Michael Bouvet, MD, FACS

Michael Bouvet, MD, FACS
Professor of Surgery
Director of Endocrine Surgery

Michael Bouvet, MD, is a board-certified surgeon who specializes in endocrine surgery and surgical oncology. He is the Director of Endocrine Surgery at UC San Diego Health. Dr. Bouvet’s expertise includes performing surgery for benign and cancerous thyroid nodules; parathyroidectomy for hyperparathyroidism, Whipple procedures (pancreatoduodenectomy) for pancreatic cancer; minimally invasive robotic-assisted esophagectomy; and laparoscopic adrenal surgery. He also performs surgery for tumors of the parathyroid glands, adrenal glands, liver, esophagus, stomach and pancreas. As a professor in the Department of Surgery, Dr. Bouvet instructs students, residents and fellows at UC San Diego School of Medicine. His research focuses on fluorescence-guided surgery for gastrointestinal and endocrine tumors. Dr. Bouvet also leads National Cancer Institute (NCI)-funded studies that aim to use fluorescence image-guided surgery to improve the visualization, detection and resection of pancreatic and colon cancer. He has co-authored more than 300 articles, and his work has appeared in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons and Cancer Research, among others. Dr. Bouvet completed a fellowship in surgical oncology at University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and a residency in general surgery at UC San Diego School of Medicine. He earned his medical degree from University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS) and a member of numerous professional organizations, including the American Association of Endocrine Surgeons, the Society of Surgical Oncologists, and the American Thyroid Association. Dr. Bouvet has been consistently elected as a top physician in Castle Connolly’s America’s Top Doctors® and a top doctor in San Diego Magazine's “Physicians of Exceptional Excellence" annual survey performed in collaboration with the San Diego County Medical Society.

Ongoing Research Support

Development of Near Infrared Fluorescence-Guided Surgical Navigation and Tumor Specific Photoimmunotherapy for Improved Outcomes for GI Cancers
Major goals:  To develop novel techniques for fluorescence guided surgery for GI cancers.
Role:  Principal Investigator

VA Merit Review • Bouvet (PI) • 10/1/17 – 09/30/21
1 I01 BX003856-01A1

TAV-255 viral development                                       
Major goals:  To develop adenoviral vectors for cancer treatment.
Role:  Principal Investigator

Peninsula BioMedical • Bouvet (PI) • 08/01/15 – 07/31/17            

Near infrared fluorophore (NIR) conjugated antibodies for robotic-assisted detection and resection of GI cancers
Role:  Principal Investigator
Intuitive Surgical • Bouvet (PI) • 1/1/17 – 12/31/17

Engineering Machinery Molecules to Visualize and Actuate Immunotherapy
Role:  Co-Investigator
NIH/NCI • Wang (PI) • 4/1/17 – 3/31/19
1 R21 CA209629-01A1

Improving Theranostics for Pancreatic Cancer
Role:  Principal Investigator
The Leo and Anne Albert Charitable Trus • Bouvet (PI) • 10/20/16 – 11/20/18

Fingerprinting invasive membrane protrusions to discover metastatic signatures
Major goals:  To discover metastatic signatures by fingerprinting invasive membrane protrusions in cancer cells.
Role:  Co-Investigator
NIH/NCI • Klemke (PI) • 07/01/14 - 6/30/19      
R01 CA182495A     

American Cancer Society Institutional Research Grant
Major goals: To provide cancer research funding to junior investigators for pilot projects.
Role:  Principal Investigator
American Cancer Society Institutional Research Grant • Bouvet (PI) • 01/01/11–12/31/18

Publication Highlights

DeLong JC, Ward EP, Lwin TM, Brumund KT, Kelly KJ, Horgan S, Bouvet MIndocyanine green fluorescence-guided parathyroidectomy for primary hyperparathyroidism. Surgery. 2017 Nov 9. pii: S0039-6060(17)30613-X. doi: 10.1016/j.surg.2017.08.018. [Epub ahead of print]

Hiroshima Y, Lwin TM, Murakami T, Mawy AA, Kuniya T, Chishima T, Endo I, Clary BM, Hoffman RM, Bouvet M. Effective fluorescence-guided surgery of liver metastasis using a fluorescent anti-CEA antibody. J Surg Oncol. 114(8):951-958, 2016.

Weiss A, Parina RP, Tang JA, Brumund KT, Chang DC, Bouvet M. Outcomes of thyroidectomy from a large California state database. Am J Surg. 210(6):1170-6; discussion 1176-7, 2015


Parathyroidectomy Using Indocyanine Green Fluorescence Imaging
McCarty Patrick, Metildi Cristina, Kelly Kaitlyn, Maser Christina, and Bouvet Michael
September 25, 2015 - VOLUME 2 - ISSUE 3

The UCSD Experience w/ ICG Fluorescence-Guided Surgery
Video for international society for fluorescence guided surgery
Oct 11, 2016 - Uploaded by Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES)
Presented by Jonathan C Delong, MD at the SS28: Top Videos: MIS Potpourri Session. March 19, 2016