Dr. Rebekah White, MD

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UC San Diego Health - La Jolla 3855 Health Sciences Drive La Jolla, CA 92093 Get Directions
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.

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Dr. White's 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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Moores Cancer Center3855 Health Sciences Drive
La Jolla, CA 92093
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Dr. White's Performance
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    VERY GOOD
  • Office environment
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  • Average wait time
    31 to 45 minutes
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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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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.

Dr. White's 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.

Dr. White says...

Bile Duct Cancer

Liver Cancer

Pancreatic Cancer

Stomach Cancer

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  •  Specializes in General Surgery
  •  Board certified in General Surgery
  •  No malpractice claims found
  •  No sanctions found
  •  No board actions found

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  • General 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

Education

  • Medical School
    Duke University School Of Medicine

    Graduated in 1997

  • Residency Hospital
    Duke University Medical Center

    Completed in 2005

  • Fellowship Hospital
    Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

    Completed in 2007

  • Undergraduate School
    Stanford University

    Graduated in 1993

Languages Spoken

  • English

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Specialties

  • General Surgery
  • Surgical Oncology

Procedures Performed

  • 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