Dr. Rebekah White, MD

General Surgery  |  
Female  |  
Age 45
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Dr. Rebekah White, MD
Rebekah White, MD, is a general surgeon and surgical oncologist who specializes in treating tumors of the pancreas, liver, bile duct, and upper gastrointestinal tract such as the stomach. Dr. White is part of the gastrointestinal cancer unit at UC San Diego Health’s Moores Cancer Center, where she works alongside a multidisciplinary team to provide cancer patients with advanced surgical options that are best suited to their individual needs. Among the procedures she performs are irreversible electroporation (IRE) for pancreatic cancer; Whipple procedure (pancreaticoduodenectomy); laparoscopic distal pancreatectomy and enucleation; pancreas-preserving ampullary and duodenal tumor resection; minimally invasive liver resection; drainage / debridement for chronic pancreatitis; and gallbladder and bile duct tumor resection. As a surgical oncologist at an academic medical center, Dr. White instructs medical students, residents and fellows at UC San Diego School of Medicine. Her research focuses on novel tests and therapies for earlier detection and improved treatment of pancreatic cancer. Dr. White has published over 50 peer-reviewed articles, and her work has appeared in journals such as Journal of Clinical Investigation, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and Cancer Research, among others. She also frequently speaks at national medical conferences. Prior to joining UC San Diego Health, Dr. White was an associate professor in the Department of Surgery at Duke University Medical Center, where she cared for patients at Duke Cancer Institute. She completed a fellowship in surgical oncology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and a residency in general surgery at Duke University School of Medicine, where she also earned her medical degree. Dr. White is board-certified in general surgery and a fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS). She is a member of many professional organizations, including the Society of Surgical Oncology, the American Association for Cancer Research, and the American Society for Clinical Oncology. Dr. White is married and has two sons. Her husband, Mark, is a thoracic surgeon at UC San Diego Health who cares for patients with lung and esophageal cancer. Outside of work, Dr. White enjoys running, cooking, and playing chess with her sons.

3855 Health Sciences Drive

La Jolla, CA 92093

Contact Information

(858) 657-7000

Dr. Rebekah White, MD

Dr. Rebekah White, MD

Accepted insurance

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of California
  • Cigna
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • Molina Healthcare
  • MultiPlan

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Care Philosophy

I am a surgical oncologist and researcher who specializes in treating tumors of the pancreas liver bile duct and upper GI tract such as the stomach. My research focuses on new therapies and tests for pancreatic cancer. I was at Duke for over twenty years then moved to UCSD in 2016.  I became a doctor because I was interested in science and the service aspects of medicine. As a surgical oncologist I have an opportunity to make a hands-on difference in peoples lives. I especially enjoy when I can tell a family we were able to successfully remove a patients tumor or that a patients scans look clear. I also look forward to getting updates from my patients. I have one patient who writes me every three months to provide me with updates on their good health. Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my family at sporting events.
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Dr. White's Experience

Dr. White's experience matches your search based on the following criteria:
  • Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
  • Specializes in General Surgery
  • Board certified in General Surgery
  • No malpractice claims found
  • No sanctions found
  • No board actions found


  • General Surgery
  • Surgical Oncology

Board Certifications

  • General Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Surgery*

Conditions Treated

  • Ampullary Carcinoma
  • Appendicitis
  • Benign Tumor
  • Bile Duct Cancer
  • Cancer
  • Cholecystitis and Gallstones
  • Extrahepatic Bile Duct Cancer
  • Gallbladder Cancer
  • Gallbladder and Biliary Tract Cancer
  • Gastroenterologic Cancer (Colon, Stomach, Esophageal, Liver)
  • Gastrointestinal Diseases
  • Hepatobiliary Cancer
  • Liver Cancer
  • Neuroendocrine Tumors
  • Pancreatic Cancer
  • Secondary Malignancies
  • Small Intestine Cancer
  • Stomach Cancer
  • Stomach and Small Intestine Cancer


  • Abscess or Fluid Incision and Drainage
  • Appendectomy, Laparoscopic
  • Appendectomy, Open
  • Bile Duct Procedure
  • Biliary Drainage
  • Bladder Surgery
  • Colectomy
  • Colon and Rectal Surgery
  • Enterostomy (Laparoscopic or Open)
  • Esophageal Surgery
  • Excision of Bile Duct Tumor
  • Excision of Skin Lesion
  • Fistulectomy or Fistulotomy, Anal
  • Gallbladder Removal
  • Gallbladder Removal (Cholecystectomy), Laparoscopic
  • Gallbladder Removal (Cholecystectomy), Open
  • Gastric Bypass Surgery, Laparoscopic
  • Gastroenterology Procedures
  • Gastrotomy
  • Heart Surgery
  • Hepatectomy
  • Hernia Repair
  • Inguinal Hernia Repair, Open
  • Intestinal Transplant (incl. Enterectomy)
  • Laparoscopic Surgical Procedure
  • Laparoscopic Tumor Ablation, Liver
  • Laparotomy
  • Lung Surgery
  • Lymph Node Biopsy or Excision
  • Open Incisional and-or Ventral Hernia Repair
  • Pancreatectomy (incl. Pancreas Transplant and Whipple Procedure)
  • Paraesophageal Hernia Repair, Laparoscopic
  • Peripheral Artery Catheterization
  • Splenectomy
  • Splenectomy and Splenorrhaphy
  • Stomach Surgery
  • Thoracentesis
  • Tracheal Surgery
  • Transendoscopic Stent Placement
  • Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery (VATS) or Thoracotomy
  • Wound Repair


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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.


  • Stanford University
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1993
  • Duke University School Of Medicine
    Medical School | Graduated 1997
  • Duke University Medical Center
    Residency Hospital | Completed 2005
  • Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 2007

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

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Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. White's Reviews

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Dr. White's Performance
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  • Explains condition(s) well
  • Answers Questions
  • Time well spent
Office & Staff Performance
  • Scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Average wait time
    10 to 15 minutes
Patient Comments (1)
in Davidson, NC |
Unbelievable. She put together an experimental approach on inoperable pancreatic tumor due to collateral veins from Thrombosis and turned it into a success story. Performed whipple procedure with no complications and saved my life.
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Dr. White accepts 7 insurance carriers
  • Aetna
    Aetna HMO
    Choice Plus POS II
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Blue Card PPO
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of California
    Advantage Preferred DirectAccess Plus PPO
    Blue Cross Blue Shield of California PPO
    Select Plus HMO
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    Cigna HMO
    Cigna PPO
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  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
    First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
  • Molina Healthcare
  • MultiPlan
    MultiPlan PPO
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Hospitals where Dr. White has admitting privileges

UCSD Medical Center - Hillcrest
200 W Arbor Dr
San Diego, CA 92103
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