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.




Galvanizing Engineering in Medicine

Four UC San Diego surgeons are among the clinician-engineer teams selected to receive the 2018 Galvanizing Engineering in Medicine (GEM) awards. GEM brings together engineers and clinicians to develop innovative technologies that can be applied to solving challenging problems in medical care. This year's projects address challenges in telerobotic surgery, pancreatic cancer, and spinal cord injuries, and include Department of Surgery faculty Michael Bouvet, Joseph Ciacci, and Ryan Orosco, as well as neurosurgery resident Joel Martin.

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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
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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.