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Carter Lebares, M.D.

Carter Lebares, M.D.

  • Associate Professor of Surgery
  • Division of General Surgery
  • Director, UCSF Center for Mindfulness in 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
  • Bariatric Surgery
  • Complex abdominal wall reconstruction
  • Complex hernia repair
  • Esophageal Cancer
  • Esophageal Motility Disorders
  • Gallbladder Disease
  • Gastric Cancer
  • Gastrointestinal Links
  • Hernias
  • Hiatal Hernia
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Obesity
  • Robotic and Surgical Endoscopy

Carter Lebares, MD is a gastrointestinal surgeon at UCSF Medical Center who specializes in advanced minimally invasive surgery of the gastrointestinal tract, using laparoscopy, robotics and interventional endoscopy. She treats reflux disease, giant paraesophageal and hiatal hernias, achalasia, early esophageal or gastric cancer, esophageal motility disorders, hernias, gallbladder disease and some biliary disease. She also performs emergency general surgery (‘Acute Care Surgery') and complex abdominal wall reconstruction (ventral or incisional hernias).

Dr. Lebares received her medical degree from the University of Minnesota, completed her surgical residency at UCSF, and her fellowship training at the internationally recognized Research Institute Against Digestive Cancer (IRCAD), at Strasbourg University, in France. She is a member of SAGES, the American College of Surgeons, American Women in Surgery and the International Stress and Behavior Society. She co-founded the first integrated (complementary and traditional) medicine teaching clinic in the country, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in 2007. Dr. Lebares has taken Mindfulness Teacher Training for Physicians through the University of Rochester and is a graduate of the Teaching Scholars Program in Medical Education at UCSF.

Dr. Lebares, is Director of the UCSF Center for Mindfulness in Surgery, has 20 years of personal practice in mindfulness meditation and longstanding research interest in the areas of stress, cognition and resilience. With the help of her exceptional team, she developed the Enhanced Stress Resilience Training curriculum for surgeons.

Dr. Lebares' research interests include mindfulness-based cognitive training in surgery, the impact of chronic stress on cognition and performance, burnout and the surgical ethos, implementation science and behavior change interventions in real-life settings.

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.


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  1. Coopersmith AS, Berler MH, Johnston B, Knutilla L, Edwards AL, Lebares CC, General Surgery Research Collaborative on Resident Wellbeing. Investigating influential factors and mechanisms of surgical resident well-being using social network analysis. Am J Surg. 2023 Sep 06. View in PubMed
  2. Luton OW, James OP, Mellor K, Eley C, Hopkins L, Robinson DBT, Barlow E, Lebares CC, Lewis WG, Egan RJ, Welsh Surgical Research Initiative (WSRI) Collaborative. Enhanced Stress Resilience Training for UK Surgical Trainees; Effect and Evolution Evaluated. J Surg Educ. 2023 Aug 09. View in PubMed
  3. Nguyen ET, Berler MH, Gonzales PA, Greenberg AL, Lebares CC, General Surgery Research Collaborative on Resident Wellbeing. Flourishing and the Prioritization of Workplace Elements in General Surgery Residents. J Surg Res. 2023 Nov; 291:488-495. View in PubMed
  4. Lebares CC. Invited Commentary: A Tale of 2 Perspectives: The Evolving Culture of Surgery. J Am Coll Surg. 2023 Aug 01; 237(2):290-291. View in PubMed
  5. Cevallos JR, Gonzales PA, Berler MH, Greenberg AL, Lebares CC, General Surgery Research Collaborative on Resident Wellbeing. Operationalizing the Culture of Burnout and Wellbeing: Multicenter Study of Value Congruence and Flourishing in General Surgery Residency. J Am Coll Surg. 2023 May 31. View in PubMed
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