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About the Department of Surgery

UC Irvine’s Department of Surgery faculty members have expertise in multiple complex diseases and are integrated to subspecialties including cancer, gastrointestinal disease, vascular diseases cardiovascular diseases, hepatobiliary disease, trauma and surgical critical care.

The department has become one of the region’s most prestigious clinical, research and academic surgical programs for several key reasons, including:

  • UC Irvine is one of only several institutions nationwide to be named a Level I Accredited Educational Institute by the American College of Surgeons.We offer fellowships and residencies in nearly every specialty, and our general surgery residency is one of the most competitive in the country.
  • UC Irvine surgeons have pioneered several minimally invasive surgical approaches, including laparoscopic nephrectomy for kidney removal and endoscopic ultrasound — guided fine needle aspirations for gastrointestinal conditions. In addition, UC Irvine is renowned for delivering leading-edge training and education to surgeons throughout the nation.
  • UC Irvine was the first in Orange County to install the da Vinci robotic system, the gold standard of minimally invasive surgical procedures, which is regularly used to treat patients with urological, gastroenterological, cardiothoracic, vascular and gynecological problems, among others.
  • UC Irvine surgeons pioneered laparoscopic pancreatic surgeries and perform more of these surgeries than any institution on the West Coast. In terms of patient outcomes, UC Irvine is in the top 5 percent for Whipple procedures and No. 2 in the country for laparoscopic distal pancreas resections. Similar outcomes exist for esophageal resection.
  • UC Irvine has Orange County’s only Level I Trauma Center, treats more trauma cases than any other hospital in the county. The Level I designation — the highest distinction awarded by the American College of Surgeons’ Committee on Trauma — means that UC Irvine Medical Center fulfills the nation’s highest standards in trauma care for treating both adults and children.
  • Surgeons at UC Irvine have been responsible for many technologies and therapies to improve healthcare. In fact, UC Irvine is ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the nation’s top 50 medical schools for research.

For more than 40 years, the Department of Surgery has been dedicated to helping patients live well and stay well. The department’s principle — “When You See One of Us, You See All of Us” — underscores the department’s commitment to ensure patients the broadest expertise and most comprehensive care possible.