Gregory Jurkovich, M.D.

Gregory Jerome Jurkovich, M.D.


  • Professor of Surgery
  • Vice-Chair, Department of Surgery
  • Vice-Chair for Clinical Affairs and Quality


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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)

Philosophy of Care

I approach each patient as if I were the patient.  I try to understand what their expectation is from surgery, and provide the best advice I can on how reasonable their expectations are.  

Clinical Interests

Dr. Jurkovich has a 25+ year history of treating the most severely injured trauma patients, managing their critical care illness, and addressing their operative repair needs.  He also has an interest and expertise in general surgery in the broadest sense, with a particular interest in surgery of the thyroid, parathyroid, and adrenal glands.

Research/Academic Interests

Dr. Jurkovich has looked extensively at some of the major problems in trauma, including new methods of measuring outcome in trauma patients, the role of hypothermia in trauma, alcohol and injury, the immune-inflammatory response to injury, and nutritional support in the critically injured, and the impact of post-traumatic stress disorder on recovery from injury. 


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

Center/Program Affiliation

Trauma Program


M.D., University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis MN 1978

B.S., Northwestern University, Evanston IL 1974

Internship: General Surgery, University of Colorado, Denver CO 1978-1979


General Surgery, University of Colorado, Denver CO 1979-1981

Chief Resident & Instructor of Surgery, University of Colorado, Denver CO 1983-1984


Research Fellow Trauma, Duke University, Durham NC 1981-1982

Board Certifications

American Board of Surgery, 1985

American Board of Surgery - Surgical Critical Care, 1987

Professional Memberships

American Association for the Surgery of Trauma

American College of Surgeons - Fellow

American Surgical Association

International Association for the Surgery of Trauma and Surgical Intensive Care

Society of University Surgeons

Western Surgical Association

Honors and Awards

President, National Trauma Institute, 2014-2016,

Best Doctor, Denver Business Journal, 2014

President, Western Surgical Association, 2010

Director, American Board of Surgery, 2010-2016,

President, American Association for the Surgery of Trauma, 2008

Vice-Chairman, ACS Committee on Trauma, 2002-2004,

Select Recent Publications

Pieracci FM, Lin Y, Rodil M, Synder M, Herbert B, Tran DK, Stoval RT, Johnson JL, Biffl WL, Barnett CC, Cothren-Burlew C, Fox C, Jurkovich GJ, Moore EE. A prospective, controlled clinical evaluation of surgical stabilization of severe rib fractures. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2016 Feb;80(2):187-94.

Staples JA, Wang J, Mills B, Temkin N, Zaros MC, Jurkovich GJ, Rivara FP. The Application of the CRASH-CT Prognostic Model for Older Adults With Traumatic Brain Injury: A Population-Based Observational Cohort Study. J Head Trauma Rehabil. 2015 Nov 17. [Epub ahead of print]

Pieracci FM, Rodil M, Haenel J, Stovall RT, Johnson JL, Burlew CC, Jurkovich GJ, Moore EE. Screening for Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit: A Single-Institution Analysis of 1,013 Lower Respiratory Tract Cultures. Surg Infect (Larchmt). 2015 Aug;16(4):368-74.

Morshed S, Knops S, Jurkovich GJ, Wang J, MacKenzie E, Rivara FP. The impact of trauma-center care on mortality and function following pelvic ring and acetabular injuries. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2015 Feb 18;97(4):265-72.

Pieracci FM, Rodil M, Stovall RT, Johnson JL, Biffl WL, Mauffrey C, Moore EE, Jurkovich GJ. Surgical stabilization of severe rib fractures. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2015 Apr;78(4):883-7.

Duane TM, Dente CJ, Fildes JJ, Davis KA, Jurkovich GJ, Meredith JW, Britt LD. Defining the acute care surgery curriculum. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2015 Feb;78(2):259-63; discussion 263-4.

Davis KA, Dente CJ, Burlew CC, Jurkovich GJ, Reilly PM, Toschlog EA, Cioffi WG. Refining the operative curriculum of the acute care surgery fellowship. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2015 Jan;78(1):192-6.

Shalhub S, Starnes BW, Brenner ML, Biffl WL, Azizzadeh A, Inaba K, Skiada D, Zarzaur B, Nawaf C, Eriksson EA, Fakhry SM, Paul JS, Kaups KL, Ciesla DJ, Todd SR, Seamon MJ, Capano-Wehrle LM, Jurkovich GJ, Kozar RA. Blunt abdominal aortic injury: a Western Trauma Association multicenter study. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2014 Dec;77(6):879-85; discussion 885.

Wagenaar AE, Burlew CC, Biffl WL, Beauchamp KM, Pieracci FM, Stovall RT, Jurkovich GJ, Moore EE. Early repeat imaging is not warranted for high-grade blunt cerebrovascular injuries. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2014 Oct;77(4):540-5; quiz 650.

Pieracci FM, Johnson JJ, Stoval RT, Jurkovich GJ:  Completely thoracoscopic, intra-pleural reduction and fixation of severe rib fractures. Trauma Case Reports. 2015.