Joseph Galante, M.D., F.A.C.S.

Joseph M. Galante, M.D., F.A.C.S.


  • Professor, Department of Surgery
  • Medical Director Perioperative Services
  • Trauma Medical Director


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UC Davis Medical Center

2315 Stockton Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95817
Driving Directions

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

Additional Phone Numbers

Phone: 916-734-2680
Physician Referrals: 800-4-UCDAVIS (800-482-3284)

Clinical Interests

Dr. Galante's clinical interests focus on the care of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery patients; ensuring  a systematic delivery of care. He has special clinical interest and expertise in hemorrage control and resuscitation including Resuscitative Endovascular Balloon Occlusion of the Aorta (REBOA).

Research/Academic Interests

Dr. Galante's research interests include thoracic trauma, military trauma surgery, specifically military and civilian partnerships, Resuscitative Endovascular Balloon Occlusion of the Aorta (REBOA), and surgical education.


Division of Trauma, Acute Care Surgery and Surgical Critical Care
General Surgery

Center/Program Affiliation

Trauma Program


M.D., Temple University School of Medicine, Philadelphia PA 2000

MBA- Healthcare Focus, Western Governors University, Salt Lake City UT 2021

Internship: General Surgery, University of California Davis, Sacramento CA 2000-2001


General Surgery, University of California Davis, Sacramento CA 2001-2007


Surgical Education Research, New York Medical College, Valhalla NY 2013-2015

Trauma/Surgical Critical Care, University of California Davis, Sacramento CA 2007-2008

Board Certifications

American Board of Surgery,

American Board of Surgery - Surgical Critical Care,

Professional Memberships

American Association for Surgery of Trauma:Military Liaison Committee

American College of Surgeons

Association for Program Directors in Surgery Member: Transition to Practice Task Force ACS/APDS/ASE Resident Prep Curriculum Committee

Association for Surgical Education: Graduate Surgical Education Committee

Association of Academic Surgery

Pacific Coast Surgical Association

Sacramento Surgical Association

Society of Critical Care Medicine

Honors and Awards

Chief of Staff Award, UC Davis Health System, 2020

Outstanding Faculty Leader Inside and Outside the Operating Room, UC Davis Department of Surgery Leadership Award, 2016, 2017

Outstanding Reviewer for the Journal of Surgical Education, 2016

UCDMC Excellence in Quality Honoree. UC Davis Medical Center: TQIP Report. UC Davis Medical Center Quality Week-Physician Recognition, 2015

Outstanding Faculty in a Teaching Capacity, University of California, Davis Department of Surgery, 2013

T32 Quality & Safety and Effectiveness Research Training Award - Fellowship A-Mentor: "Use of Dynamic Training, 2013

1st place as outstanding resident paper at Pacific Coast Surgical Association in Kaui � Samuel Schwartz, 2013

Winner Sacramento Business Journal�s Top 40 Under 40 Award, Sacramento Business Journal, 2011

Honorary Medal for Combat Surgical Care, American Association for Surgery of Trauma, 2010

Outstanding Chief Resident Award, University of California, Davis Department of Surgery, 2007

Select Recent Publications

Theodorou C, Anderson J, Brenner M, Scalea TM, Podbielski JM, Inaba K, Cannon J, Seamon M, Chance Spalding M, Fox CJ, Moore EE, Dubose JJ, Galante JM. Practice, practice, practice! REBOA volume matters: data from the AAST Aorta Registry. J Surg Res. 2020 Sep;253:18-25. doi:10.1016/j.jss.2020.03.027. Epub 2020 Apr 17. PMID:32311580.

Spruce MW, Thomas DM, Anderson JE, Ortega JC, Mortazavi K, Galante JM. Trauma as an Entry Point to the Health Care System. JAMA Surg. 2020 Aug 5;e202178. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2020.2178. Online ahead of print. PMID:32756888. 

Jensen G, van Egmond T, Ortenwall P, Peralta R, Aboutanos M, Galante JM. Military Civilian Partnerships: International Proposals for Bridging the Walker Dip. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2020 Aug;89(2S Suppl 2):S4-S7. doi:10.1097/TA.0000000000002785. Epub ahead of print. PMID:32520896.

Becker JC, Zakaluzny SA, Galante JM, Utter GH. Clamping Trials Prior to Thoracostomy Tube Removal and the Need for Subsequent Invasive Pleural Drainage. Am J Surg. 2020 Aug;220(2):476-481. doi:10.1016/j.amjsurg.2020.01.007 PMID:31948700.

Cohan CM, Beattie G, Bowman JA, Galante JM, Kwok AM, Dirks RC, Kornblith LZ, Plevin R, Browder T, Victorino GP. Repeat CT Head Scan is Not Indicated in Trauma Patients Taking Novel Anticoagulation: A Multi-Center Study. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2020 Aug;89(2):301-310. doi:10.1097/TA.0000000000002760. Online ahead of print. PMID:32332255.

Coccolini F, Coimbra R, Ordonez C, Kluger Y, Vega F, Moore EE, Biffl W, Peitzman A, Horer T, Abu-Zidan FM, Sartelli M, Fraga GP, Cicuttin E, Ansaloni L, Parra MW, Millán M, DeAngelis N, Inaba K, Velmahos G, Maier R, Khokha V, Sakakushev B, Augustin G, di Saverio S, Pikoulis E, Chirica M, Reva V, Leppaniemi A, Manchev V, Chiarugi M, Damaskos D, Weber D, Parry N, Demetrashvili Z, Civil I, Napolitano L, Corbella D, Catena F; Galante JM - WSES expert panel. Liver Trauma: WSES 2020 Guidelines. World J Emerg Surg. 2020;15(1):24. Published 2020 Mar 30. doi:10.1186/s13017-020-00302-7. PMID:32228707.

Erramouspe PJ, García-Pintos MF, Benipal S, Galante JM et al. Mortality and Complication Rates in Adult Trauma Patients Receiving Tranexamic Acid: A Single-center Experience in the Post-CRASH-2 Era. Acad Emerg Med. 2020 May;27(5):358-365. doi:10.1111/acem.13883. Epub 2020 Mar 19. PMID:32189440.

Theodorou C, Salcedo E, DuBose J, Galante JM. Hate to Burst Your Balloon: Successful REBOA Use Takes More Than a Course. J Endovasc Resusc Trauma Manag. 2020;4:21-9. doi:10.26676/jevtm.v4i1.106.

Coccolini F, Moore EE, Kluger Y, Galante JM – WSES expert panel, et al. Kidney and uro-trauma: WSES-AAST guidelines. World J Emerg Surg. 2019 Dec;14:54. doi:10.1186/s13017-019-0274-x. PMID:31827593.

DeSoucy ES, Davidson AJ, Hoareau GL, Simon MA, Tibbits EM, Ferencz SE, Grayson JK, Galante JM. Pharmacokinetics of Tranexamic Acid via Intravenous, Intraosseous, and Intramuscular Routes in a Porcine (Sus scrofa) Hemorrhagic Shock Model. J Spec Oper Med. 2019 Winter;19(4):80-84. PMID:31910476.