University of California San Francisco


Associate Professor of Surgery
UCSF-East Bay Surgery Program


1001 Potrero Avenue, Ward 3A, #3A12
San Francisco, CA 94110
United States

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 628-206-2393


    Dr. Cushman is a seasoned Trauma/Critical Care surgeon. He earned his undergraduate degree from Washington University in St. Louis and his medical degree from Columbia Physicians and Surgeons Medical School. He remained in New York at St. Vincent’s for his surgical residency followed by a fellowship in Trauma/Critical Care at University of California, San Diego. Dr. Cushman's trauma/critical care experience includes appointments at several of this nation’s most prestigious trauma centers including service on the surgical faculty at Grady Memorial in Atlanta, Bellevue Medical Center in New York City, and a seven year tenure as Associate Professor of Surgery at the University of Maryland’s Shock Trauma Center.

    Dr. Cushman fulfilled a childhood dream by taking a second residency in Aerospace Medicine between 2011-2013, earning a Masters in Public Health at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston.  This residency has affiliations with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) where he participated in a training program designed to train present and future flight surgeons in support of manned exploration of space.



    Washington University, St. Louis, MO, B.A., Biology, 1981

    Columbia University's College of Physicians & Surgeons, New York, M.D., 1986

    University of Texas Medical Branch-Galveston, TX, MPH, 2012


    St. Vincent's Hospital & Medical Center, New York, Residency, 1986-1991

    University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX, Residency in Aerospace Medicine Training, 2013



    University of California, San Diego, Trauma/Surgical Critical Care Fellow, Division of Trauma, 1991-1992

    Board Certifications

    American Board of Surgery, General Surgery
    American Board of Surgery, Surgical Critical Care

    Clinical Expertise

    Trauma management (operative and non-operative)

    Damage control strategies and surgery mass casualty preparation

    Research Interests

    The role of surgeon-performed ultrasound in evaluation of cardiac injury (1966)
    Physiologic failure in trauma patients undergoing abbreviated laparotomy (1997)
    Trauma Quality Assurance and Analysis of Complications in Trauma (1993, 2005, 2010)
    The conviction process (legal) for intoxicated drivers in Pennsylvania (2001)
    Mass casualty preparation and response (2001)


    1. Traumatic lumbar visceral hernia.
      Shiber JR, Cushman JG| | View in PubMed
    2. Acute exertional lumbar paraspinal compartment syndrome.
      Paryavi E, Jobin CM, Ludwig SC, Zahiri H, Cushman J| | View in PubMed
    3. Disaster preparedness, triage, and surge capacity for hospital definitive care areas: optimizing outcomes when demands exceed resources.
      Roccaforte JD, Cushman JG| | View in PubMed
    4. Superficial septic thrombophlebitis.
      Katz SC, Pachter HL, Cushman JG, Roccaforte JD, Aggarwal S, Yee HT, Nalbandian MM| | View in PubMed
    5. Two New York City hospitals' surgical response to the September 11, 2001, terrorist attack in New York City.
      Cushman JG, Pachter HL, Beaton HL| | View in PubMed
    6. Practice management guidelines for the management of mild traumatic brain injury: the EAST practice management guidelines work group.
      Cushman JG, Agarwal N, Fabian TC, Garcia V, Nagy KK, Pasquale MD, Salotto AG, EAST Practice Management Guidelines Work Group| | View in PubMed
    7. Blunt splenic injury in adults: Multi-institutional Study of the Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma.
      Peitzman AB, Heil B, Rivera L, Federle MB, Harbrecht BG, Clancy KD, Croce M, Enderson BL, Morris JA, Shatz D, Meredith JW, Ochoa JB, Fakhry SM, Cushman JG, Minei JP, McCarthy M, Luchette FA, Townsend R, Tinkoff G, Block EF, Ross S, Frykberg ER, Bell RM, Davis F, Weireter L, Shapiro MB| | View in PubMed
    8. Iliac vessel injury: operative physiology related to outcome.
      Cushman JG, Feliciano DV, Renz BM, Ingram WL, Ansley JD, Clark WS, Rozycki GS| | View in PubMed