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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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Dr. Michael Thomas, performing emergency appendectomy.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. Jaquish is an extremely good listener and always gives you enough time during visits. Not many doctors give this kind of attention."

"Dr. Harris is a great doctor, he made me feel at ease, was very knowledgeable and thorough! I would absolutely, and have already, recommended him to others!"

"APN Laurie McGinley is absolutely superb as caregiver, communicator, and listener. Cloning would be appropriate for you business model."View on Facebook

Meet Nikki Henderson, one of Western Surgical Group's certified medical assistants. She has been with Western Surgical Group for almost 13 years!

Prior to coming to work with us, Nikki worked at the hospital as a nursing assistant, when she caught the eye of Dr. Hansen, one of Western Surgical Group's surgeons.

"I was working one night and Dr. Hansen got called in for a patient who was crashing." says Nikki. "We performed CPR for the patient for about 20 minutes before Dr. Hansen got there. He was stable but needed to got to the operating room immediately."

"He was frustrated because he couldn't find the help he needed so I told him I didn't know how I could help but would do whatever he needed me to do."

"I went to the operating room with him and didn't really do much but hand him a few things as other staff started filing in. I was fascinated by surgery and stayed for the remainder of the case and he said he thought I would do very well in surgery and said I should come work for Western Surgical Group!"

"When I started, right away I could tell Western Surgical Group is very much family-oriented. The doctors are all well-known within the community with good reputations and they treat their staff very well."

"I always look for opportunities to grow and found that Western Surgical Group could offer me those opportunities. I am still fascinated with surgery and love the patient interaction!"

Nikki is currently attending TMCC, working toward earning her Registered Nursing degree, and plans to continue in the field of surgery.View on Facebook

New Guidelines for Colorectal Cancer Screening!

This last May, the American Cancer Society has issued new guidelines in regard to when to start colorectal cancer screening.

Among the major guideline changes, the new recommendations say screening should begin at age 45 for people at average risk. Previously, the guideline recommended screening begin at age 50 for people at average risk.

"Studies have shown that new cases of colorectal cancer are occurring at an increasing rate among younger adults." says Dr. Michael Thomas, who along with Dr. Matthew Crapko, is a fellowship-trained colorectal surgeon with Western Surgical Group.

"The conclusion is that changing the concluded that a beginning screening age to 45 for adults of average risk will result in more lives saved from colorectal cancer."

Questions? Speak to your primary care physician or a gastroenterologist, to better understand your risk of colorectal cancer, and when you should begin colorectal cancer screening.View on Facebook

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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

Patient Spotlight ... meet Antonette Shaw, one of our fabulous patients, who is treated by Dr. Sharon Wright for her breast cancer.

"I can remember the exact moment I met Dr. Wright. She came into the room, introduced herself & in the sweetest way possible told me the bad news... that I had breast cancer. It was that exact moment that a cloud came over my head & I felt like I was in a very dark tunnel. I could see her lips moving but I couldn't hear anything she was saying to me as I sat there weeping on her table.

I do remember her hugging me before I walked out & telling me that she is hugging me now & in a few months she will be giving me a high five when we beat this. I will never forget those words!

Just last week I got my high five & was told I was cancer free! I still have a long road ahead of me, but Dr. Wright was one of the most caring & amazing surgeons I have ever met in my life.

Thank you Dr. Wright for talking excellent care of me & loving me through my darkest moments!"View on Facebook

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