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Aaron R. Jensen, M.D., MEd, FACS, FAAP

Aaron R. Jensen, M.D., MEd, FACS, FAAP

  • Associate Professor of Surgery
  • Associate Director, Pediatric Surgery Fellowship
  • University of California San Francisco
  • Associate Trauma Medical Director
  • UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland

Contact Information

Pediatric Surgery Clinic
UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland
747 52nd Street
Oakland, CA 94609
Phone: (510)428-3022

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1996-2000 California State University Hayward, BS Biochemistry

2000-2004 Temple University School of Medicine, MD

2006-2008 University of Washington College of Education, MEd

2016-2019 University of Southern California, MS


  • 2004-2011 University of Washington, Seattle, WA - General Surgery Residency
  • 2011-2012 Children's Hospital Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA - Surgical Critical Care Fellowship
  • 2012-2013 Children's Hospital Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA - Pediatric Minimally Invasive Surgery Fellowship
  • 2013-2015 Children's Hospital Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA - Pediatric General Surgery Fellowship
  • American Board of Surgery - General Surgery
  • American Board of Surgery - Pediatric Surgery
  • American Board of Surgery - Surgical Critical Care
  • Pediatric Trauma Program, UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Neonatal Surgery
  • Pediatric Surgery
  • Pediatric Trauma
  • Surgical Critical Care
  • Patient Reported Outcomes after Injury
  • Pediatric Trauma Epidemiology and Outcomes
  • Simulation-Based Team Training for Pediatric Trauma Resuscitation
  • Surgical Nutrition

Aaron R. Jensen, M.D., M.Ed., is Assistant Professor at UCSF, Associate Director of the Pediatric Surgery Fellowship, and Associate Trauma Medical Director at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland. He was trained at the University of Washington in General Surgery prior to completing fellowships in Pediatric Surgery, Minimally Invasive Surgery, and Surgical Critical Care at the Children's Hospital Los Angeles. He joined the UCSF faculty in 2019.

Focusing on decreasing the impact of injury in children, Dr. Jensen's research program includes development and evaluation of injury prevention programs, trauma epidemiology, outcomes research related to critical treatments, and innovative approaches to using simulation-based training to improve teamwork during trauma resuscitation. Dr. Jensen has received research funding from the National Institutes for Health and from the Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma.

Dr. Jensen was recognized nationally by the American College of Surgeons, having been selected to participate in the Future Trauma Leaders program in 2016. He participates nationally in trauma quality improvement initiatives to improve trauma care for children in the United States. He has also been recognized nationally for his teaching and educational research activities.

  Confired By    
  • New Member Award for Research
  • Pacific Coast Surgical Association
  • 2019
  • Future Trauma Leaders Program Travel Scholarship
  • American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma
  • 2016 - 2018
  • Barbara M Korsch Award for Research in Medical Education
  • Children's Hospital Los Angeles
  • 2014
  • Linnea Hauge PhD Promising Educational Scholar Award
  • Association for Surgical Education
  • 2012
  • Resident Award for Exemplary Teaching
  • American College of Surgeons
  • 2011
  • David Tapper Resident Teaching & Leadership Award
  • University of Washington Department of Surgery
  • 2011
  • Jeannette and H. Peter Kriendler Charitable Trust Leadership Scholarship
  • Resident and Associate Society of the American College of Surgeons
  • 2010
  • Surgical Education Research Fellowship
  • Association for Surgical Education
  • 2006 - 2008
  • Herman Brown Award for Excellence in the Study of the Art and Science of Surgery
  • Temple University School of Medicina
  • 2004
  • Dr. Jensen's research program spans the translational spectrum related to pediatric trauma. His research includes injury prevention, acute resuscitation, processes of care in the ICU, and long-term outcomes after injury. Dr. Jensen works with the injury prevention team to develop and evaluate programs to decrease the incidence of injury in children. He also utilizes large datasets such as the National Trauma Databank (NTDB) and Trauma Quality Improvement Program (TQIP) to study outcomes related to procedures, nutritional support, and injury patterns in children. His funded research includes the use of simulation-based training to improve teamwork, quality, and efficiency of pediatric trauma resuscitation, with a unique focus on impact on clinical outcomes.

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    1. MacArthur TA, Vogel AM, Glasgow AE, Moody S, Kotagal M, Williams RF, Kayton ML, Alberto EC, Burd RS, Schroeppel TJ, Baerg JE, Munoz A, Rothstein WB, Boomer LA, Campion EM, Robinson C, Nygaard RM, Richardson CJ, Garcia DI, Streck CJ, Gaffley M, Petty JK, Ryan M, Pandya S, Russell RT, Yorkgitis BK, Mull J, Pence J, Santore MT, Klinkner DB, Safford SD, Trevilian T, Jensen AR, Mooney DP, Ketha B, Dassinger MS, Goldenberg-Sandau A, Falcone RA, Polites SF. Crystalloid Volume is Associated with Short Term Morbidity in Children with Severe Traumatic Brain Injury: An Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma Multicenter Trial Post-Hoc Analysis. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2023 Apr 19. View in PubMed
    2. Melhado CG, Kao E, Hogan-Schlientz J, Crane D, Shui AM, Stephens CQ, Evans L, Burd RS, Jensen AR. Inter-Rater Reliability of Chart-Based Assessment of Functional Impairment after Pediatric Injury using the Functional Status Scale (FSS). J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2023 Apr 04. View in PubMed
    3. Ignacio RC, Kelley-Quon LI, Ourshalimian S, Padilla BE, Jensen AR, Shew SB, Lofberg KM, Smith CA, Roach JP, Pandya SR, Russell KW, Wang K, Western Pediatric Surgery Research Consortium Choledocholithiasis Investigative Group. Pediatric DUCT Score: A Highly Specific Predictive Model for Choledocholithiasis in Children. J Am Coll Surg. 2023 May 01; 236(5):961-970. View in PubMed
    4. Newgard CD, Babcock SR, Song X, Remick KE, Gausche-Hill M, Lin A, Malveau S, Mann NC, Nathens AB, Cook JNB, Jenkins PC, Burd RS, Hewes HA, Glass NE, Jensen AR, Fallat ME, Ames SG, Salvi A, McConnell KJ, Ford R, Auerbach M, Bailey J, Riddick TA, Xin H, Kuppermann N, Pediatric Readiness Study Group. Emergency Department Pediatric Readiness Among US Trauma Centers: A Machine Learning Analysis of Components Associated with Survival. Ann Surg. 2022 Nov 01. View in PubMed
    5. Tobias J, Padilla BE, Lee J, Chen S, Wang KS, Kelley-Quon LI, Mueller C, Shew SB, Joskowitz K, Ignacio RC, Evans LL, Jensen AR, Acker SN, Mason A, Johnson A, McConahey J, Hansen E, Pandya SR, Short SS, Russell KW, Nicassio L, Smith CA, Fialkowski E. Standardized perioperative care reduces colorectal surgical site infection in children: A Western Pediatric Surgery Research Consortium Multicenter analysis. J Pediatr Surg. 2022 Sep 26. View in PubMed
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