At UC Davis Health we proudly apply the expertise, discoveries and technology of a world-class university to advance health and well-being for people and patients — both here in California and across the nation.

Patient care

Nationally renowned UC Davis Medical Center is a leading referral center for the most seriously injured or ill patients and the most medically complex cases. Selected highlights:

  • UC Davis Medical Center operates the only level 1 trauma center for both adult and pediatric emergencies in inland Northern California.
  • UC Davis Medical Center was granted Magnet® recognition by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), considered the nation’s highest form of recognition for nursing excellence.

  • The UC Davis Children's Surgery Center is the West Coast’s first American College of Surgeons-verified level I Children’s Surgery Center — and home to newly expanded pediatric surgery facilities.

Hospital and patient statistics (for year ending June 30, 2019)

Licensed beds 625
ER visits 77,503
Clinic/office visits 914,809
Admissions* 31,782

*Inpatient admissions; does not include 12,269 observation days.




UC Davis Health research includes clinical, translational and basic-science studies, with an emphasis on collaboration and improving health for people, communities and entire populations. Selected highlights:

  • Our cancer center is one of only eight in California designated “comprehensive” by the National Cancer Institute. Together with centers at UCSF, UCLA, UCSD and UCI, we are part of the world’s largest cancer research organization, the UC Cancer Consortium.

  • A model ER-based addiction treatment program at UC Davis Medical Center is expanding to counter the opioid epidemic.

  • UC Davis Health leaders and researchers are members of the California governor’s Alzheimer’s task force, formed to respond to an expected surge in cases. And the Family Caregiving Institute at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis helps support the millions of people who care for aging family members or friends.

  • UC Davis MIND Institute experts share best practices across the globe for neurodevelopmental disabilities. Three of the top 10 autism studies of 2019 were from UC Davis scientists.

  • The UC Davis Institute for Regenerative Cures has 41 active cell and gene therapy clinical trials. The institute is part of the Alpha Stem Cell Clinics Network, a top-tier consortium to accelerate stem cell therapies for humans.

  • The world’s first total-body medical scanner, invented by UC Davis scientists, is now in use for care and research at UC Davis Health.

  • UC Davis Health will host a first-in-the-nation gun violence prevention training program for health professionals, created by California lawmakers. UC Davis is also the location of the first state-funded center for firearm violence research.

  • UC Davis Health neuroscientists played a key development role in the first drug treatment specifically approved for postpartum depression.

  • Improving health for all through programs such as the Center for Reducing Health Disparities, Center for Healthcare Policy and Research, and Center for Health and Technology.

  • The Clinical and Translational Science Center helps advance lab findings into treatments, engage communities in research, and educate the next generation of clinicians and scientists.

External research funding:




Innovative UC Davis interprofessional education gives the health care workforce of tomorrow the skills and values needed to lead change and improve health for all. Selected highlights:

  • U.S. News & World Report consistently ranks UC Davis School of Medicine among America's best for primary care and research, including top 10 status for primary care training and top-20 for family medicine and ob/gyn in 2020 rankings.

  • U.S. News & World Report also ranks the Betty Irene More School of Nursing at UC Davis among the top 50 U.S. nursing schools.

  • School of Medicine alumna Nadine Burke Harris (M.D., ’01), a leading expert on toxic childhood stress, has been named California’s first-ever surgeon general.

  • The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing launched a new nurse practitioner residency program with placements in community and UC Davis Health clinics in underserved areas throughout Northern California.

  • Multiple residency and clerkship sites address primary care shortages in rural communities, including expanded opportunities through the new American Medical Association-supported COMPADRE program.

  • For more than 40 years, UC Davis students have volunteered countless hours in free community clinics delivering care for underserved populations.

  • The Center for Health and Technology offers telehealth education programs for community providers and students, and collaborations around specific conditions.

Faculty, staff and students:

Staff, full & part time 11,555  
Physicians* 1,268  
Nurses 3,183  
Students 1,036  
Residents & Fellows 946  
Faculty and other academic personnel, full & part time 1,523  

*Direct care providers


Community engagement

UC Davis Health actively engages with the diverse communities it serves in Sacramento, Northern California and beyond. Selected highlights:

  • UC Davis Health plays an active role in serving and protecting the community during infectious disease outbreaks and pandemics.

  • Caring for vulnerable populations through innovative partnerships with Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), ER support and screening programs, tobacco cessation initiatives and more.

  • Named one of America’s Best Employers for Diversity by global media company Forbes.

  • UC Davis Medical Center was recognized as a Leader in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality by the nation’s largest LGBTQ organization.

  • Recognized with “Most Wired” status for health information technology from the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives.

  • We are national pioneers and leaders in telehealth and electronic medical records integration.

  • The UC Davis Health Cancer Care Network unites multiple cancer centers to offer patients leading-edge care in their own communities.

  • UC Davis programs train others to use technology-enabled health care; offer community workshops to increase health literacy; and help students from diverse backgrounds to consider health careers.

  • The School of Nursing partners with more than 350 clinical sites and community agencies for its education and research programs.

  • UC Davis Medical Center’s unique farm-to-fork food service made the national “Good Food 100 Restaurants” list alongside top Sacramento restaurants.

  • UC Davis Health partners with dozens of community organizations and events, including the popular Sacramento Republic FC and the California International Marathon.

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