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Jay Doucet

Title(s)Professor Of Clinical, Surgery
SchoolHealth Sciences
Phone619-543-7107
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    Jay Doucet, MD, is a board-certified surgeon who serves as the Chief of the Division of Trauma, Surgical Critical Care, Burns, and Acute Care Surgery and as medical director of both the Surgical Intensive Care Unit and Emergency Preparedness and Response at UC San Diego Health. He performs trauma and general surgery and provides surgical critical care to patients. His areas of expertise include chest and abdominal injury, rib plating (an operation to fix broken ribs), abdominal sepsis, diverticular disease, abdominal and groin hernia, gallbladder disease and soft tissue infections.

    As a professor in the Department of Surgery, Dr. Doucet teaches medical students, residents, and fellows. He is also the program director of the surgical critical care fellowship at UC San Diego School of Medicine. His research interests include the use of ultrasound in trauma and critical care and the economics of insurance and surgical access.

    He has presented on topics related to trauma training both nationally and internationally. His articles on topics such as trauma, ultrasound, and transfusion management have been published in peer-reviewed journals. He was the editor of the Disaster Management and Emergency Preparedness Course Manual.

    Prior to joining UC San Diego Health, Dr. Doucet was an attending surgeon at the U.S. Navy Trauma Training Center at Los Angeles County Medical Center/ University of Southern California, followed by two years at the University of British Columbia, where he was responsible for expanding the mission of the Canadian Forces Trauma Training Center as Director. Dr. Doucet has served on several overseas tours as a military surgeon in Afghanistan, Bosnia, Desert Storm, and elsewhere and also served in the Royal Canadian Air Force as a general duty medical officer and flight surgeon.

    Dr. Doucet completed a fellowship in trauma and surgical critical care at UC San Diego School of Medicine. He also completed a fellowship in trauma and catastrophic surgery at the Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre Health, Dalhousie University, in Nova Scotia, Canada, where he was also a resident in general surgery. Dr. Doucet earned his medical degree from Memorial University of Newfoundland in Canada and holds a Master of Science from Dalhousie University. He is board certified in surgery and surgical critical care and is also a registered diagnostic medical sonographer (RDMS).

    Dr. Doucet is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS) and the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada (FRCSC). He is a Governor of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and a member of the ACS Committee on Trauma. He is also a member of the Society of Program Directors in Critical Care Surgery. He chairs the Transfusion and Emergency Management Committees at UC San Diego Health.

    He has received numerous awards, including the 2018 Emergency Medicine Health Care Hero Award from the San Diego Business Journal and an honorary medal from the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma in recognition of his major contributions to combat surgery.

    Dr. Doucet is a commercial pilot and flight instructor. He was an onsite trauma surgeon at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Canada.

    Dr. Doucet's areas of special interest and accomplishments are:
    Trauma and surgical critical care
    Prehospital and Combat Casualty care
    Disaster medicine
    Transfusion and Blood Substitutes
    Surgical and Trauma Education and Simulation

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    1. Staudenmayer K, Bernard A, Davis KA, Doucet J, Haider A, Tres Scherer LR, Minei JP. The Current and Future Economic State of Acute Care Surgery. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2019 Apr 25. PMID: 31033894.
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    2. Bernard A, Staudenmayer K, Minei JP, Doucet J, Haider A, Scherer T, Davis KA. Macroeconomic trends and practice models impacting acute care surgery. Trauma Surg Acute Care Open. 2019; 4(1):e000295. PMID: 31058241.
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    3. Knowlton LM, Minei J, Tennakoon L, Davis KA, Doucet J, Bernard A, Haider A, Scherer LRT, Spain DA, Staudenmayer KL. The economic footprint of acute care surgery in the United States: Implications for systems development. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2019 Apr; 86(4):609-616. PMID: 30589750.
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    4. Doucet J, Haley G, McAlister V. Massacre of Canadian Army Medical Corps personnel after the sinking of HMHS Llandovery Castle and the evolution of modern war crime jurisprudence. Can J Surg. 2018 06; 61(3):155-157. PMID: 29806812.
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    5. Hamel MG, Godat LN, Coimbra R, Doucet JJ. How has the Affordable Care Act changed outcomes in emergency general surgery? J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2018 05; 84(5):693-701. PMID: 29370065.
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    6. Jenkins I, Doucet JJ, Clay B, Kopko P, Fipps D, Hemmen E, Paulson D. Transfusing Wisely: Clinical Decision Support Improves Blood Transfusion Practices. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf. 2017 Aug; 43(8):389-395. PMID: 28738984.
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    7. Tapson VF, Hazelton JP, Myers J, Robertson C, Gilani R, Dunn JA, Bukur M, Croce MA, Peick A, West S, Lottenberg L, Doucet J, Miller PR, Crookes B, Gandhi RR, Croft CA, Manasia A, Hoey BA, Lieberman H, Guillamondegui OD, Novack V, Piazza G, Goldhaber SZ. Evaluation of a Device Combining an Inferior Vena Cava Filter and a Central Venous Catheter for Preventing Pulmonary Embolism Among Critically Ill Trauma Patients. J Vasc Interv Radiol. 2017 Sep; 28(9):1248-1254. PMID: 28642012.
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    8. Doucet J, Coimbra R. REBOA: is it ready for prime time? J Vasc Bras. 2017 Jan-Mar; 16(1):1-3. PMID: 29930615.
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    9. Fischer PE, Bulger EM, Perina DG, Delbridge TR, Gestring ML, Fallat ME, Shatz DV, Doucet J, Levy M, Stuke L, Zietlow SP, Goodloe JM, VanderKolk WE, Fox AD, Sanddal ND. Guidance Document for the Prehospital Use of Tranexamic Acid in Injured Patients. Prehosp Emerg Care. 2016 Sep-Oct; 20(5):557-9. PMID: 26985786.
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    10. Meisinger QC, Brown MA, Dehqanzada ZA, Doucet J, Coimbra R, Casola G. A 10-year restrospective evaluation of ultrasound in pregnant abdominal trauma patients. Emerg Radiol. 2016 Apr; 23(2):105-9. PMID: 26585759.
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    11. Dehqanzada ZA, Meisinger Q, Doucet J, Smith A, Casola G, Coimbra R. Complete ultrasonography of trauma in screening blunt abdominal trauma patients is equivalent to computed tomographic scanning while reducing radiation exposure and cost. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2015 Aug; 79(2):199-205. PMID: 26218686.
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    12. Eng AJ, Namba JM, Box KW, Lane JR, Kim DY, Davis DP, Doucet JJ, Coimbra R. High-fidelity simulation training in advanced resuscitation for pharmacy residents. Am J Pharm Educ. 2014 Apr 17; 78(3):59. PMID: 24761020; PMCID: PMC3996391.
    13. Bansal V, Reid CM, Fortlage D, Lee J, Kobayashi L, Doucet J, Coimbra R. Determining injuries from posterior and flank stab wounds using computed tomography tractography. Am Surg. 2014 Apr; 80(4):403-7. PMID: 24887674.
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    14. Kim DY, Regner J, Doucet J, Kobayashi L, Lee J, Coimbra R, Bansal V. Use of ultrasonography during percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy. Am Surg. 2014 Jan; 80(1):E30-2. PMID: 24401510.
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    15. Doucet J, Bulger E, Sanddal N, Fallat M, Bromberg W, Gestring M. Appropriate use of helicopter emergency medical services for transport of trauma patients: guidelines from the Emergency Medical System Subcommittee, Committee on Trauma, American College of Surgeons. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2013 Oct; 75(4):734-41. PMID: 24064891.
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    16. Costantini TW, Min E, Box K, Tran V, Winfield RD, Fortlage D, Doucet J, Bansal V, Coimbra R. Dose adjusting enoxaparin is necessary to achieve adequate venous thromboembolism prophylaxis in trauma patients. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2013 Jan; 74(1):128-33; discussion 134-5. PMID: 23271087; PMCID: PMC4010946.
    17. Kim DY, Kobayashi L, Costantini TW, Chang D, Fortlage D, Curry T, Wynn S, Doucet J, Bansal V, Coimbra R. Is contrast exposure safe among the highest risk trauma patients? J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2012 Jan; 72(1):61-6; discussion 66-7. PMID: 22310117.
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    18. McLaughlin T, Hennecke P, Garraway NR, Evans DC, Hameed M, Simons RK, Doucet J, Hansen D, Annand S, Bell N, Brown DR. A predeployment trauma team training course creates confidence in teamwork and clinical skills: a post-Afghanistan deployment validation study of Canadian Forces healthcare personnel. J Trauma. 2011 Nov; 71(5 Suppl 1):S487-93. PMID: 22072008.
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    19. Coufal NG, Kansagra AP, Doucet J, Lee J, Coimbra R, Bansal V. Gastric trichobezoar causing intermittent small bowel obstruction: report of a case and review of the literature. Case Rep Med. 2011; 2011:217570. PMID: 21687591.
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    20. Doucet JJ, Galarneau MR, Potenza BM, Bansal V, Lee JG, Schwartz AK, Dougherty AL, Dye J, Hollingsworth-Fridlund P, Fortlage D, Coimbra R. Combat versus civilian open tibia fractures: the effect of blast mechanism on limb salvage. J Trauma. 2011 May; 70(5):1241-7. PMID: 21610438.
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    21. Doucet JJ, Hill L, Stout P, Bansal V, Lee J, Fortlage D, Potenza B, Workman P, Coimbra R. The unrecognized danger of a new transportation mechanism of injury--pedicabs. J Safety Res. 2011 Apr; 42(2):131-5. PMID: 21569895.
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    22. Bansal V, Fortlage D, Lee J, Doucet J, Potenza B, Coimbra R. A new clopidogrel (Plavix) point-of-care assay: rapid determination of antiplatelet activity in trauma patients. J Trauma. 2011 Jan; 70(1):65-9; discussion 69-70. PMID: 21217483.
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    23. Costantini TW, Fraga G, Fortlage D, Wynn S, Fraga A, Lee J, Doucet J, Bansal V, Coimbra R. Redefining renal dysfunction in trauma: implementation of the Acute Kidney Injury Network staging system. J Trauma. 2009 Aug; 67(2):283-7; discussion 287-8. PMID: 19667880.
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    24. Tien HC, Battad A, Bryce EA, Fuller J, Mulvey M, Bernard K, Brisebois R, Doucet JJ, Rizoli SB, Fowler R, Simor A. Multi-drug resistant Acinetobacter infections in critically injured Canadian forces soldiers. BMC Infect Dis. 2007 Aug 14; 7:95. PMID: 17697345; PMCID: PMC1988813.
    25. Rhee P, Kuncir EJ, Johnson L, Brown C, Velmahos G, Martin M, Wang D, Salim A, Doucet J, Kennedy S, Demetriades D. Cervical spine injury is highly dependent on the mechanism of injury following blunt and penetrating assault. J Trauma. 2006 Nov; 61(5):1166-70. PMID: 17099524.
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    26. Demetriades D, Martin M, Salim A, Rhee P, Brown C, Doucet J, Chan L. Relationship between American College of Surgeons trauma center designation and mortality in patients with severe trauma (injury severity score > 15). J Am Coll Surg. 2006 Feb; 202(2):212-5; quiz A45. PMID: 16427544.
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    27. Rhee P, Martin M, Dave P, Doucet J, Brown C, Salim A, Demitriades D. Spine injuries following isolated truncal, head, or neck gunshots. J Trauma. 2005 Oct; 59(4):1033-4. PMID: 16374302.
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    28. Rhee P, Nunley MK, Demetriades D, Velmahos G, Doucet JJ. Tetanus and trauma: a review and recommendations. J Trauma. 2005 May; 58(5):1082-8. PMID: 15920431.
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    29. Doucet JJ, Hoyt DB, Coimbra R, Schmid-Schönbein GW, Junger WG, Paul L W, Loomis WH, Hugli TE. Inhibition of enteral enzymes by enteroclysis with nafamostat mesilate reduces neutrophil activation and transfusion requirements after hemorrhagic shock. J Trauma. 2004 Mar; 56(3):501-10; discussion 510-1. PMID: 15128119.
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    30. Doucet J, Gao ZH, MacLaren LA, McAlister VC. Modification of xenoantigens on porcine erythrocytes for xenotransfusion. Surgery. 2004 Feb; 135(2):178-86. PMID: 14739853.
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    31. Johnstone JE, MacLaren LA, Doucet J, McAlister VC. In vitro studies regarding the feasibility of bovine erythrocyte xenotransfusion. Xenotransplantation. 2004 Jan; 11(1):11-7. PMID: 14962288.
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    32. Hoyt DB, Coimbra R, Potenza B, Doucet J, Fortlage D, Holingsworth-Fridlund P, Holbrook T. A twelve-year analysis of disease and provider complications on an organized level I trauma service: as good as it gets? J Trauma. 2003 Jan; 54(1):26-36; discussion 36-7. PMID: 12544896.
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    33. MacLaren LA, Riggs CM, Johnstone JE, Doucet J, McAlister VC. Evaluating porcine RBC and platelet alpha-galactosyl expression. Transfusion. 2002 Sep; 42(9):1184-8. PMID: 12430676.
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    34. Doucet JJ, Hall RI. Limited resuscitation with hypertonic saline, hypertonic sodium acetate, and lactated Ringer's solutions in a model of uncontrolled hemorrhage from a vascular injury. J Trauma. 1999 Nov; 47(5):956-63. PMID: 10568730.
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