A California native, Mark completed a B.S. in Chemistry at San Diego State University in 1984. After college, he attended medical school at Washington University in St. Louis and completed surgical training at Washington University in 1993. Following residency, Mark joined a busy Vascular and Minimally Invasive General surgery practice in Northern California. In 2002, Mark joined the faculty at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas where he currently teaches, practices, and does research in bariatric and minimally invasive surgery.


Medical School
Washington University School of Medicine (1988)
Barnes Jewish Hospital (1993), General Surgery
Graduate School
University of Texas at Dallas (2010), Health Sector Management

Research Interest

  • Laboratory comparisons of laparoscopic techniques of esophagectomy

Honors & Awards

  • Outstanding Achievement in Resident Teaching
    UT Southwestern Medical Center (2004)
  • Outstanding Graduate Award
    College of Sciences, San Diego State Univ. (1984)

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • American College of Surgeons, Fellow
  • American Society for Bariatric Surgery
  • Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons
  • Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons
  • The Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract