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Deborah M. Stein, MD, MPH, FACS, FCCM

Deborah M. Stein, MD, MPH, FACS, FCCM

Professor and Chief of Surgery
Zuckerberg San Francisco General,
Vice Chair of Trauma and Critical Care Surgery
UCSF Department of Surgery

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Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center 
1001 Potrero Ave., Ward 3A
San Francisco, CA  94110
(415) 206-4623 Phone
(415) 206-5484 Fax

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Cornell University, B.A, Biology, 1993

Albert Einstein College of Medicine, M.D., 1997

Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, M.P.H., 2004

  • Long Island Jewish Medical Center, General Surgery, 1997-2002
  • Trauma/Surgical Critical Care, R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center, University of Maryland Medical Center, 2002-2004
  • Hemorrhagic shock
  • Neurocritical care
  • Organ failure
  • Organ support
  • Polytrauma
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Traumatic spinal cord injury
  • Functional outcomes following injury
  • Hemorrhagic shock
  • Mechanisms of injury
  • Neurotrauma
  • Organ support
  • Polytrauma

Deborah M. Stein, MD, MPH, earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Cornell University, her Medical Degree from Albert Einstein College of Medicine and her Master of Public Health from Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health with certificates in both Injury Control and Health Policy. She completed her general surgery residency at Long Island Jewish Medical Center, Albert Einstein College of Medicine and a fellowship in Trauma/Surgical Critical Care at the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center at the University of Maryland Medical Center. She is a fellow in the American College of Surgeons and the American College of Critical Care Medicine.

Dr. Stein is certified by the American Board of Surgery in General Surgery with subspecialty certification in Surgical Critical Care. She has also earned subspecialty certification from the United Council for Neurologic Subspecialties in Neurocritical Care.

Upon completion of her fellowship in 2004, Dr. Stein joined the faculty at the University of Maryland School of Medicine where she served as the R Adams Cowley Professor in Shock and Trauma and Medical Director for Neurotrauma Critical Care, Medical Director for the Trauma Resuscitation Unit, Co-Director of the Neurotrauma Center for the State of Maryland, and as the Chief of Trauma at the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center. Dr. Stein left Maryland and came to UCSF in 2019 to join the faculty in the Department of Surgery as Professor and Chief of Surgery at the Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center.

Dr. Stein currently serves as Principal Investigator or Co-Principal Investigator on 4 federally funded grants and has authored nearly 200 peer-reviewed articles and more than 25 book chapters. Her national service includes active participation in major trauma, critical care, and surgical societies including serving as Secretary, Executive Board Member and member of the Board of Directors for the Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma.

Dr. Stein serves as Chair of the Research Committee and Member of the EMS, TQIP and Membership Committees for the American College of Surgeons' Committee on Trauma. She serves as Chair of the Geriatric Trauma/ACS Committee for the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma and is a Member of the Scholarship Committee for the American College of Surgeons. She also serves on the Editorial Board for the Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery and is an Examination Consultant for the Board of Surgery.

Dr. Stein is a clinical researcher who has always been a believer in asking simple questions to improve the care of patients. She currently serves as Principal Investigator or Co-Principal Investigator on 4 federally funded grants. Her main research focus with respect to the injured patient has been in the fields of polytrauma, hemorrhagic shock and neurotrauma with a specific interest in functional outcomes following injury. From a critical care perspective, her main focus has been on neurocritical care and organ support in the critically ill patient. Clinically relevant projects in which she is currently engaged include:

  • Serving as overall study Co-PI for a multicenter clinical trial of venous thromboembolism prevention in patient with orthopaedic injuries funded by from the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)
  • Work as Co-PI with the Coalition for National Trauma Research (CNTR) as the panel lead for Neurotrauma in a Department of Defense funded study to develop a National Trauma Research Action Plan (NTRAP)
  • Serving as Co-PI for a study of genomics and microbiome in injured patients at risk of sepsis
  • Serving as overall study PI for the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma's (AAST) multi-institutional prospective observational study of geriatric patients with traumatic brain injury (Geri-TBI)
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  1. Esposito E, Kufera JA, Wolff TW, Spalding MC, Simpson J, Dunn JA, Zier L, Burruss S, Kim P, Jacobson LE, Williams J, Nahmias J, Grigorian A, Harmon L, Gergen A, Chatoor M, Rattan R, Young AJ, Pascual JL, Murry J, Ong AW, Muller A, Sandhu RS, Appelbaum R, Bugaev N, Tatar A, Zreik K, Hustad L, Lieser MJ, Stein DM, Scalea TM, Lauerman MH. Factors Associated with Stroke Formation in Blunt Cerebrovascular Injury: An EAST Multicenter Study. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2021 Nov 02. View in PubMed
  2. Haac BE, O'Hara NN, Manson TT, Slobogean GP, Castillo RC, O'Toole RV, Stein DM. Inpatient compliance with venous thromboembolism prophylaxis after orthopaedic trauma: results from a randomized controlled trial of aspirin versus low molecular weight heparin. OTA Int. 2021 Dec; 4(4):e150. View in PubMed
  3. Stonko DP, Azar FK, Betzold RD, Morrison JJ, Fransman RB, Holcomb J, Bee T, Fabian TC, Skarupa DJ, Stein DM, Kozar RA, O'Connor JV, Scalea TM, DuBose JJ, Feliciano DV. Contemporary Management and Outcomes of Injuries to the Inferior Vena Cava: A Prospective Multicenter Trial From PROspective Observational Vascular Injury Treatment. Am Surg. 2021 Aug 13; 31348211038556. View in PubMed
  4. Hakam N, Nabavizadeh B, Sadighian MJ, Holler J, Shibley P, Li KD, Low P, Amend G, Stein DM, Breyer BN. The Impact of Obesity on Renal Trauma Outcome: An Analysis of the National Trauma Data Bank from 2013 to 2016. World J Surg. 2021 Aug 09. View in PubMed
  5. Ghneim M, Albrecht J, Brasel K, Knight A, Liveris A, Watras J, Michetti CP, Haan J, Lightwine K, Winfield RD, Adams SD, Podbielski J, Armen S, Zacko JC, Nasrallah FS, Schaffer KB, Dunn JA, Smoot B, Schroeppel TJ, Stillman Z, Cooper Z, Stein DM, Geri-TBI Study . Factors associated with receipt of intracranial pressure monitoring in older adults with traumatic brain injury. Trauma Surg Acute Care Open. 2021; 6(1):e000733. View in PubMed
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