Hugh Black, M.D.


Internal Medicine

Pulmonary Medicine


  • Medical Director Neurosurgical Intensive Care Unit
  • Medical Co-director Neurocritical Care Service
  • Clinical Professor


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UC Davis Medical Group - Sacramento (J Street)

2825 J St., Suite 400
Sacramento, CA 95816
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Physician Referrals: 800-4-UCDAVIS (800-482-3284)

Philosophy of Care

I believe that Medicine is a calling and the ability to care for patients is a privilege.

Clinical Interests

Dr. Black's clinical interests include: Medical Critical Care; Neurocritical Care; Cardiothoracic Critical Care- Extracorporeal Life Support and Mechanical Circulatory Support; Multidisciplinary approaches to critically ill medical- surgical and neurological patients; and Clinical Pulmonary Medicine.

Research/Academic Interests

Dr. Black's research and academic interests include: Quality and performance in critical care medicine; Markers of performance in critical care; Adult Medical, Surgical, and Neurocritical Care curriculum development; and Clinical Medical Ethics.


Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine


M.D., University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, Chicago IL 2000

B.A., University of Chicago, Chicago IL 1992

Pre-Med, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh PA 1994


Internal Medicine, UC Davis Medical Center, Sacramento CA 2000-2003


Pulmonary and Critical Care, UC Davis Medical Center, Sacramento CA 2003-2005

Chief Fellow-Pulmonary and Critical Care, UC Davis Medical Center, Sacramento CA 2005-2006

Board Certifications

American Board of Internal Medicine, 2013

American Board of Internal Medicine, Critical Care Medicine, 2018

American Board of Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Disease, 2016

United Council of Neurological Subspecialties, 2013

Professional Memberships

American College of Chest Physicians - Fellow

American College of Physicians - Fellow

American Thoracic Society

Neurocritical Care Society

Society of Critical Care Medicine

Honors and Awards

Sacramento magazine -America's Top Doctor in Critical Care Medicine, 2016

University of California Davis Medical Center Fellows Faculty Award, 2012

University of California, Davis Medical Center 2007-2008 Physician of the Year, 2008

University of California, Davis Medical Center. Fellow of the Year Award, 2006

Select Recent Publications

Cocciardi S, Mohammadi M, Black H, Stollenwerk N. Use of Bedside Ultrasonography in Hospitalized

Patients. (2017) Hospital Medicine Clinics, 6 (4): 593?605

Sutter ME, Gerona RR, Davis MT, Roche BM, Colby DK, Chenoweth JA, Adams AJ, Owen KP, Ford JB, Black HB, Albertson TE. Fatal Fentanyl: One Pill Can Kill. Acad Emerg Med. 2016 Jun 20. [Epub ahead of print]

C Sandrock, H Black.  “Chapter 77: Management of the Critically Ill Traveler” in J. Hall, G. Schmidt, J. Kress (eds), Principles of Critical Care. 2015; 4th edition. 711-720.

Hoffman PJ, Cooke DT, Zeki AA, Black H. A 40-year-old woman with cough and dyspnea 2 months after a motorcycle accident. Chest. 2013 Nov;14 (5):1720-3.

Black H, Morrissey B. Autonomy. Chest. 2011 Feb;139(2):476; author reply 476-7.

Ledgerwood LG, Salgado MD, Black H, Yoneda K, Sievers A, Belafsky PC. Tracheotomy tubes with suction above the cuff reduce the rate of ventilator-associated pneumonia in intensive care unit patients. Ann Otol Rhinol Laryngol. 2013 Jan;122(1):3-8.

Black H, Yoneda K, Millar J, Allen J, Belafsky P. Endoscopic placement of a novel feeding tube. Chest. 2010 May;137(5):1028-32.

Evans K, Calhoun RF, Black H, Cooke DT. Disseminated primary coccidioidomycosis of the chest wall. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2010 Nov;140(5):e78-9.

Black H, Mendoza M, Murin S. Thoracic manifestations of inflammatory bowel disease. Chest. 2007 Feb;131:524-532.

Black H, Sigal D, Barnes D, Felisky C, Folette D, Harper R. Roentgenogram of the month: A spontaneous pneumothorax in a 25-year-old woman. Chest.  2005 Oct;128:3080-3083.