Dr. Stephen Kuchenbecker, MD

Dr. Stephen Kuchenbecker, MD

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General Surgery  |  
Male  |  
69 y/o
9 reviews

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  • 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 HemorrhoidectomyRead more

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Dr. Kuchenbecker's Reviews

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based on 9 total surveys (2 with reviews)
Dr. Kuchenbecker's Performance
  • Trustworthiness
    VERY GOOD
  • Explains condition(s) well
    VERY GOOD
  • Answers Questions
    VERY GOOD
  • Time well spent
    EXCELLENT
Office & Staff Performance
  • Scheduling
    VERY GOOD
  • Office environment
    VERY GOOD
  • Staff friendliness
    VERY GOOD
  • Average wait time
    10 to 15 minutes
Patient Reviews (2)
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's 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

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

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
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  • Media & Publications

    Dr. Kuchenbecker has no media or publications listed.

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    Malpractice Claims

    No malpractice history found for California.

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    Sanctions

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  • 0
    Board Actions

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Board Certifications

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  • General 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

Education

  • Medical School
    David Geffen School Of Medicine At UCLA, University Of California, Los Angeles

    Graduated in 1974

  • Internship Hospital
    UCLA Medical Center

    Completed in 1975

  • Residency Hospital
    UCLA Medical Center

    Completed in 1979

  • Undergraduate School
    Stanford University

    Graduated in 1970

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish
  • Tagalog

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Specialties

  • General Surgery

Procedures Performed

  • 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