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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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Today is National Doctor's Day!

The date for doctor's day varies from nation to nation depending on the event of commemoration used to mark the day.

In America, this date chosen is the anniversary of the first use of general anesthesia in surgery.

Happy National Doctor's Day to all of our fabulous Western Surgical physicians, and to doctors around the country!

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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.

"Dr. Wright is very knowledgeable. Skilled hands. No complications after surgery and my healing was much quicker then my peers who had same procedure with other surgeons. I also have metal allergies and she took them very seriously and had a workable option that made me feel better."

"Dr. Ganser is a guardian angel. Everything you would dream of and hope for in a surgeon. He's sincere, concise and experienced. He did my 90 year old fathers surgery and it was a great relief knowing he was his doctor. Ironically he was mine also for an appendectomy 2 years ago and was phenomenal. He's the best!!!"

"Dr. Watson is very knowledgeable and forward thinking. He is progressive and knows about the newest treatments. He spends time listening and explaining treatment options and works with you until your treatment works for you. I recommend Dr. Watson highly."View on Facebook

March is Colon and Rectal Cancer Awareness Month!

Cancer of the colon and rectum are the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States.

Fortunately, it is often a condition that is both preventable and treatable, and, when diagnosed at an early stage, colorectal cancers have a 90% chance of being cured.

A diet high in fiber, refraining from smoking, and regular exercise all lower your risk of colorectal cancer.

Colonoscopies play an important role as well, since most cancers start as small polyps that can be easily removed. It is important to discuss colonoscopy with your doctor to determine when you should start screening.

Our colon and rectal surgeons, Doctors Matthew Crapko and Michael Thomas, are fellowship-trained specialists with a focus on the treatment of these types of tumors.

We have a strong emphasis on minimally invasive and robotic techniques; surgery performed through small incisions only. What this means for our patients is less time in the hospital, reduced pain, fewer infections, and more time at home with family!

It is important to remember that colon and rectal cancers can be complex disease which is why our surgeons always work as a team with other cancer and GI specialists in town to make sure you are receiving the best possible care.

If you have a family history of colorectal cancers or polyps, make sure you discuss this with your doctor to see what screening is right for you.

Stay tuned this month for more information about Colon and Rectal Cancer Awareness Month!

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