Oakland’s Best Surgeons:
The top rated Surgeons in Oakland, CA are:
- Dr. Rockson Liu, MD, FACS – specializes in general surgery with a special focus on hernia repairs
- Dr. Douglas Chin, MD – is an expert in occupational hand injuries and cumulative trauma disorders
- Dr. Refugio Gonzalez, MD, FACS – performs complex robotic hernia repairs since 2012
- Dr. Michael G. Cedars, MD – is a certified plastic surgeon, practicing his craft for 25 years
- Dr. Mathias Masem, MD – provides medical care for all aspects of upper extremity orthopedic surgery
Dr. Rockson Liu, MD, FACS
Dr. Rockson Liu, MD, FACS, is a general surgeon who focuses on difficult, minimally invasive robotic hernia repairs. Dr. Rockson Liu is a recognized leader and pioneer in the field of advanced hernia therapy. In California, he runs the sole Intuitive Surgical Hernia Epicenter program. Even seasoned hernia surgeons attend his case presentations to understand the most up-to-date robotic hernia repair procedures. He also teaches complex robotic hernia repair procedures on a monthly basis and travels across the country to teach and supervise complex hernia surgery.
Hernia Repairs, Adrenal Disease, Foregut Disease, and Robotic-Assisted Surgery
“God guide me to Doctor Liu. I had a problem with a ventral hernia for one year and a half, and I was guided to Doctor Liu. He is just amazing, and caring, he listens to you carefully. I felt safe in his hands I had surgery three weeks ago and thanks to God and to him I feel completely recovered. The best hernia surgeon in the country. May God Bless him.” – Sara T.
Dr. Douglas Chin, MD
Dr. Douglas Chin, MD, is a nationally recognized surgeon in occupational hand injuries and cumulative trauma diseases. Dr. Douglas Chin is one of the country’s few hands and upper extremity surgeons who specialize in hand reconstruction. Dr. Douglas Chin is a leading hand surgeon in the San Francisco Bay Area thanks to his vast medical and scientific training at some of the world’s most prestigious institutions. Dr. Chin is a Harvard College graduate who studied under three Nobel Prize winners at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard Medical School, where he got both medical and graduate degrees.
Dr. Chin then completed his general surgery residency at New York University and Bellevue Hospital before moving on to the internationally renowned NYU Institute of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery for his plastic surgery fellowship. Dr. Chin’s extraordinary abilities allowed him to train with some of the best hand, orthopedic, microsurgeon, and reconstructive surgeons in the world.
Orthopedics, Arthroscopy, Microsurgery, and Peripheral Neurosurgery
“I have had several laser treatments at Dr. Chin’s office. My concerns were brown spots on my cheeks and the laxity of my lower face and neck wrinkles. I was started on a laser combination treatment of micro-needling and LaseMD. I am so happy with the results my skin looks great. It is a series of three sessions but worth it.” – Elena D.
Dr. Refugio Gonzalez, MD, FACS
Dr. Refugio Gonzalez, MD, FACS, specializes in difficult robotic hernia surgeries, including extended complete extraperitoneal hernia repairs. Since 2012, Dr. Gonzalez has performed robotic surgery. His motivation for going into medicine was to help people. To that end, he makes every effort to deliver competent and compassionate care. He believes in cultural competence and one-on-one relationships between doctors and patients. His ultimate goal is to assist his patients in understanding and contributing to their own care.
Robotic Hernia Repairs
“I met Dr. Gonzalez during a 9-day hospital stay when my autoimmune disease impacted my gallbladder. It was a special, very risky case that doctors said they would be studying for years to come and I’m grateful that I trusted Dr. Gonzalez. He was the lead surgeon to remove my gallbladder robotically. I now have 4 quarter-inch scars on my belly instead of the large under ribcage standard incision. It also, since no muscle was cut, allowed me to recover at amazing speed. Thank you, Dr. Gonzalez.” – Deanna J.
Dr. Michael G. Cedars, MD
Dr. Michael G. Cedars, MD, is a board-certified plastic surgeon who has been practicing for 25 years in the San Francisco-East Bay area. He holds degrees in both electrical engineering and biology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dr. Cedars, a native of small-town Texas, and his three siblings were all inspired to go to medical school by their physician father. Dr. Cedars went to medical school in California in 1973. He subsequently relocated to Los Angeles for an eight-year internship and residency in General Surgery and Plastic Surgery, culminating in a UCLA fellowship in Craniofacial and Microvascular Surgery.
Dr. Cedars have been a member of the Craniofacial Team at Children’s Hospital and Research Center of Oakland for 25 years, treating children with a range of congenital abnormalities of the head and face, despite being in private practice. He is currently the Craniofacial Team’s co-director. He also spent eight years as the Chief of Plastic Surgery at CHO.
Breast Augmentation, Face Lift, Liposuction, Tummy Tuck, Rhinoplasty, Breast Reduction
“Dr. Cedars and his assistant were excellent. Clearly explained surgery and options. The procedure was easy and follow up was professional.” – Jim K.
Dr. Mathias Masem, MD
Dr. Mathias Masem, MD, is an Oakland-based hand and upper extremity surgeon. After more than 20 years of practice in hand surgery, Dr. Masem thinks that good medical care comes not only from the examination and treatment of damage and disease but also from direct personal interaction with his patients. In the evaluation and healing process, learning about what people do at home, how they manage family expectations, and what they do at work becomes critical. Recovery from an injury or disease is faster when a patient believes their doctor actually cares.
Dr. Masem and Bay Area Hand Surgery Associates have one basic goal: to provide a compassionate atmosphere for even the tiniest children, as well as superior technical skills for the most difficult injuries, in order to encourage healing and return to normal activities. Dr. Masem and his colleagues are dedicated to providing patients with the most up-to-date treatment options for upper extremity injuries. These physicians participate in clinical investigations, research, and training in new technological techniques and procedures in hand and upper extremity surgery to give patients the greatest surgical and non-operative choices available.
Hand, Wrist, Elbow, Shoulder Surgery, and Rehabilitation
“I highly recommend Dr. Masem. I had a fracture in my capitate in my left wrist, a diagnosis that is very uncommon. I was recommended to Dr. Masem by a family member and he was able to repair my wrist. The surgery itself was a success, not to mention the outstanding professionalism provided by Dr. Masem and Kelly Weissburg, RN NP. All of my post-operation appointments were informative and I was taken care of very well. Dr. Masem is very approachable and kind. Again, I highly recommend Dr. Masem.” – Jim C.
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