Sawyer Gordon Smith, M.D., M.B.A. for UC Davis Health

Sawyer Gordon Smith, M.D., M.B.A.

Assistant Clinical Professor, Division of Trauma, Acute Care Surgery & Surgical Critical Care

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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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Additional Numbers

Physician Referrals

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

Philosophy of Care

Sustaining a traumatic injury is often one of the most trying times in a patient's life. I strive to provide values-centered care rooted in empathy, compassion, and respect. I work together with my patients and their families to ensure they understand the diagnosis, treatment plan, and resources available to help assist them on their road to recovery.

Clinical Interests

Dr. Smith is a general surgeon who focuses on trauma, acute care surgery, and surgical critical care. He has a particular interest in complex traumatic surgical disease along with improvements in efficiency and cost-effectiveness of care in both the operating room and the trauma bay.

Research/Academic Interests

Dr. Smith's academic interests are focused on surgical education and the advancements in the delivery of care. This includes medical student and resident education, cost-effectiveness, efficiency improvements, and disparities in healthcare outcomes.


Division of Trauma, Acute Care Surgery and Surgical Critical Care

Center/Program Affiliation

Trauma Program

Undergraduate School

B.S., Community Health, Portland State University, Portland OR 2007

Medical School

M.D., Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine, Portland OR 2014

Other School

M.B.A., Healthcare, Oregon Health and Science University, Portland OR 2020


General Surgery, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland OR 2014-2015


General Surgery, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland OR 2015-2021


Surgical Critical Care, University of Texas, Health Science Center, San Antonio, San Antonio TX 2021-2022

J. Englebert Dunphy Chief Resident Award for Outstanding Leadership, Oregon Health & Science University, 2021

Best Resident Clinical Paper, North Pacific Surgical Association, 2019

Oregon/Hawaii Region Best Resident Paper, Pacific Coast Surgical Association, 2019

Best Basic Science Presentation, Region X of The American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma, 2018

Surgery Intern of the Year, Oregon Health & Science University, 2015

Smith S, Dewey E, VanSandt M, Schreiber M. Liquid Plasma Reduces Waste and Health Care Expenses Compared with Thawed Plasma at a Level I Trauma Center. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2020 Nov;89(5):867-870. doi:10.1097/TA.0000000000002765. PMID:33105307.

Zilberman-Rudenko J, Behrens B, McCully B, Dewey EN, Smith SG, Murphy JM, Goodman A, Underwood SJ, Rick EA, Madtson BM, Thompson ME, Glaser JJ, Holcomb JB, Schreiber MA. Use of Bilobed Partial Resuscitative Endovascular Balloon Occlusion of the Aorta is Logistically Superior in Prolonged Management of a Highly Lethal Aortic Injury. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2020 Sep;89(3):464-473. doi:10.1097/TA.0000000000002797. PMID:32467463.

Smith SG, Dewey EN, Eastes LE, Schreiber MA. Efficacy of Prehospital Criteria in Identifying Trauma Patients Susceptible to Undertriage. JAMA Surg. 2019 Oct;154(10):973-974. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2019.2497. PMID:31389977.

Smith S, Fair K, Goodman A, Watson J, Dodgion C, Schreiber M. Consumption of Alcohol Leads to Platelet Inhibition in Men. Am J Surg. 2019 May;217(5):868-872. doi:10.1016/j.amjsurg.2019.02.020. Epub 2019 Feb 23. PMID:30826005.

Trivedi A, Miyazawa B, Gibb S, Valanoski K, Vivona L, Lin M, Potter D, Stone M, Norris PJ, Murphy J, Smith S, Schreiber M, Pati S. Bone marrow donor selection and characterization of MSCs is critical for pre-clinical and clinical cell dose production. J Transl Med. 2019 Apr 17;17(1):128. doi:10.1186/s12967-019-1877-4. PMID:30995929.

Chi A, Smith S, Womack I, Armiger R. The Evolution of Man and Machine - A Review of Current Surgical Techniques and Cutting Technologies After Upper Extremity Amputation. Curr Trauma Rep. 2018 Dec;4(4):339-347. doi:10.1007/s40719-018-0142-2.

Smith S, McCully B, Bommiasamy A, Murphy J, Behrens B, Pati S, Goodman A, Schreiber M. A Combat Relevant Model for the Creation of Acute Lung Injury in Swine. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2018 Jul;85(1S Suppl 2):S39-S43. doi:10.1097/TA.0000000000001788. PMID:29283971.

Smith S, Schreiber MA. Evaluating the Acute Abdomen. Brown C, Inaba K, Martin M, Salim A (eds). Emergency General Surgery. 2019 Nov;2:13-26. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-96286-3_2.