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Aaron Jensen


Pediatric and trauma surgeon
Dad, husband and Bay Area sports fan

Dr. Aaron Jensen is a pediatric and trauma surgeon who focuses on providing emergency care for children. He has training in trauma and surgical critical care, and is active in national efforts to improve outcomes for injured children. He is also interested in conditions in newborns that may require surgery. He has additional training in minimally invasive surgery and can apply these techniques to children of all ages.

Jensen understands that surgery can be frightening for children and their parents. He works with a team of providers to help families navigate the experience, and strives to be informative and transparent so they know what to expect throughout the process.

Jensen's research focuses on all aspects of injury, ranging from prevention to which techniques improve care provided by medical professionals immediately after injury and over the long term. He develops and evaluates educational programs to help prevent injuries in kids before they occur, covering issues such as safe street-crossing habits, helmet use and car seat use. He also develops and evaluates programs that use realistic patient simulators to train nurses and doctors to provide high-quality care as a team for injured kids in the emergency room. He studies the impact of different methods of providing nutritional support to severely injured kids in the intensive care unit, and he studies the outcomes of specific injuries, with the goal of improving methods of identifying and treating them.

After earning his medical degree at Temple University's Lewis Katz School of Medicine, Jensen completed a residency in general surgery at the University of Washington. He completed fellowships in surgical critical care, pediatric minimally invasive surgery and pediatric surgery at Children's Hospital Los Angeles. He has completed additional research training in education at the University of Washington and in clinical and translational science at the University of Southern California.

Jensen is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the American Academy of Pediatrics. He belongs to numerous professional organizations, including the Society for Critical Care Medicine, American Pediatric Surgical Association, International Pediatric Endosurgery Group, Pediatric Trauma Society, Association for Surgical Education, Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma, American Association for the Surgery of Trauma and Society for Simulation in Healthcare.

In his free time, Jensen enjoys spending time with his spouse and kids, and cheering for Bay Area sports teams.

  • Education

    Temple University Lewis Katz School of Medicine, 2004

    University of Washington, MEd, Education, 2008

    University of Southern California, MS, Clinical and Translational Science, 2019

  • Residencies

    University of Washington, General Surgery, 2011

  • Fellowships

    Children's Hospital Los Angeles, Surgical Critical Care, 2012

    Children's Hospital Los Angeles, Pediatric Minimally Invasive Surgery, 2013

    Children's Hospital Los Angeles, Pediatric Surgery, 2015

  • Board Certifications

    Surgery, American Board of Surgery

    Pediatric Surgery, American Board of Surgery

  • Academic Title

    Associate Professor

Where I see patients (1)

    Decorative Caduceus

    Pediatric Cervical Spine Clearance: A Multicenter Prospective Observational Study

    The sensitivity, specificity, negative and positive predictive values of CT, XR, and MRI for clinically significant injury will be calculated.