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Tafoya Sam

Sampaguita-Inez P. Tafoya, MD

  • Pediatric Anesthesia
  • Anesthesiology
Languages Spoken:
  • English

Sampaguita (Sam) Tafoya, M.D., is a pediatric anesthesiologist and the assistant chair of the department of anesthesia at Shriners Children's Northern California, where she is dedicated to excellence in patient care.

She serves as the hospital's Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee chair, and is the elected secretary for the Medical Executive Committee. She is committed to the Shriners Children's organization at the corporate level as well, and is a member of the Anesthesia Executive Committee.

While in training, Dr. Tafoya was granted both the Outstanding Senior Resident award and Housestaff Professionalism award at UC Davis. In addition to her work at Shriners Children's, Dr. Tafoya is a volunteer clinical faculty member at the UC Davis Health System.

Her academic interests lie in pediatric regional anesthesia, resuscitation management and multimodal pain therapies. She was recently published in Pediatric Anesthesia: Pediatric Anesthesia During the Coronavirus Disease Epidemic - One Pediatric Surgical Hospital's Rapid Transition Back to Care.

She has lectured extensively on pediatric anesthesiology and is active in several professional organizations including the American Society of Anesthesiologists, California Society of Anesthesiologists, Society for Pediatric Anesthesia and the International Anesthesia Research Society.

Her experience as a dedicated mother of two young children makes her an extremely compassionate caregiver for children having surgery at Shriners Children's Northern California.

Pediatric Care


  • Anesthesiology
  • Pediatric Anesthesia

More About Me

Board Certifications
  • American Board of Anesthesiology, Anesthesiology, Pediatric Anesthesiology
  • American Board of Anesthesiology, Anesthesiology, Anesthesiology - General
Education and Training

Medical Education
UC Davis Medical Center
Sacramento, CA

Kaiser Permanente
Los Angeles, CA

UC Davis Medical Center
Sacramento, CA

UC Davis
Sacramento, CA

Academic Positions and Locations

UC Davis Medical Center

Leadership and Memberships
  • 2016-Present: Assistant Chair, Department of Anesthesia, Shriners Children's Northern California
  • 2006-Present: Member, American Society of Anesthesiologists
  • 2009-Present: Society for Pediatric Anesthesia
  • 2008-Present: California Society for Anesthesiologists
  • 2016-Present: Chair, Pharmacy & Therapeutics Committee, Shriners Children's Northern California
  • 2016-Present: Member, Anesthesia Executive Committee, Shriners Children's
Awards and Honors
  • 2016, Certificate for Excellence in AIMS (Anesthesia Information Management System) Leadership
  • 2011, Outstanding Senior Resident Award, UC Davis Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine
  • 2011, House Staff Professionalism Award, UC Davis Medical Center
  • 2003-2007, California Endowment Scholar, UC Davis School of Medicine
  • 1999-2003, Provost Scholar, University of San Diego
Providers Academic Works And Presentations Accordion Title
  • Presentation: Society for Pediatric Anesthesia Conference Spring 2020 Annual Meeting - Medical Tattooing and Implications in Anesthesia (2020)
  • Lecture: Pediatric Orthopedic Case Conference, Shriners Children's Northern California - Pain Management for Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery (2014-Present)
  • Lecture: Shriners Children's Northern California - Local Anesthetic Toxicity (2018)
  • Lecture: Shriners Children's Western Regional Conference - Multimodal Anesthesia (2017)
  • Presentations: Women in Medicine Conference, American River College (2004-2007)


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