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Western Surgical Group was founded in 1996 by the joining of four solo surgical practices. Since then the group has expanded to seventeen highly-skilled and professional surgeons and a staff of over 50.

We are fellowship-trained and offer the region’s most diverse and skilled group of sub-specialist surgeons.

Western Surgical Group is committed to providing compassionate health care while remaining on the “cutting edge” of innovative technologies and advanced breakthroughs in surgical treatment in our diverse range of surgical specialties.

What Our Patients Say

The procedure went exactly as Dr. Ganser said it would. He made sure that extra care and attention was given the patient while in the hospital. We could not be more pleased with the overall experience.


Dr. Harris is phenomenal. He helped me to determine the best course of action for breast cancer. He answered all my questions and I always felt he was suggesting what was very best for me personally. I have been recommending him as the very best to deal with breast cancer. I am extremely grateful for all his support and help. Thank you!


Every parameter - from the preliminary office visit, to the surgery itself was all handled very professionally and with great care. My brother from California accompanied me the day of the surgery, and was very impressed! Dr. Gomez and the surgical team - including the anesthesiologist, were very thorough and I felt completely confident going into surgery.


I want to reiterate my gratitude for my care from Dr. Jaquish. I believe he not only saved my life, but also relieved grave anxiety and restored hope and optimism for me and my family for my healing. Truly priceless. Thank you.


Dr. Kozar genuinely cares about your success. He is engaging and informative. Pre surgery preparation was thorough and comforting. Surgery was a breeze and healing time was surprisingly brief. I recommend Dr. Kozar without reservation. He is the surgeon you want.


I'm so pleased with Dr. Wright. She was wonderful during a very frightening time for me. She was kind, sensitive and helpful. I think she's the best! Thank you!


My husband and I have both been to this office. Every doctor and staff member we have encountered so far has been friendly, helpful, and professional. We have already recommended this office to other people.


I was pretty uncomfortable needing to see a colon/rectal doctor. Dr. Michael Thomas has great demeanor and gained my trust. Great guy!


Dr. Jaquish is an extremely good listener and always gives you enough time during visits. Not many doctors give this kind of attention.


Dr. Wright, as well as the entire support staff (medical & office) at Western Surgical have been exceptional in all their interactions with me. I am so thankful my primary care provider recommended your group for my procedure.


I'm glad to have Dr Ganser's expertise and direction -- he plans with all of my health providers and wants to ensure we make the right choices in screening and treatment for me. I feel that he wants me to get rid of cancer, get well, and stay well!


Dr. Hulka has performed surgeries on my children over the last few years. During a worrisome and upsetting time for me and my family, it was assuring knowing we had a seasoned pediatric surgeon to provide quality care to our family.


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Innovative technologies and advanced breakthroughs in surgical treatment

Western Surgical Group is a compilation of highly skilled surgeons and staff dedicated to providing compassionate health care while remaining on the “cutting edge” of innovative technologies and advanced breakthroughs in surgical treatment in our diverse range of surgical specialties.

News & Events

Dr. Kozar retiring the end of the year!

Our Dr. Mark Kozar is retiring after over 30 years of service to the Reno community. Dr. Kozar was integral in the formation of Western Surgical Group in 1996. During the course of his career, Dr. Kozar was a leader of surgery in Reno. He performed the first laparoscopic gallbladder surgery in Reno in 1990. […]

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July is Sarcoma Awareness Month!

Sarcomas are often coined the “forgotten cancer” because they are both rare and under-diagnosed. Sarcoma awareness month is all about educating the public on the symptoms and diagnosis of sarcoma, in the hope that more cases will get spotted sooner, because, as is the case with most cancers, treatment is vastly more successful the earlier […]

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June First is National Cancer Survivors Day!

This day is to demonstrate that life after a cancer diagnosis can be a reality. Roseanna Webber RN, Western Surgical Group’s chief nursing officer, is also a patient of ours, and a proud breast cancer survivor. “In 2014, I went in for my annual mammogram. I have a history of breast cancer in my family. My […]

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Tomorrow, Dr. Sharon Wright will be on KTVN Channel 2 News's "Ask the Doctor", discussing thyroid disease, thyroid nodules, and their surgical management, with Kristen Remington.

Dr. Wright performs hundreds of thyroid surgeries a year for cancer and benign thyroid diseases. She also follows her patients for their thyroid problems when they don't require surgery, and enjoys patient education as part of her practice.

Tune in and call in with your questions!View on Facebook

Dr. Nick Spoerke, one of Western Surgical Group's trauma and critical care surgeons.View on Facebook

Meet Western Surgical Group's new nurse, Erika!

Erika comes to Western Surgical Group with many years of experience in nursing. She worked at Renown and Saint Mary's for the last 5 years, in telemetry, medical nephrology, oncology, and hospice.

She also has many years of outpatient health care experience in primary care and urgent care. As well, she taught medical assisting at Carrington College.

She is also a 3rd generation Nevadan!

Erika tells us, “The most enjoyable aspect of working at Western Surgical Group is having the opportunity to work alongside a group of top-notch surgeons and staff while providing outstanding care to the residents of Northern Nevada".

We are very excited you have joined us, Erika Breitwieser!View on Facebook

Congratulations to Dr. Hulka!

She has been honored with the Washoe County Medical Society C.H. Woods Award.

The Washoe County Medical Society instituted the C.H. Woods Award in 1992. The award was named after the first President of the Washoe County Medical Society which was established in 1907.

The award recognizes physicians who best demonstrate the art of medicine, and who have the magic touch when it comes to caring for patients.

Now, two of Western Surgical Group's physicians have received this honor, Dr. McElreath was recognized in 2002.

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