Clifford Pereira, M.D.

Clifford Thomas Pereira, M.D.


Plastic Surgery

Microsurgical Reconstruction

Hand Surgery




  • Associate Professor


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UC Davis Medical Center - Cypress Building

2221 Stockton Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95817
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Primary Phone:
800-2-UCDAVIS (800-282-3284)

Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center

4860 Y St., 3800 & 1700 (Clinic)
Sacramento, CA 95817
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Physician Referrals: 800-4-UCDAVIS (800-482-3284)

Philosophy of Care

As a surgeon who has previously had surgery, I have a unique perspective as both a doctor and a patient. Having been a patient, I understand the fear of the unknown, the anxiety for loved ones and the worries associated with injury or surgery on your livelihood. Having navigated the complexities of disability, social security and medical insurance coverage, I understand the need for timely reports/ letters to these agencies.

And finally, I understand that my job as a surgeon is not solely to operate, it is to do the right operation, at the right time, for the right reasons and to bring you through surgery safely and effectively.

Clinical Interests

Dr. Clifford Pereira is a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon and Hand Surgeon. His clinical interests include brachial plexus and peripheral nerve surgery; wrist and hand injuries, rheumatoid hand, tetraplegia/ paraplegia hand recontructions, burn reconstruction, chest and abdominal wall reconstructions, tumors and microvascular reconstructive free tissue transfers.

Research/Academic Interests

Dr. Pereira's lab research focuses on nerve injuries specifically nerve regeneration and the use of stem cells to improve tissue regeneration. He is also interested in the use of technology to improve hand surgery such as 3D printing. He is actively involved in medical student and resident education and is the Associate Program Director for the Plastic Surgery Residents at UC Davis. 


Plastic Surgery


M.B.B.S., Baroda Medical College, Gujarat India 1996

F.R.C.S., Surgery, Royal College of Surgeons of England, London UK 2000

Internship: General Surgery, Texas Tech University Hospital, Lubbock TX 2005-2006


General Surgery, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles CA 2006-2011


Plastic Surgery, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles CA 2011-2014

Hand and Microsurgery, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles CA 2014-2015

Board Certifications

American Board of Plastic Surgery, 2016

American Board of Surgery, 2012

American Board of Surgery - Surgery of the Hand, 2017

Professional Memberships

American Plastic Surgery Society

American Society of Surgery of the Hand

Royal College of Physicians (UK)

Honors and Awards

PSEF Basic Science Investigator Award, 2009

American Cleft Palate Foundation Junior Investigator Grant Award, 2009

Shriners Surgical Research Fellowship Award (Ref #8509), 2004

James Laing Memorial Gold Medal for Best Article, British Burns Association, 2004

Royal College of Surgeons of England Research Scholarship Award, 2001

Select Recent Publications

Lee JC, Pereira CT, Ren X, Huang W, Bischoff D, Weisgerber DW, Yamaguchi DT, Harley BA, Miller TA. Optimizing Collagen Scaffolds for Bone Engineering: Effects of Cross-linking and Mineral Content on Structural Contraction and Osteogenesis. J Craniofac Surg. 2015;(6):1992-6.

Pereira CT, Boyd JB. Outcomes of complex gunshot wounds to the hand and wrist: a 10-year level I urban trauma center experience: reply. Ann Plast Surg. 2013;71(1):126.

Pereira CT, Kruger EA, Sayer G, Kim J, Hu J, Miller TA, Rudkin GH. Mohs versus surgical excision in nonmelanoma skin cancers: does location matter? Ann Plast Surg. 2013;70(4):432-4.

Pereira CT, Huang W, Sayer G, Jarrahy R, Rudkin G, Miller TA. Osteogenic Potential Of Polymer-Bound Bone Morphogenetic Protein-2 On MC3T3-E1 Two-Dimensional Cell Cultures. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2009 Dec;124(6):2199-200.

Pereira CT, Herndon DN, Perez-Polo, Jeschke MG. Liposomal gene transfer of Keratinocyte Growth Factor improves wound healing by altering growth factor and collagen expression. J Surg Res. 2007;139(2): 222-228.

Pereira CT, Barrow RE, Sterns A, Jeschke M, Hawkins H, Rosanblatt J, Kimbrough C, Lee J, Sanford A, Herndon DN. Age-dependent Differences in Survival After Severe Burns: A Unicentric Review of 1674 patients and 179 Autopsies over 15 years. J Am Coll Surg. 2006;202(23):536-548.

Pereira C, Jeschke M, Herndon DN. Regarding ‘Use Of Oxandrolone In Ventilator Dependent Surgical Patients’. Ann Surg. 2005;241(6):1030-1.

Pereira C, Murphy K, Herndon DN. Outcome Measures in Burns. Is Mortality Dead? Burns. 2004;30:761-771.

Oliveira GV, Pereira C, Barrow L, Chinkes D, Herndon D. Does Gender Affect Mortality after Burns? Shock. 2004;21 (Supl): 73 (290).

Pereira C, Edwards M. Parotid nodular fasciitis in a mobile phone user. J Laryngol Otol. 2000;114(11):886-7.