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Carter Lebares, M.D.

Carter Lebares, M.D.

Assistant 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.


Mindfulness

  1. Lebares CC, Graves CE, Lin MY, Fidelman N, Cello J, Harrison MR, Rogers S. Endoscopic Magnetic Compression Anastomosis For Small Bowel Bypass in a High Operative Risk Setting. Surg Laparosc Endosc Percutan Tech. 2019 May 15. View in PubMed
  2. Lebares CC, Guvva EV, Olaru M, Sugrue LP, Staffaroni AM, Delucchi KL, Kramer JH, Ascher NL, Harris HW. Efficacy of Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Training in Surgery: Additional Analysis of the Mindful Surgeon Pilot Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA Netw Open. 2019 May 03; 2(5):e194108. View in PubMed
  3. Lebares CC, Hershberger AO, Guvva EV, Desai A, Mitchell J, Shen W, Reilly LM, Delucchi KL, O'Sullivan PS, Ascher NL, Harris HW. Feasibility of Formal Mindfulness-Based Stress-Resilience Training Among Surgery Interns: A Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA Surg. 2018 Oct 01; 153(10):e182734. View in PubMed
  4. Lebares CC, Braun HJ, Guvva EV, Epel ES, Hecht FM. Burnout and gender in surgical training: A call to re-evaluate coping and dysfunction. Am J Surg. 2018 Oct; 216(4):800-804. View in PubMed
  5. Lebares CC, Guvva EV, Ascher NL, O'Sullivan PS, Harris HW, Epel ES. Burnout and Stress Among US Surgery Residents: Psychological Distress and Resilience. J Am Coll Surg. 2018 01; 226(1):80-90. View in PubMed
  6. Lebares C, Swanstrom LL. Per-Oral Pyloromyotomy (POP): An Emerging Application of Submucosal Tunneling for the Treatment of Refractory Gastroparesis. Gastrointest Endosc Clin N Am. 2016 Apr; 26(2):257-270. View in PubMed
  7. 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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