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We are dedicated to providing excellent, compassionate care for our patients, conducting breakthrough research, and educating the top doctors of the future.

2017 ACS Clinical Congress

The 2017 Clinical Congress of the American College of Surgeons will convene in San Diego October 22-26. We are excited to be the host city for this premier meeting of surgeons, and to welcome home Dr. David Hoyt—the executive director of ACS and former head of the UC San Diego Trauma Center. 

See who is presenting from UC San Diego at this year’s ACS meeting.
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Q&A with Raul Coimbra

Raul Coimbra, MD, PhD, is an internationally recognized trauma surgeon who specializes in trauma, surgical critical care and acute care surgery. He is the surgeon-in-chief of UC San Diego Medical Center in Hillcrest and the director of the UCSD Level 1 Trauma Center. In this interview he discusses global trauma care; the controversy surrounding the shooting and subsequent care of Rep. Steve Scalise, and how he and others built the UCSD Trauma Center. 

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Surgical Safaris: Potentials—and Pitfalls—of International Surgical Missions

Volunteer medical missions are all the rage—but do they harm more than help? UCSD professor of surgery and interim chief of the Division of Plastic Surgery, Amanda Gosman, talks about how her collaboration with surgeons in low- and middle-income countries, through an organization she founded called ConnectMed International, avoids the pitfalls, delivers quality care to underserved patients, and strengthens health systems while educating surgeons on both sides of the border.

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Commitment to Patients

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Cutting-Edge Research

$19 million
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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.

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