Carter Lebares, M.D.

Assistant Professor of Surgery
Division of General Surgery

Contact Information

Academic Office
513 Parnassus Avenue, U-373
San Francisco, California 94143
(415) 502-5588
carter.lebares@ucsf.edu


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  • University of Minnesota School of Medicine, MD, 2008
  • University of Minnesota at Minneapolis, 2011
  • UCSF Department of Surgery / UCSF Medical Center, 2013
  • IRCAD Institute/Strasbourg University, Minimally Invasive Surgery and Surgical Endoscopy, 2015
  • American Board of Surgery, General Surgery
  • Esophageal Cancer
  • Esophageal Motility Disorders
  • Gallbladder Disease
  • Gastric Cancer
  • Gastrointestinal Disease
  • Hernias
  • Hiatal Hernia
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Obesity
  • Robotic and Surgical Endoscopy

Dr. Carter Lebares is a gastrointestinal surgeon at UCSF Medical Center who specializes treating gastrointestinal disease, particularly of the esophagus and stomach, using minimally invasive surgery, robotics and surgical endoscopy. This includes treatments for reflux disease, hiatal hernia, obesity, early esophageal or gastric cancer, esophageal motility disorders hernias, gallbladder disease and some biliary disease. 

Dr. Lebares received her medical degree from the University of Minnesota and completed her surgical residency at UCSF. She is also a member of the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Lebares received the Haile T. Debas Surgical Resident Teaching Award in 2013, the Gaviser-Hayes award for compassion in surgery in 2013 and the Metropolitan Mount Sinai award for future excellence in 2008. She was awarded a $10,000 Northwestern Health Sciences University funding grant for the creation of the first integrated (complementary and traditional) medicine teaching clinic in the country in 2007.

Dr. Lebares' research interests include resilience and mindfulness in surgery, mindfulness and nutrition in metabolic syndrome and obesity, the neuroendocrine and cognitive effects of stress on learning and performance, and endoscopic surgery for diseases of the esophagus and stomach.

  1. Wang WM, Lee S, Steiglitz BM, Scott IC, Lebares CC, Allen ML, Brenner MC, Takahara K, Greenspan DS. Transforming growth factor-beta induces secretion of activated ADAMTS-2. A procollagen III N-proteinase. J Biol Chem. 2003 May 23; 278(21):19549-57. View in PubMed
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