David Easter

Title(s)Senate Emeritus, Surgery
SchoolVc-health Sciences-schools
Address9500 Gilman Drive #
La Jolla CA 92093
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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. Video. Magnetic retraction for NOTES transvaginal cholecystectomy. Surg Endosc. 2010 Sep; 24(9):2322. Horgan S, Mintz Y, Jacobsen GR, Sandler BJ, Cullen JP, Spivack A, Easter DW, Chock A, Savu MK, Ramamoorthy S, Bosia J, Agarwal S, Lukacz E, Whitcomb E, Savides T, Talamini MA. PMID: 20177916.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions: 3     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    2. 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. Ramamoorthy SL, Lee JK, Luo L, Mintz Y, Cullen J, Easter DW, Savu MK, Chock A, Carethers J, Horgan S, Talamini MA. PMID: 19688397; PMCID: PMC2821621.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions: 7     Fields:    Translation:Animals
    3. 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. Ramamoorthy SL, Lee JK, Mintz Y, Cullen J, Savu MK, Easter DW, Chock A, Mittal R, Horgan S, Talamini MA. PMID: 19551440.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions: 5     Fields:    Translation:Animals
    4. Video. NOTES: transvaginal cholecystectomy with assisting articulating instruments. Surg Endosc. 2009 Aug; 23(8):1900. Horgan S, Mintz Y, Jacobsen GR, Sandler BJ, Cullen JP, Spivack A, Easter DW, Chock A, Savu MK, Ramamoorthy S, Bosia J, Agarwal S, Lukacz E, Whitcomb E, Savides T, Talamini MA. PMID: 19430835.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions: 11     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    5. Natural orifice surgery: initial clinical experience. Surg Endosc. 2009 Jul; 23(7):1512-8. 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. PMID: 19343435; PMCID: PMC2695868.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions: 67     Fields:    Translation:HumansCTClinical Trials
    6. Management of vascular graft infections with soft tissue coverage. J Surg Educ. 2008 May-Jun; 65(3):176-81. Herrera FA, Easter D, Dobke M. PMID: 18571129.
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    7. Hybrid natural orifice translumenal surgery (NOTES) sleeve gastrectomy: a feasibility study using an animal model. Surg Endosc. 2008 Aug; 22(8):1798-802. Mintz Y, Horgan S, Savu MK, Cullen J, Chock A, Ramamoorthy S, Easter DW, Talamini MA. PMID: 18437477.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions: 18     Fields:    Translation:Animals
    8. Penetrating colon injuries: primary anastomosis versus diversion. J Surg Educ. 2008 Jan-Feb; 65(1):31-5. Herrera FA, Coimbra R, Easter DW. PMID: 18308278.
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    9. NOTES: the hybrid technique. J Laparoendosc Adv Surg Tech A. 2007 Aug; 17(4):402-6. Mintz Y, Horgan S, Cullen J, Ramamoorthy S, Chock A, Savu MK, Easter DW, Talamini MA. PMID: 17705716.
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    10. Minimally invasive procedures for diagnosis of traumatic right diaphragmatic tears: a method for correct diagnosis in selected patients. Am Surg. 2007 Apr; 73(4):388-92. Mintz Y, Easter DW, Izhar U, Edden Y, Talamini MA, Rivkind AI. PMID: 17439035.
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    11. Management of penetrating neck injuries: zone II. J Surg Educ. 2007 Mar-Apr; 64(2):75-8. Herrera FA, Mareno JA, Easter D. PMID: 17462206.
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    12. Novel techniques in hernia repair. Curr Surg. 2006 Sep-Oct; 63(5):306-9. Antony AK, Herrera FA, Easter DW, Longaker MT, Lorenz HP. PMID: 16971199.
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    13. Minimally invasive surgery: training in resident education. Curr Surg. 2006 May-Jun; 63(3):166-9. Herrera FA, Easter DW. PMID: 16757366.
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    14. Disclosing and responding to cancer "fears" during oncology interviews. Soc Sci Med. 2005 Feb; 60(4):893-910. Beach WA, Easter DW, Good JS, Pigeron E. PMID: 15571904.
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    15. Competent patient care is dependent upon attending to empathic opportunities presented during interview sessions. Curr Surg. 2004 May-Jun; 61(3):313-8. Easter DW, Beach W. PMID: 15165773.
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    16. Simultaneous serous cystadenoma of the pancreas and mucinous cystadenoma of the appendix. JOP. 2004 Mar; 5(2):97-100. Alrefaie W, Katz MH, Easter DW, Yi ES, Weidner N, Savides TJ, Moossa AR, Bouvet M. PMID: 15007191.
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    17. Laparoscopic adrenalectomy for pheochromocytoma--a new standard? Curr Surg. 2002 Sep-Oct; 59(5):450-4. Easter DW, Katz M. PMID: 15727788.
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    18. Coagulopathy review. Curr Surg. 2002 Jul-Aug; 59(4):351-4. Easter DW, Zhou W. PMID: 16093164.
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