David V. Shatz, M.D. for UC Davis Health

David V. Shatz, M.D.

Professor, Department of Surgery

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

Locations and Contact

Additional Numbers

Physician Referrals

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

Philosophy of Care

All people are created equal and therefore should be treated equal, regardless of socioeconomic status or titles.

Clinical Interests

Dr. Shatz is a trauma surgeon, specializing in the acute resuscitation and subsequent management of severely injured patients. He is also a surgical intensivist, managing the complexities of acute respiratory failure, hemodynamic instabiity, brain injury and more, in the intensive care unit patient.

Research/Academic Interests

Dr. Shatz's research focuses on aspects of traumatic injury, with a particular interest in splenic immunology and responses to polysaccharide pneumococcal vaccines following injury to the spleen. He is also a recognized expert in prehospital care and in disaster response and management.


Division of Trauma, Acute Care Surgery and Surgical Critical Care

Center/Program Affiliation

Trauma Program

Undergraduate School

B.A., Bacteriology, UCLA, Los Angeles CA 1972

Medical School

M.D., Loyola University, Stritch School of Medicine, Maywood IL 1983


Surgery, University of Hawaii School of Medicine, Honolulu HI 1983-1984


Surgery, Tripler Army Medical Center, Honolulu HI 1986-1989


Surgery, University of Hawaii, Honolulu HI 1984-1986


Surgical Critical Care, University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital, Miami FL 1991-1992

Diamond Doc Award, UC Davis Medical Center, 2022

Outstanding Faculty Teaching and Mentor, UC Department of Surgery, Surgical Critical Care Fellowship, 2019

California EMS Medical Director of the Year, 2015

Life Saving Award, Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Dept., 2008

Peace and Unity Award, Archdiocese of Miami, 2006

Shatz DV, de Moya M, Brasel KJ, Brown CVR, Hartwell JL, Inaba K, Ley EJ, Moore EE, Peck KA, Rizzo AG, Rosen NG, Sperry JL, Weinberg JA, Moren AM, Coimbra R, Martin MJ. Blunt splenic injury, Emergency Department to discharge: A Western Trauma Association critical decisions algorithm. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2023 Mar 1;94(3):448-454. doi:10.1097/TA.0000000000003829. Epub 2022 Nov 18. PMID:36730563.

Cash C, Shatz DV. Social Media in Disaster Response. Doucet J (ed). Disaster Management and Emergency Preparedness, American College of Surgeons, Chicago IL. 2017.

Fischer PE, Bulger EM, Perina DG, Delbridge TR, Gestring ML, Fallat ME, Shatz DV, Doucet J, Levy M, Stuke L, Zietlow SP, Goodloe JM, VanderKolk WE, Fox AD, Sanddal ND. Guidance Document for the Prehospital Use of Tranexamic Acid in Injured Patients. Prehosp Emerg Care. 2016 Sep-Oct;20(5):557-9. doi:10.3109/10903127.2016.1142628. Epub 2016 Mar 17. PMID:26985786.

Pust GD, Grossman D, Shatz D, Habib F, Pizano L, Zakrison T, Marttos A, Ruiz G, Ginzburg E, Namias N. The rare requirement of an on-scene extremity amputation in the entrapped trauma patient.  Pan Am J Trauma Crit Care Emerg Surg. 2016;5(2):93-100. doi:10.5005/jp-journal-10030-1151.

Meizoso JP, Valle EJ, Allen CJ, Ray JJ, Jouria JM, Teisch LF, Shatz DV, Namias N, Schulman CI, Proctor KG. Decreased mortality after prehospital interventions in severely injured trauma patients. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2015 Aug;79(2):227-31. doi:10.1097/TA.0000000000000748. PMID:26218690.

Russo RM, Galante JM, Jacoby RC, Shatz DV. Mass casualty disasters: who should run the show? J Emerg Med. 2015 Jun;48(6):685-92. doi:10.1016/j.jemermed.2014.12.069. Epub 2015 Mar 30. PMID:25837230.

Shatz DV, Romero-Steiner S, Elie CM, Holder PF, Carlone GM. Antibody responses in postsplenectomy trauma patients receiving the 23-valent pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine at 14 versus 28 days postoperatively. J Trauma. 2002 Dec;53(6):1037-42. doi:10.1097/00005373-200212000-00001. PMID:12478024.

Shatz DV, Schinsky MF, Pais LB, Romero-Steiner S, Kirton OC, Carlone GM. Immune responses of splenectomized trauma patients to the 23-valent pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine at 1 versus 7 versus 14 days after splenectomy. J Trauma. 1998 May;44(5):760-5; discussion 765-6. doi:10.1097/00005373-199805000-00004. PMID:9603075.