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David M. Notrica, MD, FACS, FAAP

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Medical Direcor, Trauma



Areas of Expertise

  • Trauma Pediatric Surgery Pectus Excavatum repair Inflammatory Bowel Disease Diaphragm Pacers Biliary Atresia


Phoenix Children's Hospital - Main
1919 E. Thomas Rd., Phoenix, Arizona 85016

About David M. Notrica, MD, FACS, FAAP

Dr. David Notrica is originally from Atlanta, Georgia. He graduated Cum Laude from Duke University in 1988 and Emory University School of Medicine in 1992 where he was Class President, winner of the Whitehead Award, and a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha National Medical Honor Society. He completed his General Surgery residency training at Emory University in 1997 where he won the JD Martin award for most outstanding surgical resident. He completed his Pediatric Surgery Fellowship training at Texas Children's Hospital in Houston in 1999.

He is currently the Program Director for the Mayo Clinic/Phoenix Children's Hospital Pediatric Surgery fellowship training program. He is a Professor of Surgery and Child Health at the University of Arizona College of Medicine Phoenix, and an Associate Professor of Surgery at Mayo Clinic Medical School. He has given more than 150 regional, national, and international presentations and has more than 90 peer-reviewed publications.

Dr. Notrica was Chairman of Surgery at Phoenix Children's Hospital before becoming Chief of Staff in 2006. He has been identified multiple times as a Top Doc by Phoenix Magazine, Best Doctors, and was named a Healthcare Hero by the Phoenix Business Journal in 2014. He Co-founded and co-chairs the Western Pediatric Trauma Conference, the Southwest Trauma and Acute Care Symposium, and Trauma Conference International. He was one of the founding members of the ATOMAC pediatric trauma research network.

Dr. Notrica developed and continues to direct the Level 1 Trauma Center for Phoenix Children's Hospital. This program is the only ACS-Verified Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center in the state of Arizona. He is currently the Site Principle Investigator on a NIH-funded trauma study using bone marrow derived stem cells to mitigate traumatic brain injury.

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Education & Training

Board Certification

Pediatric Surgery; General Surgery

Medical School / Education

Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA


(General Surgery) Emory University Affiliated Hospitals, Atlanta, GA; (Pediatric Surgery) Baylor College of Medicine/Texas Children's Hospital, Houston, TX


(Pediatric Surgery) Baylor College of Medicine/Texas Children's Hospital, Houston, TX

Academic Affiliations

Associate Professor, University of Arizona College of Medicine - Phoenix; Associate Professor of Surgery Mayo Medical School;

Professional Affiliations

Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society; Fellow, American College of Surgeons; Fellow, American Academy of Pediatrics; Society of American Endoscopic and Gastrointestinal Surgeons; International Pediatric Endosurgery Group; Michael E. DeBakey International Surgical Society; Maricopa Medical Society


  • Top-Doc

Research & Publications

Nonoperative management of blunt liver and spleen injury in children: Evaluation of the ATOMAC guideline using GRADE - The Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery (2015)PubMed
:1.Notrica DM. Pediatric blunt abdominal trauma: Current management. Curr Opin Crit Care. 2015 Sep 28. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 26418761.
2.Notrica DM, Eubanks JW, Tuggle D, Maxson RT, Letton RW, Garcia NM, Alder AC, Lawson KA, St Peter SD, Megison S, Garcia-Filion P. Nonoperative management of blunt liver and spleen injuries in children: Evaluation of the ATOMAC Guideline using GRADE. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2015 Oct;79(4):683-93. doi:10.1097/TA.0000000000000808. PubMed PMID: 26402546.
3.Hooft N, Notrica DM, Bae JO. Spontaneous bile duct perforation with cystic fibrosis and meconium ileus. Journal of Pediatric Surgery Case Reports 3.7 (2015): 298-300.
4.Johnson KN, Jaroszewski DE, Ewais M, Lackey JJ, McMahon L, Notrica DM. Hybrid Technique for Repair of Recurrent Pectus Excavatum After Failed Open Repair. Ann Thorac Surg. 2015. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2015.02.078.
5.Notrica DM. Pediatric blunt solid organ injury: Beyond the APSA guidelines. Current Surgery Reports, 2015. 3(4): p. 1-6. DOI: 10.1007/s40137-015-0085-2.
6.Mahedia M, Bae JO, Notrica D. Laparoscopic Distal Pancreatectomy for Acute Pancreatic Transection in a Child. Journal of Laparoendoscopic & Advanced Surgical Techniques Part B, Videoscopy, 2015. DOI: 10.1089/vor.2014.0265.
7.Jaroszewski DE, Ewais MM, Gotway M, McMahon LE, Notrica DM. Successful Singleton and Twin Pregnancies with the Nuss Bars in Place: Case Reports. Ann Thorac Surg (in press)
8.Garvey E, Haakinson D, McOmber M, Notrica D. Role of ERCP in pediatric blunt abdominal trauma: A case series at a level one pediatric trauma center. J Pediatr Surg (2014),
9.Ma IT, Rebecca AM, Notrica DM, McMahon LE, Jaroszewski DE. Pectus Excavatum in Adult Women: Repair and the Impact of Prior or Concurrent Breast Augmentation. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2015 Feb;135(2):303e-12e. doi:
10.1097/PRS.0000000000000990.1 PubMed PMID: 2562681510.Jaroszewski DE, Notrica DM, McMahon LE, Hakim FA, Lackey JJ, Gruden JF, Steidley DE, Johnson KN, Mookadam F. Operative Management of Acquired Thoracic Dystrophy in Adults After Open Pectus Excavatum Repair. Ann Thorac Surg. 2014 Mar 12. PMID: 24630766.
11.McMahon LE, Johnson KN, Jaroszewski DE, Acosta JM, Egan JC, Bae J, Ngyuen H, Notrica D. Experience with FiberWire for pectus bar attachment. J Pediatr Surg 2014;49:1259-63.
12.Graziano, K. D., Juang, D., Notrica, D., Grandsoult, V. L., Acosta, J., Sharp, S. W., . . . St Peter, S. D. (2014). Prospective observational study with an abbreviated protocol in the management of blunt renal injury in children. J Pediatr Surg, 49(1), 198-200; discussion 200-191. doi: 10.1016/j.jpedsurg.2013.09.053
13.Johnson KN, Harte M, Garcia-Filion P, Notrica DM. Fate of the combined adult and pediatric trauma centers: impact of increased pediatric trauma requirements. Am Surg. 2014 Dec;80(12):1280-2. PubMed PMID: 25513934.
14.Notrica DM, McMahon LE, Johnson KN, Velez DA, McGill LC, Jaroszewski DE. Life-threatening hemorrhage during removal of a Nuss bar associated with sternal erosion: Ann Thorac Surg. 2014 Sep;98(3):1104-6.

15. Notrica DM1, Linnaus ME2. Nonoperative Management of Blunt Solid Organ Injury in Pediatric Surgery. Surg Clin North Am. 2017 Feb;97(1):1-20. doi: 10.1016/j.suc.2016.08.001. PubMed PMID: 27894421.