation amplifies p38 kinase signalling and anti-inflammatory IL-10 production. Nat Commun. 2014 Mar 17;5:3479. doi:10.1038/ncomms4479. PMID:24632940.