Gastrointestinal and General Surgery

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UC San Diego Health System gastrointestinal (GI) and general surgeons are specialists in state-of-the-art surgical care of the upper and lower gastrointestinal tract and surrounding tissue. We are at the forefront of minimally invasive surgical capability in the nation for procedures of the entire digestive process.

At the Center for the Future of Surgery, our efforts in “scarless” surgery techniques, including NOTES and LESSOnc, have achieved worldwide acclaim for GI conditions, including hernia repair, weight loss surgery, liver resection, and appendix or gallbladder removal. Read more about advances in surgery.

Working side-by-side with leading medical experts in gastroenterology and oncology, the GI surgery team is organized into treatment teams for various conditions. 

Areas of Expertise

bullet GI Cancer Surgery

Our surgical oncologists are fighting GI cancers in advanced and aggressive ways. At UC San Diego Health System, you have access to clinical trials to assess new cancer treatment regimens via the fully integrated translational oncology program.

bullet Bariatric Surgery

The bariatric surgery team at UC San Diego Bariatric and Metabolic Institute offers sleeve gastrectomy, gastric banding, gastric bypass, revisional bypass and gastric plication. Our advanced surgical procedures are changing the course of metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes and obesity.  

bullet Esophageal Center

Using a combination of minimally invasive and open surgical techniques, surgeons at the Esophageal Center specialize in diseases of the esophagus, stomach and other foregut organs.

bullet Hernia Center

Surgeons at the Hernia Center are highly skilled in advanced surgical techniques to treat the most challenging hernias - whether inguinal, umbilical or ventral/incisional. UC San Diego Health System was the first in the world to perform “scarless” hernia surgery.

bullet Center for Transplantation

The Center for Transplantation is the leading transplant center in the San Diego region for volume of organ transplants. Our transplant programs include liver, kidney, pancreas, heart, lung, combination heart-lung, and blood and marrow/stem cell.

bullet Colorectal Surgery

Our colon and rectal surgery program is a long-standing leader in expert, innovative care of the colon, rectum and anus. UC San Diego Health System is the only place in the region providing robotic surgery for the treatment of colorectal conditions.

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