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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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Alison Clark, APRN, assisting with vascular surgery.View on Facebook

Great news!

As of this month, our fellowship-trained colorectal surgeons, doctors Crapko and Thomas, now have privileges at Northern Nevada Medical Center!

"We are pleased to be able to take our colorectal surgery expertise to a new set of patients and location here in Northern Nevada."

Doctors Crapko and Thomas work closely together as a team in the diagnosis and surgical management of diseases of the colon and rectum.

When it comes to specialized care for colon and rectal cancer, entrust your care only to a fellowship-trained, board-certified surgeon!

Dr. Matthew Crapko completed his general surgery training and his colorectal surgery fellowship at Baylor University, and has been with Western Surgical Group since 2013. 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.

Dr. Michael Thomas also specializes in diagnosing and treating diseases of the colon, rectum, and anus. He completed his general surgery training at Tulane University and his colorectal surgery fellowship at Oschner Medical Center, and has been with Western Surgical Group since 2015. He believes the patient-physician relationship is of the utmost importance and is based on the same principles as all good relationships: trust, mutual respect, and exceptional communication. From consultation to post-operative care, Dr. Thomas believes that every patient should be empowered through education to actively participate in making the best, most individualized plan of care possible.

"Colon and rectal operations are complex and carry significant risks," says Dr. Crapko, "so it's important to see a surgeon with the training and expertise to offer you the best personal option".

Call us today with any questions, or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Crapko or Dr. Thomas.

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Western Surgical Group is proud to support Miracles at Montreaux! This is a golf tournament held at Montreaux Golf Course in support of the Renown Children's Hospital neonatal intensive care unit.

This year, over 125 thousand dollars were raised!

Dr. Hulka got a chance to reconnect with Howie, a patient for whom she performed emergency surgery right after his birth. As you can see, he is doing very well!

Learn more about Howie's story here: https://bestmedicinenews.org/howie/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!

"After Dr. Ganser's surgery, I am feeling better than I have in the last two years!"

"Dr. Uccelli is the best, the staff is most excellent."

"Couldn't ask for better service from the staff and my surgeon Dr. Hulka is the greatest."View on Facebook

At Northern Nevada Women of Achievement!View on Facebook

Western Surgical Group's Dr. Nicholas Spoerke, Renown Regional Medical Center and Nevada Air National Guard Recruiting and Retention hosted an event for National Stop the Bleed Day, on May 23rd.

Uncontrolled bleeding is the number one cause of preventable death from trauma. The greater the number of people who know how to control bleeding in an injured patient, the greater the chances of surviving that injury. You can help save a life by knowing how to stop bleeding if someone, including yourself, is injured.

Western Surgical Group and Renown Regional Medical Center hosted a "Stop the Bleed" event, designed to educate the public and provide bystanders with the tools and knowledge to stop life-threatening bleeding.

By educating themselves in emergency first-aid, ordinary people become the first line of treatment. Learning how to respond to life-threatening injuries could empower you to help save a life. By stopping the blood flow on a wounded individual, you can help buy the time our trauma team needs to retrieve the injured patient and do what they do best.View on Facebook

Our fabulous Nevada Women’s Fund Women of Achievement nominees!View on Facebook

Doctors James Harris and Karin Klove at the UNR medical school graduation! Congratulations to Nevada's newest doctors!View on Facebook

Western Surgical Group: Academically Trained, Community Based.

Each individual patient has had surgical and medical issues that range from basic straightforward issues, to complex problems requiring a coordinated team approach from several physician specialists.

Western Surgical Group has brought this state-of-the-art university training to our community and we continue to stay abreast of current innovations and implement those practices that benefit our patients.

Unlike a university center, you have access to our knowledge and expertise directly. Helping our patients make educated decisions about their health care is very important to us. We educate our patients on all of their options and address any questions or concerns they may have. In order to ensure that a patient is receiving the best care possible, we maintain contact with the primary care physician and any other specialists necessary.

If you or a family member has any questions, please do not hesitate to call for a consult or second opinion.View on Facebook