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Rochelle Dicker, M.D.

Associate Professor of Surgery and Anesthesia in Residence 
Division of General Surgery
Director, San Francisco Wraparound Project
Co-Director, San Francisco Injury Center 
Co-Director, Center for Global Surgical Studies 

Contact Information

Campus Box 0807
San Francisco General Hospital
San Francisco, CA  94143-0807
(415) 206-8673 Appointments
(415) 206-4623 Office
(415) 206-5484 Fax 


  • UC San Diego, B.A., Physiology, 1991
  • University of Vermont College of Medicine, M.D., 1995
  • UCSF School of Medicine, Resident, Surgery, 1995-1997
  • University of Vermont, Surgery, 1997-2000
  • UCSF School of Medicine, Fellow, Critical Care, 2000-2001
  • UCSF School of Medicine, Fellow, Trauma, 2001-2002
  • California Wellness Foundation, Fellow, Violence Prevention,  2001-2003
  • American Board of General Surgery
  • American Board of General Surgery, Surgical Critical Care
  • Adult Respiratory Distress Syndrome
  • Injury prevention
  • Mental illness as risk factor in unintentional injury
  • Trauma resuscitation
  • Ultrasound in trauma diagnostics
  • Violence Prevention
  • Injury prevention
  • Mental illness as risk factor in unintentional injury
  • Trauma resuscitation
  • Ultrasound in trauma diagnostics
  • Adult Respiratory Distress Syndrome
  • Violence Prevention

Dr. Rochelle A. Dicker obtained a Bachelor of Arts from UC San Diego and subsequently obtained her MD degree from the University of Vermont College of Medicine, graduating with honors.  She then completed a General Surgery residency and finally a Fellowship in Trauma/Critical Care at the University of California, San Francisco.  She is double-Boarded in General Surgery and Critical Care.

During her Fellowship training, she was educated in the public health model of injury prevention and is now actively involved as the Director of the San Francisco Injury Center.  Her special interests within the field of trauma include Violence Prevention for which she has been granted money from the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma and the City of San Francisco.  In addition, she is interested in development of systems for mass casualty and trauma in the developing world.

  • Surveillance for Violent Injury Recidivism.
  • Development and implementation of the Public Health Approach to Violence Prevention by linking the Trauma Center to the Community.
  • Study of the predictive value of dead space ventilation in the surgical population with ARDS.
  • Development and analysis of a pilot Public Health approach to Senior Fall Prevention.
  • Ongoing review of treatment of Pelvic Fracture Hemorrhage.
  • Comparison of Effective Work of Breathing Among Modes of Ventilation in the Surgical ICU Patient.
  • Co-Investigator and SFGH Site Director for the NIH-sponsored ARDS Net investigations.
  • Characterization of ARDS in the Trauma Patient Co-investigator for Army-granted Trauma non-technical skills project: Validation of Human Patient Simulators for Trauma Training.
  • Study looking at the Public Health Model as a technique in reducing the recidivism rate of interpersonal violence. This project is funded in part by a scholarship from the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma and in part by the City of San Francisco. Funding allows for employment of two community-based Case Managers. 
  • Launching a surveillance program to create a risk assessment model in unintentional injury in the mentally ill.
ResidentYearsGrant or Funding Source
Adam Laytin, M.D. 2012-14
Jessica Beard M.D., MPH 2011-2013 MPH, UC Berkeley Block Grant Award
Lisa Marie Brown, M.D. 2008-2010
Sudha Jayaraman, M.D. 2008-2010
Most recent publications from a total of 36
  1. Beard JH, Oresanya LB, Akoko L, Mwanga A, Mkony CA, Dicker RA. Surgical task-shifting in a low-resource setting: outcomes after major surgery performed by nonphysician clinicians in Tanzania. World J Surg. 2014 Jun; 38(6):1398-404. View in PubMed
  2. Beard JH, Oresanya LB, Akoko L, Mwanga A, Dicker RA, Harris HW. An estimation of inguinal hernia epidemiology adjusted for population age structure in Tanzania. Hernia. 2014 Apr; 18(2):289-95. View in PubMed
  3. Smith R, Evans A, Adams C, Cocanour C, Dicker R. Passing the torch: evaluating exportability of a violence intervention program. Am J Surg. 2013 Aug; 206(2):223-8. View in PubMed
  4. Purtle J, Dicker R, Cooper C, Corbin T, Greene MB, Marks A, Creaser D, Topp D, Moreland D. Hospital-based violence intervention programs save lives and money. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2013 Aug; 75(2):331-3. View in PubMed
  5. Smith R, Dobbins S, Evans A, Balhotra K, Dicker RA. Hospital-based violence intervention: risk reduction resources that are essential for success. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2013 Apr; 74(4):976-80; discussion 980-2. View in PubMed
  6. Beard JH, Oresanya LB, Ohene-Yeboah M, Dicker RA, Harris HW. Characterizing the global burden of surgical disease: a method to estimate inguinal hernia epidemiology in Ghana. World J Surg. 2013 Mar; 37(3):498-503. View in PubMed
  7. Lopez DS, Sunjaya DB, Chan S, Dobbins S, Dicker RA. Using trauma center data to identify missed bicycle injuries and their associated costs. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2012 Dec; 73(6):1602-6. View in PubMed
  8. Dicker RA, Mah J, Lopez D, Tran C, Reidy R, Moore M, Kreniske P, Crane I, Knudson MM, Li M, Menza R, Shuway M, Alvidrez J. Screening for mental illness in a trauma center: rooting out a risk factor for unintentional injury. J Trauma. 2011 Jun; 70(6):1337-44. View in PubMed
  9. Dicker RA, Lopez DS, Pepper MB, Crane I, Max W. Cost-driven injury prevention: creating an innovative plan to save lives with limited resources. J Trauma. 2011 Apr; 70(4):985-90. View in PubMed
  10. Jayaraman S, Ozgediz D, Miyamoto J, Caldwell N, Lipnick MS, Mijumbi C, Mabweijano J, Hsia R, Dicker R. Disparities in injury mortality between Uganda and the United States: comparative analysis of a neglected disease. World J Surg. 2011 Mar; 35(3):505-11. View in PubMed
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