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.




2nd Annual ACAPS West Coast Bootcamp

The Division of Plastic Surgery recently hosted the 2nd Annual ACAPS West Coast Plastic Surgery BootCamp, which introduced first-year Plastic Surgery residents from across the region to core concepts in Plastic Surgery—including wound healing and nutrition; pediatric plastic surgery; craniofacial anatomy; radiology; and cosmetic procedures, among others. View our photo essay and see surgical training in action.

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Global Surgery


The Department of Surgery at UC San Diego is committed, not only to improving access to and the quality of surgical care at home, but also around the world–especially for the underserved. We aim to support efforts in research and education that equip trainees for global service, contribute to the global dialogue, and directly serve communities in low- and middle-income countries.

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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

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.