James Goodnight, Jr., M.D., Ph.D.

James E. Goodnight, Jr., M.D., Ph.D.


  • Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs, School of Medicine
  • Associate Dean, Practice Management Board
  • Professor of Surgery


Education Building

4610 X Street
Sacramento, CA 95817
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Primary Phone:

Additional Phone Numbers

Phone: 916-703-5569

Clinical Interests

Dr. Goodnight is responsible for designing the structure, rules, responsibilities, funding needs and physician medical practice goals for UC Davis.

A member of the UC Davis faculty since 1980, Dr. Goodnight is recognized as a skilled leader and a compassionate, dedicated clinician. Before attaining his current position, he served as the first director of UC Davis Cancer Center and for 12 years as chair of the Department of Surgery.

As a physician, Dr. Goodnight specializes in treating malignant melanoma, breast cancer, pelvic tumors and bone and soft-tissue cancers. He is nationally recognized for the use and refinement of limb-sparing procedures for treating sarcoma.

Research/Academic Interests

Dr. Goodnight's research interests focus on early cancer detection, advancing minimally invasive surgical procedures, improving cancer patient survival, individualizing patient care and reducing disparities in cancer treatment.


Surgical Oncology

Center/Program Affiliation

UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center


M.D., Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas, 1968

Ph.D., University of Utah School of Medicine, Salt Lake City, Utah, 1976

B.A., University of Texas, Austin, Texas, 1964

Internship: Duke University Hospital, Durham, North Carolina, 1968-69


University of Utah Medical Center, Salt Lake City, Utah, 1971-76


University of California, Los Angeles, California, 1976-78

Board Certifications

American Board of Surgery, 1977

Professional Memberships

American College of Surgeons

American Medical Association

American Society for Clinical Oncology

American Surgical Association

Association for Academic Surgery

Pacific Coast Surgical Association

Society of Surgical Chairmen

Western Surgical Association