Philosophy of Care
I take pride in offering individualized, comprehensive care to each patient I treat. Through open dialogue, patient education and detailed discussion of the patient's needs and expectations for surgery, we select the best treatment plan. I aim to provide each patient with the same attention to detail and compassion I would want my own family members to receive. This was my approach treating active duty members, veterans and their dependents during my military career and it remains true in my service of UC Davis Health's patient population.
Dr. Alston specializes in minimally invasive and traditional open techniques to address abdominal wall (umbilical, ventral, epigastric) and groin (inguinal, femoral) hernias, gallbladder disease, lipomas, colon and benign anorectal issues.
Dr. Alston has joined UC- Davis in a hybrid role, serving as both a general surgeon and as Entrepreneur in Residence within the Office of Entrepreneurship and Industry Alliances. In this role she is supporting the Aggie Square initiative, supporting faculty entrepreneurs interested in creating health-focused startups, and cultivating industry alliances to facilitate clinical trials and early adoption of innovative technologies.
Foregut and Endometabolic Surgery
M.D., University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh PA 2009
M.B.A., UC Berkeley - Haas School of Business, Berkeley CA 2019
B.S., College of William and Mary, Williamsburg VA 2004
Internship: General Surgery, Northwestern University/McGaw Medical Center, Chicago IL 2009-2012
General Surgery, UC San Francisco, San Francisco CA 2012-2014
American Board of Surgery - General Surgery,
American College of Surgeons - Fellow
Excelsior Surgical Society of Military Surgeons
Naffziger Surgical Society
Honors and Awards
Meritorious Service Medal, US Air Force, 2018
American College of Surgeons� National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP) Surgeon Champion- achieving Meritorious Outcome designation for my military hospital two years in a row (top 10% of hospitals nationwide), 2016, 2017, 2018
Doris B. Maxwell Prize for Excellence in Surgery, 2009
pre-Cancer Research Training Award (CRTA) Grant, 2004
Howard Hughes Medical Institute Research Grant, 2004
Select Recent Publications
Alston JA, Hamad GG. Management and Outcomes of Pregnancy following Bariatric Surgery. Bariatric Times. 2008;5(5):21-25.
Landino LM, Koumas MT, Mason CE, Alston JA. Modification of tubulin cysteines by nitric oxide and nitroxyl donors alters tubulin polymerization activity. Chem Res Toxicol. 2007;20(11):1693-700.
Landino LM, Koumas MT, Mason CE, Alston JA. Ascorbic acid reduction of microtubule protein disulfides and its relevance to protein S-nitrosylation assays. Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 2006;340(2):347-52.
Landino LM, Skreslet TE, Alston JA. Cysteine oxidation of tau and microtubule-associated protein-2 by peroxynitrite: modulation of microtubule assembly kinetics by the thioredoxin reductase system. J Biol Chem. 2004;279(33):35101-5.