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    David Easter

    TitleSenate Emeritus
    SchoolUniversity of California, San Diego
    DepartmentSurgery
    Address200 W. Arbor Drive #8400
    CA San Diego 92103
    Phone619-543-3016
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      Dr. David Easter is a general surgeon whose passion is education, with special interests in surgical oncology, diseases of the gastrointestinal tract, and laparoscopic surgery. Patients who have complicated diseases or symptoms come from throughout the San Diego region and beyond to see Dr. Easter for evaluation and treatment. He has had patients come for his opinion from as far away as Israel, Japan and Saudi Arabia. Dr. Easter is dedicated to providing the best in surgical care through translating the latest research discoveries into clinical practice. He is certified by the American Board of Surgery.

      As a recent Director of the Clinical Oncology Programs for the Rebecca and John Moores UCSD Cancer Center, Dr. Easter has organized the Cancer Center’s clinical and research efforts to provide the finest possible care for cancer patients. At the Cancer Center, he has created specialized clinical teams to care for patients who have specific types of cancer, such as breast cancer. He recently passed the leadership of the Cancer Clinics to another physician so he can concentrate on safety for patients in the setting of surgical care and education.

      Dr. Easter also participates in the Graduate Medical Education Committee as the Program Director for General Surgery, the Patient Care Committee, and a number of other groups that influence patient care at UCSD. Recently, UCSD honored Dr. Easter as the first UCSD recipient of the Vice Chancellor's Excellence in Clinical Care award. At UCSD and in national surgical organizations, Dr. Easter is a leader in developing new ways to ensure that medical students and surgical residents receive excellent training in the increasingly complex world of surgery.

      In his research at UCSD, Dr. Easter conducts clinical and basic science studies in many areas, including techniques and results of laparoscopic surgery procedures, the causes and treatment of gastrointestinal reflux disease, approaches to surgical training, and empathy in doctor-patient communication. One of his recent studies addressed ways for physicians to improve their ability to help cancer patients understand and discuss their fears during a clinic visit. Dr. Easter conducts patient clinics and performs surgeries at UCSD’s medical center in Hillcrest.

      Dr. Easter speaks English, Spanish, and traveler’s French.


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      1. Ramamoorthy SL, Lee JK, Luo L, Mintz Y, Cullen J, Easter D, Savu MK, Chock A, Carethers J, Horgan S, Talamini MA. The inflammatory response in transgastric surgery: gastric content leak leads to localized inflammatory response and higher adhesive disease. Surg Endosc. 2010 Mar; 24(3):531-5. PMID: 19688397.
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      2. Ramamoorthy SL, Lee JK, Mintz Y, Cullen J, Savu MK, Easter D, Chock A, Mittal R, Horgan S, Talamini MA. The impact of proton-pump inhibitors on intraperitoneal sepsis: a word of caution for transgastric NOTES procedures. Surg Endosc. 2010 Jan; 24(1):16-20. PMID: 19551440.
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      3. Horgan S, Cullen JP, Talamini MA, Mintz Y, Ferreres A, Jacobsen GR, Sandler B, Bosia J, Savides T, Easter D, Savu MK, Ramamoorthy SL, Whitcomb E, Agarwal S, Lukacz E, Dominguez G, Ferraina P. Natural orifice surgery: initial clinical experience. Surg Endosc. 2009 Jul; 23(7):1512-8. PMID: 19343435.
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      4. Herrera FA, Coimbra R, Easter D. Penetrating colon injuries: primary anastomosis versus diversion. J Surg Educ. 2008 Jan-Feb; 65(1):31-5. PMID: 18308278.
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      5. Mintz Y, Horgan S, Cullen J, Ramamoorthy S, Chock A, Savu MK, Easter D, Talamini MA. NOTES: the hybrid technique. J Laparoendosc Adv Surg Tech A. 2007 Aug; 17(4):402-6. PMID: 17705716.
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      6. Herrera FA, Mareno JA, Easter D. Management of penetrating neck injuries: zone II. J Surg Educ. 2007 Mar-Apr; 64(2):75-8. PMID: 17462206.
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      7. Antony AK, Herrera FA, Easter D, Longaker MT, Lorenz HP. Novel techniques in hernia repair. Curr Surg. 2006 Sep-Oct; 63(5):306-9. PMID: 16971199.
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      8. Herrera FA, Easter D. Minimally invasive surgery: training in resident education. Curr Surg. 2006 May-Jun; 63(3):166-9. PMID: 16757366.
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      9. Beach WA, Easter D, Good JS, Pigeron E. Disclosing and responding to cancer "fears" during oncology interviews. Soc Sci Med. 2005 Feb; 60(4):893-910. PMID: 15571904.
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      10. Easter D, Beach W. Competent patient care is dependent upon attending to empathic opportunities presented during interview sessions. Curr Surg. 2004 May-Jun; 61(3):313-8. PMID: 15165773.
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      11. Alrefaie W, Katz MH, Easter D, Yi ES, Weidner N, Savides TJ, Moossa AR, Bouvet M. Simultaneous serous cystadenoma of the pancreas and mucinous cystadenoma of the appendix. JOP. 2004 Mar; 5(2):97-100. PMID: 15007191.
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      12. Easter D, Yurek M, Johnson G. Long-term retention of endoscopically placed hydrogel prostheses at the lower esophageal sphincter in pigs. Surg Endosc. 2004 Mar; 18(3):448-51. PMID: 14752644.
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      13. Easter D, Katz M. Laparoscopic adrenalectomy for pheochromocytoma--a new standard? Curr Surg. 2002 Sep-Oct; 59(5):450-4. PMID: 15727788.
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      14. Easter D, Zhou W. Coagulopathy review. Curr Surg. 2002 Jul-Aug; 59(4):351-4. PMID: 16093164.
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      15. Easter D, Yurek M, Summers H, Johnson G. Endoscopic prosthesis augmentation of the lower esophageal sphincter in swine. Am J Surg. 2001 Dec; 182(6):697-701. PMID: 11839341.
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      16. Rose SC, Hassanein TI, Easter D, Gamagami RA, Bouvet M, Pretorius DH, Nelson TR, Kinney TB, James GM. Value of three-dimensional US for optimizing guidance for ablating focal liver tumors. J Vasc Interv Radiol. 2001 Apr; 12(4):507-15. PMID: 11287540.
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      17. Bouvet M, Gamagami RA, Gilpin EA, Romeo O, Sasson A, Easter D, Moossa AR. Factors influencing survival after resection for periampullary neoplasms. Am J Surg. 2000 Jul; 180(1):13-7. PMID: 11036132.
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      18. Wasserman L, Dreilinger A, Easter D, Wallace A. A seminested RT-PCR assay for HER2/neu: initial validation of a new method for the detection of disseminated breast cancer cells. Mol Diagn. 1999 Mar; 4(1):21-8. PMID: 10229771.
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      19. Wolfsohn DM, Savides TJ, Easter D, Lyche KD. Laparoscopy-assisted endoscopic removal of a stromal-cell tumor of the stomach. Endoscopy. 1997 Sep; 29(7):679-82. PMID: 9360883.
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      20. Wollman B, D'Agostino HB, Walus-Wigle JR, Easter D, Beale A. Radiologic, endoscopic, and surgical gastrostomy: an institutional evaluation and meta-analysis of the literature. Radiology. 1995 Dec; 197(3):699-704. PMID: 7480742.
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      21. Easter D, Jamshidipour R, McQuaid K. Laparoscopy to correctly diagnose and stage metastatic breast cancer mimicking Crohn's disease. Surg Endosc. 1995 Jul; 9(7):820-3. PMID: 7482193.
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      22. Easter D, Cuschieri A, Nathanson LK, Lavelle-Jones M. The utility of diagnostic laparoscopy for abdominal disorders. Audit of 120 patients. Arch Surg. 1992 Apr; 127(4):379-83. PMID: 1532708.
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      23. Moossa AR, Easter D, Van Sonnenberg E, Casola G, D'Agostino H. Laparoscopic injuries to the bile duct. A cause for concern. Ann Surg. 1992 Mar; 215(3):203-8. PMID: 1531914.
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      24. Easter D, Shackford SR, Mattrey RF. A prospective, randomized comparison of computed tomography with conventional diagnostic methods in the evaluation of penetrating injuries to the back and flank. Arch Surg. 1991 Sep; 126(9):1115-9. PMID: 1929843.
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      25. Easter D. A surgeon's perspective on laparoscopic cholecystectomy. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 1991 Aug; 157(2):241-2. PMID: 1830189.
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      26. Easter D, Halasz NA. Recent trends in the management of desmoid tumors. Summary of 19 cases and review of the literature. Ann Surg. 1989 Dec; 210(6):765-9. PMID: 2531573.
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      27. Hoyt DB, Ozkan AN, Easter D, Pinney E. Isolation of an immunosuppressive trauma peptide and its relationship to fibronectin. J Trauma. 1988 Jul; 28(7):907-13. PMID: 3398088.
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