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Kimberly Davis, MD, MBA, is chief of general surgery, trauma and surgical critical care for Yale Medicine, and medical director of trauma for Yale New Haven Hospital (YNHH). She leads a team of 10 surgeons, and has performed thousands of operations. As a general surgeon, Dr. Davis can operate on any part of the body, although she performs operations in the abdominal cavity, usually using minimally invasive techniques. As she focuses on both elective and emergency surgery, Dr. Davis often treats patients who find themselves in situations they never anticipated. As a trauma surgeon and critical care doctor, she spends about a third of her time treating seriously ill and injured patients. What attracts Dr. Davis to this field is the ability to render care to patients and their families when they may be at their most vulnerable. As she says, “No one expects to be in a severe car wreck or have a life threatening surgical disease.” The sudden nature of emergencies disrupts the life of the patient and their family. The opportunity to help a patient return to their prior state of health is “the ultimate reward” in medicine, she says.
A professor of surgery at Yale School of Medicine, Dr. Davis is also passionate about quality improvement, which she has promoted on a national level. She has served as a “surgeon champion” for the National Surgical Quality Improvement Program, and is currently surgical director of quality and performance improvement at YNHH.