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James G. Cushman, MD, MPH

James G. Cushman, MD, MPH

Associate Clinical Professor of Surgery
UCSF-East Bay Surgery Program
Assistant Trauma Director, Alameda Health System
Medical Student Site Director, UCSF-East Bay



Contact Information

UCSF-East Bay
Department of Surgery
1411 East 31st Street
Oakland, CA 94602
James.Cushman@ucsfmedctr.org
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  • Washington University, St. Louis, MO, B.A., Biology, 1981
  • Columbia University's College of Physicians & Surgeons, New York, M.D., 1986
  • University of Texas Medical Branch-Galveston, TX, MPH, 2012
  • St. Vincent's Hospital & Medical Center, New York, Residency, 1986-1991
  • University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX, Residency in Aerospace Medicine Training, 2013
  • University of California, San Diego, Trauma/Surgical Critical Care Fellow, Division of Trauma, 1991-1992
  • American Board of Surgery, General Surgery
  • American Board of Surgery, Surgical Critical Care
  • Damage control strategies and surgery mass casualty preparation
  • Trauma management (operative and non-operative)
  • Mass casualty preparation and response (2001)
  • Physiologic failure in trauma patients undergoing abbreviated laparotomy (1997)
  • The conviction process (legal) for intoxicated drivers in Pennsylvania (2001)
  • The role of surgeon-performed ultrasound in evaluation of cardiac injury (1966)
  • Trauma Quality Assurance and Analysis of Complications in Trauma (1993, 2005, 2010)

Dr. Cushman is a seasoned Trauma/Critical Care surgeon. He earned his undergraduate degree from Washington University in St. Louis and his medical degree from Columbia Physicians and Surgeons Medical School. He remained in New York at St. Vincent's for his surgical residency followed by a fellowship in Trauma/Critical Care at University of California, San Diego. Dr. Cushman's trauma/critical care experience includes appointments at several of this nation's most prestigious trauma centers including service on the surgical faculty at Grady Memorial in Atlanta, Bellevue Medical Center in New York City, and a seven year tenure as Associate Professor of Surgery at the University of Maryland's Shock Trauma Center.

Dr. Cushman fulfilled a childhood dream by taking a second residency in Aerospace Medicine between 2011-2013, earning a Masters in Public Health at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston.  This residency has affiliations with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) where he participated in a training program designed to train present and future flight surgeons in support of manned exploration of space.

Most recent publications from a total of 11
  1. Shiber JR, Cushman JG. Traumatic lumbar visceral hernia. J Emerg Med. 2012 Jul; 43(1):e59-60. View in PubMed
  2. Paryavi E, Jobin CM, Ludwig SC, Zahiri H, Cushman J. Acute exertional lumbar paraspinal compartment syndrome. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2010 Dec 1; 35(25):E1529-33. View in PubMed
  3. Roccaforte JD, Cushman JG. Disaster preparedness, triage, and surge capacity for hospital definitive care areas: optimizing outcomes when demands exceed resources. Anesthesiol Clin. 2007 Mar; 25(1):161-77, xi. View in PubMed
  4. Katz SC, Pachter HL, Cushman JG, Roccaforte JD, Aggarwal S, Yee HT, Nalbandian MM. Superficial septic thrombophlebitis. J Trauma. 2005 Sep; 59(3):750-3. View in PubMed
  5. Cushman JG, Pachter HL, Beaton HL. Two New York City hospitals' surgical response to the September 11, 2001, terrorist attack in New York City. J Trauma. 2003 Jan; 54(1):147-54; discussion 154-5. View in PubMed
  6. Roccaforte JD, Cushman JG. Disaster preparation and management for the intensive care unit. Curr Opin Crit Care. 2002 Dec; 8(6):607-15. View in PubMed
  7. Marcus SG, Shamamian P, Cushman J. Remembering September 11: reflections from Bellevue Hospital and New York University Medical Center. Surgery. 2002 Sep; 132(3):502-5. View in PubMed
  8. Cushman JG, Agarwal N, Fabian TC, Garcia V, Nagy KK, Pasquale MD, Salotto AG. Practice management guidelines for the management of mild traumatic brain injury: the EAST practice management guidelines work group. J Trauma. 2001 Nov; 51(5):1016-26. View in PubMed
  9. Chang S, Cushman JG, Pasquale MD. The injured intoxicated driver: analysis of the conviction process. J Trauma. 2001 Sep; 51(3):551-6. View in PubMed
  10. Peitzman AB, Heil B, Rivera L, Federle MB, Harbrecht BG, Clancy KD, Croce M, Enderson BL, Morris JA, Shatz D, Meredith JW, Ochoa JB, Fakhry SM, Cushman JG, Minei JP, McCarthy M, Luchette FA, Townsend R, Tinkoff G, Block EF, Ross S, Frykberg ER, Bell RM, Davis F, Weireter L, Shapiro MB. Blunt splenic injury in adults: Multi-institutional Study of the Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma. J Trauma. 2000 Aug; 49(2):177-87; discussion 187-9. View in PubMed
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