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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
[email protected]

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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. Russell KW, Katz MG, Phillips RC, Kelley-Quon LI, Acker SN, Shahi N, Lee JH, Fialkowski EA, Nacharaju D, Smith CA, Jensen AR, Mueller CM, Padilla BE, Ignacio RC, Ourshalimian S, Wang KS, Ostlie DJ, Fenton SJ, Kastenberg ZJ, Western Pediatric Surgery Research Consortium. Corrigendum to Adolescent Vaping-Associated Trauma in the Western United States [J Surg Res. 2022 Aug;276:251-255]. J Surg Res. 2023 Nov 03; 294:247-248. View in PubMed
    2. Snyder CW, Kristiansen KO, Jensen AR, Sribnick EA, Anders JF, Chen CX, Lerner EB, Conti ME. Defining Pediatric Trauma Center Resource Utilization: Multidisciplinary Consensus-Based Criteria from the Pediatric Trauma Society. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2023 Oct 26. View in PubMed
    3. Melhado C, Remick K, Miskovic A, Patel B, Hewes HA, Newgard CD, Nathens AB, Macias C, Gray L, Yorkgitis BK, Dingeldein MW, Jensen AR. The Association between Pediatric Readiness and Mortality for Injured Children Treated at US Trauma Centers. Ann Surg. 2023 Oct 13. View in PubMed
    4. Jacobson JC, Ryan ML, Vogel AM, Mehl SC, Acker SN, Prendergast C, Padilla BE, Lee J, Chao SD, Martin NR, Russell KW, Larsen K, Harting MT, Linden AF, Ignacio RC, Slater BJ, Juang D, Jensen AR, Melhado CG, Pelayo JC, Zhong A, Spencer BL, Gadepalli SK, Maamari M, Jimenez Valencia M, Qureshi FG, Pandya SR. Outcomes of Extracorporeal Life Support Utilization for Pediatric Patients With COVID-19 Infections. ASAIO J. 2023 Oct 10. View in PubMed
    5. Sullivan TM, Sippel GJ, Gestrich-Thompson WV, Jensen AR, Burd RS. Survival Bias in Pediatric Hemorrhagic Shock: Are We Misrepresenting the Data? J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2023 Sep 27. View in PubMed
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