Ankit Sarin, M.D., M.H.A. for UC Davis Health

Ankit Sarin, M.D., M.H.A.

Vice Chair of Robotics & New Technologies, Department of Surgery

Chief, Division of Colorectal Surgery

Associate Professor, Department of Surgery

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Surgery - General

Colon and Rectal Surgery



Locations and Contact

UC Davis Medical Center - Cypress Building

UC Davis Medical Center - Cypress Building
2221 Stockton Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95817

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

Philosophy of Care

I believe that physicians should be able to concentrate on the nuances of individual patients to provide compassionate, precise and individualized care. This is only possible when systems are established such that all due diligence is automated and optimized and I have spent a bulk of my career focusing on building these systems of care. For complex medical problems, I believe that collaboration and cross-disciplinary team based care is critical and I always strive to establish these teams for individual patients.

Clinical Interests

Dr. Sarin is an experienced colorectal surgeon specializing in the care of patients with colon and rectal cancer, inflammatory bowel disease and other colorectal problems. His expertise ranges from benign anorectal disease to tertiary level pelvic operations. He has a special interest in robotic colorectal surgery and in identifying its role as a novel solution to complex problems.

Research/Academic Interests

Dr. Sarin has an interest in identifying the role of minimally invasive and newer techniques in colon and rectal surgery as well as improving perioperative care. To this end he has worked on and extensively published on robotic colorectal surgery, enhanced recovery protocols, opioid reduction and systemic workflows that improve quality such as SSI reduction and ostomy care.


Colon and Rectal Surgery

Center/Program Affiliation

UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center

Undergraduate School

I.S.C., Sherwood College, Nainital, India 1997

Medical School

M.B.B.S., Kasturba Medical College, Manipal, Karnataka, India 2003

Other School

M.H.A., Health Administration, Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis MO 2005


General Surgery, New York-Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical College, New York NY 2005-2006


Surgical Oncology, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York NY 2006-2010


General Surgery , New York-Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical College, New York NY 2006-2010


Colon and Rectal Surgery, Barnes Jewish Hospital, Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis MO 2012-2013


Minimally Invasive Surgery, UC San Francisco, San Francisco CA 2011-2012

Nominee for the UCSF Health Exceptional Physician Award, UC San Francisco, 2020, 2022

Excellence in Teaching Award: Haile T. Debas Academy of Medical Educators, UC San Francisco, 2016

High honors for Excellence in Scholarship: Washington University in St. Louis - Health Administration Program, 2005

First class with distinctions in all four professional examinations (boards): Kasturba Medical College, Manipal, India, 2003

Glencer AC, Lin JA, Trang K, Greenberg A, Kirkwood KS, Adam MA, Sarin A. Assessing the role of robotic proctectomy in obese patients: a contemporary NSQIP analysis. J Robot Surg. 2022 Dec;16(6):1391-1399. doi:10.1007/s11701-022-01380-2. Epub 2022 Feb 11. PMID:35147841.

Watanaskul S, Schwab ME, Chern H, Varma M, Sarin A. Robotic transanal excision of rectal lesions: expert perspective and literature review. J Robot Surg. 2022 Oct 16. doi:10.1007/s11701-022-01469-8. Epub ahead of print. PMID:36244050.

COVIDSurg Collaborative. The impact of surgical delay on resectability of colorectal cancer: An international prospective cohort study. Colorectal Dis. 2022 Mar 14;24(6):708–26. doi:10.1111/codi.16117. Epub ahead of print. PMID:35286766.

Schwab ME, Hernandez S, Watanaskul S, Chern H, Varma M, Sarin A. Comparison of advanced techniques for local excision of rectal lesions: a case series. BMC Surg. 2022 Mar 27;22(1):117. doi:10.1186/s12893-022-01543-w. PMID:35346146.

Greenberg AL, Kelly YM, McKay RE, Varma MG, Sarin A. Risk factors and outcomes associated with postoperative ileus following ileostomy formation: a retrospective study. Perioper Med (Lond). 2021 Dec 13;10(1):55. doi:10.1186/s13741-021-00226-z. PMID:34895339.

Garcia MM, Shen W, Zhu R, Stettler I, Zaliznyak M, Barnajian M, Cohen J, Sarin A, Nasseri Y. Use of right colon vaginoplasty in gender affirming surgery: proposed advantages, review of technique, and outcomes. Surg Endosc. 2021 Oct;35(10):5643-5654. doi:10.1007/s00464-020-08078-2. Epub 2020 Oct 13. PMID:33051762.

Sarin A, Lancaster E, Chen LL, Porten S, Chen LM, Lager J, Wick E. Using provider-focused education toolkits can aid enhanced recovery programs to further reduce patient exposure to opioids. Perioper Med (Lond). 2020;9:21. PMID:32670568.

Huang E, Sarin A. Colonic Polyps: Treatment. Clin Colon Rectal Surg. 2016 Dec;29(4):306-314. doi:10.1055/s-0036-1584090. PMID:31777461.