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
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Chapter Leadership 


 Kara T. Kleber, M.D., M.A.

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

 Elise Hill, M.D.
 Head of Research Institute

 Rachel Ekaireb, M.D.
Head of Advocacy & Outreach



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

  Luis Godoy, M.D.
  Assistant Professor

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 & 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

  • 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.
  • Andrew Li, Assistant Professor in the Division of Plastic Surgery is the co-founder of which distributes unused and unexpired medical supplies form private donors to community clinics and health centers in the greater Los Angeles area
  • Medical Student Patient Advocacy Project - empowering first year medical students to take an active role in the care of our surgical patients by providing additional education and information regarding their post-operative care  

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, 5:30pm Legislative Process
September 15, 5:30pm Media Advocacy
October 13, 5:30pm Administrative Advocacy
November 10, 5:30pm Engaging with Congressional Budget Office (CBO)


SRS aims to provide surgeons the tools they need to advocate for their peers, patients, and communities.  Our focus is on increasing and integrating training in racial justice, cultural competency, and physician advocacy to the formal surgical curriculum. 

  • Cultural Complications Series
  • Resident orientation
  • Surgery school curriculum
  • Links to prior talks

Strengthen to the ability of surgeons to engage in political and social platforms.

  • Engage leaders within our institution and community to advocate to the evolution of healthcare policies that address access to care
  • Advocate for policies within our local and national medical organizations that address healthcare disparities. 
  • Design and Implement interventions to address inequalities in the health of our patients
  • Encourage service to the community in meaningful ways outside the realm of surgical care.