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We strive to provide the highest quality of care with the latest technological innovations in surgery to bring about the best possible outcomes for our patients with cultural mindfulness.

Our History:


The four founding members formed Coast Surgical Group in 1994: Dr. Frank Hernandez, Dr. Nolan Johnson, Dr. Walt Fahlsing, and Dr. Mort Jorgensen. The group has since established itself as the largest general surgical group serving the South Bay of San Diego County. Today, Dr. Hugo Barrera, Dr. Stephen Summers, Dr. Rodolfo Arcovedo, Dr. Yifan Yang, Dr. Blake Spitzer, and Dr. Clifton Ewbank take care of the surgical needs of our community.


Coast Surgical Group specializes in all aspects of general surgery including cancer surgery, abdominal surgery, surgery of the breast, hernia surgery, thyroid and parathyroid surgery, and advanced laparoscopic operations.


Welcome to Coast Surgical Group's website. We are physically located in California and are specialists in general surgery and laparoscopic surgery. We also offer GERD treatment, bloodless medicine and surgery, treatment for anal-rectal problems, and much more. Please see our list of surgical procedures by clicking on "Surgical Procedures" above. We are excellent surgeons that can perform a number of complex surgeries. For example, we are capable and competent gastric bypass surgeons. Each of the surgeries listed on the Surgical Procedures page are links: we have taken the time to explain each of the procedures that we perform in a language that is easy to understand. We know that you want to be as informed as possible, and we want to help you with that. If you want to read more, please check out our Index.


We know that you want to be taken care of by the best when you need help. You can learn about the credentials of the surgeons who work here by clicking on "Our Practice" tab. They are a group of caring medical practitioners who love helping people. Our personnel staff are dedicated, professional and courteous. You can't get better service than what you would receive at Coast Surgical Group - we are proud of the teamwork that allows our office to run efficiently.


If you are interested in receiving care from a group of physicians that care, you want to come to our surgeons. Please get to know us by browsing our website. We also invite you in for an office visit. We are sure you will be impressed by our professionalism and our expertise that can help you in your time of need. Come to us if you need surgery: we specialize in surgical procedures.

Our Practice:


Coast Surgical Group specializes in all aspects of general surgery, including cancer and non-cancer surgery of the abdomen, breast, hernia, thyroid and parathyroid glands, through traditional and advanced minimally invasive surgery.


We championed the utilization of advanced robotic surgery in the South Bay. Robotic surgery allows for more precise tissue dissection with minimal bleeding. Patients may experience faster recovery and less postoperative pain.

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