Welcome to the Department of Surgery at UC San Diego

We are dedicated to providing excellent, compassionate care for our patients, conducting breakthrough research, and educating the top doctors of the future.


Center for the Future of Surgery

The Center for the Future of Surgery, situated in the Medical Education and Telemedicine Building in La Jolla, offers medical simulation training. It is dedicated to educating surgeons and testing new operating room equipment, procedures and techniques. Under the leadership of Santiago Horgan, MD, Division Chief for Minimally Invasive Surgery, the Center strives to continually improve and expand surgery options using emerging technology so that patients experience less pain and achieve better outcomes.

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Q&A with Mark Whitehead

Mark Whitehead, PhD, is the chief of the Anatomy Division in UC San Diego's Department of Surgery. In this interview, he discusses his research on neuroplasticity, and specifically how taste information is processed by the central nervous system. He also talks about UCSD’s dissection-based approach to anatomy education; and whether anatomy is being squeezed from the medical school curriculum?

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Fighting Pancreatic Cancer

Pancreatic cancer is the 3rd leading cause of cancer death in the United States, killing more than 40,000 people each year. Despite recent advances, survival remains rare in large part because of the aggressive nature of the disease and its propensity for early metastasis. The need for new therapeutic targets that can more effectively block tumor growth and metastasis is dire. This story profiles the collaboration of Drs. Andy Lowy and Tannishtha Reya, and their studies of a gene called Musashi. Their work investigates whether Musashi controls pancreatic cancer growth—and whether its effects can be blocked by new therapies.

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Commitment to Patients

>10,000
procedures performed
per year

Cutting-Edge Research

$19 million
research portfolio

Leading Through Diversity

31%
women faculty

Welcoming our 2017 Surgical Interns & Fellows

Last month we bid farewell to an amazing graduating class of residents [link]. This month we are proud to welcome a new crop of surgical interns and fellows, just starting out on what will be an exciting, physically challenging, emotionally draining, but highly rewarding career. Interns bring with them zest and enthusiasm that are gifts for those of us further along the road. Please join me in welcoming our new trainees.

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