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

Improving operative performance using a laparoscopic hernia simulator.
Hamilton EC, Scott DJ, Kapoor A, Nwariaku F, Bergen PC, Rege RV, Tesfay ST, Jones DB Am. J. Surg. 2001 Dec 182 6 725-8
Laparoscopic skills training.
Scott DJ, Young WN, Tesfay ST, Frawley WH, Rege RV, Jones DB Am. J. Surg. 2001 Aug 182 2 137-42
Accuracy and effectiveness of laparoscopic vs open hepatic radiofrequency ablation.
Scott DJ, Young WN, Watumull LM, Lindberg G, Fleming JB, Huth JF, Rege RV, Jeyarajah DR, Jones DB Surg Endosc 2001 Feb 15 2 135-40
Development of an in vivo tumor-mimic model for learning radiofrequency ablation.
Scott DJ MD, Young WN, Watumull LM, Lindberg G, Fleming JB, Rege RV, Brown RJ, Jones DB J. Gastrointest. Surg. 2000 Nov-Dec 4 6 620-5
Evaluating surgical competency with the American Board of Surgery In-Training Examination, skill testing, and intraoperative assessment.
Scott DJ, Valentine RJ, Bergen PC, Rege RV, Laycock R, Tesfay ST, Jones DB Surgery 2000 Oct 128 4 613-22
Laparoscopic training on bench models: better and more cost effective than operating room experience?
Scott DJ, Bergen PC, Rege RV, Laycock R, Tesfay ST, Valentine RJ, Euhus DM, Jeyarajah DR, Thompson WM, Jones DB J. Am. Coll. Surg. 2000 Sep 191 3 272-83
Measuring operative performance after laparoscopic skills training: edited videotape versus direct observation.
Scott DJ, Rege RV, Bergen PC, Guo WA, Laycock R, Tesfay ST, Valentine RJ, Jones DB J Laparoendosc Adv Surg Tech A 2000 Aug 10 4 183-90
Identification of high-risk residents.
Bergen PC, Littlefield JH, O'Keefe GE, Rege RV, Anthony TA, Kim LT, Turnage RH J. Surg. Res. 2000 Aug 92 2 239-44
Inflammatory cytokines alter human gallbladder epithelial cell absorption/secretion.
Rege RV J. Gastrointest. Surg. 2000 Mar-Apr 4 2 185-92
A learning curve for laparoscopic splenectomy at an academic institution.
Rege RV, Joehl RJ J. Surg. Res. 1999 Jan 81 1 27-32

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