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

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

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

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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. Acker SN, Diaz-Miron J, Ignacio RC, Russell KW, Lofberg K, Shew SB, Peterson PN, Kelley-Quon LI, Jensen AR, Lee J, Padilla B, Smith CA, Kastenberg ZJ, Azarow KS, Ostlie DJ, Wang KS, Inge TH, Western Pediatric Surgery Research Consortium . Attitudes Affecting Decision-making for Use of Radiologic Enteral Contrast in the Management of Pediatric Adhesive Small Bowel Obstruction: A Survey Study of Pediatric Surgeons. J Surg Res. 2021 Jul 10; 267:536-543. View in PubMed
    2. Burd RS, Jensen AR, VanBuren JM, Richards R, Holubkov R, Pollack MM, Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development Collaborative Pediat , Berg RA, Carcillo JA, Carpenter TC, Dean JM, Gaines B, Hall MW, McQuillen PS, Meert KL, Mourani PM, Nance ML, Yates AR. Factors Associated With Functional Impairment After Pediatric Injury. JAMA Surg. 2021 Jun 02; e212058. View in PubMed
    3. Evans LL, Williams RF, Jin C, Plumblee L, Naik-Mathuria B, Streck CJ, and Jensen AR. . Hospital-Based Intervention is Rarely Needed for Children with Low-Grade Blunt Abdominal Solid Organ Injury: An Analysis of The Trauma Quality Improvement Program Registry. Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery. 2021; doi: 10.1097/TA.00000000000032. View in PubMed
    4. Plumblee L, Williams R, Vane D, Zhang J, Jensen A, Naik-Mathuria B, Evans L, Streck CJ. Isolated low-grade solid organ injuries in children following blunt abdominal trauma: Is it time to consider discharge from the emergency department? J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2020 11; 89(5):887-893. View in PubMed
    5. Polites SF, Moody S, 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, Greenwell C, Pandya S, Waters AM, Russell RT, Yorkgitis BK, Mull J, Pence J, Santore MT, MacArthur T, Klinkner DB, Safford SD, Trevilian T, Vogel AM, Cunningham M, Black C, Rea J, Spurrier RG, Jensen AR, Farr BJ, Mooney DP, Ketha B, Dassinger MS, Goldenberg-Sandau A, Roman JS, Jenkins TM, Falcone RA. Timing and volume of crystalloid and blood products in pediatric trauma: An Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma multicenter prospective observational study. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2020 07; 89(1):36-42. View in PubMed
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