General Surgery

Our Division of General Surgery is composed of a team of twelve surgeons and numerous clinical professionals providing comprehensive care for diseases of the breast, gastrointestinal tract, abdominal cavity, abdominal wall, and skin and soft tissue. From our busy high-risk breast clinic and our involvement with Scripps MD Anderson Cancer Center to our widely recognized weight management clinics, we pride ourselves in taking a compassionate, patient-centric approach to surgical procedures. We bring the best surgical practices to our patients as we help them navigate colorectal and gastrointestinal cancer, breast cancer, melanoma, weight management, and many other issues.

Areas of particular interest and expertise are noted below:

Amy Day, MD (Division Head)

  • Minimally invasive hernia and gallbladder surgery
  • Melanoma

Robert Brookover, MD

  • Colorectal surgery, including minimally-invasive and robotic

William Fuller, MD

  • Bariatric surgery

Eugene Rumsey, MD

  • Advanced laparoscopic and bariatric surgery
  • Breast disease
  • Hernia surgery

Herman Skorobogaty, MD

  • Minimally invasive gastrointestinal and hernia surgery
  • Breast disease

Mark Takata, MD

  • Minimally invasive and advanced laparoscopic abdominal and gastrointestinal surgery (benign and malignant, including esophageal, gastric, adrenal, and splenic)
  • Bariatric surgery
  • Hernia surgery

Lynn Weston, MD

  • Colorectal surgery, including minimally-invasive and robotic

Mary Wilde, MD

  • Breast disease

George Zorn, MD

  • Advanced laparoscopic and bariatric surgery
  • Breast disease
  • Hernia surgery

Lian Lim, MD

  • Advanced laparoscopic and robotic surgery (gastrointestinal and hernia)
  • Bariatric surgery

Louis Rivera, MD

  • Complex general surgical oncology, including minimally-invasive and robotic surgery for gastrointestinal, liver, and pancreatic disease
  • Breast disease
  • Skin cancer and melanoma
  • Soft tissue sarcoma

Hung Phu Truong, MD

Susan Heath, FNP-BC – high-risk breast clinic
Ryan Takatani, PA-C
Stephanie Turk, PA-C
Victoria Vincent, PA-C
Vanessa Wang, PA-C
Kathryn Gaudino, PA-C

Featured Services

  • Surgical procedures for breast cancer, intestinal cancers, colorectal cancers, and melanoma (in coordination with Scripps MD Anderson Cancer Center)
  • Center for Weight Management

  • Bariatric surgery

  • Abdominal wall reconstruction (done in concert with the Scripps Clinic Division of Plastic Surgery)

  • Minimally invasive (laparoscopic and robotic) hernia and gastrointestinal surgery
  • Minimally invasive and robotic colorectal surgery

Recognitions & Awards

  • Several division members have been named “Top Doctors” by the San Diego County Medical Society and San Diego Magazine repeatedly

  • Dr. Aye Moe Thu Ma received the American Society of Breast Surgeon’s Humanism in Medicine Award (2018), an honor bestowed on one practicing physician annually

  • Dr. Mark Takata was the 2008 recipient of the William H and Ruth Black Employee Achievement Award at Scripps Green Hospital

  • Dr. Eugene Rumsey received the Donald Sturtz Teaching Award from the Balboa Hospital Navy Surgical Chief Residents in 2005

Our Division offers a fellowship in Minimally Invasive and Bariatric Surgery. Our fellows are fully trained, board-eligible general surgeons. Our Division also assists in the training of Navy general surgery residents from Balboa Hospital, with a rotating PGY-4 resident on service with us at all times. We periodically offer rotation opportunities for PA students as well.

For more information or to apply, please visit the Graduate Medical Education page.

  • Dr. William Fuller: Bariatric surgery and gastric neurostimulation for gastroparesis.
  • Dr. Mark Takata: Minimally invasive surgery and bariatric surgery outcomes research, and bariatric surgery innovation research.
  • Dr. Mary Wilde: Intraoperative Electron Radiation Therapy research protocol for breast cancer.