Socially Responsible Surgery (SRS) has the goal of improving surgical equity and patient outcomes. First conceived at Boston University and now expanding to UC Davis Health, SRS creates research and educational initiatives tailored to our unique community. UC Davis Medical Center treats a diverse group of patients, both rural and urban from Northern California and surrounding states. Admission to a surgical service is often the first point of care for many under- or uninsured patients in this large region. This offers exciting opportunities for residents and attendings to devise and implement cutting edge research and educational studies, while advocating for surgical equity in Northern California.
  To learn more about the programs foundation read how Socially Responsible Surgery is Creating a Home for Public Health and Advocacy in Surgery.

Socially Responsible Surgery's Curriculum Vitae (CV) - PDF
For more information contact us.
Follow us on Twitter @UCDSurgEquity


November 2021 - (PDF)


Surgery Department Food Drive: Attendings VS Residents FLYER


Environmental Impact of Telemedicine use at UC Davis

Current Chapter Leadership 


Kara T. Kleber, M.D., M.A.

 Kara T. Kleber, M.D., M.A.

         Alyssa Bellini, M.D.

 Alyssa Bellini, M.D.
 Head of Research Institute

Rachel Ekaireb, M.D.

 Rachel Ekaireb, M.D.
Head of Advocacy

         Priya Suri, M.D.

Priya Suri, M.D.
Head of Policy

         Leah Timbang, M.D., M.P.H.

Leah Timbang, M.D., M.P.H.
Head of Community Outreach



 Diana Farmer, M.D., F.A.C.S
 Chair and Pearl Stamps Stewart Professor
 Department of Surgery


Kathryn M. Stadeli, M.D., M.P.H.
Faculty Advisor
Assistant Professor

  Luis Godoy, M.D.
Diversity and Inclusion Faculty Leader
  Assistant Professor

  Candice Sauder, M.D.
Medical Student Group Leader
   Assistant Professor

  Ho Phan, M.D.
Medical Student Group Leader

Past Resident Leadership 

M. Siobhan Luce, M.D.

 M. Siobhan Luce, M.D.
 Co-founder/Head of Education

      Elise Fannon, M.D.

 Elise Fannon, M.D.
 Head of Research Institute

Alexandra Johns, M.D.   Alexandra Johns, M.D.
Head of Advocacy and Outreach

SRS is engaged in research to better understand surgical care needs, access and inequalities.

  • Identify barriers to proper surgical care and follow-up
  • Study effectiveness of proposed interventions for at-risk patients
  • Education and Advocacy
    • Discuss how disparities apply specifically to surgical patients
    • Design education materials for patients with low medical literacy

Support policy initiatives beneficial to the populations served by UC Davis Medical Center

Our goal is to help students, residents, and faculty develop project to assess, and address inequalities in surgical care.
We keep a running list or current and potential projects as well as potential mentors.

If you have a project idea of would like more information, please contact

Past projects:
Renal transplants in undocumented patients (read an article about this work here:

Homelessness as a factor for Emergency Department Recidivism after violent injury
ED Utilization of violently injured patients, identifying risk factors for mortality and morbidity after discharge.
Discharge of trauma patients with chronic medical diagnoses as an opportunity to improve transitions of care, facilitating long-term management and access to social service resources post hospitalization.

Johns, AJ; Soufi, K; (May 2023). The Distressed Communities Index and Surgical Outcomes, Plus, How to Be Successful in Socially Responsible Research. Presented at: The Socially Responsible Surgery Research Seminar. Virtual

SRS encourages any residents interested in learning more about Physician Advocacy and the Legislative process to join our colleagues in the Health Policy group for this free educational series. You can attend whichever sessions are most interesting to you. 

For upcoming events, programs and symposia please visit our Twitter page @UCDavisSRS for announcements. 

Physician Advocacy Series:
RSVP to a series event HERE.

August 11, 5:30 p.m. Legislative Process
September 15, 5:30 p.m. Media Advocacy
October 13, 5:30 p.m. Administrative Advocacy
November 10, 5:30 p.m. Engaging with Congressional Budget Office (CBO)


Socially Responsible Surgery presents at Surgical Academic Forum:
Medical Education Building Auditorium 2222.

November 21, 2023, 7:30 a.m.

Cultural Complications: Learning from Ourselves

UC Davis Health Residents and Fellows Health Policy Journal Club:

Third Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m.

Contact Jenny Wang ( or Joe Kim ( to sign up or if you have a topic you would like to discuss.

SRS Journal Club:

July 1, 2023

SRS Journal Club:  Disparities in Surgical Care

SRS works to provide surgeons the tools they need to advocate for their peers, patients, and communities. Our group initiates and supports events that increase awareness of racial justice and cultural competency as well as supporting residents and student who take on advocacy roles within our community. We believe that Diversity and Inclusion is a key part of that mission. Past residents have pursued degrees in health policy, worked closely with CMA, and taken on leadership roles within the UC Davis Medical Center system.   

The SRS Service Learning Project teaches 1st and 2nd year medical students to recognize potential barriers patients might face while in the hospital and after discharge when recovering from a traumatic injury. Students then have the opportunity to work directly with patients on rehabilitation and act as patient advocates over a 4 months period.

Past educational initiatives have included guest speakers such as Lori Alvord, cultural competency training for residents, and visits to our interim care shelters for unhoused patients.

If you have unused medical supplies or know someone that could use some, please see our partner:
Second Breath ( run by UCDavis plastic surgeon Dr. Li.

Interested in working with UCDavis Residents on a legislative project?
Please email:  Resident and Fellow Physician Advocacy Board (

Interested Medical Students please see these links for more information regarding programs to increase resident diversity.

Op-Eds/Media Writings/Testimony:
Essig, RM, Visenio, MR, Sundland RM, Johns, AJ, Srinivas, S, Koo, K. (August 2023). Champion the Future of Surgical Training by Becoming a Surgeon-Advocate. American College of Surgeons Bulletin, 108(8). From

Johns, Alexandra; Maa, John; Burruss, Sigrid; Duncan, Thomas; Doucet, Jay; Fuchshuber, Pascal; Liepert, Amy. (January 2023). Stop the Bleed Law Will Prevent Deaths From Traumatic Blood Loss. General Surgery News, Opinion.

Vigneshwar, N., Essig, R., Johns, A., Visenio, M., Sundland, R., and Koo, K. (August 2022). The Importance of Advocacy Increased during the Pandemic. American College of Surgeons Bulletin, 107(8). from

Alexandra Johns - Testimony for AB 70 (Stop The Bleed Trauma Kits) on behalf of the national American College of Surgeons and all three California ACS Chapters - California Senate Health Committee (June 2023)

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