Dr. Stephen Kuchenbecker, MD

Dr. Stephen Kuchenbecker, MD

General Surgery  |  
Male  |  
69 y/o

Accepting new patients

Dr. Stephen Kuchenbecker, MD is a general surgery doctor who practices in Santa Monica, CA. He is 69 years old and has been practicing for 43 years. Dr. Kuchenbecker is affiliated with Providence Saint John's Health Center.

Pacific Surgical Associates

2001 Santa Monica Blvd Ste 685W

Santa Monica, CA 90404
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Accepted insurance

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of California
  • Health Net

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Care Philosophy

Laparoscopic Surgery Colon and Rectal Surgery Gallbladder Surgery Benign and Malignant Lumpectomy Appendectomy Abdominal Wall and Inguinal Hernia Repair Injection Sclerotherapy Stapled Hemorrhoidectomy
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Dr. Kuchenbecker's Experience

Dr. Kuchenbecker'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

Board Certifications

  • General Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Surgery*

Conditions Treated

  • Abdominal Disorders
  • Abdominal Pain
  • Abscess
  • Anal Disorders
  • Anal Fissure
  • Anal Prolapse
  • Anal and Rectal Cancer
  • Anal or Rectal Pain
  • Aneurysm
  • Anorectal Abscess
  • Appendicitis
  • Benign Tumor
  • Breast Cancer
  • Breast Diseases
  • Breast Lump
  • Cancer
  • Cholecystitis and Gallstones
  • Colorectal Cancer
  • Constipation
  • Crohn's Disease
  • Diaphragmatic and-or Hiatal Hernia
  • Esophageal Diseases
  • Esophageal Varices
  • Gastrointestinal Diseases
  • Gynecologic Cancer
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Hernia
  • Hyperparathyroidism
  • Incisional Hernia
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Inguinal Hernia
  • Intestinal Abscess
  • Intestinal Obstruction
  • Lipomas
  • Liver Cancer
  • Neuroendocrine Tumors
  • Partial Lung Collapse
  • Peripheral Vascular Disease (PAD, PVD)
  • Pleural Effusion
  • Pulmonary Disease
  • Rib Fracture
  • Secondary Malignancies
  • Soft Tissue Sarcoma
  • Stomach Diseases
  • Stomach and Small Intestine Cancer
  • Ulcer
  • Ulcerative Colitis
  • Umbilical Hernia
  • Varicose Veins
  • Vascular Disease
  • Ventral Hernia


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  • Abscess or Fluid Incision and Drainage
  • Anoscopy With Removal of Anal Tumor
  • Appendectomy, Laparoscopic
  • Appendectomy, Open
  • Axillary Lymph Node Dissection
  • Biopsy of Breast
  • Breast Surgical Procedure
  • Colectomy
  • Colon and Rectal Surgery
  • Destruction of Anal Tumor
  • Enterostomy (Laparoscopic or Open)
  • Excision of Breast Tumor
  • Excision of Rectal Tumor
  • Excision of Skin Lesion
  • Excision, Shaving, or Destruction of Skin and Subcutaneous Tissue (incl. Mohs Micrographic Surgery), Tissue Transfer
  • Femoral Hernia Repair, Open
  • Fistulectomy or Fistulotomy, Anal
  • Gallbladder Removal
  • Gallbladder Removal (Cholecystectomy), Laparoscopic
  • Gastroenterology Procedures
  • Hemorrhoidectomy or Excision of Anal Tags
  • Hernia Repair
  • Inguinal Hernia Repair, Laparoscopic
  • Inguinal Hernia Repair, Open
  • Intestinal Transplant (incl. Enterectomy)
  • Laparoscopic Surgical Procedure
  • Lymph Node Biopsy or Excision
  • Mastectomy
  • Open Incisional and-or Ventral Hernia Repair
  • Proctectomy, Open or Laparoscopic (incl. Swenson and Duhamel Procedures)
  • Removal of Reproductive Organs (Hysterectomy, Oophorectomy, Salpingectomy, Salpingo-Oophorectomy, Resection of Peritoneal Malignancy)
  • Removal or Destruction of Rectal or Intestinal Tumor (incl. Colonoscopy, Proctosigmoidoscopy, Sigmoidoscopy and Control of Hemorrhage)
  • Sphincterotomy
  • Stomach Surgery
  • Thoracentesis
  • Trigger Point Injection
  • Umbilical or Ventral Hernia Repair, Laparoscopic
  • Vaginal Surgery
  • 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 1970
  • David Geffen School Of Medicine At UCLA, University Of California, Los Angeles
    Medical School | Graduated 1974
  • UCLA Medical Center
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1975
  • UCLA Medical Center
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1979

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
  • 6 UCLA Golden Scalpel Awards, 1999-2003
  • 6 UCLA Golden Scalpel Awards, 1999-2003
  • 6 UCLA Golden Scalpel Awards, 1999-2003
  • Chief of Surgery - St. Johns Hospital, 2002 -
  • 6 UCLA Golden Scalpel Awards, 1999-2003
  • 6 UCLA Golden Scalpel Awards, 1999-2003
  • 6 UCLA Golden Scalpel Awards, 1999-2003
Media & Publications

Dr. Kuchenbecker has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish
  • Tagalog

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Providence Saint John's Health Center

is a Recipient of a Healthgrades Excellence Award
Gastrointestinal Care Excellence Award

Hospital Quality Award

Dr. Kuchenbecker is on the medical staff at our top-rated hospital.

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Dr. Kuchenbecker's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Kuchenbecker to family and friends
based on 10 total reviews (3 with comments)
Dr. Kuchenbecker's Performance
  • Trustworthiness
  • 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 (3)
in Los Angeles, California |
Excellent Doctor. Great job of explaining diagnoses, treatment and after-care. Office staff is top-notch. Appointments are timely with little to no wait. Highly recommended.
Los Angeles, CA |
I have no doubt he is a great cutter. However, he has no postoperative procedure at all. No post op nurse or anyone will call you. I'm on week five of pain with no end in sight. He just doesn't care what happens after the surgery. Find a different surgeon and make sure they have a postop procedure that will actually help. I just feel abandoned to the point where I'm seeing over doctors bc I have no faith in his ability to help me in my recovery. Very very disappointing.
in Malibu, CA |
Unfortunately, I just had surgery to repair Dr. Kuchenbecker's work. He conducts an 'old school' style of hernia repair. Open style, sure, however he installed mesh that did not totally cover my hernia. In addition, his 'ancient style' of repair did not include actually sewing the hernia closed. So, of course, only months later, I needed Laparoscopic surgery to pull out his mesh that had bunched up and re-do the whole thing. The lesson here is that you always want the latest version of surgery.
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Dr. Kuchenbecker accepts 3 insurance carriers
  • 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
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  • Health Net
    Medicare Advantage PFFS

Hospitals where Dr. Kuchenbecker has admitting privileges

Providence Saint John's Health Center
2121 Santa Monica Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90404
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