Dr. Sasse grew up in Wisconsin, the youngest of two boys, and he attended Spanish-speaking schools in Central America for a part of high school and learned Spanish. He witnessed poverty but also witnessed the profound impact one can make in the lives of others through caring and service. He was interested in a number of subjects in high school but especially math and science. He felt drawn to Medicine as a career from a young age, seeing it as an opportunity to blend his interest in science with his desire to serve others. He played junior tennis competitively and was captain of his high school tennis team and a high school All-American. Escaping the cold weather of Wisconsin for the sunny beaches and tennis courts of San Diego he attended the University of California San Diego where he majored in biochemistry and graduated cum laude. He spent his time volunteering, working in the Veterans Hospital, and teaching (as a Teacher's Assistant to the lower division students.). During college, Dr. Sasse spent a year at the University of Madrid, studying art history and becoming fluent in Spanish. Following his under graduate degree, Dr. Sasse earned two Master's degrees from the University of California Berkeley, including a Master's in Public Health stemming from research related to biostatistics and bioethics. He went on to complete Residency training in Surgery at the University of California San Francisco, where he focused on gastrointestinal surgery and physiology. After gaining admission to the top medical school the country, UCSF, he quickly focused on the field of surgery and felt especially drawn to the technological aspects of minimally invasive surgery. (Dr. Sasse immediately recognized what a huge difference it made for a person undergoing surgery to have tiny keyhole incisions rather than large open ones.). Medical school brought invaluable challenges, the pursuit of research, several publications in Bioethics and much more. Dr. Sasse realized top honors by finishing at the top of his class. During medical school he volunteered time in a dilapidated hospital in Nepal and which helped finalize his desire to become a surgeon. During his UCSF surgery training, Dr. Sasse expressed a great interest in teaching and ultimately won the All-Campus Teaching Award as a senior resident. He later completed Fellowship training at the Lahey Clinic in Boston, Massachusetts, before relocating to beautiful northern Nevada to develop his practice. Father of five kids, chauffeur, cook, and parent to them all… Today his interests include travel, running long distance races, teaching medical students and residents, serving as director of the Obesity Prevention Foundation, and medical research. He is an acclaimed award winning author of five books.
Dr. Sasse's experience matches your search based on the following criteria:
Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
Specializes in Bariatric Medicine
Board certified in Colon & Rectal Surgery and General Surgery
No malpractice claims found
No sanctions found
No board actions found
Colon & Rectal Surgery
Critical Care Medicine
Colon & Rectal Surgery
Accredited by: American Board of Medical Specialties*
Accredited by: American Board of Surgery*
Why It Matters: Dr. Sasse's Board Certifications
Board certification should be one of your top considerations when choosing a doctor. Board certification is an official recognition given to doctors who have met specific requirements set by national medical specialty boards in the United States.
Board certification indicates that a doctor is highly qualified in the medical field in which he or she practices. A board-certified doctor is more likely than a non-board-certified doctor to have the most current skills and knowledge about how to treat your medical condition.
Anal and Rectal Cancer
Anal or Rectal Pain
Carcinoma in Situ
Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Abscess or Fluid Incision and Drainage
Anoscopy With Removal of Anal Tumor
Colon and Rectal Surgery
Colonoscopy, Proctosigmoidoscopy, and Sigmoidoscopy
Destruction of Anal Tumor
Dressing and-or Debridement of Wound, Infection, or Burn (incl. Negative Pressure Wound Therapy)
Gastric Restrictive With Partial Gastrectomy or Jejunojejunostomy
Hemorrhoidectomy or Excision of Anal Tags
Hernia and Hydrocele Repair
Incision and Removal of Foreign Object
Incisional Hernia Repair, Laparoscopic
Inguinal Hernia Repair, Laparoscopic
Laparoscopic Sigmoidectomy With Robotic Assistance
Open Gastric Restrictive Procedure
Open Hernia Procedures
Open Incisional and-or Ventral Hernia Repair
Percutaneous Herniated Disc Surgery
Port Placements or Replacements
Proctectomy, Open or Laparoscopic (incl. Swenson and Duhamel Procedures)
Proctosigmoidopexy With Robotic Assistance
Removal or Destruction of Rectal or Intestinal Tumor (incl. Colonoscopy, Proctosigmoidoscopy, Sigmoidoscopy and Control of Hemorrhage)
Repair of Anal and Rectal Defects (Anoplasty, Repair of Imperforate Anus, Sphincteroplasty, Rectal Graft)
Revision of Gastric Anastomosis or Restrictive Procedure
Single Incision Gallbladder Removal
Weight Loss Management
da Vinci® Gallbladder Removal
0 Malpractice Claims
No malpractice history found for Nevada.
What is medical malpractice?
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If my doctor has malpractice history, does that mean he or she is a poor-quality doctor?
If your doctor has a malpractice claim, evaluate the information and determine if the action could potentially impact the quality of care you receive. Claim settlements and arbitration awards may occur for a variety of reasons, which should not necessarily reflect negatively on the doctor's professional competence or conduct. You may want to use this information to start a discussion with the doctor about his or her history and specific ability to provide healthcare for you.
How far back does Healthgrades malpractice history go?
Healthgrades reports details of a doctor’s malpractice history when the doctor has at least one closed medical malpractice claim within the last five years, even if he or she no longer practices in that state.
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No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.
What is a sanction or disciplinary action?
A sanction, also known as a disciplinary action, is an action taken to punish or restrict a doctor who has demonstrated professional misconduct. Sanctions may be imposed by a state medical board, professional medical licensing organization, or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
If my doctor has sanction history, does that mean he or she is a poor-quality doctor?
If a doctor has a sanction, it does not necessarily mean that he or she is a poor-quality doctor. Some sanctions are not related to medical care, and involve a doctor’s finances or administrative activities. Before you make any choices about changing your doctor, we recommend that you evaluate the doctor’s sanction information and determine how severe or relevant you think the sanction cause and action were.
How far back does Healthgrades sanction history go?
Healthgrades reports state and federal sanctions from the previous five years, except when a doctor's license has been revoked or surrendered. Healthgrades displays all actions for doctors whose licenses have been revoked or surrendered.
For which states does Healthgrades collect sanction history?
Healthgrades collects sanction history from all 50 U.S. states. Physicians with a disciplinary action in one state may move to another state where they have a clean record. Since Healthgrades painstakingly compiles disciplinary action information from all 50 states, Healthgrades website will show if a physician has a disciplinary action in more than one state.
0 Board Actions
No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.
What are board actions?
Board actions are non-disciplinary actions imposed upon a doctor based on a complaint investigation. A patient or medical colleague may file a complaint with that state medical board or professional licensing organization, which then investigates the complaint. Board actions are intended to ensure that a doctor is able to perform safe medical and health care tasks.
Types of non-disciplinary actions include an advisory letter, a corrective action agreement, a limitation or restriction on the medical or healthcare tasks a doctor can perform, or a voluntary agreement by the doctor not to practice. A board action can also include a termination of a corrective action agreement or voluntary agreement, which allows the doctor to return to full practice.
If my doctor has a board action, does that mean he or she is a poor-quality doctor?
If a doctor has a board action, it means he or she has had a non-disciplinary action imposed upon him or her. It does not necessarily mean that he or she is a poor quality doctor. Before you make any choices about changing your doctor, evaluate the doctor's board action information and determine how severe or relevant you think the cause and action were.
How far back does Healthgrades non-disciplinary board action history go?
Healthgrades reports non-disciplinary board action history from for the previous five years, except when a doctor's license has been revoked or surrendered. Healthgrades displays all actions for doctors whose licenses have been revoked or surrendered.
For which states does Healthgrades collect non-disciplinary board actions?
Healthgrades collects non-disciplinary board actions from all 50 U.S. states.
University of California, San Diego
Undergraduate School | Graduated 1988
University Of California, San Francisco, School Of Medicine
Medical School | Graduated 1994
University of California, San Francisco (UCSF)
Internship Hospital | Completed 1999
University Of California San Francisco
Residency Hospital | Completed 1999
Lahey Clinic Medical Center
Fellowship Hospital | Completed 2000
University of California At Berkeley
Other Education | Completed 1992
Awards & Recognition
Awards & Honors
Healthgrades Honor Roll
Recipient of Healthcare Heroes Award - Northern Nevada, 2011
American College of Surgeons, 2003
Chesson - U.C.S.F. Department of Surgery Award, 1999
Alpha Omega Alpha, 1994
Research Prize - New England Society of Colon and Rectal Surgery, 2001
American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons, 2010
Retired Air Force Reserve Major, 1996
International Bioethics Institute Research Award, 1991
"Sugar Intake Correlates to Rise in Obesity", by Dagmar, 2009
Long term durability and comfort of laparscopic ventral hernia repair: 225 cases using primarily polypropylene with carboxymethycellulose-sodium hydaluronate coating (Sepramesh)." JSLS. Volume 16 Number 3 (Jul/Aug/Sept Issue). 2012, 2012
Today Radio Network. Bob Gourley News/Talk., 2009
Ask The Doctor, 2010
Weight Loss Surgery Options, 2008
Weight Loss Surgery May Change Future Transplant Patients, 2007
Awards & Recognition
What is a recognized doctor?
Healthgrades Recognized Doctor designation identifies leading doctors who:
Are board certified.
Have not had their license surrendered or revoked since Healthgrades started collecting data in 2000.
Have no malpractice judgments, adverse arbitration awards, or monetary settlements for the last five years in the states in which Healthgrades can collect malpractice data.
Are free of state or federal disciplinary actions (sanctions) for the last five years.
Healthgrades updates the Recognized Doctor list quarterly based on board certification data. Healthgrades also receives sanction and malpractice data throughout the year, depending on how frequently the state medical boards release updates.
We remove a newly sanctioned doctor from the Recognized Doctor list as soon as we receive the information. However, it is important to note that malpractice information is publically available in only 14 states.
Memberships & Professional Affiliations
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