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Photo Kenneth R. Sirinek, MD, PhD
Department of Surgery
Professor and Vice Chairman for Academic Affairs and Professional Development
General and Minimally Invasive Surgery
Email: sirinek@uthscsa.edu
Appointments and Consults: 210-450-9200, FAX 210-450-6041

Clinical Interests: General & laparoscopic surgery of the alimentary tract including stomach, small bowel, colon, rectum, liver, biliary tract, pancreas, spleen, portal hypertension, complex biliary and pancreatic surgery; complex ventral incisional hernias

Types of Patients: Adults

Education:
Medical School: Marquette University School of Medicine, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Internship: General Surgery, The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Columbus, Ohio
Residency: General Surgery, The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Columbus, Ohio
Fellowship: Gastrointestinal Surgery Research Fellow, The Ohio State University, College of Medicine, Columbus, Ohio
Graduate School: PhD, Physiology, The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Columbus, Ohio

San Antonio Area Hospital Affiliations: St. Luke's baptist Hospital - Medical Center
CHRISTUS Santa Rosa - Medical Center South Texas VA Hospital
University Hospital

Board Certifications: American Board of Surgery

Career Accomplishments: Dr. Sirinek has been a part of the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio for over 20 years. He attended Saint Mary's University, Winona, Minnesota on a full academic scholarship and then received his medical degree from Marquette University School of Medicine. He then completed his General Surgery Residency at Ohio State University with Dr. Robert M. Zollinger. During this seven year period, Dr. Sirinek was actively involved in both basic and clinical GI physiology research and enrolled in graduate school which culminated in a doctoral degree in Physiology. He then served in the U.S. Army as a major at the Burn Unit (Institute for Surgical Research) at Brooke Army Medical Center, San Antonio, Texas under Dr. Basil A. Pruitt. Since being recruited by the Chair of Surgery Dr. J. Bradley Aust, he has spent his entire academic and clinical career at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. He is presently Professor of Surgery and Chief of the Division of General and Minimally Invasive Surgery. His areas of expertise include complex procedures on the liver, biliary tract and pancreas, including the Whipple procedure where he to date has not had a post-operative death. He has performed a cholecystectomy in over 5000 patients, primarily (99.5%) by the laparoscopic technique since 1991 for patients with either symptomatic gallstones or acute cholecystitis with a low bile duct injury (0.04%). His honors include listings in Best Doctors America, Who's Who, and the Texas Super Doctors. He recently completed six years of service on the Board of Governors in for the American College of Surgeons and has been an examiner for the American Board of Surgery for the past 20 years.

For additional information, please visit the General Surgery website: http://surgery.uthscsa.edu

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