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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

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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This Week is National Surgical Technologists Week!

This week, Western Surgical Group recognizes a vital part of our operating room team, our surgical technologists!

They are a surgeon's "third hand" in the operating room, assuring sterility during the procedure, passing the surgical tools, and assuring all the tools and materials used during the surgery are accounted for after the procedure is done. They keep the operating room efficient while ensuring patient safety.

We appreciate this vital member of the surgical team, and we recognize you every day, but especially this week! Thank you!

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Coming up!

Western Surgical Group is hosting its 3rd annual golf tournament benefiting Mom's on the Run on Saturday September 29th!

Last year we raised over 18k for this important cause!

Mom's on the Run is a non-profit organization that assists northern Nevada women with everyday living expenses to help off-set medical expenses incurred while in treatment for breast & gynecological cancers.

After the tournament, please join us at The 19th Hole for raffle drawings and a silent auction.

We look forward to seeing you there, and thank you for helping us support this important local cause!

Questions? Would you like to sign up? Would you like to be a sponsor of our tournament? Please contact chealy@westernsurgical.com.View on Facebook

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Meet Western Surgical Group's Dr. Matthew Crapko!

Dr. Crapko is fellowship-trained in colon and rectal surgery. His core beliefs toward practicing medicine include educating and communicating with patients to provide excellent patient care. He enjoys the breadth of surgery from consultation to operation to the post-operative care. When he’s not working, Dr. Crapko enjoys spending time with his growing family.

Don't just take our word for it ... hear what his patients have to say about him!

"Dr. Crapko is an amazing surgeon. We thank him for taking the time to explain to us about diverticulitis surgery. His patience, kindness and understanding before and after the operation, in addition to his tremendous skill and talent in the operating room, is greatly appreciated. We cannot thank you enough. You are a credit to the medical profession, and we thank you!"

"He’s a great doctor! He made an uncomfortable situation more comfortable and has great patient care. Glad I went to see him."

"Dr. Crapko was excellent in every way. A credit to his profession."View on Facebook

Western Surgical Group’s goal is to provide patients with the absolute best, individualized surgical care in an integrated medical environment.

Our focus is excellence in quality of care, demonstrated by thorough preoperative evaluation and successful surgical outcomes.

Postoperative care and availability to patients is also a significant priority.

Our vision of quality is solidified by the multiple surgical specialties practiced by our Western Surgical Group physicians. This enables patients to receive comprehensive and thorough surgical care and follow up by highly-trained and well-established surgeons specific to their surgical ailments.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!

"I couldn't be more satisfied with my experience during the time I spent with Dr. John Ganser, his staff and all the other professionals that took care of me during my time with them."

"Dr. Sharon Wright is a compassionate and caring surgeon. I felt I was in competent hands and she answered all my questions thoroughly. My overall impression of WSG staff was that they were efficient in the face of a very busy practice."

"Dr. Michael Thomas and Whitney Lynch did a outstanding job of explaining my upcoming procedure. Made me feel at ease and confident about my surgery."View on Facebook

Meet Western Surgical Group's Dr. James Harris!

Dr. Harris received his medical doctorate from Wake Forest School of Medicine. He completed his internship and residency in general surgery at the University of Southern California and completed a fellowship in surgical oncology at City of Hope.

Dr. Harris is a member of the Washoe County Medical Society, American College of Surgeons, Society of Graduate Surgeons and the state of California and Nevada medical associations. He also has many years of experience as a Cancer Liaison to the American College of Surgeons. He has been the medical director for Renown Institute for Cancer since 2012. Dr. Harris has practiced general and oncologic surgery for almost 30 years.

Dr. Harris is a third generation surgeon (his grandfather, father and he all practiced in Sacramento, California). He lives in Reno with his wife Dr. Karin Klove (a general surgeon).

He specializes in cancer surgeries, and focuses his practice on breast cancer, sarcomas, and skin cancer, as well as performs a wide breadth of general surgery.View on Facebook

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