Dr. Brian Smith, UC Irvine Health gastrointestinal surgeon

Brian R. Smith
, MD

Specialties

Surgery

Clinical Interests

Bariatric surgery, Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), Gastrointestinal oncology, Hernia surgery, Laparoscopic endocrine surgery, Laparoscopic gastrointestinal surgery, Robot-assisted gastrointestinal surgery

Medical School
Autonoumous University of Guadalajara
Internship
Harbor/UCLAGeneral Surgery
Residency
Harbor/UCLAGeneral Surgery
Fellowship
UCI Medical CenterMinimally Invasive Surgery
Professional Positions
  • Associate Professor — Department of Surgery, Division of Gastrointestinal Surgery
Awards and Recognition
  • Physicians of Excellence, Orange County Medical Association, 2012-2015
  • American College of Surgeons Health Policy Scholar, 2011
  • Golden Scalpel Award for medical student teaching, 2009-2011
  • John E. Connolly Award/UC Irvine Department of Surgery award for resident teaching, 2009-2011
  • Who's Who in Medicine, 2011
  • Golden Apple Award for Medical Student Teaching, 2012
More Information

Dr. Brian R. Smith is a UC Irvine Health gastrointestinal surgeon who specializes in advanced laparoscopic, robot-assisted and open surgeries of the gastrointestinal tract, including bariatric procedures. His expertise includes gastrointestinal malignancies, including esophageal cancer. He also is highly skilled in the repair of ventral, incisional, hiatal and inguinal hernias, as well as treatments for gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).

Smith, an associate clinical professor with the UC Irvine School of Medicine’s Division of Gastrointestinal Surgery, also serves as chief of general surgery at the VA Long Beach Healthcare System. His research interests include metabolic surgery and the role of Helicobacter pylori in gastric pathology and foregut oncology. He is associate residency program director for UC Irvine’s general surgical residency program and has a passion for resident education.

Smith began his medical training at the Autonomous University of Guadalajara and completed his Fifth Pathway certification at New York Medical College. He completed a general surgical residency at Los Angeles County Harbor-UCLA Medical Center and a fellowship in minimally invasive and bariatric surgery at UC Irvine Medical Center. 

He is an active member of numerous national surgical organizations, including the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons, the American College of Surgeons, the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract, the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery and the Association of Program Directors in Surgery. He also serves on the board of directors of the Southern California Chapter of the American College of Surgeons and is president of the California chapter of the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.

Speakers Bureau Topics

  • Anastomotic Leaks
  • Esophageal Surgery
  • Gastric Cancer
  • Gastroesophageal Disorders
  • Helicobacter Pylori and Peptic Ulcer Disease
  • Hiatal Hernias
  • Inguinal Hernias
  • Metabolic Surgery
  • Morbidly Obese: Critical Care
  • Novel Therapies for Obesity
  • Pancreatic Cystic Neoplasms
  • Soft Tissue Infections (Including Necrotizing Fasciitis)
  • Surgical Complications
UC Irvine Health H.H. Chao Comprehensive Digestive Disease Center
101 The City Drive South, Building 23, 3rd floor
Orange, CA 92868
Phone: 888-717-GIMD (888-717-4463)
UC Irvine Health Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
101 The City Drive South, Building 23
Orange, CA 92868
Phone: 714-456-8000