James Holmes, Jr., M.D., M.P.H.

James F. Holmes, Jr., M.D., M.P.H.


Emergency Medicine


Emergency Medicine


  • Executive Vice Chair, Department of Emergency Medicine


James F. Holmes, Jr. is not currently accepting new patients. For assistance finding a UC Davis doctor, please call 800-2-UCDAVIS (800-282-3284).

Patient Support Services Building

4150 V St., Suite 2100
Sacramento, CA 95817
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Physician Referrals: 800-4-UCDAVIS (800-482-3284)

Clinical Interests

Dr. Holmes is an Emergency Medicine physician providing care for patients of all agents in the Emergency Department.

Research/Academic Interests

Dr. Holmes' research focuses on the initial evaluation and care of injured patients. He is specifically interested in the initial care of injured children. His work especially focuses on CT utilization following trauma.


Emergency Medicine


M.D., University of Alabama School of Medicine, Birmingham AL 1994

M.P.H., Epidemiology, UC Berkeley, Berkeley CA 2003

B.S., Auburn University, Auburn AL 1990

Internship: Emergency Medicine, UC Davis, Sacramento CA 1994-1995


Emergency Medicine, UC Davis, Sacramento CA 1995-1997

Board Certifications

American Board of Emergency Medicine, 2008

Professional Memberships

American College of Emergency Physicians

Society for Academic Emergency Medicine

Honors and Awards

SAEM Organizational Advancement Award, 2022

UC Davis Diamond Doc Award, 2021

UC Davis Dean�s Excellence in Mentoring Award, 2014

Select Recent Publications


Winters LJ, Dhillon RK, Pannu GK, Terrassa P, Holmes JF, Bing ML. Emergent cardiac outcomes in patients with normal electrocardiograms in the emergency department. Am J Emerg Med. 2022 Jan;51:384-387. doi:10.1016/j.ajem.2021.11.023. Epub 2021 Nov 17. PMID:34823195.

Ford JS, Parikh A, Sandhu R, Turnipseed S, Morris B, May L, Holmes JF. Testing Asymptomatic Emergency Department Patients for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in a Low-prevalence Region. Acad Emerg Med. 2020 Aug;27(8):771-774. doi:10.1111/acem.14044. Epub 2020 Jul 7. PMID:32516467.

Nishijima DK, Gaona SD, Faul M, Tancredi DJ, Waechter T, Maloney R, Bair T, Blitz A, Elms AR, Farrales RD, Howard C, Montoya J, Garzon H, Holmes JF; Sacramento County Prehospital Research Consortium. The Association of Trauma Center Transport and Long-term Functional Outcomes in Head-injured Older Adults Transported by Emergency Medical Services. Acad Emerg Med. 2020 Mar;27(3):207-216. doi:10.1111/acem.13915. Epub 2020 Feb 3. PMID:31917495.

Woodworth L, Holmes JF. Just a minute: the effect of emergency department wait time on the cost of care. Economic Inquiry. 2020 Feb 17;58:698-716. doi:10.1111/ecin.12849.

Newgard CD, Morris CD, Smith L, Cook JNB, Yealy DM, Collins S, Holmes JF, Kuppermann N, Richardson LD, Kimmel S, Becker LB, Scott JD, Lowe RA, Callaway CW, Gowen LK, Baren J, Storrow AB, Vasilevsky N, White M, Zell A. The First National Institutes of Health Institutional Training Program in Emergency Care Research: Productivity and Outcomes. Ann Emerg Med. 2018 Dec;72(6):679-690. doi:10.1016/j.annemergmed.2018.06.018. Epub 2018 Aug 2. PMID:30078658.

Flynn-O'Brien KT, Kuppermann N, Holmes JF. Costal Margin Tenderness and the Risk for Intraabdominal Injuries in Children With Blunt Abdominal Trauma. Acad Emerg Med. 2018 Jul;25(7):776-784. doi:10.1111/acem.13426. Epub 2018 May 16. PMID:29654622.

Chenoweth JA, Gaona SD, Faul M, Holmes JF, Nishijima DK; Sacramento County Prehospital Research Consortium. Incidence of Delayed Intracranial Hemorrhage in Older Patients After Blunt Head Trauma. JAMA Surg. 2018 Jun 1;153(6):570-575. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2017.6159. PMID:29450470.

Kong SY, Shin SD, Tanaka H, Kimura A, Song KJ, Shaun GE, Chiang WC, Kajino K, Jamaluddin SF, Wi DH, Park JO, Moon SW, Ro YS, Cone DC, Holmes JF Jr. Pan-Asian Trauma Outcomes Study (PATOS): Rationale and Methodology of an International and Multicenter Trauma Registry. Prehosp Emerg Care. 2018 Jan-Feb;22(1):58-83. doi:10.1080/10903127.2017.1347224. Epub 2017 Aug 9. PMID:28792281.

Holmes JF, Kelley KM, Wootton-Gorges SL, Utter GH, Abramson LP, Rose JS, Tancredi DJ, Kuppermann N. Effect of Abdominal Ultrasound on Clinical Care, Outcomes, and Resource Use Among Children With Blunt Torso Trauma: A Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA. 2017 Jun 13;317(22):2290-2296. doi:10.1001/jama.2017.6322. PMID:28609532.