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About Nicole Lopez, MD

Nicole Lopez, MD, is board certified in general surgery, complex general surgical oncology, and colon and rectal surgery. She is particularly interested in caring for patients with advanced, recurrent, and metastatic colorectal cancers. She has expertise in treating hereditary syndromes, diverticulitis, pelvic floor diseases, inflammatory bowel disease, and anorectal diseases. She is skilled in laparoscopy and robotic surgery.

Dr. Lopez's research focuses on cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, and ways to improve surgical care and systems of care for these diseases. Her work in colon rectal surgery and minimally invasive surgery has been featured in numerous peer-reviewed medical journals, including American Journal of Surgery, Journal of Minimally Invasive Surgical Services, Clinics in Colon and Rectal Surgery, and Critical Reviews in Oncogenesis. She has authored book chapters on gastrointestinal malignancy for General Surgery Review and GI Malignancies: Contemporary Issues.

Dr. Lopez completed fellowship training in colorectal surgery with an emphasis in treating inflammatory bowel disease at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, and fellowship training in complex general surgical oncology at the University of North Carolina. She completed residency training at UC San Diego School of Medicine, and earned her medical degree from the University of Minnesota Medical School.

She is a member of several professional medical societies, including the American College of Surgeons, the Society of Surgical Oncology, the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons, and the Association of Women Surgeons.

When she's not working, Dr. Lopez enjoys spending time with family and friends, playing catch with her labradoodle, making and decorating cookies, and listening to audiobooks.

UC San Diego Health Links
For more information, see Colorectal Cancer and Surgical Services.

Insurance Information
UC San Diego Health accepts most major health insurance plans, but you should verify that your plan covers this provider and all services and locations. The information in the link below does not apply to affiliate providers, who are not employed by UC San Diego Health.
Health Insurance Plans Accepted

Medical Degree

  • University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis, MN

Residency

  • UC San Diego, School of Medicine, San Diego, CA

Fellowship

  • University of North Carolina, School of Medicine, Chapel Hill, NC

Fellowship

  • Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA

Gender

  • Female

Date Joined Staff

  • 2017-08-14

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Surgery
  • General Surgery
  • American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery
  • Complex General Surgical Oncology

Conditions and Treatments

  • Colorectal Cancer
  • Robotic Surgery
  • Laparoscopy
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
  • Pelvic Floor Disorders
  • Anorectal Disease
  • Diverticulitis
Insurance Information
UC San Diego Health accepts most major health insurance plans, but you should verify that your plan covers this provider and all services and locations. The information in the link below does not apply to affiliate providers, who are not employed by UC San Diego Health.
Health Insurance Plans Accepted
  • Gastroenterology
  • Cancer

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