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UC Davis Medical Center

2315 Stockton Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95817
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800-2-UCDAVIS (800-282-3284)

UC Davis Medical Center - Cypress Building

2221 Stockton Blvd., Suite E
Sacramento, CA 95817
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Clinic Phone: 916-734-2680
Clinic Fax: 916-734-7755
Physician Referrals: 800-4-UCDAVIS (800-482-3284)

Philosophy of Care

I consider it a great privilege to take care of patients and their families. I strive not only to provide excellent medical care, but also to help patients and families understand their medical situation, to assist them in making the right decisions for themselves, and to support them throughout their medical journey. 

Clinical Interests

Dr. Rinderknecht is a general surgeon specialized in trauma surgery, emergency general surgery, and critical care (ICU care) of surgical patients. She has particular clinical interests in complex polytrauma and biliary disease.

Research/Academic Interests

Dr. Rinderknecht's academic interests include using human-centered design principles to improve surgical care and patient experience. She also has interest in using design to improve surgical care in resource-poor environments.


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

Center/Program Affiliation

Trauma Program
UC Davis Medical Group


M.D., Alpert Medical School at Brown University, Providence RI 2011

B.A., Brown University, Providence RI 2005

Internship: General Surgery, Stanford University Medical Center, Stanford CA 2011-2012


General Surgery, Stanford University Medical Center, Stanford CA 2012-2018


Surgical Critical Care, UC Davis Medical Center, Sacramento CA 2018-2019

Board Certifications

American Board of Surgery - General Surgery,

American Board of Surgery - Surgical Critical Care,

Professional Memberships

American College of Surgeons

Select Recent Publications

Forrester JD, Cai LZ, Mbanje C, Rinderknecht TN, Wren SM. Clostridium difficile infection in low- and middle-human development index countries: a systematic review. Tropical Medicine and International Health. 2017 Aug 31;22:1223–1232.

Rinderknecht TN, Chou W, Mohabir PK, Phillips AW. Skin Necrosis Associated with a Rapid Infusion Catheter: Potential Risks of Vascular Access Devices. Poster session presented at: MEMC-GREAT (Mediterranean Emergency Medicine Congress - Global Research on Acute Conditions Team) Joint Congress. 2017 Sep 6-10;Lisbon, Portugal. 

Rinderknecht TN, Wren SM. Applying trauma transfusions practices to nontrauma care: a cautionary tale. JAMA Surgery. 2017 Mar 8. 

Boyle D, Rinderknecht TN. IDEO Design Challenge: Collaborative workshop with patients, designers, researchers, technologists and health-care providers to spark new ideas for improving patient care. 2014 Stanford Medicine X Conference: catalyzing new ideas about the future of medicine and health care.  2014 Sept 4. Palo Alto, CA, USA. 

Chang S, Fields B, Rinderknecht TN. Collaborative Workshop: Improving outcomes by maximizing empathy amongst system stakeholders. 2014 Patient Experience: Empathy and Innovation Summit at Cleveland Clinic. 2014 May 19. Cleveland, Ohio. 

MacLean J, Rinderknecht TN, Wakeman S. Breaking the Silence: A workshop on the standards, ethics and importance of reporting unprofessional behavior and impairing illness in medical school. 2008 BMA-AMA-CMA International Conference on Doctors' Health: Doctors’ Health Matters - Finding the Balance. 2008 November 17-19, London, England.

Rinderknecht TN, Bonomo JB, Beiser EN. It aint' easy being green: A Case Based Analysis of Ethics and Medical Education on the Wards. Medicine and Health Rhode Island. 2003 September;86(9):276-279.