David Wisner, M.D.

David H. Wisner, M.D.


  • Professor
  • Vice Chair, Department of Surgery


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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. Wisner is a nationally recognized surgeon who specializes in evaluating and treating patients with shock and traumatic injuries, including abdominal and head injuries. He has special interests in improving the quality of trauma care at the community level and has supported or led the development of trauma centers throughout the state.

Dr. Wisner has held a number of leadership positions at UC Davis Medical Center, including chief of staff, chair of the bioethics committee, chief of trauma surgery and interim chair of surgery. Dr. Wisner has also been involved in extensive quality improvement and medical staff activities.  

Research/Academic Interests

Dr. Wisner has contributed to numerous studies on trauma, serious injury and critical-care medicine. His efforts have improved techniques for the resuscitation of patients with shock or uncontrolled hemorrhage and led to new protocols for teaching advanced life support to residents and medical students.

He is an integral part of the educational efforts of the School of Medicine and also is actively involved with the multidisciplinary faculty practice group at UC Davis.


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

Center/Program Affiliation

Trauma Program


M.D., UC Davis School of Medicine, Sacramento, California, 1981

B.A., UC Davis School of Medicine, Davis, California, 1977

Internship: UC Davis Medical Center, Sacramento, California, 1981-1982


UC Davis Medical Center, Sacramento, California, 1982-1987


Medizinische Hochschule Hannover, Hannover, 1984-1985

Board Certifications

American Board of Surgery, 1997

American Board of Surgery - Surgical Critical Care, 1998

Professional Memberships

American Association for the Surgery of Trauma

American College of Surgeons

Association for Academic Surgery

Pacific Coast Surgical Society

Sacramento Surgical Society

Sacramento/El Dorado County Medical Society

Shock Society

Society of Surgical Chairmen

UC Davis Surgical Association

Western Surgical Society

Honors and Awards

Department of Surgery Chief Residents Appreciation Award, 2012

Medical Student Poster Forum Appreciation Award, 2012

Gold Humanism Society Selection, 2011

UC Davis Medical Center Medical Staff Award for Outstanding Service, 2001

Selected for inclusion in The Best Doctors in America,, Best Doctors Inc. of Aiken, S.C., 2001

Governor-at-Large of the American College of Surgeons, 2000-2006,

Associate Examiner for the American Board of Surgery 2000, 2006, 2010,

Select Recent Publications

Mahmoud A, Galante J, Wisner D, Farmer D, Sims D. Small community hospitals programs affiliation with university programs; "lessons learned" in 28-year successful affiliation. J Surg Educ. 70(5):636-9, 2013.

McCracken B, Klineberg E, Pickard B, Wisner DH. Flexion and extension radiographic evaluation for the clearance of potential cervical spine injures in trauma patients. Eur Spine J. 22(7):1467-73, 2013.

Holmes JF, Lillis K, Monroe D, Borgialli D, Kerrey BT, Mahajan P, Adelgais K, Ellison AM, Yen K, Atabaki S, Menaker J, Bonsu B, Quayle KS, Garcia M, Rogers A, Blumberg S, Lee L, Tunik M, Kooistra J, Kwok M, Cook LJ, Dean JM, Sokolove PE, Wisner DH, Ehrlich P, Cooper A, Dayan PS, Wootton-Gorges S, Kuppermann N; Pediatric Emergency Publications 11 Care Applied Research Network (PECARN). Identifying Children at Very Low Risk of Clinically Important Blunt Abdominal Injuries. Ann Emerg Med. 62(2):107-116, 2013

Canter RJ, Smith CA, Martinez SR, Goodnight JE Jr., Bold RJ, Wisner DH. Extremity soft-tissue tumor surgery by surgical specialty: A comparison of case volume among oncology and non-oncology designated surgeons. J Surg Oncol. 108(3): 142-7, 2013.

Kerrey BT, Rogers AJ, Lee LK, Adelgais K, Tunik M, Blumberg SM, Quayle KS, Sokolove PE, Wisner DH, Miskin ML, Kuppermann N, Holmes JF; Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network. A multicenter study of the risk of intra-abdominal injury in children after normal abdominal computed tomography scan results in the emergency department. Ann Emerg Med. 62(4):319-26, 2013.

Nishijima, DK, Simel, DL, Wisner, DH, Holmes, JF. Does this adult patient have a blunt intra-abdominal injury? JAMA : the journal of the American Medical Association, 307(14): 1517-27, 2012.

Holmes, JF, Wisner, DH. Indications and performance of pelvic radiography in patients with blunt trauma. The American Journal of Emergency Medicine, 30(7): 1129-33, 2012.

Natale, JE, Joseph, JG, Rogers, AJ, Mahajan, P, Cooper, A, Wisner, DH, Miskin, ML, Hoyle, JD, Atabaki, SM, Dayan, PS, Holmes, JF, Kuppermann, N,. Cranial computed tomography use among children with minor blunt head trauma: association with race/ethnicity. Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, 166(8): 732-7, 2012.

Cooke, DT, Wisner, DH. Who performs complex noncardiac thoracic surgery in United States academic medical centers? The Annals of Thoracic Surgery, 94(4): 1060-4, 2012

Tran, NK, Wisner, DH, Albertson, TE, Cohen, S, Greenhalgh, D, Palmieri, TL, Polage, C, Kost, GJ. Multiplex polymerase chain reaction pathogen detection in patients with suspected septicemia after trauma, emergency, and burn surgery. Surgery, 151(3): 456-63, 2012.