John Anderson, M.D.

John T. Anderson, M.D.




  • Professor, Department of Surgery


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UC Davis Medical Center

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

UC Davis Medical Center - Cypress Building

2221 Stockton Blvd., Suite E
Sacramento, CA 95817
Driving Directions

Primary Phone:
800-2-UCDAVIS (800-282-3284)

Additional Phone Numbers

Clinic Phone: 916-734-2680
Clinic Fax: 916-734-7755
Physician Referrals: 800-4-UCDAVIS (800-482-3284)

Philosophy of Care

I try to always tailor my surgical approach to fit the individual patient; the patient has the majority vote. Sometimes the best approach is nonoperative with close monitoring.

Clinical Interests

John Anderson's current interests are surgical management of traumatic injuries, emergency surgery, management of complex abdominal hernias and abdominal wall reconstruction, management of parastomal hernias, repair of groin hernias without mesh.

Research/Academic Interests

Novel approaches to treatment of parastomal and incisional abdominal hernias. anatomy, medical illustration. Repair of groin hernias without mesh. Applications of new technology, particularly for monitoring of cardiovascular and pulmonary function in critically injured patients. Assessment of adequacy of resuscitation in trauma patients.


Division of Trauma, Acute Care Surgery and Surgical Critical Care

Center/Program Affiliation

Trauma Program


M.D., UC San Francisco School of Medicine, San Francisco CA 1988

B.S., California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo CA 1984

Internship: Surgery, UC Davis School of Medicine, Sacramento CA 1988-1989


Trauma Research, UC Davis School of Medicine, Sacramento CA 1991-1993

General Surgery, UC Davis School of Medicine, Sacramento CA 1989-1995


Surgical Critical Care, UC Davis School of Medicine, Sacramento CA 1995-1996

Board Certifications

American Board of Surgery,

American Board of Surgery - Surgical Critical Care,

Professional Memberships

Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society

American Association for the Surgery of Trauma

American College of Surgeons

Association for Academic Surgery

Pacific Coast Surgical Association

Sacramento Surgical Society

University of California, Davis Surgical Association

University of California, SF Alumni & Faculty Association

Western Surgical Association

Honors and Awards

Sacramento Magazine's Top Docs List, 2019

America's Top Doctor Award, 2017

Chief of Staff Award for Exemplary Service � Infection Control Committee Chair, UC Davis Medical Center, 2015

Chief of Staff Award for Exemplary Service to the UCDMC Medical Staff, UC Davis Medical Center, 2007, 2008

Rock Medicine, Haight Ashbury Free Clinic, Recognition Award, 2008

Contributor to CAPNOGRAPHY: CLINICAL ASPECTS, which received The Society of Authors and the Royal Society of Medicine Book Awards 2005, from the Royal Society of Medicine, July 11., 2005

C. John Tupper Prize for Excellence in Teaching, University of California, Davis Medical Center, 2000

ACS Committee on Trauma Competition: Winner of Area of IX Competition Basic Science Section, 1993

Outstanding Performance on Surgery In-Service Exam, UCDMC, 1989

Select Recent Publications

Iverson KR, Curtis E, Brown IE, Salcedo ES, Anderson JT. New fragmenting bullet leads to unexpected injury pattern: A case report involving the Radically Invasive Projectile. Trauma. 2018 Mar 25. doi:10.1177/1460408618759365.

Shahlaie K, Chang DJ, Anderson JT. Non-Missile Penetrating Spinal Injury: Case Report and Review of the Literature. J Neurosurg Spine. 2006 May;4(5):400-408. doi:10.3171/spi.2006.4.5.400.

Galante J, Jacoby RC, Anderson JT. Are Surgical Residents Prepared for Mass Casualty Incidents? J Surg Res. 2006;132:85-91. doi:10.1016/j.jss.2005.07.031.

El Kady D, Gilbert WM, Anderson J, Danielsen B, Towner D, Smith LH. Trauma during pregnancy: an analysis of maternal and fetal outcomes in a large population. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2004 Jun;190(6):1661-8. doi:10.1016/j.ajog.2004.02.051.

Nguyen NT, Anderson JT, Budd M, Fleming NW, Ho HS, Jahr J, Stevens CM, Wolfe BM. Effects of pneumoperitoneum on intraoperative pulmonary mechanics and gas exchange during laparoscopic gastric bypass. Surg Endosc. 2004 Jan;18(1):64-71. doi:10.1007/s00464-002-8786-x. Epub 2003 Nov 21.

Gosselin RC, Owings JT, Kehoe J, Anderson JT, Dwyre DM, Jacoby RC, Utter G, Larkin EC. Comparison of six D-dimer methods in patients suspected of deep vein thrombosis. Blood Coagul Fibrinolysis. 2003 Sep;14(6):545-50. doi:10.1097/00001721-200309000-00005.

Anderson JT, Bain M, Jenq T, Osnis R, Gosselin RC, Owings JT. Diagnosis of Post Traumatic Pulmonary Embolism: Is Chest CT Acceptable? J Trauma. 2003 Mar;54(3):472-7. doi:10.1097/01.TA.0000047805.89700.C1.

Lee SL, Anderson JT, Kraut EJ, Wisner DH, Wolfe BM. A Simplified Approach to the Diagnosis of Elevated Intra-abdominal Pressure. J Trauma Injur Infect Crit Care. 002 May;52(6):1169-1172. doi:10.1097/00005373-200206000-00024.

Nguyen NT, Lee SL, Anderson JT, Palmer LS, Canet F, and Wolfe BM. Evaluation of intra-abdominal pressure after laparoscopic and open gastric bypass. Obesity Surg. 2001;11:40-45.

Owings JT, Gosselin RC, Anderson JT, Battistella FD, Bagley M, Larkin EC. Practical utility of the whole blood D-dimer assay for excluding thromboembolism in severely injured trauma patients. J Trauma. 2001 Sep;51(3):425-9; discussion 429-30. doi:10.1097/00005373-200109000-00001.