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.

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Surgeon-scientists in UC San Diego's Division of Surgical Oncology are advancing efforts to fight the disease for tomorrow's patients, while providing the best possible care for today's patients. A team of UC San Diego researchers and physicians, co-led by Dr. Andrew Lowy, Chief of the Division of Surgical Oncology, was recently awarded a $1 million Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) grant to test drugs that block signals that play a critical role in driving growth and progression of pancreatic cancer. This is the third SU2C grant targeting pancreatic cancer to be awarded to UC San Diego researchers. 

Commitment to Patients

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Cutting-Edge Research

$19 million
research portfolio

Leading Through Diversity

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.