David A. Spain, MD

David A. Spain, MD

Trauma and critical care surgeon

Bio:   Dr. David A. Spain is the David L. Gregg, MD Professor and Chief of Acute Care Surgery. His clinical areas of specialty are emergency and elective general surgery, trauma and critical care. His research focus is assessment of clinical care, systems of care and introduction of new technology. He is the current Recorder and Program Chair of the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma and a Governor of the American College of Surgeons. He is the editor of the new textbook Scientific American's Critical Care of the Surgical Patient.
4.6 out of 5
134 Patient Ratings
34 Patient Comments

Trauma Service

  • 300 Pasteur Drive
  • Room HG021
  • Stanford , CA 94305
  • Phone: 650-723-7570
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Professional Education

  • Board Certification: General Surgery, American Board of Surgery (1993)
  • Board Certification: Surgical Critical Care, American Board of Surgery (1996)
  • Fellowship: University of Louisville Hospital (1994) KY
  • Residency: Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (1992) NJ
  • Medical Education: Wayne State University (1986) MI
  • MD, Wayne State University, Medicine (1986)
  • BS/Honors, Michigan State University, Biochemistry (1982)

Honors & Awards

  • Collins Teaching Award, General Surgery Residency Progran (2004-2005)
  • General Surgery Chief Residents’ Award, Stanford (2009-2010)
  • Teaching Award, Stanford/Kaiser Emergency Medicine Residency (2003-04 and 2007-08)

Administrative Appointments

  • Chief of Trauma and Critical Care Surgery, Stanford University (2001 - Present)

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4.6

Friendliness

4.6

Explanations

4.6

Listens

4.6

Includes you in decisions

4.7

Clear Communication

4.6

Confidence in your doctor

4.6

Recommended to others

4.2

Wait times

SHC Patient, Sep 2017

Dr. Spain was excellent!! A great communicator. Funny. Comforting.

SHC Patient, Aug 2017

Good experience.

SHC Patient, Aug 2017

Very good experience.

SHC Patient, Jul 2017

Great!!

SHC Patient, Jul 2017

Fair experience.

SHC Patient, May 2017

Very pleased with the team -

SHC Patient, Mar 2017

Dr. Judy ad Dr. Neil are excellent communicators and instill confidence.

SHC Patient, Feb 2017

Dr. Spain was terrific in everyway - happy he was my surgeon.

SHC Patient, Dec 2016

Great on all accounts

SHC Patient, Dec 2016

Thanks.

SHC Patient, Nov 2016

Did not take concerns about post-op infections very seriously, and I did end up having one. After care was not explained well until after the surgery. Wish I could have prepared better.

SHC Patient, Jul 2016

Doctor forgets to mention I have metal pieces in my abdomen as a result of surgery (!). When I requested explanation, he says "you're not going to notice", which is vaguely insulting.

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4.6 out of 5
134 Patient Ratings
34 Patient Comments

SHC Patient, Sep 2017

Dr. Spain was excellent!! A great communicator. Funny. Comforting.

SHC Patient, Aug 2017

Good experience.

SHC Patient, Aug 2017

Very good experience.

SHC Patient, Jul 2017

Great!!

SHC Patient, Jul 2017

Fair experience.

SHC Patient, May 2017

Very pleased with the team -

SHC Patient, Mar 2017

Dr. Judy ad Dr. Neil are excellent communicators and instill confidence.

SHC Patient, Feb 2017

Dr. Spain was terrific in everyway - happy he was my surgeon.

SHC Patient, Dec 2016

Great on all accounts

SHC Patient, Dec 2016

Thanks.

SHC Patient, Nov 2016

Did not take concerns about post-op infections very seriously, and I did end up having one. After care was not explained well until after the surgery. Wish I could have prepared better.

SHC Patient, Jul 2016

Doctor forgets to mention I have metal pieces in my abdomen as a result of surgery (!). When I requested explanation, he says "you're not going to notice", which is vaguely insulting.

SHC Patient, Jun 2016

There was nothing given to me after the fact. No handouts explaining how to care for the wound. Nothing saying what was normal or what was cause for worry. Nothing explaining what they just did to me. I found this very shocking! I'm used to getting a whole pamphlet even for a vaccine, much less a surgery! I had to take some pictures of the wound site and send it to the doctor in subsequent days because I didn't know if it was normal. And I still hope I'm doing the right things to take care of it, since I received no instructions.

SHC Patient, May 2016

Felt a bit curt and rushed to begin with, but was willing to answer questions and gave a clear explanation of the options.

SHC Patient, May 2016

Good experience.

SHC Patient, Mar 2016

Excellent!

SHC Patient, Feb 2016

Dr. Spain was very courteous and informative of my medical problem - he explained procedure and set my mind at ease with competence and support.

SHC Patient, Jan 2016

Very happy & appreciative with my surgery in repair of inguinal hernia.

SHC Patient, Dec 2015

all good

SHC Patient, Nov 2015

Awesome doctor. The best!

SHC Patient, Sep 2015

Was good care thanks.

SHC Patient, Sep 2015

Good.

SHC Patient, Jun 2015

all good

SHC Patient, Apr 2015

All good.

SHC Patient, Mar 2015

Suggestion: Advise patients (open hernia surgery) that the pain medication may will cause constipation and that is the reason for the recommendation stool softener (some patients are not aware of the pain medication).

SHC Patient, Jan 2015

Being pregnant and having an epigastric hernia I didn't have any professional diagnostic from this provider even after I told him I had and ultrasound (that says I have a hernia)

SHC Patient, Dec 2014

Dr. Spain, his assistants, all of his staff have been respectful, quick in getting me to the exam room, where Dr. Spain is specific, and kind in my follow-up care. Everyone in this office is very professional, while they show their courtesy.

SHC Patient, Dec 2014

Dr. Spain is excellent and I truly appreciate his expertise & skill.

SHC Patient, Oct 2014

I had emergency surgery 400 miles from home this visit was a hand-off from one surgeon to the other. Dr. Spain was completely informed & ready for me.

SHC Patient, Sep 2014

I'm very optimistic about my upcoming surgery.

SHC Patient, Sep 2014

He is either RUDE, arrogant or a great combo of both. I didn't follow through with him operating. I would never let him cut me open!

SHC Patient, Jun 2014

Good.

SHC Patient, Feb 2014

Dr. did not acknowledge husband at all.

SHC Patient, Jan 2014

He seemed a bit cavalier or aloof but obviously competent.