Dr. Daniel Davis

Founder of the UCSD Center for Resuscitation Science

Dr. Daniel Davis completed his undergraduate training at UCLA, where he was a National Merit, Regents, and Alumni Scholar as well as a varsity member of the 1987 NCAA National Championship Volleyball Team. He attended the UCSD School of Medicine, where he remained for his residency training in emergency medicine. As a third year resident, he was recognized as the “UCSD Medical Center House Officer of the Year,” the first for his department. During his senior year, he served as Chief Resident and was named “Outstanding Emergency Medicine Resident.”

As a resident, Dr. Davis developed research interests in brain injury and resuscitation and was recognized nationally as the 1999 recipient of the “Council of Residency Directors Academic Achievement Award.” This research interest has been cultivated as a faculty member, and he took a principal role in the San Diego Paramedic RSI Trial under the guidance of Dr. David Hoyt of the UCSD Division of Trauma. This endeavor has already resulted in several published manuscripts with others in preparation that together should definitively illuminate the safety and effectiveness of rapid sequence intubation by paramedics in the pre-hospital arena. In 2001-2002 Dr. Davis was the recipient of the SAEM Scholarly Sabbatical Grant and in the current year was the recipient of the UCSD Rosen Faculty Research Development Grant. These scholarly grants have afforded him the opportunity to work with an established investigator in brain injury at UCSD, Dr. Piyush Patel. Dr. Davis was involved in a series of investigations exploring the relative roles of excitotoxicity and apoptosis in ischemic brain injury. He took a lead role on a project using microarray analysis to identify gene candidates that mediate neuronal ischemic preconditioning. It is anticipated that this line of investigation will lead to sustainable grant support. Dr. Davis received the 2003 SAEM Young Investigator Award and has won the SAEM Young Investigator Research Paper Award twice. He is currently site Principal Investigator and EMS Operations Chair for the prestigious Resuscitation Outcomes Consortium. To date Dr. Davis has over 100 published journal articles, abstracts and book chapters and serves as editor of the “Difficult Airways” section of the Journal of Emergency Medicine. He currently conducting studies using grant support from multiple external agencies, including the NIH, American Heart Association, Department of Defense, Zoll Medical, the UC Regents, Care Fusion, and Masimo Corporation.

Within his department, Dr. Davis has served as Ultrasound Co-Director, Medical Student Director, Founder/Director of the UCSD Emergency Medicine Research Associate Program, and Base Hospital Medical Director. He is currently the UCSD Resuscitation Director, Founder/Director of the UCSD Center for Resuscitation Science, Scientific Advisor for Air Methods Corporation, and Regional Medical Director for Mercy Air Medical Services. Dr. Davis is also the Principal Investigator of the prestigious Resuscitation Outcomes Consortium Grant. Perhaps his most impactful work to date has been the development of the Advanced Resuscitation Training (ART) program, which uniquely links performance improvement data to training to reduce preventable deaths in the hospital and prehospital environments. He speaks internationally on the topics of resuscitation, ventilation, traumatic brain injury, and prehospital medicine.