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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.

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

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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

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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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, […]

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Three of our four "founding fathers" of Western Surgical Group ... Doctors Kozar, Mcelreath, and Gomez!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!

"Dr. Ganser is a wonderful and caring physician. Donna (RN) is very kind and follows through 100% of the time until an issue is resolved. She is attentive and we feel better knowing she is there. Jenn in scheduling is wonderful and efficient. We had a scheduling question post op and she helped to resolve this in very quickly."

"Dr. Michael Thomas is very caring and never makes me feel like he is in a hurry. I am lucky to have him as my doctor."

"Everyone was wonderful. Great staff and I feel that Dr. Cardenas was the perfect surgeon to take care of my issue. I feel so much better since I had it, he did a fine job. Thank you."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!

"Dr. Hulka is awesome. She explained everything before and after the surgery and put my mind at ease. Christina (her medical assistant) was great at our post-op visit and listened to our questions to make sure Dr. Hulka knew what was going on."

"I can't say enough about how much Dr. Wright has meant to me. Her care, compassion, personality, expertise and dedication cannot be understated. I know it sounds cheesy but I owe her my life. I cannot express enough how impressed I am with her and I trust her implicitly with my life and my care."

"Dr. Harris was so kind and professional. Provided good information, answered my questions. I have every confidence in him as my surgeon, which went very well. Great doctor!"View on Facebook

Central to Western Surgical Group's mission is the practice focus on providing patient-centered care.

The goal of any surgeon may be to return patients to their normal lives as quickly as possible. Our entire care team is focused on providing each patient with the individual attention it takes to find the best treatment plan and to assemble the best team to coordinate the delivery of care.

This frequently means that our surgeons will partner with medical oncology, primary care, and other disciplines to ensure that every patient’s needs are viewed holistically.

We recognize that you place a special trust in your surgeon. We take that trust as our special responsibility to partner with you to seek the best outcomes.View on Facebook

Western Surgical Group: Experience and Compassion you Can Trust

Western Surgical Group is a comprehensive, full-service practice that specializes in the wide scope of general surgery. Our board certified physicians use state-of-the-art, minimally-invasive advanced laparoscopic and robotic techniques to treat a variety of disorders, from the simplest to the most complex.

Our experienced surgeons also have additional training in specialty areas such as endocrine surgery, vascular surgery, pediatric surgery, thoracic surgery, trauma surgery and critical care, oncology, and colorectal surgery.View on Facebook

As a patient of Western Surgical Group, our office has a patient portal to help you manage your health.

The portal is through our technology partners, Greenway Health and MyHealthRecord.

Through this portal, you can access your medical records anytime, anywhere, manage your office appointments, talk privately to your care team, and receive the best care possible.

You will have anytime access to your lab orders, test results and upcoming appointments.

Please contact our office for a secure link to our portal – (775) 323-7500.View on Facebook

Over the last 22 years, Western Surgical Group has focused on bringing a range of surgical expertise into the practice.

The result is an incredibly well rounded group of general surgeons, and a team of highly-skilled nurse practitioners and physician assistants.

With seventeen surgeons in one practice–the region’s largest group of Board Certified general surgeons–each offering a unique perspective and knowledge base, collaboration is natural.

Armed with our vast knowledge and experience and the incredible tools available to us, we believe we have an extraordinary opportunity and responsibility to care for others.View on Facebook

Today is the Great American Smokeout!

Every year, on the third Thursday of November, smokers across the nation take part in the American Cancer Society Great American Smokeout event.

Encourage someone you know to use the date to make a plan to quit, or plan in advance and then quit smoking that day. By quitting – even for 1 day – smokers will be taking an important step toward a healthier life and reducing their cancer risk.

"About 36.5 million Americans still smoke cigarettes, and tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the world." says Western Surgical Group's Dr. David Penner.

"Cigarette smoking is the number one risk factor for lung cancer. In the United States, cigarette smoking is linked to about 80% to 90% of lung cancers."

Our fellowship trained thoracic surgeons who treat lung cancer, Dr. Ganser and Dr. Penner, encourage you to get help quitting smoking!

#greatamericansmokeout #GASO #quitsmoking #lungcancerawarenessView on Facebook

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