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David Easter

TitleSenate Emeritus
InstitutionUniversity of California San Diego
DepartmentSurgery
Address200 W. Arbor Drive #8220
San Diego CA 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 DW, 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; PMCID: PMC2821621.
    2. Ramamoorthy SL, Lee JK, Mintz Y, Cullen J, Savu MK, Easter DW, 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 DW, 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; PMCID: PMC2695868.
    4. Herrera FA, Coimbra R, Easter DW. 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 DW, 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 DW, 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 DW. 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 DW, 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 DW, 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 DW, 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 DW, Katz M. Laparoscopic adrenalectomy for pheochromocytoma--a new standard? Curr Surg. 2002 Sep-Oct; 59(5):450-4. PMID: 15727788.
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    13. Easter DW, Zhou W. Coagulopathy review. Curr Surg. 2002 Jul-Aug; 59(4):351-4. PMID: 16093164.
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