“It is our reputation for clinical excellence, academic leadership, and above all, humanity, that sets us apart.” — Vaughn A. Starnes, chair, Department of Surgery
Our surgeons are leaders in their respective fields of surgery. We use the latest surgical techniques available and apply minimally invasive treatments whenever possible.
Meet Dr. Anthony Kim
Anthony W. Kim, MD, MS, FACS, chief of thoracic surgery, is an expert in thoracic oncology. In particular, he specializes in minimally invasive surgery, including both thoracoscopic and robotic surgery.
USC Surgery at Keck Medicine of USC in Los Angeles is dedicated to providing quality patient care and conducting innovative research that will advance the future of surgical practice. Our surgeons make up an essential part of our patients’ care teams at Keck Medicine of USC, treating complex cases in conditions of the heart, liver, lungs, cancer and more.
Our surgeons have expertise in minimally invasive treatments and leading technologies, enabling them to provide patients with better outcomes. We perform more robotic surgeries than at any other hospital in the metro Los Angeles area. We also train other surgeons and physicians worldwide on how to use robotic systems effectively. Read more »
We lead the way when it comes to advanced surgical techniques, such as robotic surgeries and minimally invasive laparoscopic approaches. Our pioneering surgery program is extremely experienced, performing a high volume of procedures, including close to 30,000 open heart surgeries since 2002.
Treating cardiovascular disease with innovative techniques, such as robotic-assisted procedures and mechanical support for end-stage heart conditions. Learn more »
Diagnosing and treating diseases affecting the thoracic cavity, including the lungs, esophagus, stomach, mediastinum and chest wall. Learn more »
Offering comprehensive care of vascular disease through preventive services, diagnostic expertise, minimally invasive therapies and traditional surgical techniques. Learn more »
Managing such conditions as colon cancer, anal cancer, inflammatory bowel diseases and benign disorders of the colon, rectum and anus. Learn more »
Upper GI and General Surgery
Including the divisions of bariatric surgery, breast surgery, esophageal surgery, hernia surgery and thyroid surgery. Learn more »
Surgically treating conditions of the liver, pancreas, gallbladder and biliary tract. Learn more »
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Providing world-class elective and non-elective procedures, such as breast reconstruction, hand surgery, extremity reconstruction and cosmetic surgery. Learn more »
Trauma, Emergency Surgery and Surgical Critical Care
Caring for patients suffering from severe injuries or illnesses, including trauma surgery, emergency surgery and surgical critical care. Learn more »
“Technology has helped my job tremendously. Imaging in surgery helps guide surgical dissection and the way I am able to provide treatments to patients.”
Ketan M. Patel, MD, Plastic Surgeon
“My patients inspire me each and every day. They come from all walks of life and have experienced so many different trials and triumphs in their own lives.”
Maria E. Nelson, MD, Breast Surgeon
“The most rewarding part of my job is when I see a heart transplant patient walking through the lobby as if they never had a heart transplant.”
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Having performed many anti-reflux surgeries over the years, upper GI surgeon F. Paul “Tripp” Buckley turned to Keck Medicine of USC and esophageal and gastric surgeon John Lipham, MD, to treat his own acid reflux with the revolutionary LINX device.