General Surgery

General Surgery

Our board certified and fellowship-trained general surgeons offer surgical options ranging from traditional open surgery to minimally invasive approaches to help patient recover safely and quickly.



The Division of General Surgery at the University of Arizona College of Medicine - Tucson


Faculty members within our Division of General Surgery are part of the largest academic health system in the state of Arizona. We bring our patients the latest in surgical advances and treatment options, which support a swift recovery and a return to the quality of life they enjoy.

Our team is part of the largest academic health system in Arizona. With extensive experience in minimally invasive surgeries, the Department of Surgery's general surgeons treat the following conditions:

  • Hernias, including inguinal (groin), umbilical, ventral, and other abdominal wall hernias
  • Hiatal, paraesophageal and diaphragm hernias
  • Gallbladder disease
  • Appendicitis
  • Disorders of the pancreas and spleen
  • Skin and soft tissue removal
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease
  • Emergency general surgery

In addition to the procedures routinely done by our general surgery providers, our team also supports our research and educational initiatives by helping train medical students, residents and fellows, while simultaneously encouraging the exploration of surgical best practices and innovations to ensure we are providing the highest quality surgical care we can.


Bellal A. Joseph, MD, FACS

Division Chief
Bellal Joseph, MD

Martin Gluck Professor of Surgery
Chief, Division of General Surgery

Dr. Ghaderi and Dr. Ajmal with robot

Section of Minimally Invasive, Robotic and Bariatric Surgery

Minimally invasive and robotic surgery tends to result in shorter hospital stay, less pain and scarring, less risk of wound infections, less blood loss and fewer transfusions, faster recovery, and ultimately, quicker return to normal activities.

Alongside the utilization of the da Vinci® Robotic Surgical System, which provides considerable potential benefits to minimally invasive surgery when compared to standard laparoscopic approach, our physicians also offer several types of bariatric surgery, including gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy, and surgical revisions of previous bariatric surgery, all with the support of a comprehensive and multidisciplinary team to help you achieve and maintain your weight loss goals.

Doctor in Surgical Mask

A Flexible, Fully-Accredited General Surgery Residency Program

Our program gives surgical residents broad clinical experience, comprehensive education in surgical sciences and excellent opportunities for achieving competence in basic and clinical investigation in an equitable and inclusive environment. 

We believe that only with a broad scope of clinical programs and a variety of tertiary services can the resident receive a comprehensive education in modern surgery.

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For the best surgical care in Tucson, Southern Arizona or the Southwest, make an appointment by calling

(520) 694-1001.

Contact Us

University of Arizona Department of Surgery

Division of General Surgery

PO Box 245131

Tucson, AZ 85724-5131

Office Phone: (520) 626-2635

Fax: (520) 626-1411