University of California San Francisco

Browder Tim Md

Professor of Surgery
Chief of Trauma, Alameda Health System, Highland Hospital


1001 Potrero Avenue, #3A25
San Francisco, CA 94110
United States


    Timothy D. Browder, MD, MACM is a Professor of Clinical Surgery and Chief of Trauma of the UCSF-East Bay Surgery Program at Highland Hospital. He obtained his undergraduate degree from Whittier College and MD from the University of Nevada School of Medicine. He completed general surgery residency and surgical critical care fellowship at University Medical Center in Las Vegas, NV. He has served as Trauma and Critical Care Faculty at the University of Nevada Las Vegas, the University of Southern California/Los Angeles County Hospital and Stanford University.

    Dr. Browder is an accomplished academic trauma surgeon with extensive clinical trauma experience having spent the majority of his career at public service healthcare centers. He is committed to providing compassionate and exceptional care to underserved patient populations and remains very clinically active taking trauma call, rounding on the acute care surgery service, covering the surgical ICU and seeing elective general surgery patients.

    In this varied clinical setting, he teaches medical students, residents and fellows and has received multiple teaching awards. He is committed to excellence in surgical education and has an education degree Masters in Academic Medicine from the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine. His primary focus is in graduate medical education, having helped start and direct the first officially approved Acute Care Surgery Fellowship while in Las Vegas and serving as the Surgical Critical Care Fellowship Program Director at Stanford University.

    In addition to his current academic position, Dr. Browder holds several leadership positions in regional and national trauma organizations. Currently he is the Northern California State Vice Chair for the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma and a Council Member for the Northern California Chapter of the American College of Surgeons. After serving on the Santa Clara County Trauma Advisory Committee for three years, he was appointed as the Committee Chair for the past year. In these roles he has worked closely with the Santa Clara County Emergency Medical Services Agency to better treat and understand the impact of traumatic injuries in the Bay Area.

    Dr. Browder’s research interests involve hemorrhagic shock, clinical outcomes following operative trauma and surgical innovation. He has previously held several military grants for medical device development related to hemorrhagic shock resuscitation and novel thermal blanket technology. He was selected for the prestigious Biodesign Faculty Fellowship at Stanford University and has mentored several design teams. Dr. Browder strives to combine his operative trauma experience and medical innovation training into real world solutions for the treatment of traumatic injuries.



    1990-94, Whittier College, B.A.

    1994-98, University of Nevada School of Medicine, M.D.

    2012-16, University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine, MACM


    1998-2004, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Resident, Surgery



    2004-05, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Fellow, Trauma/Critical Care

    2017-18, Stanford University, Byers Center for Biodesign, Faculty Fellow, Biodesign

    Board Certifications

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

    Clinical Expertise

    Hemorrhagic shock

    Operative trauma management

    Emergency general surgery

    Surgical critical care

    Abdominal wall reconstruction

    In the News

    Research Interests

    Clinical trauma outcomes

    Hemorrhagic shock

    Operative trauma management

    Trauma systems



    1. Cost-effectiveness analysis of routine computed tomography angiography (CTA) for lower extremity penetrating trauma.
      Alcasid NJ, Susai CJ, Banks KC, Senekjian L, Browder TD, Victorino GP| | View in PubMed
    2. Colon Injuries and Infectious Complications in Concurrent Gunshot-Related Fractures.
      Banks KC, Mooney CM, Alcasid NJ, Susai CJ, Mazzolini K, Browder TD, Victorino GP| | View in PubMed
    3. Shift in Prehospital Mode of Transportation for Trauma Patients During the COVID-19 Pandemic.
      Mooney CM, Banks K, Borthwell R, Victorino K, Coutu S, Browder TD, Victorino GP| | View in PubMed
    4. Comparison of outcomes between observation and tube thoracostomy for small traumatic pneumothoraces.
      Banks KC, Mooney CM, Mazzolini K, Browder TD, Victorino GP| | View in PubMed
    5. Racial Disparities Among Trauma Patients During the COVID-19 Pandemic.
      Banks KC, Mooney CM, Borthwell R, Victorino K, Coutu S, Mazzolini K, Dzubnar J, Browder TD, Victorino GP| | View in PubMed
    6. An Epidemic Within the Pandemic: The Rising Tide of Trauma During COVID-19.
      Mazzolini K, Dzubnar J, Kwak H, Banks K, Mooney C, Tang A, Cohan C, Browder T| | View in PubMed
    7. Repeat computed tomography head scan is not indicated in trauma patients taking novel anticoagulation: A multicenter study.
      Cohan CM, Beattie G, Bowman JA, Galante JM, Kwok AM, Dirks RC, Kornblith LZ, Plevin R, Browder TD, Victorino GP| | View in PubMed
    8. LAPRA-TY for laparoscopic repair of traumatic diaphragmatic hernia without intracorporeal knot tying.
      Choi J, Pan J, Forrester JD, Spain D, Browder TD| | View in PubMed
    9. The association between angioembolization and splenic salvage for isolated splenic injuries.
      Rosenberg GM, Weiser TG, Maggio PM, Browder TD, Tennakoon L, Spain DA, Staudenmayer KL| | View in PubMed
    10. Trauma advanced practice provider programme development in an academic setting to optimize care coordination.
      Woodfall MC, Browder TD, Alfaro JM, Claudius MA, Chan GK, Robinson DG, Spain DA| | View in PubMed
    11. Research: Testing of a Novel Portable Body Temperature Conditioner Using a Thermal Manikin.
      Heller D, Heller A, Moujaes S, Williams SJ, Hoffmann R, Sarkisian P, Khalili K, Rockenfeller U, Browder TD, Kuhls DA, Fildes JJ| | View in PubMed
    12. Minimally invasive is maximally effective: Diagnostic and therapeutic laparoscopy for penetrating abdominal injuries.
      Chestovich PJ, Browder TD, Morrissey SL, Fraser DR, Ingalls NK, Fildes JJ| | View in PubMed
    13. Defining the limits of resuscitative emergency department thoracotomy: a contemporary Western Trauma Association perspective.
      Moore EE, Knudson MM, Burlew CC, Inaba K, Dicker RA, Biffl WL, Malhotra AK, Schreiber MA, Browder TD, Coimbra R, Gonzalez EA, Meredith JW, Livingston DH, Kaups KL, WTA Study Group| | View in PubMed
    14. The effect of shock resuscitation fluids on apoptosis.
      Shires GT, Browder LK, Steljes TP, Williams SJ, Browder TD, Barber AE| | View in PubMed
    15. Barrett's esophagus: are there any easy answers?
      Browder TD, Little AG| | View in PubMed