Rachel Michelle Russo, M.D., M.A.S., N.H.D.P.-B.C. for UC Davis Health

Rachel Michelle Russo, M.D., M.A.S., N.H.D.P.-B.C.

Voluntary Assistant Clinical Professor

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Acute Care Surgery

Surgical Critical Care



Locations and Contact

UC Davis Medical Center

UC Davis Medical Center
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

Dr. Russo seeks to heal patients while guiding their families to a better tomorrow. She is dedicated to serving our community's health needs while mentoring the next generation of surgeons and scientists.

Clinical Interests

Dr. Russo is an Air Force Trauma Surgeon caring for adults and children with a critical illness or in need of emergency surgery. She has a special clinical interest in caring for pregnant women suffering from blood loss and expertise in hemorrhage control and traumatic brain injury.

Research/Academic Interests

Dr. Russo's research focuses on the management of shock in military and civilian settings. She specifically investigates novel therapies to reduce deaths from sepsis, blood loss, and brain injury. Dr. Russo is an expert in patient care during disaster response and mass casualty incidents, with a background in aeromedical patient transport. She also has a special interest in device development and automated critical care platforms for remote environments.


Division of Trauma, Acute Care Surgery and Surgical Critical Care

Center/Program Affiliation

Trauma Program

Undergraduate School

B.S., B.A., Forensic Science, University of Central Florida, Orlando FL 2005

Medical School

M.D., University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Miami FL 2011

Other School

M.A.S, Translational Research, UC Davis, Sacramento CA 2016


Surgery, UC Davis, Sacramento CA 2011-2012


Surgery, Global and Rural Surgery Focus, UC Davis, Sacramento CA 2012-2018


Surgery Critical Care, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor MI 2018-2019


Trauma Translational Research Program, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor MI 2019-2020

The John M. Templeton, Jr., MD Military Call to Service Scholarship, Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma, 2023

Women of the Year Award, Congressional Commendation, Third District of California, 2022

American College of Surgeons, Committee on Trauma - Military Future Trauma Leader, 2022

Doctor’s Day 2022 Award, Special Recognition, UC Davis, 2022

Diamond Doc Award Recognition Event, UC Davis, 2022

Biffl WL, Ball CG, Moore EE, West M, Russo RM, Balogh Z, Kornblith L, Callcut R, Schaffer KB, Castelo M; WTA Multicenter Trials Group on Pancreatic Injuries. A comparison of management and outcomes following blunt versus penetrating pancreatic trauma: A secondary analysis from the Western Trauma Association Multicenter Trials Group on Pancreatic Injuries. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2022 Nov 1;93(5):620-626. doi:10.1097/TA.0000000000003651. Epub 2022 Apr 21. PMID:35444157.

Russo RM, Carver A, Clifford C, Rolston A, Uppal S, Napolitano LM. A team approach to peripartum hemorrhage control incorporating resuscitative endovascular balloon occlusion of the aorta. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2022 Aug 1;93(2):e89-e94. doi:10.1097/TA.0000000000003612. Epub 2022 Mar 22. PMID:35319543.

Russo RM, Gupta S, Bulger EM, Henry SM, Joseph KT, Strong K, Kerby JD. The COT at 100: Evolution and Promulgation of ATLS and Surgical Skills Training. Am Coll Surgeons. 2022 Jul;107(7).

Stokes SC, Rubalcava NS, Theodorou CM, Bhatia MB, Gray BW, Saadai P, Russo RM, McLennan A, Bichianu DC, Austin MT, Marwan AI, Alkhoury F; APSA Fetal Diagnosis and Therapy Committee. Recognition and management of traumatic fetal injuries. Injury. 2022 Apr;53(4):1329-1344. doi:10.1016/j.injury.2022.01.037. Epub 2022 Feb 5. PMID:35144809.

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.

Wandling M, Cuschieri J, Kozar R, O'Meara L, Celii A, Starr W, Burlew CC, Todd SR, de Leon A, McIntyre RC, Urban S, Biffl WL, Bayat D, Dunn J, Peck K, Rooney AS, Kornblith LZ, Callcut RA, Lollar DI, Ambroz E, Leichtle SW, Aboutanos MB, Schroeppel T, Hennessy EA, Russo R, McNutt M. Multi-center validation of the Bowel Injury Predictive Score (BIPS) for the early identification of need to operate in blunt bowel and mesenteric injuries. Injury. 2022 Jan;53(1):122-128. doi:10.1016/j.injury.2021.07.026. Epub 2021 Jul 21. PMID:34380598.

Tian Y, Russo RM, Li Y, Karmakar M, Liu B, Puskarich MA, Jones AE, Stringer KA, Standiford TJ, Alam HB. Serum citrullinated histone H3 concentrations differentiate patients with septic verses non-septic shock and correlate with disease severity. Infection. 2020 Sep 30:1–11. doi:10.1007/s15010-020-01528-y. Epub ahead of print. PMID:33000445.

Russo RM, Franklin CJ, Davidson AJ, Carlisle PL, Iancu AM, Baer DG, Alam HB. A new, pressure-regulated balloon catheter for partial resuscitative endovascular balloon occlusion of the aorta. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2020 Aug;89(2S Suppl 2):S45-S49. doi:10.1097/TA.0000000000002770. PMID:32345889.

Russo R, Kemp M, Bhatti UF, Pai M, Wakam G, Biesterveld B, Alam HB. Life on the battlefield: Valproic acid for combat applications. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2020 Aug;89(2S Suppl 2):S69-S76. doi:10.1097/TA.0000000000002721. PMID:32282756.

Russo RM, Galante JM, Holcomb JB, Dorlac W, Brocker J, King DR, Knudson MM, Scalea TM, Cheatham ML, Fang R. Mass casualty events: what to do as the dust settles? Trauma Surg Acute Care Open. 2018;3(1):e000210. doi:10.1136/tsaco-2018-000210. eCollection 2018. PMID:30402561.