Gregory “Jerry” Jurkovich, MD, FACS, is Professor and Vice-Chairman of the Department of Surgery at the UC Davis Health System in Sacramento, California. In this role, he is responsible for the clinical affairs and quality of the department, as well as being an acute care surgeon.

Prior to relocating to California, Dr. Jurkovich served as Director of Surgery and Trauma Services at Denver Health, and the Rockwell Professor of Surgery at the University of Colorado. This appointment followed nearly 24 years at the University of Washington and Harborview Medical Center in Seattle as Professor and Chief of Trauma. He began his surgical career as Chief of Trauma at the University of South Alabama.

Dr. Jurkovich has held numerous leadership positions in addition to serving as Chair of the National Trauma Institute for the past three years. He has been the President of the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma (AAST), the Western Trauma Association (WTA), and the Western Surgical Association (WSA). He also has served as Vice Chairman and Chief of Regions of the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma (ACS/COT), and is currently a Director of the American Board of Surgery. He serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery, Annals of Surgery, and the Journal of the American College of Surgeons. He is also the editor of the textbook "ACS Surgery: Principles and Practices."

Dr. Jurkovich is well known for his leadership of the AAST Committee on the Acute Care Surgeon, working to define the future training and practice paradigm for trauma surgery that combines surgical critical care, emergency general surgery, and trauma surgery. Throughout the course of his career, Dr. Jurkovich has explored some of the most critical problems in trauma, including methods of measuring outcome in trauma patients, the role of hypothermia in trauma, alcohol and injury, the immune-inflammatory response to injury, and nutritional support in the critically injured.

He received an undergraduate degree in biomedical engineering (cum laude) from Northwestern University and his MD degree from the University of Minnesota. His surgery residency was at the University of Colorado, with a trauma research fellowship at Duke University.


"The clinical research supported by the National Trauma Institute will ultimately save thousands of military and civilian casualties by producing the "evidence" necessary for the provision of evidence-based medicine."

Timothy C. Fabian, MD, FACS,
Head of the Department of Surgery at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis, Tennessee and Chairman, National Trauma Institute