Dr Stephen Bickler MD

  • Professor of Surgery & Pediatrics - University of California San Diego; Attending Pediatric Surgeon - Rady Children’s Hospital, San Diego
  • President - The Alliance for Surgery & Anesthesia Presence 

Dr Stephen W Bickler is Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics at the University of California San Diego and Attending Pediatric Surgeon at Rady Children’s Hospital (San Diego, CA USA).  Prior to joining the University of California San Diego, he was the Consultant Pediatric Surgeon at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Banjul, The Gambia.

Stephen has served as a consultant for the World Health Organization on surgery in low-income countries and has published extensively on strategies for improving the surgical care in settings of limited resources. He has published over 100 manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals, edited two pediatric surgery textbooks for sub-Saharan Africa, and written many book chapters on a variety of surgical topics.  Stephen was  a Co-Principle investigator on a five-year NIH funded project to improve surgical care in rural areas of Mozambique, a contributing author to the 3rd Edition of Disease Control Priorities (World Bank) and co-author of the Lancet Commission on Global Surgery.  His research interests include surgical epidemiology, the role of surgical care in primary health care systems, and economics of surgical care in settings of limited resources.  

Stephen received his medical degree from the University of California Irvine, College of Medicine and a Diploma of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene from the University of London.  He completed his surgical residency at Oregon Health & Science University and his pediatric surgery fellowship at Children’s Mercy in Kansas City, Missouri, USA.