Specializing in:

Put Your Health In The Most Capable Hands

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.

Patient

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!

Patient

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.

Patient

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.

Patient

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.

Patient

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!

Patient

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.

Patient

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

Patient

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

Patient

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.

Patient

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!

Patient

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.

Patient

See all Testimonials

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

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 […]

Read More

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 […]

Read More

May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month!

May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month! Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States. Ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun is the main cause of skin cancer. UV damage can also cause wrinkles and blotches or spots on your skin. The good news is that skin cancer can be prevented, […]

Read More

See all

Find us on Facebook

Congratulations to Dr. Harris and the Renown Institute of Cancer!

The Renown cancer program has received full accreditation with all commendations from the Commission on Cancer through the American College of Surgeons.

This governing body recognizes Renown for their commitment to providing comprehensive, high-quality, and multidisciplinary patient-centered care.

This honor is achieved by less that 10% of cancer programs around the country.

Dr. Harris serves as the medical director for Cancer Services at Renown Regional Medical Center.

"I am very proud of what we have achieved here in Reno. We have a strong program that provides high-quality, patient-centered care and access to the full scope of cancer care services required to diagnose, treat, rehabilitate, and support the patients of Reno".View on Facebook

Meet Western Surgical Group's CEO, Dr. Hal Kennedy!

Dr. Kennedy completed his undergraduate education at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, LA, in 1969 and received his medical degree from LSU New Orleans in 1973. He completed his internship and general surgery residency through the US Navy in Oakland, CA. Following this, he was assigned to the Naval Regional Medical Center in Bremerton, WA, as a general surgeon for 3 years. Upon completion of his military service, he completed a fellowship in colon and rectal surgery at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. Following this, he founded Sacramento Colon and Rectal Surgery Medical Group in 1982, where he practiced colon and rectal surgery for 18 years. Today this group continues to serve the Sacramento area.

He relocated to Reno in 2000 where he practiced colon and rectal surgery until the summer of 2015, when he retired from primary patient care. His surgical career spanned 42 years. His role as Western Surgical Group's physician CEO began in 2009. He continues in this role today.

He lives in Reno with his wife Cindy. They have 2 daughters who, with their families including 6 grandkids, also live in Reno. He enjoys spending time with his family, fishing, snow skiing, hunting, and traveling. He and Cindy have 7 grown children and recently had their 11th and 12th grandkids.View on Facebook

Our surgeons at Western Surgical Group provide patients with surgical care in more than 11 specialty areas. We recruit talented surgeons from around the nation to provide patients with the highest care. Our surgeons use the most sophisticated techniques in medicine, including minimally-invasive treatments and robotics.

All of the Western Surgical Group providers practice with the highest integrity. From the first phone call to the last post-surgical visit, we strive to provide honest, responsive answers to all your questions.View on Facebook

As a result of the compassionate care we deliver, we develop lasting relationships with our patients. Many times we hear from our patients about how the doctors and staff at Western Surgical Group have helped them. For those of you we hear from, we thank you for passing along your kind words.

Here are some of our favorites!

"My experience with Dr. Hulka's office is exceptional. Everyone is professional and willing to help. I refer your your practice to everyone who is looking for a surgeon. Dr. Hulka is a wonderful surgeon and very caring!"

"I received excellent care. All of my fears and concerns were addressed before and after the surgery. I even got a personal call from the anesthesiologist the night before the operation. Dr. Wright is an excellent surgeon and very attentive to my needs and concerns. I would highly recommend her and her staff."

"I just really feel fortunate to have Dr. Harris in my team of doctors that helped me through my breast cancer diagnosis, treatment, and follow up care. I couldn't have asked for a better group of skilled professionals, and people I feel comfortable with."View on Facebook

Prompt Appointments with Western Surgical Group!

New patients with cancer can see a specialist as soon as the following day at Western Surgical Group. First time appointments can be scheduled with one of our surgeons immediately following a cancer diagnosis to provide rapid access to expert care and support.

Our Western Surgical Group surgeons treat patients with a variety of cancers, including breast, lung, esophagus, stomach, skin, thyroid, colon, and other types of tumors.

“A cancer diagnosis creates tremendous anxiety and uncertainty for both patients and their families,” said Dr. Sharon Wright, a breast and thyroid cancer surgeon. “Not everyone wants or needs to come as quickly as the next day, but for people who do, such quick access to the expertise, care and support they need is tremendously reassuring.”

“Providing next day access immediately following a cancer diagnosis is part of our commitment to patient-centered care,” said Dr. James Harris, one of Western Surgical Group’s fellowship trained oncologic surgeons. “Patients can expect high quality, integrated care, with our clinical teams working together to meet their individual needs in a timely way.”

Next day appointments at Western Surgical Group allow patients to meet with one of our surgical specialists to begin the process of mapping out a personalized treatment plan as soon as possible.

Dr. Penner treats patients with lung cancer and other lung disorders, as a fellowship-trained thoracic surgeon. “Patients will meet with a surgeon who can explain the possible courses of treatment, answer their questions and recommend next steps.” explains Dr. Penner. “Patients and their families can also begin accessing a wide range of support services through our associated hospitals.”

Call us today with any questions or to speak to a surgery scheduler about an appointment!View on Facebook

Meet Western Surgical Group's Dr. Sharon Wright!

Dr. Wright is a caring, conscientious, patient-centric surgeon who brings a fresh vibrancy to her work in the compassionate care of her patients.

She focuses her practice on the care of thyroid disorders, parathyroid disorders, breast cancer, as well as a wide breadth of other general surgical issues.

Hailing from Oregon, she enjoys the Nevada outdoors and spending time with her husband (Dr. Nicholas Spoerke, a Western Surgical Group trauma surgeon) and their two daughters.

"I like to work with every patient as an individual, through communication and education. I try to teach each person about their disease and understand how their symptoms affect their life. It is important for patients to understand why they may or may not benefit from surgery, what type of surgery would be best for them personally, and what to expect if they do have surgery. This allows patients to be proactive and involved in their own care, with the goal of a smoother recovery."

For more information on our physicians and staff, patient educational materials, and more, visit our website: westernsurgical.com!View on Facebook

Western Surgical Group: Superior surgical services for you and your family!

For over twenty years we have provided superior service and assisted thousands of patients through their surgical procedures. Our experience and commitment to excellence has earned us the reputation as the best surgical group in Northern Nevada.

Our friendly and professional staff is here to answer any questions you may have about our services. Make an informed decision, so that you can choose the best surgeon.

Surgeon and staff bios here: https://www.westernsurgical.com/our-team/View on Facebook

As a result of the compassionate care we deliver, we develop lasting relationships with our patients. Many times we hear from our patients about how the doctors and staff at Western Surgical Group have helped them. For those of you we hear from, we thank you for passing along your kind words.

Here are some of our favorites!

"Every parameter - from the preliminary office visit, to the surgery itself was all handled very professionally and with great care. Dr. Gomez and the surgical team - including the anesthesiologist Dr. Beck, were very thorough and I felt completely confident going into surgery."

"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 and Dr. Janiga as the very best to deal with breast cancer. I am extremely grateful for all his support and help. Thank you!"

"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."View on Facebook

Western Surgical Group is on call for you!

Emergency surgery is an operative procedure that must be performed to save the life of a patient. Unlike elective procedures and other surgical treatments, emergency surgeries may be performed at a moment’s notice, as waiting or scheduling surgery for a later date could put the patient’s well-being at stake. Our team of surgeons are prepared to handle a wide range of urgent cases, whether trauma or illness-related.

Did you know that only a fraction of the surgeries performed in the U.S. are considered emergency surgeries? Of them, one of the most common is appendectomy, which is used in the treatment of acute appendicitis. On average, there are more than a quarter-million appendectomies performed in the U.S. every year – many of them using minimally invasive, laparoscopic techniques.

There are many reasons a person might need emergency surgery. Some of them, such as appendicitis, may cause only minor symptoms at first that progress to more serious complications. In addition to appendicitis, some of the illnesses and conditions that may require immediate surgical intervention include aneurysms, diverticulitis, cholecystitis, strangulated hernias, bowel obstructions, and perforated ulcers.

Our team of emergency surgeons can perform a wide range of procedures. Our broad spectrum of knowledge in various medical specialties allows us to conduct a wide range of procedures, including appendectomy, gallbladder removal, and bowel resection, as well as open and laparoscopic surgical repairs.

You can ask for Western Surgical Group by name! We have a physician on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to attend to your needs.View on Facebook

Our Offices and Locations Served