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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

Are you interested in weight loss surgery?

Visit Western Surgical Group’s very own Western Bariatric Institute!Request a consultation to see Dr. Ganser to see if you are a good candidate for an operation to help you lose weight and improve your life! Check out Western Bariatric’s facebook: fb.com/westernbariatric You can also visit our website to request a consultation, watch online seminars, and learn […]

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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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Thank you to our hole sponsors so far, for our 4th Annual Golf Tournament benefiting Pinocchio's Moms on the Run!

Reno Radiological Associates Chtd
Clasen Quality Chocolate
Janiga MDs Plastic Surgery & Cosmetic Center
Persing Professional Group, LLC
Reno Diagnostic Center
Answerwest Inc.
Tanna Havlick
Devinney & Dinneen Vocational Economic Services
Village Pub
Western Bariatric Institute
Hendricks & Associates
Lali Sekhon at Nevada Neurosurgery

There is still plenty of time to get involved!

Moms on the Run is a non-profit organization raising funds to assist northern Nevada women with everyday living expenses to help off-set medical expenses incurred while in treatment for breast & gynecological cancers.

Last year, our event raised almost 20 thousand dollars for the cause!

All paid golfers will receive a boxed lunch donated by Capriotti's Reno Plumb and dinner donated by Blend Catering. There will also be raffle drawings, a silent auction and no-host bar at the 19th Hole following the tournament.

Would you like to golf? Volunteer? Sponsor a hole? Donate?

Contact us at: chealy@westernsurgical.com, or DM Christina Healy!View on Facebook

Western Surgical Group welcomes our newest surgeon, Dr. Lars Webb!

Lars is a local -- he was raised in Nevada, graduated with a bachelor's degree from the University of Nevada, Reno and attended the University of Nevada School of Medicine. Lars completed general surgery residency at the University of New Mexico, and recently finished a fellowship for advanced minimally invasive surgery, robotic surgery, and bariatric surgery at the University of Tennessee.

Lars plans to focus his practice in bariatric surgery, as well as a wide breadth of general surgery.

He is very happy to be back in Reno! In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family, hiking, camping and fishing.

He will start seeing patients on September 1!

#bariatricsurgery #minimallyinvasivesurgery #roboticsurgery #weightlosssurgery #generalsurgeryView on Facebook

Western Surgical Group's 4th Annual Golf Tournament benefiting Pinocchio's Moms on the Run will be on Saturday, September 14th at Lakeridge Golf Course!

Moms on the Run is a non-profit organization raising funds to assist northern Nevada women with everyday living expenses to help off-set medical expenses incurred while in treatment for breast & gynecological cancers.

Last year, our event raised almost 20 thousand dollars for the cause!

All paid golfers will receive a boxed lunch donated by Capriotti’s and dinner donated by Blend Catering. There will also be raffle drawings, a silent auction and no-host bar at the 19th Hole following the tournament.

Would you like to golf? Volunteer? Sponsor a hole? Donate?

Contact us at: chealy@westernsurgical.com, or DM Christina Healy.

Pinocchio's Bar and Grill
Pinocchio's Moms on the RunView on Facebook

Dr. Martin Bain performing hernia surgery at Renown Regional Medical Center.View on Facebook

What is Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS program)?

Western Surgical Group's Dr. Michael Thomas, Dr. Matthew Crapko, Kristi Paquette APN-BC and Sarah Deboor APN-BC have been integral in developing the enhanced recovery after surgery program here in Reno.

The Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) Program is focused on improving surgical outcomes and enhancing the patient experience before, during and after surgery.

The program is comprised of a multidisciplinary team of surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses and other healthcare professionals working collaboratively to implement highly effective, evidenced-based interventions and protocols that accelerate recovery following surgery.
The patient's health is optimized before surgery. During surgery, medications and fluids are optimized and tailored to the needs of the individual patient. After surgery, emphasis is placed on early feeding and mobility, and the use of non-sedating pain medications.

Upon discharge from the hospital, patients have convenient access to their medical team through an online patient portal or via a central phone number.

This approach has resulted in improved outcomes and higher patient satisfaction.

Dr. Michael Thomas: “I want to thank the staff at our regional hospitals for pulling together a team of anesthesiologists, pharmacists, nutritionists and nurses to really drive forward the care of our colorectal surgery patients. We are seeing shorter hospital stays, fewer complications and faster recoveries at home so that our patients can get back to their lives after having major abdominal surgery.”

#EnhancedRecoveryAfterSurgery #doyouERAS #ERASView on Facebook

"My goal is to provide the care and advice that I would want for myself or my family. I pride myself on considering all options for the treatment of any condition, not just those that are surgical."

"I also pride myself on listening to patients and their families. Having any medical problem is difficult, navigating the health care system should not add to that problem."

Dr. Sharon Wright, general surgeon who focuses her practice on the care of endocrine and breast cancer patientsView 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 medical 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

Dr. Mike Thomas received this lovely and touching plaque with this wonderful poem from a grateful patient and family!

To earn the title "Doctor,"
Is as honor, it is true
Fruition of a lifelong dream
Achieved by just a few.

It's a journey that has brought you
To this time and place
Where you can make a difference
With each challenge that you face.

But, still, the wisdom you acquired,
Each step along the way,
Is not all that defines you,
As you travel through each day.

For knowledge in and of itself,
Is only just a part...
The thing that makes you special,
Is your kind and gentle heart.

And when a doctor cares as much,
As you "sincerely" do,
The world becomes a better place,
No doubt, because of you!

Words can never express the gratitude we feel towards you and all you've done for us!View on Facebook

Why choose Western Surgical Group? Experience.

The 14 experienced surgeons who comprise Western Surgical Group are among the best surgeons in Nevada.

Undergoing your surgery is easier when you choose a general surgeon with the experience to perform your surgery correctly so your condition is treated properly and you can quickly enjoy your life again.

Visit our website, westernsurgical.com, to learn more about our specialties and surgeries offered, and access patient education materials.View on Facebook