David Shatz, M.D.

David V. Shatz, M.D.


  • Professor, Department of Surgery


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UC Davis Medical Center

2315 Stockton Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95817
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Primary Phone:
800-2-UCDAVIS (800-282-3284)

UC Davis Medical Center - Cypress Building

2221 Stockton Blvd., Suite E
Sacramento, CA 95817
Driving Directions

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

Additional Phone Numbers

Clinic Fax: 916-734-7755
Physician Referrals: 800-4-UCDAVIS (800-482-3284)

Clinical Interests

Dr. Shatz is a trauma surgeon and surgical intensivist who has lectured extensively both nationally and abroad. His primary research interests are in the immunologic competence of the injured spleen, and in disaster preparedness and response. He is a nationally recognized expert in disaster response, having worked and taught within the federal search and rescue system for over fifteen years. His clinical and professional interests also extend to the pre-hospital environment, where he has been a fire-rescue medical director for over ten years in Florida and California.

Research/Academic Interests

Dr. Shatz's primary research interests have focused on the immunologic capability of the trauma patient following emergent splenectomy. He is also actively involved in EMS and trauma systems, and disaster management with a number of local, state and national organizations and governments.


Division of Trauma, Acute Care Surgery and Surgical Critical Care

Center/Program Affiliation

Trauma Program


M.D., Loyola Stritch School of Medicine, Maywood IL 1983

B.A., UCLA, Los Angeles CA 1977

Internship: Surgery, University of Hawaii School of Medicine, Honolulu HI 1983-1984


General Surgery, Tripler Army Medical Center, Honolulu HI 1986-1989

General Surgery, University of Hawaii School of Medicine, Honolulu HI 1984-1986


Surgical Critical Care, Jackson Memorial Medical Center, Miami FL 1991-1992

Board Certifications

American Board of Surgery, 2010

American Board of Surgery - Surgical Critical Care, 2011

Professional Memberships

American Association for the Surgery of Trauma

American College of Surgeons

Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma

EMS Medical Directors Association of California

Western Trauma Association

Honors and Awards

Outstanding Faculty Teaching and Mentor, UC Department of Surgery, Surgical Critical Care Fellowship, 2019

Joe Cola Award-Outstanding Patroller of the Sierra Ski Patrol, 2018

California EMS Medical Director of the Year, 2015

Sierra-at-Tahoe National Alpine Ski Patroller of the Year, 2015

Life Saving Award, Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Dept., 2008

Thomas Quinn Exceptional Service Award, Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department, 2008

Certificate of Appreciation, Coral Gables Fire Department, 2006

Major Campaign Award, Miami-Dade Fire Rescue, 2006

Peace and Unity Award, Archdiocese of Miami, 2006

Special Certificate of Appreciation, Miami-Dade County Office of the Mayor & Board of County Commissioners, 2005

Certificate of Appreciation, Miami-Dade County Office of the Mayor and Board of County Commissioners, 2002

Certificate of Recognition, Miami-Dade County Legislative Delegation, 2001

Commendation, Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Explorer Program, 2000

Certificate of Appreciation, Metropolitan-Dade County, Alex Penalas, Mayor, 1996

Certificate of Appreciation, Metro-Dade Police Department, 1995

Outstanding Service to Humanity, South Dade Chamber of Commerce, 1995

Select Recent Publications

Campion E, Robinson C, Brant N, Ferrigno L, McIntyre R, Biesterveld B, Alam H, Callcut R, Mishra S, Platt B, Moore MM, Nahmias J, Grigorian A, Dance S, Britton L, Schroeppel T, Rodriquez J, Shatz D, Becker J, Spalding MC, Wolff TW, Privette AR, Eriksson E, Sahi SL, Patel A, Moore SM, Stiles AL, Moore EE, Cohen MJ, Sauaia A, Burlew CC, Urban S, Udekwu P, Nguyen M, Dibbert A, Conroy A, Ross E, Garcia BN, Albertson S, Dunn J, Alnachaoukati O, Stillman Z, Decker C, Heise H, Burton JS. End tidal carbon dioxide underestimates plasma carbon dioxide during emergent trauma laparotomy leading to hypoventilation and misguided resuscitation. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2019 Nov;87(5):1119-1124. doi:10.1097/TA.0000000000002469.

Fischer PE, Bulger EM, Perina DG, Delbridge TR, Gestring ML, Fallat ME, Shatz DV, Doucet J, Levy M, Stuke L, Zietlow SP, Goodloe JM, VanderKolk WE, Fox AD, Sanddal ND. Guidance document for the prehospital use of tranexamic acid in injured patients. Prehosp Emerg Care. 2016 Sep-Oct;20(5):557-559. doi:10.3109/10903127.2016.1142628. Epub 2016 Mar 17.

Russo RM, Zakaluzny SA, Neff LP, Grayson JK, Hight RA, K, Galante JM, Shatz DV. A pilot study of chest tube versus pigtail catheter drainage of acute hemothorax in swine. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2015 Dec;79(6):1038-1043;discussion 1043. doi:10.1097/TA.0000000000000693.

Meizoso JP, Valle EJ, Allen CJ, Ray JJ, Jouria JM. Teisch LF, Shatz DV, Namias N, Schulman CI, Proctor KG. Decreased mortality and shorter transport times after prehospital interventions in severely injured trauma patients. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2015 Aug;79(2):227-231. doi:10.1097/TA.0000000000000748.

Russo RM, Galante JM, Jacoby RC, Shatz DV. Mass casualty disasters: Who should run the show? J Emerg Med. 2015 Jun;48(6):685-692. doi:10.1016/j.jemermed.2014.12.069. Epub 2015 Mar 30.

Kornblith LZ, Kutcher ME, Callcut RA, Redick BJ, Hu CK, Cogbill TH, Baker CC, Shapiro ML, Burlew CC, Kaups KL, DeMoya MA, Haan JM, Koontz CH, Zolin SJ, Gordy SD, Shatz DV, Paul DB, Cohen MJ, Western Trauma Association Study Group. Mechanical ventilation weaning and extubation after spinal cord injury: A Western Trauma Association multicenter study. J Trauma and Acute Care Surg. 2013 Dec;75(6):1060-9;discussion 1069-70. doi:10.1097/TA.0b013e3182a74a5b.

Berg RJ, Inaba K, Recinos G, Barmparas G, Teixeria PG, Georgiou C, Shatz D, Rhee P, Demetriades D. Prospective evaluation of early follow-up chest radiography after penetrating thoracic injury. World J Surg. 2013 Jun;37(6):1286-90. doi:10.1007/s00268-013-2002-0.

Inaba K, Ives C, McClure K, Branco BC, Eckstein M, Shatz D, Martin MJ, Demetriades D. Radiologic evaluation of alternative sites for needle decompression of tension pneumothorax. Arch Surg. 2012 Sep;147(9):813-8. doi:10.1001/archsurg.2012.751.

Inaba K, Branco BC, Eckstein M, Shatz DV, Martin MJ, Green DJ, Noguchi TT, Demetriades D. Optimal positioning for emergent needle thoracostomy: a cadaver based study. J Trauma. 2011 Nov;71(5):1099-103;discussion 1103. doi:10.1097/TA.0b013e31822d9618.

Shatz DV. Prehospital intubations and mortality: a level 1 trauma center perspective. Anesth Analg. 2010 May 1;110(5):1508;author reply 1509. doi:10.1213/ANE.0b013e3181d5b0af.