Christine S. Cocanour, M.D. for UC Davis Health

Christine S. Cocanour, M.D.

Professor, Department of Surgery

Section Chief, Surgical Critical Care

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

Locations and Contact

UC Davis Medical Center

UC Davis Medical Center - Trauma, Acute Care Surgery and Surgical Critical Care
2315 Stockton Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95817

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UC Davis Medical Center - Cypress Building

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

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Physician Referrals

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

Philosophy of Care

I strive to provide the best clinically appropriate and culturally competent care to those that are injured or require emergency general surgery care no matter their circumstances, social background or resources.

Clinical Interests

Dr. Cocanour is a Trauma and Emergency General Surgeon who also specializes in Surgical Critical Care. She is the Medical Director of UCDH's Surgical Intensive Care Unit and is on the trauma and acute care surgery call panel at UCDH.

Research/Academic Interests

Dr. Cocanour's research interest is in improving care to those that are injured or those that require surgical critical care. This includes improving pain management, reducing unplanned intubations or providing best practice guidelines for trauma surgeons throughout the country through her work on the Best practice Guidelines committee of the American College of Surgeon's Committee on Trauma.


Division of Trauma, Acute Care Surgery and Surgical Critical Care

Center/Program Affiliation

Trauma Program

Undergraduate School

B.S., University of Toledo, Toledo OH 1978

Medical School

M.D., University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Cincinnati OH 1982

Other School

B.A., University of Toledo, Toledo OH 1977


Surgery, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland OH 1982-1983


General Surgery, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland OH 1983-1988


Surgical Research, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland OH 1985-1986


Trauma and Critical Care, University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston TX 1988-1989

President, Northern California Chapter, American College of Surgeons, 2019, 2020

UC Davis Medical Center Chief of Staff Award, 2016

Surgical Critical Care Teaching Award, 2016, 2020

President, Western Trauma Association, 2014, 2015

Best Doctors in America 2008-2014,

Selected for inclusion in the Consumer Guide: “Guide to America’s Top Surgeons”, 2004

American Board of Surgery Associate Examiner, 2003

Memorial Hermann Hospital Certificate of Recognition, Physician of the Year, 2001

Presidential Citation Recipient, 30th International Educational and Scientific Symposium, Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM), 2001

Dean's Teaching Excellence Award, 2001

American Board of Surgery Associate Examiner, 2001

Schomer KJ, Duby JJ, Firestone RL, Louie EL, Sebat CM, Love DM, Cocanour CS, Albertson TE. Effect of Flumazenil on Hypoactive Delirium in the ICU: A Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Pilot Study. Crit Care Explor. 2020 Mar 24;2(3):e0085. doi:10.1097/CCE.0000000000000085. eCollection 2020 Mar.

Martin ND, Codner P, Greene W, Brasel K, Michetti C, AAST Critical Care Committee. Contemporary hemodynamic monitoring, fluid responsiveness, volume optimization, and endpoints of resuscitation: an AAST critical care committee clinical consensus. Trauma Surg Acute Care Open. 2020;5(1):e000411. Published online 2020 Mar 10. doi: 10.1136/tsaco-2019-000411.

ACS Trauma Quality Programs Best Practices Guidelines for Trauma Center Recognition of Child Abuse, Elder Abuse, and Intimate Partner Violence. 2019 Nov. 

Lee JA, Duby JJ, Cocanour CS. Effect of early and focused benzodiazepine therapy on length of stay in severe alcohol withdrawal syndrome. Clin Toxicol J (Phila). 2019 Jul;57(7):624-627. doi:10.1080/15563650.2018.1542701. Epub 2019 Feb 7.

Hamrick KL, Beyer CA, Lee JA, Cocanour CS, Duby JJ. Multimodal Analgesia and Opioid Use in Critically Ill Trauma Patients. J Am Coll Surg. 2019 May;228(5):769-775.e1. doi:10.1016/j.jamcollsurg.2019.01.020. Epub 2019 Feb 21.

Anderson JE, Cocanour CS, Galante JM. Trauma and acute care surgeons report prescribing less opioids over time. Trauma Surg Acute Care Open. 2019 Mar 27;4(1):e000255. doi:10.1136/tsaco-2018-000255. eCollection 2019.

Zonies D, Codner P, Park P, Martin ND, Lissauer M, Evans S, Cocanour C, Brasel K. AAST Critical Care Committee clinical consensus: ECMO, nutrition. Trauma Surg Acute Care Open. 2019 Apr 3;4(1):e000304. doi:10.1136/tsaco-2019-000304. eCollection 2019.

Curtis E, Romanowski K, Sen S, Hill A, Cocanour C. Frailty score on admission predicts mortality and discharge disposition in elderly trauma patients over the age of 65 y. J Surg Res. 2018 Oct;230:13-19. doi:10.1016/j.jss.2018.04.017. Epub 2018 May 12.

Anderson JE, Brown IE, Olson KA, Iverson K, Cocanour CS, Galante JM. Nonocclusive mesenteric ischemia in patients with methamphetamine use. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2018 Jun;84(6):885-892. doi:10.1097/TA.0000000000001855.

Cocanour CS. Informed Consent-It's more than a signature on a piece of paper. Am J Surg. 2017 Dec;214(6):993-997. doi:10.1016/j.amjsurg.2017.09.015. Epub 2017 Sep 20.