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Dignity Health Surgical Specialty Center - General and Trauma Surgery

Dignity Health Surgical Specialty Center is a multi-specialty clinic for patient care. We believe that each surgeon and patient become a team and work together in finding the best treatment plan options for each condition. Our health center offers excellent General Surgeons and Trauma Surgeons in addition to Bariatric Surgery.  

Meet our Expert Team

Lars Ola Sjoholm, MD

Lars Ola Sjoholm, MD

Board Certification: General Surgery and Surgical Critical Care

Fellowship: Trauma/Critical Care Fellowship, Cooper University Hospital, Camden, New Jersey

Internship: General Surgery, Hoglands Hospital, Eksjo, Sweden

Residency: General Surgery, Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Medical School: Lund University Medical School, Lund, Sweden

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Lars Ola Sjoholm, MD

Keilla Schmidt, MD

Board Certification: Board Certified Surgical Critical Care and Board Certified General Surgery

Fellowship: University of Hawaii School of Medicine Queens Medical Center Surgical Critical Care Fellow Honolulu,Hawaii

Residency: General Surgery Residency Program -  Chief Resident in Surgery and Academic Chief Resident  INOVA Fairfax Hospital

Medical School: Doctor of Medicine George Washington University   School of Medicine and Health Sciences Washington ,D.C.

Undergraduate: University of Maryland CollegePark, Maryland Bachelor of Science Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics

Professional Membership: Society of Critical Care Medicine, American Medical Association, American College of Surgeons  

Brian Chu, MD

Brian Chu, MD

Board Certification: Certified by the American Board of Surgery

Residency: General Surgery Residency at Kaweah Health Medical Center in Visalia, California

Medical School: University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine in Ohio

Undergraduate: Bachelors of Science, Biology at University of California, Los Angeles

❝I strive to bring compassionate and personalized care that is safe to all who need it.❞.

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Edward Cho, MD

Edward Cho, MD

Board Certification: Certified by the American Board of Surgery

Fellowship: Minimally Invasive Surgery Fellowship at University of California, San Diego

Residency: General Surgery Residency at University of Iowa Hospital and Clinic

Medical School: University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucile A. Carver College of Medicine

Graduate: Master of Public Health, University of Iowa College of Public Health

Undergraduate: Bachelor of Science, Biochemistry, University of Iowa

❝It is a privilege when a patient entrusts me with their vulnerability. It is my duty as a surgeon to uphold the patient’s trust, and to educate, reassure them, and provide care with honesty and integrity.❞

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Dignity Health Surgical Specialty Center - - General and Trauma Surgery

There are spots in the parking area out in front of this office. There is also street parking.

  • Open vs laparoscopic vs robotic inguinal and ventral hernia repair
  • Hiatal hernia repair
  • Anti-reflux surgery
  • Cholecystectomy
  • Appendectomy
  • Excision of soft tissue mass
  • Minimally Invasive Gastrointestinal Surgery 
  • Port-a-cath placements
  • Hernia repair: inguinal hernias (open, laparoscopic, robotic), femoral hernia, ventral hernia, umbilical hernia, hiatal hernia
  • Colorectal procedures • Gastrectomy, PEG tube placement
  • Gallbladder, gallstones • Liver biopsy • Splenectomy
  • Appendectomy, bowel resection, hemorrhoidectomy, pilonidal disease including large excisions and debridement


Pacific Central Coast Health Centers contracts with most health insurance plans, including Medi-Cal, and provides health care services that fit your health plan benefits. If you have questions about the health insurance plans we accept, contact the office where you would like to be seen and our staff would be happy to answer any questions you may have.

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross
  • Blue Shield
  • CenCal
  • Cigna
  • Coventry – First Health
  • Health Net
  • Healthsmart – Interplan
  • Medi-Cal
  • Medicare
  • Multiplan – Beech Street
  • Networks by Design
  • Tricare
  • TriWest
  • United Healthcare
  • Western Growers


What makes our Expert Team at the Dignity Health Surgical Specialty Center - General and Trauma Surgery stand out?

Our expert general and trauma surgeons and staff are here when you need them. Marian Regional Medical Center is a Trauma II Center which means it has Operating Staff, Anesthesiologists, and General and Trauma Surgeons ready to go 24 hours a day.