The division of cardiac surgery is on the leading edge of innovative treatments in the field. Faculty members are experts in minimally invasive cardiac surgical technology, which includes robotic surgery. With these leading techniques, our cardiac surgeons can achieve safe, precise and reproducible results. Patients benefit by experiencing decreased postoperative pain, recovery time, cost and cosmetic results.
Faculty in the division of colorectal surgery are nationally and internationally recognized for their pioneering work in minimally invasive treatment of benign polyps, colorectal cancer, diverticulitis, inflammatory bowel disease and anorectal diseases. Our faculty members provide compassionate and innovative patient care for all aspects of colon and rectal diseases. It is our mission to provide the best patient care possible by creating a uniquely focused environment for nationally recognized education and research, excellent outcomes, patient satisfaction, individual support and cultural sensitivity.
Hepatobiliary, Pancreas and Abdominal Transplant Surgery
The division of hepatobiliary, pancreas and abdominal organ transplant consists of leaders in surgery who specialize in the following hepatobiliary and pancreatic procedures: live donor liver transplant, liver transplantation, liver surgery, pancreatic surgery, gallbladder and bile duct surgery, portal hypertension surgery and bloodless surgery.
With a commitment to innovation, the division of pediatric surgery emphasizes the use of minimally invasive surgical techniques whenever possible, which can reduce discomfort and speed recovery times in young patients. The division has emerged as a leader in such areas as oncology and Extra Corporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO).
The division of pediatric surgery provides outstanding surgical services for children who come to our hospital, as well as at several satellite surgical offices that serve a broad geographic territory, from the San Fernando Valley to the San Gabriel Valley and beyond.
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
The division of plastic and reconstructive surgery is led by faculty with expertise in every facet of plastic surgery. This includes breast reconstruction, extremity reconstruction, hand surgery, pediatric plastic surgery including craniofacial and cleft lip and palate, burn injury and reconstruction and cosmetic surgery. This, in combination with our location in the heart of the vibrant City of Los Angeles, has allowed us to become a recognized center of excellence in plastic surgery.
The division of thoracic surgery is an internationally renowned unit. The division includes a well-recognized center for esophageal disorders that attracts patients from around the world. USC thoracic surgeons have recently established the only academic multi-specialty lung cancer clinic in Southern California and have developed a pioneering program in robotic thoracic surgery that is unique to the region. As leaders in their field, thoracic surgery faculty members regularly give presentations and lectures at national and international meetings to educate other physicians on diseases of the chest and foregut.
Trauma and Surgical Critical Care
The mission of the division of acute care surgery and surgical critical care is to first and foremost provide accessible, affordable and culturally sensitive health care. The diverse population and breadth of cases that the division treats provides an excellent educational platform for medical students, residents and fellows.
Los Angeles General Medical Center is a level 1 American College of Surgeons-approved Trauma Center and is one of the largest and busiest centers in the United States with over 4,500 trauma alone cases per year. In addition, we are located in the center of one of the largest and busiest metropolis in the United States, which also brings in a large volume of those who require emergent surgical attention.
Upper GI and General Surgery
Division of upper GI and general surgery physicians are internationally recognized for their clinical expertise, research and education. Faculty members, along with a multidisciplinary team of experts, are dedicated to providing compassionate, individually tailored patient care while using innovative, state of the art surgical therapy.
The division of upper GI and general surgery is composed of the sections: upper GI surgery, bariatric surgery, breast/soft tissue surgery, endocrine surgery, general surgery and the Hernia Institute of USC. Faculty in the division employ many diagnostic and therapeutic techniques that are not available at any other center in the region. The team has one of the most experienced minimally invasive surgical teams in the US and specializes in all forms of laparoscopic and robotic surgery.
The division of vascular surgery focuses on the comprehensive care of vascular disease through preventive services, diagnostic expertise and the latest in minimally invasive endovascular and traditional surgical techniques. Faculty members in the division are also skilled in medical intervention, particularly in the control of risk factors for arterial disease such as high cholesterol and the prevention and treatment of deep venous thrombosis (DVT). Experienced in treating individuals with venous disease, they also offer a less scarring, partial varicose vein removal as well as venous closure, a minimally invasive vein-closing procedure, for patients with varicose veins.