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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

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Academic Office
513 Parnassus Avenue, U-373
San Francisco, California 94143
(415) 502-5588
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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. Angeline Johny, David Wittkower, William Whitworth, Carter Lebares, Jennifer Taylor. MP25-10 IMPLEMENTING A NOVEL STRESS RESILIENCE TRAINING CURRICULUM AMONG UROLOGY TRAINEES: PROOF OF CONCEPT IN CURRICULUM DESIGN. Investigative Urology. 2023 Apr 1; 209(Supplement 4). View in PubMed
  2. Nayantara Orekondy, Kathryn Welp, Caitlin Fai, Carter Lebares, Christina Pastan, Sushrut Jangi. Effectiveness of a Mindfulness-Based Intervention in Endoscopy among Gastroenterology Fellows: A Pilot Study. Techniques and Innovations in Gastrointestinal Endoscopy. 2022 Dec 1. View in PubMed
  3. Nayantara S. Orekondy, Caitlin Fai, Kathryn Welp, Christina Pastan, Carter Lebares, Sushrut Jangi. S612 Effectiveness of a Mindfulness-Based Intervention in Endoscopy Among Gastroenterology Fellows: A Pilot Study. The American Journal of Gastroenterology. 2022 Oct 1; 117(10S):e426-e427. View in PubMed
  4. Greenberg AL, Doherty DV, Cevallos JR, Tahir P, Lebares CC. Making the Financial Case for Surgical Resident Well-being: A Scoping Review. Ann Surg. 2023 03 01; 277(3):397-404. View in PubMed
  5. Anya L. Greenberg, Jenny R. Cevallos, Feyisayo M. Ojute, Denise L. Davis, Wendy R. Greene, Carter C. Lebares. The General Surgery Residency Experience. Annals of Surgery Open. 2022 Jul 18; 3(3):e187. View in PubMed
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