SAN DIEGO SURGICAL SPECIALISTS
General, Plastic, and Bariatric Surgery
Main Telephone:    858-565-0104
Dr. Larry Pollack:   858-565-7588

Our Physicians

 

GARY R. BENCH, M.D.
General Surgery

Dr. Gary Bench is a graduate of the University of Autonomous of Guadalajara and completed his residency in general surgery at Kern Medical Center.  He joined our practice in 1984, and has extensive experience in laparoscopic procedures, advanced abdominal and colorectal surgeries, and the treatment of breast cancer.  His father, Robert Bench, MD, was one of the practice's founding members, and his son, Shawn Bench, MD, joined us in 2011.  With over thirty years dedicated to surgery, Dr. Gary Bench's commitment to medicine is not only a family tradition, but a lifelong passion.

Hospital Affiliations:
                                                                 Sharp Memorial Hospital
                                                                 Sharp Outpatient Pavilion
                                                                 Sharp Mary Birch

                                                                 Licensures and Certifications:
                                                                 State Board of California
                                                                 American Board of Surgery

                                                                 Memberships and Affiliations:
                                                                 Fellow, American Society of Abdominal Surgery
                                                                 Member, Southwest Surgical Society
                                                                 Member, Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgery


 
GEORGE A. MUELLER, M.D., F.A.C.S.
General and Bariatric Surgery

Dr. Mueller is a graduate of St. George's University School of Medicine and completed his residency in general surgery at Millard Fillmore Hospital, where he was Chief Resident.  Dr. Mueller has held several positions at Sharp Memorial Hospital, including Chairman of the Department of Surgery and Chief of General Surgery, and is currently the Medical Director of the Sharp Memorial Bariatric Program.  In addition to his extensive experience in general, advanced laparoscopic, and trauma surgery, Dr. Mueller performs weight loss surgery, including laparoscopic gastric bypass, laparoscopic gastric banding (LapBand), and laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy.

For more information about Dr. Mueller's surgical weight loss program, please visit www.sandiegobariatricsurgeons.com

Hospital Affiliations:
                                                                 Sharp Memorial Hospital
                                                                 Sharp Outpatient Pavilion
                                                                 Sharp Mary Birch

                                                                 Licensures and Certifications:
                                                                 State Board of California
                                                                 American Board of Surgery

                                                                 Memberships and Affiliations:
                                                                 Fellow, American college of Surgeons
                                                                 Member, American Society of Bariatric Surgery
                                                                 Member, Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgery


 
LARRY H. POLLACK, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Plastic, Reconstructive and Cosmetic Surgery

Dr. Pollack is a graduate of St. George's University School of Medicine and completed his residency in general surgery at Millard Fillmore Hospital, where he was Chief Resident.  His residency in plastic surgery was completed at the University of New Mexico, where he was also Chief Resident.  He is currently Chief of Surgery at Sharp Memorial Hospital, and has held a variety of hospital staff positions, including Chief of Plastic Surgery at Sharp Memorial Hospital and Medical Director of the Wound Clinic at Sharp Cabrillo Hospital.  While Dr. Pollack has extensive experience in all aspects of plastic and cosmetic surgery, his expertise is breast surgery, including Breast Reconstruction after Mastectomy, Breast Reduction, and Breast Augmentation. 

To learn more about Dr. Pollack and his cosmetic practice, please visit his website at www.delmarplasticsurgery.com

                                                                 Hospital Affiliations:
                                                                 Sharp Memorial Hospital
                                                                 Sharp Outpatient Pavilion
                                                                 Sharp Mary Birch

                                                                 Licensures and Certifications:
                                                                 State Board of California
                                                                 American Board of Plastic Surgery
                                                                 American Board of Surgery

                                                                 Memberships and Affiliations:
                                                                 Fellow, American college of Surgeons
                                                                 Member, American Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons
                                                                 Member, California Medical Association
                                                                 Member, San Diego County Medical Society
                                                                 Member, Lipoplasty Society of North America
                                                                 Member, San Diego Plastic Surgery Society
                                                                 Member, California Society of Plastic Surgeons


 
SHAWN R. BENCH, M.D.
General Surgery

Dr. Shawn Bench is the third generation of general surgeons to join our practice.  He graduated from St. George's School of Medicine and completed his residency in general surgery at Kern Medical Center, where he was Chief Resident and awarded Surgical Resident of the Year.  He joined our practice in June of 2011, and has quickly shown his dedication to the legacy of surgical excellence that was started by his grandfather, Dr. Robert Bench, and continued by his father, Dr. Gary Bench. 

Hospital Affiliations:
Sharp Memorial Hospital
Sharp Outpatient Pavilion
                                                                 Sharp Mary Birch

                                                                 Licensures and Certifications:
                                                                 State Board of California
                                                                 American Board of Surgery

                                                                 Memberships and Affiliations:
                                                                 Member, Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgery


 
STEPHANIE WOODWARD, M.D.
General Surgery

Dr. Woodward joined our practice in 2012 after she completed her residency in general surgery at Kern Medical Center, where she was awarded Resident of the Year.  She is a graduate of University of Nevada School of Medicine, and we feel she is an excellent addition to our practice. While she has expertise in all aspects of general surgery, her main focus in her elective practice is the care and treatment of diseases and disorders of the breast.
Dr. Woodward is now scheduling new patient consultations and accepts most major insurances.

Hospital Affiliations:
Sharp Memorial Hospital
Sharp Outpatient Pavilion
                                                                 Sharp Mary Birch

                                                                
Licensures and Certifications:
                                                             
State Board of California
                                                                 American Board of Surgery - pending oral examination.

                                                                 Memberships and Affiliations:
                                                                 Associate, American College of Surgeons
                                                                 Member, American Medical Association
                                                                 Member, Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgery


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