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Message from the Chief


To be an innovative, academic and global resource providing the highest standard of patient care, research, and education.


  • Compassion - as educators, clinicians, and investigators and members of the Division;
  • Innovation - a willingness to take risks and think outside traditional boundaries;
  • Professionalism - demonstrating honest, ethical behavior and a respect for patients, colleagues, and all members of our community
  • Intellectual Generosity - an eagerness to be effective mentors and to share ideas; and
  • Lifelong Learning - recognition that the education process is central and encouraged for all members of the community, from trainees to faculty to patients.

The has a long, proud tradition of excellence in clinical care, surgical education, and research. Our academic enterprise extends over four principal teaching hospitals and two affiliated institutions, certifying the breadth and depth of our commitment to public service, dedication to training future leaders in surgery, and the tireless pursuit of knowledge.

UCSF has a well-established and deserved reputation for preeminent patient care services, much of which is anchored in our Division's world-class programs in surgery of the esophagus, liver, spleen, bile ducts, pancreas, stomach, intestines and gallbladder. Our faculty continues to make seminal contributions to the treatment of surgical diseases. From pioneering minimally invasive surgical techniques to treating diseases of the gastrointestinal tract, to revolutionary approaches to delivering comprehensive care to our patients, the tradition of innovative clinical care remains vibrant and central to our mission.

As academicians, no jewel in the UCSF School of Medicine crown shines more brightly than our students and residents. These accomplished and immensely capable young people infuse the institution with a blend of enthusiasm and intellectual curiosity that is as electric as it is infectious. Our faculty honestly relishes opportunities to share their excitement about surgery with eager and open-minded medical students. Similarly, we strive to train the next generation of leaders in surgery.

Welcome to the Section of Gastrointestinal Surgery at the University of California, San Francisco. I invite you to explore our site, meet its faculty, share in our enthusiasm for surgery, and discover why we are so excited by the future


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Hobart W. Harris, M.D.
Chief and Professor, 
Section of Gastrointestinal Surgery

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