Saul Schaefer, M.D.

Saul Schaefer, M.D.



Cardiovascular Medicine

Internal Medicine

Invasive Cardiology


Internal Medicine


  • Professor
  • Director of Medical Student Research and Physician Scientist Training Program
  • Chief of Cardiology Section, VA Northern California Health Care System


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Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center

4860 Y St., Suite 0200
Sacramento, CA 95817
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Physician Referrals: 916-916--734-5678

Philosophy of Care

My goal is to thoughtfully listen to and evaluate a patient's complaints and develop an evidence-based diagnostic and therapeutic plan that aligns with the patients goals.

Clinical Interests

Dr. Schaefer focuses his clinical research on the utilization of non-invasive cardiac testing to diagnosis ischemic heart disease and pulmonary embolism. 

Research/Academic Interests

Dr. Schaefer's laboratory studies involve the modulation of calcium uptake into mitochondria as a method of preventing and treating heart failure.  These studies use transgenic mice with conditional knockout of the mitochondrial translocator protein.


Cardiovascular Medicine

Center/Program Affiliation

Cardiovascular Services


M.D., UC Davis School of Medicine, Sacramento CA 1981

B.E., Mechanical Engineering, The Cooper Union, New York NY 1968

Internship: Internal Medicine, UC San Francisco Medical Center, San Francisco CA 1981-1982


Internal Medicine, UC San Francisco Medical Center, San Francisco CA 1982-1984


Cardiovascular Medicine, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas TX 1984-1987

Board Certifications

American Board of Internal Medicine, 1984

American Board of Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease, 1987

Professional Memberships

American College of Cardiology

American Federation of Clinical Research

American Heart Association

American Society of Echocardiography

Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine

Honors and Awards

Best Doctors in America 2001-2012,

UC Davis School of Medicine Alumni Association Distinguished Alumnus Award, 2009

Select Recent Publications

Ma L, Lee BH, Clifton H, Schaefer S, Zheng J. Nicotinic acid is a common regulator of heat-sensing TRPV1-4 ion channels. Sci Rep. 2015 Mar 10;5:8906.

Clifton HL, Inceoglu B, Ma L, Zheng J, Schaefer S. TRPV1 channels are involved in niacin-induced cutaneous vasodilation in mice. J Cardiovasc Pharmacol. 2015 Feb;65(2):184-91.

Tate S, Griem A, Durbin-Johnson B, Watt C, Schaefer S. Marked elevation of B-type natriuretic peptide in patients with heart failure and preserved ejection fraction. J Biomed Res. 2014 Jul;28(4):255-61.

Ma L, Lee BH, Mao R, Cai A, Jia Y, Clifton H, Schaefer S, Xu L, Zheng J. Nicotinic acid activates the capsaicin receptor TRPV1: Potential mechanism for cutaneous flushing. Arterioscler Thromb Vasc Biol. 2014 Jun;34(6):1272-80.

Stripe B, Rechenmacher S, Jurewitz D, Lee C, Schaefer S. The diagnostic yield of cardiac catheterization in low-risk troponinemia. JAMA Intern Med. 2013 Dec 9-23;173(22):2088-90.

Browning AC, Schaefer S: What Lies Beneath – Posterior ST Elevation Myocardial Infarction With Underlying Right Ventricular Paced Rhythm. J Experimental and Clinical Cardiology. 2013;(18)(1):e55-e56.

Inceoglu AB, Clifton HL, Yang J, Hegedus C, Hammock BD, Schaefer S:  Inhibition of epoxide hydrolase prevents niacin-induced flushing in mice. J Cardiovasc Pharmacology. 2012;60(1):70-75.