Iman Ghaderi, MD, MSc, MHPE

Associate Professor, Surgery - (Clinical Scholar Track)

Iman Ghaderi, MD, MSc, FRCSC, FACS, is an associate professor with the University of Arizona Department of Surgery, Division of General Surgery, Section of Minimally Invasive, Robotic Surgery and Bariatric Surgery.

Dr. Ghaderi received his MD from the Shahid Beheshti (formerly known as National) University of Medical Sciences in Tehran, Iran in 1999. He earned his Masters of Science in the Division of General Surgery at McGill University, Montreal, Canada. He then completed his clinical clerkship and general surgery residency training at the Western University in London, Canada. In addition, he has completed the Association of Surgical Education Research Fellowship (SERF) program. He then went on to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and completed a 2-year research and clinical fellowship in advanced laparoscopic and bariatric surgery. During this time, Dr. Ghaderi pursued an advanced degree in the Master of Health Professions Education Program at the University of Illinois, Chicago.

Dr. Ghaderi's clinical research focus is on preoperative risk reduction, the management of upper GI and bariatric patients, and outcomes of various minimally invasive foregut and bariatric procedures. With respect to academic research, over the years he has developed an interest in surgical education with focus on acquisition of surgical skills and assessment of operative performance. Dr. Ghaderi's current research focus is on surgeon's expertise and the cognitive aspect of learning in training of surgical residents and advanced laparoscopic and bariatric surgery fellows.

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Research Interests

Preoperative risk reduction
Management of upper GI and bariatric patients
Outcomes of various minimally invasive foregut and bariatric procedures
Surgical education, specifically the the acquisition of surgical skills and assessment of operative performance
Surgical expertise and the cognitive aspect of learning in training surgical residents and advanced laparascopic and bariatric surgery fellows


  • MS: McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, 2005, MD: Shahid Beheshti (National) University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran, 1999
University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, 2006-2011
University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, Advanced Laparoscopic and Bariatric Surgery, Clinical Instructor and Fellow, 2012-2013
University of Western Ontario, London, Canada, 2005-2006
  1. Foregut and Esophageal Surgery
  2. Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery
  3. Minimally Invasive GI, General and Robotic Surgery
Clinical Practice

Heartburn and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
Weight loss surgery (primary and revisional)
Achalasia and swallowing issues
Abdominal wall hernia: primary and recurrence (ventral, incisional, umbilical)
Hernias (inguinal, femoral, obturator hernia)
Benign gallbladder diseases
Upper endoscopy and PEG tube
Screening and diagnostic colonoscopy
Small bowel obstruction

Board Certifications
  • American Board of Surgery, 2013
  • Royal College of Surgeons of Canada, Board Certification, 2011