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.” He took a lead role in the San Diego Paramedic RSI Trial under the guidance of Dr. David Hoyt of the UCSD Division of Trauma.
In 2001-2003 Dr. Davis was the recipient of the SAEM Scholarly Sabbatical Grant and the UCSD Rosen Faculty Research Development Grant, which afforded him the opportunity to explore the relative roles of excitotoxicity and apoptosis in ischemic brain injury. Dr. Davis received the 2003 SAEM Young Investigator Award and has won the SAEM Young Investigator Research Paper Award twice. He was faculty in the UCSD Department of Emergency Medicine through 2015, where he served as Ultrasound Co-Director, Medical Student Director, Founder/Director of the UCSD Emergency Medicine Research Associate Program, Base Hospital Medical Director, Resuscitation Director, and Founder/Director of the UCSD Center for Resuscitation Science.
He currently serves as Scientific Advisor for Air Methods Corporation, Regional Medical Director for Mercy Air Medical Services, and Medical Consultant to Riverside County Fire Department. He works clinically at Bear Valley Medical Center and Catalina Island Medical Center and serves as Research Director for Arrowhead Regional Medical Center Department of Emergency Medicine.
To date Dr. Davis has over 200 published journal articles, abstracts and book chapters. He has received 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 and served as 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.