Philosophy of Care
I am dedicated to providing high-quality comprehensive thoracic surgical care that is not only evidence-based, but also patient-centered. As such, I welcome my patient's input in the decision-making process when it comes to their care. I believe that medicine should be delivered in a compassionate and empathetic way that maintains a person’s dignity and respect. My goal is to provide the best care possible to every single one of my patients regardless of background or circumstance. When I am not working I enjoy traveling with my wife and kids. In addition, I am a car fanatic and love working on classic cars.
Dr. Godoy specializes in the surgical treatment of malignant and benign thymus, lung, and esophageal disease with special interest in minimally invasive thoracic surgery including VATS, robotic surgery, interventional bronchoscopy including EBUS, upper endoscopy including EUS, esophageal stenting, chest wall reconstruction, hyperhidrosis surgery, diaphragm plication.
Dr. Godoy's research interest involve surgical quality improvement, surgical outcomes, clinical oncologic trials. and addressing healthcare disparities in thoracic oncology.
Dr. Godoy has a special interest in Surgical and Medical education and serves as Assistant Professor and Assistant Program Director of the Cardiothoracic Surgery Residency programs.
M.D., UC Davis, Sacramento CA 2014
B.S., UC Davis, Davis CA 2008
Internship: Cardiothoracic Surgery, UC Davis Health, Sacramento CA 2014-2015
Cardiothoracic Surgery, UC Davis Health, Sacramento CA 2015-2020
American Board of Thoracic Surgery - Cardiothoracic Surgery,
Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society
American College of Surgeons
American Medical Association (AMA)
Gold Humanism Honor Society
Society of Thoracic Surgeons
Honors and Awards
Resident Professionalism Award, UC Davis School of Medicine, 2020
American Association for Thoracic Surgery (AATS) Surgical Robotics Fellowship Award, 2019
Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, Eta Chapter, UC Davis School of Medicine, 2018
UC Davis Outstanding Teaching Award Resident Medical Staff in Surgery, 2017
UC Davis University Medal of Distinction, UC Davis School of Medicine, 2014
Dr. Gabriel Smilkstein Humanitarian Award, UC Davis School of Medicine, 2014
Gold Humanism Honor Society, 2013
Select Recent Publications
Godoy L. The Importance of Diversity and Inclusion in Cardiothoracic Surgery. STS.org. 2020 July. Available at: https://www.sts.org/publications/news-surgeons-view/importance-diversity-and-inclusion-cardiothoracic-surgery.
Guenther T, Godoy L, Chen S, Raff GW, Yeh J. Left Ventricle to Right Atrial Shunt Associated with Ventricular-Atrial Malalignment, Double Outlet Right Atrium, and Subaortic Membrane. Sem Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2020 Spring;32(1):140-142. doi:10.1053/j.semtcvs.2019.09.004. Epub 2019 Sep 11. PMID:31520731.
Erhunmwunsee L, Backhus LM, Godoy L, Edwards MA, Cooke DT. Report from the Workforce on Diversity & Inclusion-Society of Thoracic Surgeons Members' Bias Experiences. Ann Thorac Surg. 2019 Nov;108(5):1287-1291. doi:10.1016/j.athoracsur.2019.08.015. Epub 2019 Sep 11. PMID:31520637.
Cooke DT, Olive J, Godoy L, Preventza O, Mathisen DJ, Prager RL. The Importance of a Diverse Specialty- Introducing the STS Workforce on Diversity and Inclusion. Ann Thorac Surg. 2019 Oct;108(4):1000-1005. doi:10.1016/j.athoracsur.2019.07.007. Epub 2019 Aug 17. PMID:31430462.
Godoy L, Raff GW. Sternal Clefts and Anomalies. In: Raff GW, Hirose S, editors. Surgery for Chest Wall Deformities, 1st ed. Cham, Switzerland: Springer. 2017;7:71-82.