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Santiago Horgan

University of California San Diego, California, USA

Dr. Santiago Horgan, Chief of Minimally Invasive Surgery at UC San Diego Medical Center, is an internationally recognized expert in robot-assisted surgery and a pioneer in the surgical treatment of morbid obesity as well as a specialist in surgery and physiology of the esophagus.


Dr. Horgan is a pioneer in the emerging field of Natural Orifice Translumenal Surgery (NOTES), in which surgical instruments are passed through a natural orifice such as the mouth to reach the desired organ. By avoiding major incisions, the NOTES procedure can provide patients with a faster recovery time and virtually no scarring.


As the director of UCSD’s Center for the Future of Surgery, Dr. Horgan is working with colleagues to advance these scarless techniques by investigating, developing, testing, and teaching procedures that will revolutionize the field of surgery. To date, he has performed more than 100 NOTES procedures and is involved in continuing clinical trials.
Dr. Horgan is also the Founder and Director of the Bariatric and Metabolic Institute  at UC San Diego. He was among the first surgeons trained to perform the Lap-Band Adjustable Gastric Banding System procedure used for the treatment of obesity.


Before he joined the UCSD Department of Surgery as Professor of Clinical Surgery in 2006, Dr. Horgan was Director of the Minimally Invasive Surgery and Robotic Surgery Department and Co-Director of the Swallowing Center at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He was also Director of the Minimally Invasive Bariatric Center in Chicago.
In 2005, Dr. Horgan was named one of America’s Top Doctors by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. And again in 2012 as 50 people to watch  in 2012 by San Diego Magazine.



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European Cancer Organisation European Institute of Oncology

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