Steven Maximus, M.D., F.A.C.S. for UC Davis Health

Steven Maximus, M.D., F.A.C.S.

Assistant Professor

Director of Aortic Surgery

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Vascular Surgery



Locations and Contact

Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center

Vascular Center
4860 Y St.
Sacramento, CA 95817

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Phone: 916-734-3800

Additional Numbers

Clinic Fax


Physician Referrals

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

Philosophy of Care

I believe that my role as a physician is to provide my patients with as much clear information as possible so that they can make the best decision based on their individual goals, priorities and beliefs. As a former high school teacher, I see it as part of my duty to explain different treatment options in a way that is clear and understandable. I pride myself on my ability to explain complex disease processes and the treatment options available in a clear and easy to understand manner. I respect my patients' wishes, and I understand that everyone has different needs and priorities. I will always do everything I can to ensure that my patient is getting the best possible care that is tailored to their specific needs and wishes. My job is to provide my patients with the most up to date information, and help them make decisions that are right for them regarding their care.

Clinical Interests

Dr. Maximus focuses on the clinical evaluation and treatment of aortic aneurysms, dissections, trauma and aortic pathology that involves any segment of the aorta, which includes the aortoiliac, juxtarenal, pararenal, complex abdominal thoracoabdominal and aortic arch. Dr. Maximus completed his vascular surgery fellowship at the University of Chicago, where he learned to provide multidisciplinary care of patients with complex vascular disorders. In addition to completing a vascular surgery fellowship, he has sought out additional training and completed an Advanced Endovascular Aortic Fellowship at the University of Texas, Houston under the mentorship of Dr. Gustavo Oderich, who is the world renowned authority on innovative minimally invasive endovascular techniques to treat complex aortic aneurysms.

Dr. Maximus serves as the director of aortic surgery at UC Davis, and performs both endovascular and open aortic procedures, such as endovascular aortic arch repair and repair of complex thoracoabdominal aneurysms with physician modified endovascular grafts (PMEGs). He is also an expert on a number of other types of vascular diseases, including carotid pathology. He has performed the most Transcarotid Arterial Revascularizations (TCARs) in the region, and is an expert who proctors other physicians for this operation. Dr. Maximus' practice philisophy is compassion, excellence and availability.

Research/Academic Interests

Dr. Maximus' research interests include data regarding endovascular treatment for aortic aneurysm repair, both initial repair and the salvage of failing endografts. He is the principal investigator for several clinical trials and he has extensive experience with new and innovative devices that many surgeons do not have access to. Dr. Maximus was the first physician in the entire University of California system to successfully deploy the Gore Thoracic Branch Endoprosthesis, and was also the first physician to use this device for an ascending aortic aneurysm repair. He has several publications and is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a member of the Society for Vascular Surgery.


Vascular Surgery

Center/Program Affiliation

Vascular Center

Undergraduate School

B.S., Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology, UCLA, Los Angeles CA 2003

Medical School

M.D., UC Davis School of Medicine, Sacramento CA 2011


General Surgery, UC Irvine Medical Center, Irvine CA 2011-2012


General Surgery, UC Irvine Medical Center, Irvine CA 2012-2017


Vascular Surgery, University of Chicago, Chicago IL 2017-2019


Advanced Endovascular Aortic, University of Texas at Houston, Houston TX 2023

Diamond Doctor, UC Davis Health, 2022, 2023

Outstanding Vascular Surgery Faculty Member in a Teaching Capacity, UC Davis Health, 2022

Golden Scalpel Award, UC Irvine Medical Center, Department of Surgery, 2017

Lozano R, DiLosa K, Schneck M, Maximus S, Callcut R, Shatz D, Mell M. Comparison of Treatment and Outcomes in Blunt Thoracic Aortic Injury (BTAI) based on Different Vascular Surgery Guidelines. J Vasc Surg. 2023 Apr 21:S0741-5214(23)00463-9. doi:10.1016/j.jvs.2023.03.018. Epub ahead of print. PMID:37088445.

Maximus S, Kwong M, Harding J, Mell M. Radial arterial access is a safe alternative to brachial artery and femoral artery access for endovascular lower extremity peripheral arterial disease. J Vasc Surg. 2023 Mar;77(3):870-876. doi:10.1016/j.jvs.2022.10.037. Epub 2022 Oct 31. PMID:36328139.

Maximus S, Long K, Babrowski T, Park J, Milner R. Right-sided Upper Extremity Access for Patients Undergoing Parallel Graft Placement during Endovascular Aortic Repair is Not Associated with Increased Neurologic Events When Compared with Left Upper Extremity Access. Ann Vasc Surg. 2021 May;73:37-42. doi:10.1016/j.avsg.2020.10.028. Epub 2020 Nov 26. PMID:33249130.

Maximus S, Skelly C, Milner R. Velocities of type II endoleaks on Doppler ultrasonography predict outcome. J Vasc Surg. 2020 May;71(5):1719-1725. doi:10.1016/j.jvs.2019.07.078. Epub 2019 Oct 13. PMID:31619352.

Maximus S, Milner R. Pieces of a Puzzle: Anatomy and Parallel Grafts. EJVES Short Rep. 2019 Apr 4;43:41. doi:10.1016/j.ejvssr.2019.03.004. PMID:31297459.

Maximus S, Milner R. Not Your Typical Steal Syndrome - Traumatic Superior Mesenteric Arteriovenous Fistula Causing Acute Bowel Ischaemia. EJVES Short Rep. 2018 Jun 12;39:62. doi:10.1016/j.ejvssr.2018.05.009. PMID:29988833.

Maximus S, Milliken JC, Danielsen B, Shemin R, Khan J, Carey JS. Implementation of transcatheter aortic valve replacement in California: Influence on aortic valve surgery. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2018 Apr;155(4):1447-1456. doi:10.1016/j.jtcvs.2017.07.092. Epub 2018 Jan 4. PMID:29554785.

Maximus S, Figueroa C, Whealon M, Pham J, Kuncir E, Barrios C. eFAST for Pneumothorax: Real-Life Application in an Urban Level 1 Center by Trauma Team Members. Am Surg. 2018 Feb 1;84(2):220-224. PMID:29580349.