Sergio Huerta M.D., F.A.C.S. obtained an A.A. in biology from West Los Angeles College, he earned a B.S. also in biology from the University of California, Los Angeles. He continued on as a medical student at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA School, earning his M.D. with thesis on June 15, 1998. During medical school, he co-wrote a review text for the United States Medical Licensure Exam Step II (Classical Presentations and a rapid review for the USMLE II, J&S publications 1999) and a review book for medical students on surgery (the Pocket Review of Surgery, J&S publications 2000). He completed his surgical residency at the University of California, Irvine Medical Center. After completing two years of surgical training, he embarked on a two year hiatus to engage in research in the fields of clinical nutrition and nutritional oncology. During this period, he wrote and published numerous articles in the fields of surgery, oncology and nutrition. He is currently the surgery clerkship director at UTSW.  He teaches medical students and residents. He was the inaugural chairman of an annual scientific forum for residents interested in research, which he chaired from 2000-2005. Dr. Huerta completed his residency in general surgery at the University of California, Irvine Medical Center in June 2005 and is currently an Assistant Professor of Surgery at the University of Texas Southwestern. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Surgery and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He is a member of the editorial board of multiple medical journals.


Medical School University of California-Los Angeles (1998)

Specialty Areas

Research Interest

  • Apoptosis
  • Cell death
  • Cell proliferation and metastasis
  • Colon Cancer
  • Rectal Cancer


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

Abnormal gallbladder finding in a septic patient with blood loss.

Lopez JA, Tulip H, Huerta S JAMA 2013 Oct 310 14 1498-9

Acute abdominal pain and abnormal CT findings.

Bao J, Lopez JA, Huerta S JAMA 2013 Aug 310 8 848-9

Role of p53, Bax, p21, and DNA-PKcs in radiation sensitivity of HCT-116 cells and xenografts.

Huerta S, Gao X, Dineen S, Kapur P, Saha D, Meyer J Surgery 2013 Aug 154 2 143-51

Rapid progression of a germ cell tumor encasing the inferior vena cava and aorta following a radical orchiectomy.

Hakiman H, Margulis V, Kapur P, Huerta S Rare Tumors 2013 Apr 5 2 79-82

Clostridium difficile enteritis: A report of two cases and systematic literature review.

Dineen SP, Bailey SH, Pham TH, Huerta S World J Gastrointest Surg 2013 Mar 5 3 37-42

Coughing-induced bowel transection in a patient with an incarcerated inguinal hernia: a case report.

Hakiman H, Delibero J, Pham T, Dineen S, Huerta S J Med Case Rep 2013 7 1 47

Honors & Awards

  • Surgery Core Clerkship Teaching Award
  • Surgery Core Clerkship Teaching Award
  • Surgery Core Clerkship Teaching Award
  • Faculty Medical Student Teaching Award
  • Surgery Core Clerkship Teaching Award

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • American Association for Cancer Research
  • American College of Surgeons, Fellow
  • American Gastroenterology Association
  • Association for VA Surgeons
  • Society of University Surgeons