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Aaron R. Jensen, M.D., MEd, FACS, FAAP

Aaron R. Jensen, M.D., MEd, FACS, FAAP

Assistant Professor of Surgery
Associate Director, Pediatric Surgery Fellowship
University of California San Francisco
Associate Trauma Medical Director
UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland

Contact Information

Pediatric Surgery Clinic
UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland
747 52nd Street
Oakland, CA 94609
Phone: (510)428-3022

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  • 1996-2000 California State University Hayward, BS Biochemistry
  • 2000-2004 Temple University School of Medicine, MD
  • 2006-2008 University of Washington College of Education, MEd
  • 2016-2019 University of Southern California, MS
  • 2004-2011 University of Washington, Seattle, WA - General Surgery Residency
  • 2011-2012 Children's Hospital Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA - Surgical Critical Care Fellowship
  • 2012-2013 Children's Hospital Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA - Pediatric Minimally Invasive Surgery Fellowship
  • 2013-2015 Children's Hospital Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA - Pediatric General Surgery Fellowship
  • American Board of Surgery - General Surgery
  • American Board of Surgery - Pediatric Surgery
  • American Board of Surgery - Surgical Critical Care
  • Pediatric Trauma Program, UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Neonatal Surgery
  • Pediatric Surgery
  • Pediatric Trauma
  • Surgical Critical Care
  • Patient Reported Outcomes after Injury
  • Pediatric Trauma Epidemiology and Outcomes
  • Simulation-Based Team Training for Pediatric Trauma Resuscitation
  • Surgical Nutrition

Aaron R. Jensen, M.D., M.Ed., is Assistant Professor at UCSF, Associate Director of the Pediatric Surgery Fellowship, and Associate Trauma Medical Director at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland. He was trained at the University of Washington in General Surgery prior to completing fellowships in Pediatric Surgery, Minimally Invasive Surgery, and Surgical Critical Care at the Children's Hospital Los Angeles. He joined the UCSF faculty in 2019.

Focusing on decreasing the impact of injury in children, Dr. Jensen's research program includes development and evaluation of injury prevention programs, trauma epidemiology, outcomes research related to critical treatments, and innovative approaches to using simulation-based training to improve teamwork during trauma resuscitation. Dr. Jensen has received research funding from the National Institutes for Health and from the Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma.

Dr. Jensen was recognized nationally by the American College of Surgeons, having been selected to participate in the Future Trauma Leaders program in 2016. He participates nationally in trauma quality improvement initiatives to improve trauma care for children in the United States. He has also been recognized nationally for his teaching and educational research activities.

  • New Member Award for Research, Pacific Coast Surgical Association, 2019
  • Future Trauma Leaders Program Travel Scholarship, American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma, 2016-2018
  • Barbara M Korsch Award for Research in Medical Education, Children's Hospital Los Angeles, 2014
  • Linnea Hauge PhD Promising Educational Scholar Award, Association for Surgical Education, 2012
  • Resident Award for Exemplary Teaching, American College of Surgeons, 2011
  • David Tapper Resident Teaching & Leadership Award, University of Washington Department of Surgery, 2011
  • Jeannette and H. Peter Kriendler Charitable Trust Leadership Scholarship, Resident and Associate Society of the American College of Surgeons, 2010
  • Surgical Education Research Fellowship, Association for Surgical Education, 2006-2008
  • Herman Brown Award for Excellence in the Study of the Art and Science of Surgery, Temple University School of Medicina, 2004
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Dr. Jensen's research program spans the translational spectrum related to pediatric trauma. His research includes injury prevention, acute resuscitation, processes of care in the ICU, and long-term outcomes after injury. Dr. Jensen works with the injury prevention team to develop and evaluate programs to decrease the incidence of injury in children. He also utilizes large datasets such as the National Trauma Databank (NTDB) and Trauma Quality Improvement Program (TQIP) to study outcomes related to procedures, nutritional support, and injury patterns in children. His funded research includes the use of simulation-based training to improve teamwork, quality, and efficiency of pediatric trauma resuscitation, with a unique focus on impact on clinical outcomes.

Most recent publications from a total of 48
  1. Jensen AR, McLaughlin C, Subacius H, McAuliff K, Nathens AB, Wong C, Meeker D, Burd RS, Ford HR, Upperman JS. Simulation-based training is associated with lower risk-adjusted mortality in ACS pediatric TQIP centers. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2019 Oct; 87(4):841-848. View in PubMed
  2. McLaughlin CM, Barin EN, Fenlon M, Azen C, Deakers TW, Stein JE, Bliss DW, Upperman JS, Jensen AR. Symptomatic catheter-associated thrombosis in pediatric trauma patients: Choose your access wisely. Surgery. 2019 Dec; 166(6):1117-1121. View in PubMed
  3. Durand MB, McLaughlin CM, Imagawa KK, Upperman JS, Jensen AR. Identifying Targets to Improve Coding of Child Physical Abuse at a Pediatric Trauma Center. J Trauma Nurs. 2019 Sep/Oct; 26(5):239-242. View in PubMed
  4. Jensen AR, Bullaro F, Falcone RA, Daugherty M, Young LC, McLaughlin C, Park C, Lane C, Prince JM, Scherzer DJ, Maa T, Dunn J, Wining L, Hess J, Santos MC, O'Neill J, Katz E, O'Bosky K, Young T, Christison-Lagay E, Ahmed O, Burd RS, Auerbach M. EAST multicenter trial of simulation-based team training for pediatric trauma: Resuscitation task completion is highly variable during simulated traumatic brain injury resuscitation. Am J Surg. 2019 Aug 05. View in PubMed
  5. McLaughlin CM, Barry WE, Barin EN, Mert M, Lowery C, Upperman JS, Jensen AR, Arbogast H. Interactive Education is Associated With Lower Incidence of Pedestrian-Related Injury in Children. J Surg Res. 2019 Dec; 244:57-62. View in PubMed
  6. McLaughlin C, Park C, Lane CJ, Mack WJ, Bliss D, Upperman JS, Jensen AR. Parenteral Nutrition Prolongs Hospital Stay in Children with Nonoperative Blunt Pancreatic Injury: A Propensity Score Weighted Analysis. J Pediatr Surg. 2019 Jun 28. View in PubMed
  7. McLaughlin C, Barry W, Barin E, Kysh L, Auerbach MA, Upperman JS, Burd RS, Jensen AR. Multidisciplinary Simulation-Based Team Training for Trauma Resuscitation: A Scoping Review. J Surg Educ. 2019 Nov - Dec; 76(6):1669-1680. View in PubMed
  8. Barry WE, Castle SL, Golden J, Rosenberg DM, Jensen AR, Bliss D. Laparotomy complications on extracorporeal life support: Surgical site bleeding does not increase mortality. J Pediatr Surg. 2019 Sep; 54(9):1736-1739. View in PubMed
  9. Isani MA, Jackson J, Barry WE, Mallicote MU, Rosenberg D, Stein JE, Jensen AR, Kim ES. Non-Operative Management is More Cost-Effective than Immediate Operation in Perforated Appendicitis Patients with Seven or More Days of Symptoms. J Surg Res. 2019 Aug; 240:70-79. View in PubMed
  10. McLaughlin C, Darcy D, Park C, Lane CJ, Mack WJ, Bliss DW, Bhalla A, Upperman JS, Nathens AB, Burd RS, Jensen AR. Timing of tracheostomy placement among children with severe traumatic brain injury: A propensity-matched analysis. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2019 Oct; 87(4):818-826. View in PubMed
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