Gregory J. Jurkovich, M.D. for UC Davis Health

Gregory J. Jurkovich, M.D.

Vice-Chair, Department of Surgery

Director of Clinical Affairs and Quality Programs, Department of Surgery

Distinguished Professor, Department of Surgery

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



Surgery - General


Acute Care Surgery

Surgical Critical Care

Surgery - Trauma, Acute Care Surgery and Surgical Critical Care



Locations and Contact

2221 Stockton Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95817

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Physician Referrals

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

Philosophy of Care

I approach each patient as if I were the patient. I try to understand what their expectation is from surgery, and provide the best advice I can on how reasonable their expectations are.

Clinical Interests

Dr. Jurkovich has looked extensively at some of the major problems in trauma, including new methods of measuring outcome in trauma patients, the role of hypothermia in trauma, alcohol and injury, the immune-inflammatory response to injury, and nutritional support in the critically injured.

Research/Academic Interests

Dr. Jurkovich is currently a Distinguished Professor and Vice-Chairman at the University of California Davis Health in Sacramento. In this role, he is responsible for the clinical affairs and quality programs of the department, as well as being an acute care surgeon.

Dr. Jurkovich's current national responsibilities include President of the National Trauma Institute (NTI), co-director of Center for National Trauma Research (CNTR) and serving on the Board of Directors of the Trauma Center Association of America (TCAA). He has held numerous other leadership positions, including just completing a 6-year terms as a Director of the American Board of Surgery, and Chairman of the component board in Trauma, Burns, and Critical Care. He has been the President of the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma (AAST), the Western Trauma Association (WTA) and the Western Surgical Association (WSA). He also served as Vice-Chairman and Chief of Regional Committee on Trauma from 2002-2006, and received two separate meritorious awards for service to the ACS COT. He has also held additional leadership positions in the Association of Academic Surgeons and the Society of University Surgeons.

Dr. Jurkovich is board certified in surgery and surgical critical care. He has published over 350-peer review publication, and 100 book chapters. He has been an active principal and co-investigator in numerous peer-review and externally funded research efforts over his career, with total awards exceeding $28M.


Division of Trauma, Acute Care Surgery and Surgical Critical Care

Center/Program Affiliation

Trauma Program

Undergraduate School

B.S., Northwestern University, Evanston IL 1974

Medical School

M.D., University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis MN 1978


General Surgery, University of Colorado, Denver CO 1978-1981


Research Fellow Trauma, Duke University, Durham NC 1981-1982


Chief Resident, University of Colorado, Denver CO 1983-1984

Sponsor & Co-author, participant 2019 ACS COT National Resident Paper Competition (Jessica Cox-Bowman, MD), 2019

Chair, National Trauma Institute (2 Terms), 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019

Reviewer of the Year, Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery, 2018

Best Doctors in America, 2003-2008, 2011-2014, 2017, 2018

Marquis�s Who�s Who in Medicine and Healthcare, 2006-2009, 2012-2015, 2016

President, National Trauma Institute, 2014, 2015, 2016

Director, American Board of Surgery, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016

President, Western Surgical Association, 2010, 2011

President, American Association for the Surgery of Trauma, 2008, 2009

Vice-Chairman, ACS Committee on Trauma, 2002, 2003, 2004

Article chosen "Best of 2002" by Archives of Surgery editorial board (#150 on C.V.), 2002

Commencement Address, U. of South Carolina School of Medicine, 2002

National Association of Public Hospitals & Health Systems 2001 Safety Net Award, Honorable Mention: �Humanizing Death Program�, 2001

ATLS Meritorious Service Award, American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma, 2001

Meritorious Service Award, American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma, 2000

Sponsor & Co-author, Second Place, Clinical Investigation, 2000 ACS COT National Resident Paper Competition (Avery Nathens, MD), 2000

President, Washington State Chapter, American College of Surgeons, 1998, 1999

Best Doctors in Seattle, 1998, 2002

Sponsor & Co-author, Second Place, Clinical Investigation, 1999 ACS COT National Resident Paper Competition (Avery Nathens, MD), 1999

Invited key-note speaker, Society of University Surgeons Annual Meeting, 1998

President, Western Trauma Association, 1996, 1997

Sponsor & Co-author, Canizaro Award Winner (Charles Mock, MD); AAST Annual Meeting (Best Paper by new member),

American College of Surgeons Young Surgeon Representative, 1994

Immunology Clinical Externship, National Institute of Health, 1977

Alworth Medical School Academic Scholar, 1976, 1977, 1978

Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society, 1973

Harry Colby Collegiate Scholar, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974

Price MA, Kozar RA, Bulger EM, Jurkovich GJ, and the Coalition for National Trauma Research Scientific Advisory Council: Building the future for national trauma research. Trauma Surg Acute Care Open. 2020;5:e000421. doi:10.1136/tsaco-2019-000421

Cox-Bowman JA, Jurkovich GJ, Nuno M, Utter GH. Hospital-level intensive care unit admission for patients with isolated blunt abdominal solid organ injury. Presented, 90th Pacific Coast Surg Ass, Feb 2019. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2020 Mar;88(3):408-415. doi:10.1097/TA.0000000000002581.

Jurkovich, GJ. Pancreatic Trauma. AAST Master Surgeon Lecture. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2019 Dec 31;88(1):19-24. doi:10.1097/ta.0000000000002546.

Anand T, Roller LK, Jurkovich GJ. Vitamin C in Surgical Sepsis. Curr Opin Crit Care. 2019 Dec;25(6):712-716. doi:10.1097/MCC.0000000000000666. PMID:31567519.

Cox-Bowman JA, Jurkovich GJ, Nishiima DJ, Utter GH. Older adults with isolated rib fractures do not require routine intensive care unit admission. J Surg Res. 2020 Jan;245:492-499. doi:10.1016/j.jss.2019.07.098. Epub 2019 Aug 22.

deRoon-Cassini T, Hunt JD, Geler TJ, Warren AM, Ruggiero K, Scott K, George J, Hailing M, Jurkovich GJ, Fahkry S, Zatzick D, Brasel KJ. Screening and treating trauma survivors for posttraumatic stress disorder and depression. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2019 Aug;87(2):440-450. doi:10.1097/TA.0000000000002370.

Anderson JA, Utter G, Romano PS & Jurkovich GJ. Surgeon-reported complications vs AHRQ patient safety indicators: A Comparison of two approaches to identifying adverse events. J Am Coll Surg. 2018 Sept;227(3):313-320. doi:10.1016/j.jamcollsurg.2018.06.008. Epub 2018 Jul 5. PMID:29981918.

Byrge N, Heilbrun M, Winkler N, Sommers D, Evans H, Cattin LM, Scalea T, Stein DM, Neideen T, Walsh P, Sims CA, Brahmbhatt TS, Galante JM, Phan HH, Malhotra A, Stovall RT, Jurkovich GJ, Coimbra R, Berndtson AE, O'Callaghan TA, Gaspard SF, Schreiber MA, Cook MR, Demetriades D, Rivera O, Velmahos GC, Zhao T, Park PK, Machado-Aranda D, Ahmad S, Lewis J, Hoff WS, Suleiman G, Sperry J, Zolin S, Carrick MM, Mallory GR, Nunez J, Colonna A, Enniss T, Nirula R. An AAST-MITC analysis of pancreatic trauma: Staple or sew? Resect or drain? J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2018 Sep;85(3):435-443. doi:10.1097/TA.0000000000001987.

Lombardo S, Milliar D, Jurkovich GJ, Coimbra R, Nirula R. Factor VIIa administration in traumatic brain injury: an AAST-MITC propensity score analysis. Trauma Surg Acute Care Open. 2018 Mar 22;3(1):e0134. doi:10.1136/tsaco-2017-000134. eCollection 2018.

Zatzick D, Russo J, Thomas P, Darnell D, Teter H, Ingraham L, Whiteside L, Wang J, Guiney R, Parker L, Sandgren K, Kelly-Hedrick K, Van Eaton E, Jurkovich GJ. Patient-Centered Care Transitions after Injury Hospitalization: A Comparative Effectiveness Trial. Psychiatry. 2018 Summer;81(2):141-157. doi:10.1080/00332747.2017.1354621. Epub 2018 Mar 13.