Dr. Jessica Santillano, MD

Dr. Jessica Santillano, MD

General Surgery  ·  
Female  ·  
Age 46
Dr. Jessica Santillano, MD is a general surgery specialist in Santa Cruz, CA and has been practicing for 8 years. She graduated from Temple University in 2005 and specializes in general surgery, breast surgery, and more.Read her story

1668 Dominican Way

Santa Cruz, CA 95065

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  • Aetna
  • Amerihealth
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • Coventry Health Care
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • Humana
  • Keystone Health Plan East
  • Medicaid
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Dr. Santillano's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Santillano "Dr. Santillano completed her undergraduate training at Penn State University and pre-medical studies at Harvard University. She entered Temple University School of Medicine after serving in the US Peace Corps, where she volunteered as a Health Educator in Ecuador, South America. She completed her surgical internship and residency at Temple University Hospital in her hometown of Philadelphia, PA. Dr. Santillano has broad surgical experience and specializes in minimally invasive surgery including advanced laparoscopy and DaVinci robotic surgery. She is an expert in diseases of the breast, performing surgery for both benign and cancerous lesions. Dr. Santillano is fluent in Spanish, se habla español. She joined the Surgical Associates of Monterey Bay in 2014."
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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Santillano "As a Physician, I believe: Patients should be treated as I want my family to be treated. Trust. Respect. Patients have a right to be informed of risks, benefits and alternatives to treatment. As a General Surgeon, I believe: It is a privledge to know my patients inside and out, literally. Surgery should be done only when necessary and the benefit outweighs the risk. Tests, whether x-rays or bloodwork, should be done to clarify or improve diagnosis and/or treatment options. I love what I do!"

3  Specialties

  • General Surgery
  • Breast Surgery
  • Laparoscopic Surgery

1  Board Certifications

  • General Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Surgery*

7  Conditions Treated

14  Procedures

Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for California.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.


  • Harvard University
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 2000
  • Pennsylvania State University
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1994
  • Temple University
    Medical School | Graduated 2005
  • Temple U/Temple U Hosp
    Internship Hospital | Completed 2006
  • Temple U/Temple U Hosp
    Residency Hospital | Completed 2010

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

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What People Say About Dr. Jessica Santillano, MD
I honestly can't thank Dr. Santillano enough. She saved my life. Not once but twice. Im 28 years old. When she first saw me in late Jan/early Feb. I stumbled into the emergency room with a very very burst appendix. I was scared and she had such a calming energy. She did the surgery and put me and...Read More
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UraMessJess in Los Gatos, CA – Jul 09, 2018
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Dr Santillano's philosophy statement reflects how you are treated. She takes time to explain exactly what your situation is and what the options are. She tells you the pro's and cons of your situation, explains reports and terminology. She takes time to answer questions and makes sure you...Read More
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Cindy McCubbin in Santa Cruz, CA – Jan 11, 2016
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