Department of Surgery
Our Department of Surgery provides comprehensive care across the practices of eight divisions representing our surgical specialties. We offer a full spectrum of surgical care, from addressing minor ailments to multiply-injured trauma care to major cancer-related procedures for brain, throat, breast, gastrointestinal and urologic cancer in partnership with the Scripps MD Anderson Cancer Center. We use traditional surgical methods as well as advanced robotics and laparoscopic approaches to minimally invasive procedures. Renowned for our high standards, we emphasize both surgical precision and patient experience. Our team of board-certified specialists are committed to elevating clinical care and continuously participate in research and medical education dedicated to advancing our field.
Department Chair: Amy Day, MD
Department Vice Chair: Walter Biffl, MD
Clinical Vice President, Surgery Services: Christopher Marsh, MD
Clinical Associate Vice President, Surgery Services: Dale Mitchell, MD
|Division of General Surgery||Amy Day, MD|
|Division of Head & Neck Surgery and Otology||John Saad, MD|
|Division of Neurosurgery||Christopher Uchiyama, MD|
|Division of Organ Transplantation||Christopher Marsh, MD|
|Division of Ophthalmology & Optometry||Quang Nguyen, MD|
|Division of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery||Salvatore Pacella, MD|
|Division of Trauma & Critical Care Surgery||Walter Biffl, MD|
|Division of Urology||Jeffery Zeitung, MD|
Highlights, Research & Awards
The Department of Surgery members of SCMG serve as the faculty for post-residency Fellowships in the surgical specialties of Minimally Invasive Laparoscopic & Bariatric Surgery and Organ & Cell Transplantation. They also serve as faculty for residency rotation in surgical specialties from other institutions including General Surgery, Head & Neck Surgery and Otology, Organ & Cell Transplantation and Trauma & Acute Care Surgery (all for U.S. Naval Medical Center San Diego).
A description and details of each training program are included in the respective specialty divisional webpage.
For additional information, please visit our Graduate Medical Education page.