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 Todd Costantini

Todd Costantini, MD FACS, is assistant director of UC San Diego Health's Level 1 Trauma Center, an assistant professor in the Division of Trauma, Surgical Critical Care, Burns and Acute Care Surgery, and an alum of the UC San Diego general surgery residency program and trauma/surgical critical care fellowship. In this interview, he discusses his ground-breaking research into ways to counteract organ-damaging inflammation; UCSD’s Trauma Center and San Diego’s unparalleled Trauma System; and how he balances teaching, clinical care, and teaching.

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Clinical Challenges

The Department of Surgery at UC San Diego is pleased to present Clinical Challenges, cases that aim—in 800 words or less!—to showcase the Department’s most interesting and important clinical procedures, and in doing so, to share what we’re learning and strengthen the community of practice across the sub-specialties. In the first case, Vascular Division Interim Chief John Lane and Research Fellow Tazo Inui, review experience tackling an infected aortic endograft, a feared complication with a multidisciplinary solution.

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Commitment to Patients

>10,000
procedures performed
per year

Cutting-Edge Research

$19 million
research portfolio

Leading Through Diversity

44%
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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