Santiago Horgan

Santiago Horgan, MD

Director, Center for the Future of Surgery
Professor, UC San Diego Department of Surgery
Chief, Division of Minimally Invasive Surgery
Vice Chairman, Business Development
Director, Bariatric and Metabolic Institute

Santiago Horgan, MD, chief of Minimally Invasive Surgery at UC San Diego Health, 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 leader in the emerging field of Natural Orifice Translumenal Endoscopic 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 director of UC San Diego Center for the Future of Surgery, Dr. Horgan is working with colleagues to advance scarless techniques by investigating, developing, testing, and teaching procedures that will revolutionize the field of surgery.

Dr. Horgan is also the founder and director of the Bariatric and Metabolic Institute at UC San Diego Health.

Before he joined the UC San Diego 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. He was also included on the 2010 HealthLeaders list of “People Who Make Healthcare Better.” In 2011, Dr. Horgan was listed on the 65th edition of Who’s Who in America.

As a leading expert in the field of surgery, Dr. Santiago Horgan has been published more than 118 times in the areas of robotic, laparoscopic and endoscopic surgical subjects.

Dr. Horgan’s breakthrough work in NOTES has been featured on television shows, such as ER and Grey’s Anatomy.