Gary Raff, M.D.

Gary Raff, M.D.


Pediatric Cardiac Surgery

Pediatric Surgery

Surgery - Cardiothoracic




  • Professor of Clinical Surgery
  • Codirector, UC Davis Pediatric Heart Center


To see if Gary Raff is accepting new patients, or for assistance finding a UC Davis doctor, please call 800-2-UCDAVIS (800-282-3284).

Glassrock Building

2521 Stockton Blvd., Suite 3200
Sacramento, CA 95817
Driving Directions

Primary Phone:

Shriners Hospital for Children

2425 Stockton Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95817
Driving Directions

Primary Phone:
800-2-UCDAVIS (800-282-3284)

Additional Phone Numbers

Clinic Phone: 916-734-3456
Physician Referrals: 800-4-UCDAVIS (800-482-3284)

Philosophy of Care

Caring for the present as well as the future.  What we do today should be part of improving quality of life for years to come. This includes care beyond surgery and is multidisciplinary and multicultural. Since medical practice continually evolves and treatment options can change over time, we must consider this and stay up to date of current advancements in surgical and non surgical therapies in order to provide best care.

Clinical Interests

Dr. Raff is a Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgeon with special interest in complex congenital heart disease and pulmonary hypertension.  He also has expertise in congenital and acquired chest wall disorders. Dr. Raff’s research focus is in pulmonary hypertension and reduction of narcotic use after surgery.

Research/Academic Interests

Dr. Raff has been conducting research focused on pulmonary hypertension since he was a fellow at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. 

He currently conducts clinical and basic science research in pulmonary hypertension treatments and models of pulmonary hypertension in the fetus. He is also interested in and has conducted research in novel ways to reduce narcotic use in patients after surgery.


Cardiothoracic Surgery
Pediatric Surgery

Center/Program Affiliation

Cardiovascular Services
Pediatric Heart Center
UC Davis Children's Hospital


M.D., Hahnemann University School of Medicine, Philadelphia PA 1990

B.S., State University of New York, Stony Brook, Stony Brook NY 1985

Internship: Surgery, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Newark NJ 1990-1992


Thoracic Surgery, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Newark NJ 1992-1998


Pediatric Cardiac Surgery Research, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia PA 1998-1999

Pediatric Cardiac Surgery Clinical Fellow, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia PA 1999-2000

Board Certifications

American Board of Surgery, 2003

American Board of Thoracic Surgery, 2003

CA Medical Board, License, 2003

National Board of Medical Examiners, 2003

Professional Memberships

American Medical Association

Candidate Member American College of Cardiology

Candidate Member American College of Surgeons

Candidate Member Society of Thoracic Surgeons

Honors and Awards

Deans Excellence Award, University of California, Davis Medical, 2010

Winner 1994 Resident's Trauma Paper Competition (New Jersey Committee on Trauma of the American College of Surgeons), 1994

Letter of Recognition, Stony Brook Volunteer Ambulance Corps., 1985

Service Citation, Stony Brook Volunteer Ambulance Corps., 1985

Select Recent Publications

Magnetic Mini-Mover Procedure for pectus excavatum IV: FDA sponsored multicenter trial. Graves CE, Hirose S, Raff GW, Iqbal CW, Imamura-Ching J, Christensen D, Fechter R, Kwiat D, Harrison MR. J Pediatr Surg. 2017 Jun;52(6):913-919.

Novel application of a percutaneous left ventricular assist device as a bridge to transplant in a paediatric patient with severe heart failure due to viral myocarditis. Perry P, David E, Atkins B, Raff G. Interact Cardiovasc Thorac Surg. 2017 Mar 1;24(3):474-476.

Intercostal nerve cryoablation versus thoracic epidural catheters for postoperative analgesia following pectus excavatum repair: Preliminary outcomes in twenty-six cryoablation patients. Keller BA, Kabagambe SK, Becker JC, Chen YJ, Goodman LF, Clark-Wronski JM, Furukawa K, Stark RA, Rahm AL, Hirose S, Raff GW. J Pediatr Surg. 2016 Dec;51(12):2033-2038.

Pulmonary artery smooth muscle cell hyperproliferation and metabolic shift triggered by pulmonary overcirculation. Boehme J, Sun X, Tormos KV, Gong W, Kellner M, Datar SA, Kameny RJ, Yuan JX, Raff GW, Fineman JR, Black SM, Maltepe E. Am J Physiol Heart Circ Physiol. 2016 Oct 1;311(4):H944-H957.

Disrupted NOS signaling in lymphatic endothelial cells exposed to chronically increased pulmonary lymph flow. Datar SA, Gong W, He Y, Johengen M, Kameny RJ, Raff GW, Maltepe E, Oishi PE, Fineman JR. Am J Physiol Heart Circ Physiol. 2016 Jul 1;311(1):H137-45.

Right ventricular nitric oxide signaling in an ovine model of congenital heart disease: a preserved fetal phenotype. Kameny RJ, He Y, Morris C, Sun C, Johengen M, Gong W, Raff GW, Datar SA, Oishi PE, Fineman JR. Am J Physiol Heart Circ Physiol. 2015 Jul 1;309(1):H157-65.

Effects of scaffold material used in cardiovascular surgery on mesenchymal stem cells and cardiac progenitor cells. Hodonsky C, Mundada L, Wang S, Witt R, Raff G, Kaushal S, Si MS. Ann Thorac Surg. 2015 Feb;99(2):605-11.

A stepwise model for delivering medical humanitarian aid requiring complex interventions. Young JN, Everett J, Simsic JM, Taggart NW, Litwin SB, Lusin N, Hasse L, Krivoshchekov EV, Marcin JP, Raff GW, Cetta F. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2014 Dec;148(6):2480-9.e1.

Childhood growth patterns following congenital heart disease. Aguilar DC, Raff GW, Tancredi DJ, Griffin IJ. Cardiol Young. 2015 Aug;25(6):1044-53.

Book Edited: 2017 Gary W. Raff, M.D, Shinjiro Hirose M.D: Surgery for Chest Wall Deformities, Springer  International  Publishing, Switzerland, Edition Number, Edition 1, Number of Pages VIII, 108.


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