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Benjamin Padilla, M.D.

Associate Professor of Surgery
Division of Pediatric Surgery

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  • 1992-97, University of New Mexico, B.S., Chemistry and Mathematics
  • 1998-2002, University of California, M.D., Medicine
  • 2002-03, University of California, Davis Medical Center, Intern, General Surgery
  • 2002-04 University of California, San Francisco Medical Center, Resident, General Surgery
  • 2009-10, University of California, San Francisco Medical Center, Chief Resident, General Surgery
  • 2010-11 Fundacion Hospitalaria de Niños, International Clinical Fellow
  • 2011-2013 Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Fellow, Pediatric Surgery
  • American Board of Surgery, General Surgery
  • Advanced Laparoscopy
  • Bariatric surgery
  • Biliary Surgery
  • Birth Defects
  • Chest Wall Deformaties
  • Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia (CDH)
  • Endocrine and Biliary Surgery
  • Fetal Surgery
  • Hepatobiliary surgery
  • Intestinal Rehabilitation
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Neonatal Surgery
  • Pediatric Surgery
  • Surgical Oncology
  • Minimally invasive surgery

Benjamin Padilla M.D. is a pediatric and fetal surgeon in the UCSF Division of Pediatric Surgery. Born in Guatemala, Dr. Padilla immigrated to the U.S. in 1980, completing his undergraduate education in 1997 at University of New Mexico and obtaining his MD from the UCSF School of Medicine in 2002.

Dr. Padilla completed his general surgery residency at UCSF, which included three years as a research fellow in the UCSF Center for the Neurobiology of Digestive Disease. After completing his residency, Dr. Padilla served as an international clinical research fellow at the Fundación Hospitalaria de Niños in Buenos Aires, Argentina. There he gained expertise in the treatment of chest wall deformities.  Dr. Padilla also received specialty training in pediatric general and thoracic surgery at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).

Most recent publications from a total of 32
  1. Braun HJ, Pulcrano ME, Weber DJ, Padilla BE, Ascher NL. The Utility of ECMO After Liver Transplantation: Experience at a High-Volume Transplant Center and Review of the Literature. Transplantation. 2019 Apr 01. View in PubMed
  2. Graves CE, Moyer J, Zobel MJ, Mora R, Smith D, O'Day M, Padilla BE. Intraoperative intercostal nerve cryoablation during the Nuss procedure reduces length of stay and opioid requirement: A randomized clinical trial. J Pediatr Surg. 2019 Mar 17. View in PubMed
  3. Witt RG, Zobel M, Padilla B, Lee H, MacKenzie TC, Vu L. Evaluation of Clinical Outcomes of Sutureless vs Sutured Closure Techniques in Gastroschisis Repair. JAMA Surg. 2019 Jan 01; 154(1):33-39. View in PubMed
  4. Chumfong I, Lee H, Padilla BE, MacKenzie TC, Vu LT. Esophagoesophagopexy technique for assisted fistulization of esophageal atresia. Pediatr Surg Int. 2018 Jan; 34(1):63-69. View in PubMed
  5. Graves CE, Harrison MR, Padilla BE. Minimally Invasive Fetal Surgery. Clin Perinatol. 2017 12; 44(4):729-751. View in PubMed
  6. Padilla BE, Vu L, Lee H, MacKenzie T, Bratton B, O'Day M, Derderian S. Sacrococcygeal teratoma: late recurrence warrants long-term surveillance. Pediatr Surg Int. 2017 Nov; 33(11):1189-1194. View in PubMed
  7. Dharia A, Abada E, Feinberg B, Yeager T, Moses W, Park J, Blaha C, Wright N, Padilla B, Roy S. Silicon Micropore-Based Parallel Plate Membrane Oxygenator. Artif Organs. 2018 Feb; 42(2):166-173. View in PubMed
  8. Graves C, Idowu O, Lee S, Padilla B, Kim S. Intraoperative cryoanalgesia for managing pain after the Nuss procedure. J Pediatr Surg. 2017 Jun; 52(6):920-924. View in PubMed
  9. Padilla BE, Moses W. Lower Gastrointestinal Bleeding & Intussusception. Surg Clin North Am. 2017 Feb; 97(1):173-188. View in PubMed
  10. Bent MA, Padilla BE, Goldsby RE, DuBois SG. Clinical Characteristics and Outcomes of Pediatric Patients with Desmoplastic Small Round Cell Tumor. Rare Tumors. 2016 Mar 21; 8(1):6145. View in PubMed
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