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Dr. Rodolfo Arcovedo, MD FACS
General Surgeon



Place of Birth:     Born in Mexico City on December 20th, 1965


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  • American Board Certified General Surgeon.  April 2000

  • American Board of Surgery Recertification,  Dec. 2009

  • Certified by the Mexican Council of Surgery, July 2001

  • Returned volunteer surgeon with Médicins Sans Frontières, 2000

  • Attending Surgeon, M.G.González Hosp, México City. May-Nov. 2000

  • Surgeon and partner, Mason City Clinic, Iowa. 250 S Crescent Dr. Mason City, IA, 50401. (641) 422-6509. November 2000-2004

  • Chief, Department Of Surgery, Mitchell County Regional Health Center, Osage, IA 50461. January 2001-2004

  • Surgeon and partner, Coast Surgical Group,  San Diego, California, since 2005

  • Chief  endoscopy Scripps Mercy Chula Vista

  • Chairman,  Breast Program Leadership, Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center, since 2010



Fluent Spanish



American College of Surgeons

San Diego Medical Society

California Medical Society


2010 - present

  • Transitional resident. Chestnut Hill Hospital, Philadelphia, PA. June 1992-June 1993

  • University of Illinois Metro Group Hospitals program in General Surgery from July 1993 until July 1999. Chicago, IL

  • Clinical observer. Chirurgische Universitätsklinik, Mannheim. University of Heidelberg, Germany. September 1999, September 2004

  • Clinical observer Clinic Barcelona, November 2004

  • Universidad La Salle. Facultad Mexicana de Medicina. México City, México. June 1985 through July 1991

2010 - present

  • Robotic surgery training Sunyvale, CA. Sept 2010

  • Endogastric surgery training Seattle, WA Nov 2009

  • Vascular ultrasound, Oct, 2007 ACS meeting, New Orleans

  • Endoluminal Postgraduate Course, April 2006. SAGES

  • Advanced laparoscopic Course, Clinic Barcelona, December 2004

  • Advanced Trauma Life Support. Maywood, IL. October 2003

  • Ultrasound Instructors Course. ACS Spring Meeting, San Diego, CA. April 2002

  • Windy City Ultrasound certifying course. Mitchell County Regional Health Center, Osage, IA. April 2002

  • Advanced endoscopy course, SAGES, NY, 2002

  • Advanced laparoscopic surgery, SAGES, St Louis MO. April 2001

  • Member of  American Society of Breast Surgeons since 2007

  • California Medical Society, since 2004

  • Fellow, American College of Surgeons, inducted in October 2003

  • Society of American Gastroenterologic Endoscopic Surgeons since 1998

  • VK Maker, MD Award for Excellence and Leadership, June 1999

  • Best Laparoscopic resident in my Program, 1997, 1999; awarded by Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons


Clinical instructor “Introduction to Clinical Medicine”. Mexican Faculty of Medicine, La Salle University, México City, México. July-Nov, 2000


Coordinated the Symposium: “Surgical Management of Acute Gallstone Pancreatitis”, M.G. González Hospital, México City.  August 2000


Instructor ACS Abdominal Ultrasound Course, Clinical Congress, Chicago, IL. October 2003 to date.


Peer reviewer for Digestive Diseases and Sciences




  • Chapter 13. "Nudo GEA para cirugia endoscopica". Mucio Moreno, Mauro Ramirez, Rodolfo Arcovedo in Cirugia sin Huella, Fausto Davila Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Facultad de Estudios Superiores Iztacala, 2002


  • “Comparison of the performance of the Gea extracorporeal knot with the Roeder extracorporeal knot and the classical knot” M Moreno, F Magos, R Arcovedo, P Olachea, JA Palacios, A Salazar, M Ramírez, J Herrera. Surg Endoscopy, 18,1:157-161, Jan 2004.


  • Securing the appendiceal stump with the Gea extracorporeal sliding knot during laparoscopic appendectomy is safe and economical. Arcovedo R, Barrera H, Salazar H. Surg Endosc. 2007 Mar 13; [Epub ahead of print]

  • PMID: 17353987


  • Patient factors associated with a faster insertion of the colonoscope. Arcovedo R, Larsen C, Salazar H. Surg Endosc. 2006 Dec 6; [Epub ahead of print]PMID: 17149549


  • Can liver biopsy cause acute pancreatitis? R Arcovedo MD, Contemporary Surgery. 63 (10): 500-503, Oct 2007.

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