Dr. Rege received a BS of Chemical Engineering from Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA in 1971 and his MD from The Milton S. Hershey Medical School, Pennsylvania State University in Hershey, PA in 1975. Following medical school, he remained at The Milton S. Hershey Medical Center for his first year of residency in General Surgery, and then served 2-years as a general medical officer in the US Navy. He returned to Hershey in 1978 and completed his Residency in Surgery in 1982. After an additional year of training in gastrointestinal research at Northwestern University Medical School, he remained on the faculty at Northwestern. During 15-years at Northwestern, he rose through the academic ranks to the level of Tenured Professor of Surgery, assumed the position of Chief of Surgical Services at the VA Chicago Medical Center, Lakeside Division, and established a busy general surgery practice with an emphasis on complex hepatobiliary and pancreatic surgery. In recent years, Dr. Rege has been a leader in development of advanced laparoscopic surgery, including laparoscopic hernia repair, Nissen fundoplication, esophagomyotomy, colectomy and splenectomy. With the Division of Transplantation Surgery at Northwestern University, he developed the first successful laparoscopic living donor nephrectomy program in the Midwest and taught one of the transplant surgeons the technique. The program now functions independently and harvests more than 100 kidneys each year. He was recruited to UT Southwestern and appointed Professor and Chairman of the Division of Gastrointestinal and Endocrine Surgery in July 1998. In addition, Dr. Rege maintained an active basic research program to study the pathogenesis of gallstones, which has been continuously funded via external sources since its inception in 1983. In April 2001, Dr. Rege was named Chairman of the Department of Surgery and became The Hall and Mary Lucille Shannon Distinguished Professor.


Medical School
Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine (1975)
Milton S. Hershey Medical Center (1976), General Surgery
Milton S. Hershey Medical Center (1982), General Surgery
Northwestern University Medical School (1983), Research

Research Interest

  • Pathogenesis of Gallbladder Diseases


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

Rebleeding and survival after acute lower gastrointestinal bleeding.
Anthony T, Penta P, Todd RD, Sarosi GA, Nwariaku F, Rege RV Am. J. Surg. 2004 Nov 188 5 485-90
Why should the VA continue academic affiliations?
Rege RV Am. J. Surg. 2004 Nov 188 5 453-8
Health care access and poverty do not explain the higher esophageal cancer mortality in African Americans.
Miller JA, Rege RV, Ko CY, Livingston EH Am. J. Surg. 2004 Jul 188 1 22-6
Laparoscopy alone is superior to peritoneal cytology in staging gastric and esophageal carcinoma.
Wilkiemeyer MB, Bieligk SC, Ashfaq R, Jones DB, Rege RV, Fleming JB Surg Endosc 2004 May 18 5 852-6
Cholecystitis and Cholelithiasis
Rege RV Rakel and Bope: Conn’s Current Therapy 2004 Elsevier Science (USA) 510-513
Minimally Invasive Surgery
Chang CD, Rege RV Sabiston Textbook of Surgery 17th Edition, RD Beauchamp, Ed, WB Saunders 2004 445-470
Why Should the VA continue academic affiliations?
Rege RV Am J Surg 2004 188 453-458
Effect of sleep deprivation on the performance of simulated laparoscopic surgical skill.
Eastridge BJ, Hamilton EC, O'Keefe GE, Rege RV, Valentine RJ, Jones DJ, Tesfay S, Thal ER Am. J. Surg. 2003 Aug 186 2 169-74
The role of biliary calcium in gallstone pathogenesis.
Rege RV Front. Biosci. 2002 Jul 7 e315-25
Comparison of video trainer and virtual reality training systems on acquisition of laparoscopic skills.
Hamilton EC, Scott DJ, Fleming JB, Rege RV, Laycock R, Bergen PC, Tesfay ST, Jones DB Surg Endosc 2002 Mar 16 3 406-11

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • Association of VA Surgeons, President 2003-2004
  • Fellow of the American College of Surgeons
  • Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons
  • Society of Surgical Chairmen
  • Texas Surgical Society