Tanya Nicole Rinderknecht, M.D for UC Davis Health

Tanya Nicole Rinderknecht, M.D

Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery

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Acute Care Surgery

Surgical Critical Care



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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Phone: 800-2-UCDAVIS

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

Philosophy of Care

I consider it a great privilege to take care of patients and their families. I strive not only to provide excellent medical care, but also to help patients and families understand their medical situation, to assist them in making the right decisions for themselves, and to support them throughout their medical journey.

Clinical Interests

Dr. Rinderknecht is a general surgeon specialized in trauma surgery, emergency general surgery, and critical care (ICU care) of surgical patients. She has particular clinical interests in complex polytrauma and biliary disease.

Research/Academic Interests

Dr. Rinderknecht's academic interests include using human-centered design principles to improve surgical care and patient experience. She also has interest in using design to improve surgical care in resource-poor environments. She works with other physicians at UC Davis to study the incorporation of tele-medicine into trauma care.


Division of Trauma, Acute Care Surgery and Surgical Critical Care

Center/Program Affiliation

Trauma Program

Undergraduate School

B.A., Biomedical Ethics, Brown University, Providence RI 2005

Medical School

M.D., Alpert Medical School at Brown University, Providence RI 2011


General Surgery, Stanford University Medical Center, Stanford CA 2011-2012


General Surgery, Stanford University Medical Center, Stanford CA 2012-2018


Surgical Critical Care, UC Davis Medical Center, Sacramento CA 2018-2019

Outstanding Faculty Leader Inside and Outside of the Operating Room, Department of Surgery Leadership Award, UC Davis Health, 2022

Outstanding Faculty Teacher and Mentor, Department of Surgery Surgical Critical Care Fellowship Leadership Award, UC Davis Health, 2022

Outstanding General Surgery Faculty Member in a Teaching Capacity, Department of Surgery, UC Davis Health, 2022

Rinderknecht TN, Salcedo ES, Holcroft JW. Improved Computed Tomography Performance in Blunt Abdominal Trauma-Has Our Care Kept Pace? JAMA Surg. 2022 Sep 1;157(9):778. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2022.2775. PMID:35830184.

Rinderknecht, TN. Critical Care Committee Journal Review: Effect of Vasopressin and Methylprednisolone vs Placebo on Return of Spontaneous Circulation in Patients with In-Hospital Cardiac Arrest. AAST. Epub 2022 Sep 8. 

Theodorou CM, Rinderknecht TN, Girda E, Galante JM, Russo RM. Fetal and neonatal outcomes following maternal aortic balloon occlusion for hemorrhage in pregnancy: A review of the literature. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2022 Jan 1;92(1):e10-e17. doi:10.1097/TA.0000000000003420. PMID:34561397.

Guenther TM, Theodorou CM, Grace NL, Rinderknecht TN, Wiedeman JE. De Garengeot hernia: a systematic review. Surg Endosc. 2021 Feb;35(2):503-513. doi:10.1007/s00464-020-07934-5. Epub 2020 Sep 2. PMID:32880011.

Guenther T, Rinderknecht T, Phan H, Wozniak C, Rodriquez V. Pericardial rupture leading to cardiac herniation after blunt trauma. Trauma Case Rep. 2020 May 11;27:100309. doi:10.1016/j.tcr.2020.100309. PMID:32420444.

Rinderknecht T, Utter, G. Delayed Management of Necrotizing Soft Tissue Infection – Who does the Patient Belong To? PSNet. 2020 Apr 29.