Christine S. Cocanour, M.D.
Surgical Critical Care
- Professor, Department of Surgery
- Section Chief, Surgical Critical Care
UC Davis Medical Center
2315 Stockton Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95817
UC Davis Medical Center - Cypress Building
2221 Stockton Blvd., Suite E
Sacramento, CA 95817
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Philosophy of Care
I strive to provide the best clinically appropriate and culturally competent care to those that are injured or require emergency general surgery care no matter their circumstances, social background or resources.
Dr. Cocanour is a Trauma and Emergency General Surgeon who also specializes in Surgical Critical Care. She is the Medical Director of UCDH's Surgical Intensive Care Unit and is on the trauma and acute care surgery call panel at UCDH.
Dr. Cocanour's research interest is in improving care to those that are injured or those that require surgical critical care. This includes improving pain management, reducing unplanned intubations or providing best practice guidelines for trauma surgeons throughout the country through her work on the Best practice Guidelines committee of the American College of Surgeon's Committee on Trauma.
M.D., University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Cincinnati OH 1982
B.A., University of Toledo, Toledo OH 1977
B.S., University of Toledo, Toledo OH 1978
Internship: Surgery, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland OH 1982-1983
General Surgery, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland OH 1983-1988
Surgical Research, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland OH 1985-1986
Trauma and Critical Care, University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston TX 1988-1989
American Board of Surgery, 2008
American Board of Surgery - Surgical Critical Care, 2008
American Association for the Surgery of Trauma
American College of Surgeons -- Committee on Trauma
American College of Surgeons, Fellow
American Surgical Association
Association of Women Surgeons
College of Critical Care Medicine, Fellow
European Society of Intensive Care Medicine
Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society (SSMS)
Society of Critical Care Medicine
Southwestern Surgical Congress
Surgical Critical Care Program Directors Society
Surgical Infection Society
Western Trauma Association
Honors and Awards
President, Northern California Chapter, American College of Surgeons, 2019, 2020
UC Davis Medical Center Chief of Staff Award, 2016
Surgical Critical Care Teaching Award, 2016, 2020
President, Western Trauma Association, 2014, 2015
Best Doctors in America 2008-2014,
Selected for inclusion in the Consumer Guide: �Guide to America�s Top Surgeons�, 2004
American Board of Surgery Associate Examiner, 2003
Memorial Hermann Hospital Certificate of Recognition, Physician of the Year, 2001
Presidential Citation Recipient, 30th International Educational and Scientific Symposium, Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM), 2001
Dean's Teaching Excellence Award, 2001
American Board of Surgery Associate Examiner, 2001
Select Recent Publications
Schomer KJ, Duby JJ, Firestone RL, Louie EL, Sebat CM, Love DM, Cocanour CS, Albertson TE. Effect of Flumazenil on Hypoactive Delirium in the ICU: A Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Pilot Study. Crit Care Explor. 2020 Mar 24;2(3):e0085. doi:10.1097/CCE.0000000000000085. eCollection 2020 Mar.
Martin ND, Codner P, Greene W, Brasel K, Michetti C, AAST Critical Care Committee. Contemporary hemodynamic monitoring, fluid responsiveness, volume optimization, and endpoints of resuscitation: an AAST critical care committee clinical consensus. Trauma Surg Acute Care Open. 2020;5(1):e000411. Published online 2020 Mar 10. doi: 10.1136/tsaco-2019-000411.
ACS Trauma Quality Programs Best Practices Guidelines for Trauma Center Recognition of Child Abuse, Elder Abuse, and Intimate Partner Violence. 2019 Nov. https://www.facs.org/-/media/files/quality-programs/trauma/tqip/abuse_guidelines.ashx
Lee JA, Duby JJ, Cocanour CS. Effect of early and focused benzodiazepine therapy on length of stay in severe alcohol withdrawal syndrome. Clin Toxicol J (Phila). 2019 Jul;57(7):624-627. doi:10.1080/15563650.2018.1542701. Epub 2019 Feb 7.
Hamrick KL, Beyer CA, Lee JA, Cocanour CS, Duby JJ. Multimodal Analgesia and Opioid Use in Critically Ill Trauma Patients. J Am Coll Surg. 2019 May;228(5):769-775.e1. doi:10.1016/j.jamcollsurg.2019.01.020. Epub 2019 Feb 21.
Anderson JE, Cocanour CS, Galante JM. Trauma and acute care surgeons report prescribing less opioids over time. Trauma Surg Acute Care Open. 2019 Mar 27;4(1):e000255. doi:10.1136/tsaco-2018-000255. eCollection 2019.
Zonies D, Codner P, Park P, Martin ND, Lissauer M, Evans S, Cocanour C, Brasel K. AAST Critical Care Committee clinical consensus: ECMO, nutrition. Trauma Surg Acute Care Open. 2019 Apr 3;4(1):e000304. doi:10.1136/tsaco-2019-000304. eCollection 2019.
Curtis E, Romanowski K, Sen S, Hill A, Cocanour C. Frailty score on admission predicts mortality and discharge disposition in elderly trauma patients over the age of 65 y. J Surg Res. 2018 Oct;230:13-19. doi:10.1016/j.jss.2018.04.017. Epub 2018 May 12.
Anderson JE, Brown IE, Olson KA, Iverson K, Cocanour CS, Galante JM. Nonocclusive mesenteric ischemia in patients with methamphetamine use. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2018 Jun;84(6):885-892. doi:10.1097/TA.0000000000001855.
Cocanour CS. Informed Consent-It's more than a signature on a piece of paper. Am J Surg. 2017 Dec;214(6):993-997. doi:10.1016/j.amjsurg.2017.09.015. Epub 2017 Sep 20.