Dr. David Imagawa, UC Irvine Health surgeon specializing in diseases and disorders of the liver and pancreas

David K. Imagawa
, MD, PhD

Hepatobiliary and Pancreas Surgery
Islet Cell Transplantation
Surgical Oncology
Surgery, General

UC Irvine Health H.H. Chao Comprehensive Digestive Disease Center
101 The City Drive South, Building 23, 3rd floor
Orange, CA 92868
Phone: 877-UCI-DOCS (877-824-3627)
UC Irvine Health Digestive Disease Center — Newport
Pacific Medical Plaza
1640 Newport Blvd., Suite 350
Costa Mesa, CA 92627
Phone: 888-717-4463
  • American Board of Surgery — Surgery
Clinical Interests
  • Bile duct cancer
  • Bile duct injuries
  • Gall bladder cancer
  • Islet cell transplantation
  • Liver cancer
  • Liver disease
  • Pancreatic cancer
  • English
  • German
Medical School
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD
UCLA — General Surgery
UCLA — General Surgery
UCLA — Liver Transplantation Research
UCLA — Organ Transplantation
Graduate School
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine — Pharmacology
Professional Positions
  • Chief — Division of Hepatobiliary and Pancreas Surgery, Islet Cell Transplantation
  • Professor — Division of Hepatobiliary and Pancreas Surgery, Islet Cell Transplantation, Department of Surgery
Awards and Recognition
  • America's Top Doctors (Liver Cancer, Pancreatic Cancer), Castle Connolly Medical Ltd., 2013
  • Best Doctors in America® — 2005-2013, 2015, 2016
  • Physicians of Excellence, Orange County Medical Association, 2012-2015
  • John E. Connolly Award, 2002, 2005
  • Wilma Miley Morton Research Award, 1993
More Information

Dr. David K. Imagawa is a fellowship-trained UC Irvine Health surgeon who is a leading expert in minimally invasive liver and pancreatic surgery.

His clinical interests include pancreatic cancer, hepatocellular carcinoma, liver cancer, bile duct cancer and islet cell transplantation. He has published numerous publications and has participated in a number of clinical trials involving hepatocellular carcinoma and pancreatic malignancies. He also is a three-time recipient of the John E. Connolly Award, which is presented annually to an outstanding professor of surgery at the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine.

Imagawa earned a medical degree and a PhD in pharmacology from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore, Md. He completed an internship and residency in general surgery at UCLA School of Medicine, where he also completed fellowships in liver transplantation research and organ transplantation.

Speakers Bureau Topics

  • Abnormal Liver Tests, Management
  • Bile Duct Injuries, Prevention and Treatment
  • Islet Cell Transplantation
  • Kidney Transplantation
  • Liver Cancer, Treatment
  • Liver Transplantation
  • Organ Donation
  • Pancreas Cancer
  • Pancreatic Cancer, Laparoscopic Approaches
  • Portal Hypertension, Management
  • Retained Foreign Bodies: How Can We Prevent?
  • Transplantation, History