Translate this website into the following languages:

Close Tab
menu iconMenu
search iconSearch
Raul Coimbra, MD, PhD practices Surgery in San Diego

Raul Coimbra, MD, PhD

Surgeon-in-Chief, UC San Diego Medical Center

Executive Vice Chair, Department of Surgery

Chief, Division of Trauma, Surgical Care, Burns and Acute Care Surgery

Surgery (Primary Specialty)
Critical Care
Practice Locations
UC San Diego Health - Hillcrest
UC San Diego Medical Center
200 West Arbor Drive
San Diego, CA  92103
About Our Practice
UC San Diego Health - Hillcrest
Medical Offices North
200 West Arbor Drive
San Diego, CA  92103
About Our Practice
Contact Numbers
New Patient Registration:
Surgery Clinic Line:
Division of Trauma Main Line:
About Raul Coimbra, MD, PhD
Date Joined Staff:
Additional Languages Spoken
Raul Coimbra, MD, is an internationally recognized trauma surgeon who specializes in critical care and acute surgery. He is the surgeon-in-chief of UC San Diego Medical Center and director of the Level 1 Trauma Center.

Dr. Coimbra has played a significant role in building the region’s first Level-1 Trauma Center into one of the top programs in the nation, as well as a model for trauma centers around the world. His vision and dedication have resulted in the opening of a new, state-of-the art trauma resuscitation unit at UC San Diego Medical Center, which has improved the efficiency for surgeons and addresses the continued growth of the trauma program and commitment of the community it serves in southwest San Diego.

As the executive vice chair in the Department of Surgery and chief of the Division of Trauma, Surgical Critical Care, Burns and Acute Care Surgery, Dr. Coimbra instructs medical students, residents and fellows at UC San Diego School of Medicine. His clinical research interests include hypertonicity as it affects the immune system, decreases post-traumatic organ dysfunction and injury, and intestinal barrier injury and intestinal inflammation.

Dr. Coimbra has coauthored many peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, some of which have appeared in The Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery, Surgery and Shock, among others.

He completed his residency training in general and peripheral vascular surgery at the Santa Casa School of Medicine in Sao Paulo, Brazil, where he also earned his medical and doctoral degree. Dr. Coimbra is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS).

Dr. Coimbra is the executive director for the World Coalition for Trauma Care and chair of the Data and Trauma Registry Committee of the Division of Injury of the World Health Organization (WHO). He is also the chair of the International Injury Care Committee of the American College of Surgeons’ Committee on Trauma and president elect of the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma.

UC San Diego Health Links
For more information, see Trauma, Surgical Critical Care and Burn and Surgical Services.
Medical Degree
Santa Casa School of Medicine, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Clinical Expertise Areas
Complex Surgical Emergencies
General Surgery
Surgical Critical Care
Trauma Surgery
Vascular Trauma