Dr. Uthaiah Kokkalera, MD

General SurgeryMaleAge 49

Dr. Kokkalera
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Advanced Minimally Invasive Surgery, Robotic Gastrointestinal Surgery and Trauma Surgery.

18250 Roscoe Blvd Northridge, CA 91325

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Dr. Uthaiah Kokkalera, MD is a General Surgery Specialist in Northridge, CA and has over 25 years of experience in the medical field. Dr. Kokkalera has more experience with Liver/Pancreas/Gallbadder/Spleen Surgery than other specialists in his area. He graduated from Bangalore Medical College medical school in 1996. He is affiliated with medical facilities Mission Community Hospital and Northridge Hospital Medical Center. He is accepting new patients. Be sure to call ahead with Dr. Kokkalera to book an appointment.


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Dr. Kokkalera preformed gallbladder removal surgery on me. Before choosing a surgeon, I asked my primary care physician for his opinion on who to choose. Dr. Kokkalera was very highly recommended. My Dr. was right. Dr. Kokkalera was fantastic. He listened to me and my concerns before the surgery, was caring and helped answer questions I had after my surgery. He was also funny and made me feel at ease. The procedure was minimally invasive, and recovery was very smooth and easy. I would absolutely recommend him to my friends and family.
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Cristine Knapp – Nov 15, 2020
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Dr. Kokkalera was patient and kind with a great sense of humor when I utilized his expert services for emergency gallbladder surgery. I would highly recommend him to my friends and family who are seeking excellent gastrointestinal care. His procedure was minimally invasive which allowed for quick recovery. He and his surgery staff were simply the best!
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Susan Calkins in West Hills, CA – Oct 27, 2018
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Highly recommended by his colleagues, Dr .Kokkalera Successfully performed Robotic Assisted removal of my Sigmoid Colon on 02/01/2018. I am more than satisfied by his care and attention to details. I was up and walking the day of surgery. Dr. Kokkalera made me feel secure and in excellent hands during and after the procedure. I strongly recommend Dr. Kokkalera.
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Jesse S. in Porter Ranch, CA – Feb 15, 2018
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Saw Dr. Kokkalera re gall bladder issues. The doctor explained the procedure (removal of gall bladder) thoroughly & answered all my questions. At the hospital the doctor visited me & although I have seen other doctors for other operations, this was the first time a doctor came to visit me in the room prior to the operation. Nice personal touch! Surgery was successful The doctor was professional & personable. I was very pleased with Dr. Kokkalera as well as his staff. Highly recommend him.
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Jim Hilliard in Chatsworth, CA – Dec 16, 2017
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Hello, I first met Dr. Kokkalera to discuss my need for Hernia repair. He made a great impression on me as a Dr. and a Gentleman, He took time to discuss the procedure with me in great detail and has a video to demonstrate the surgery. I am a self employed businessman and my need for a minimally invasive procedure was a priority, and a speedy recovery to enable my return to work promptly. IDr. Kokkolera was able to accommodate all my needs. I highly recommend him!
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Mark in Canyon Country, CA – Dec 14, 2017
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Dr. Kokkalara is great. I definitely would recommend him to anyone needing any sort of gastrointestinal surgery. He is compassionate, efficient and thorough. I am pleased with my surgical results. He does impeccable work. I have no complaints with Dr. Kokkalara however, his office staff could be better; be more knowledgeable when it comes to urgent issues and scheduling urgent appts instead of treating as first come first served. Their lack of urgency put me in a very dangerously sick situation.
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Debbie in Granada Hills, CA – Mar 15, 2017
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the Best surgeon that you'll ever find in the San Fernando Valley.....highly would recommend to anyone. took away my pain quick. my surgery was quick and so does my recovery... thank you so much Doc K..
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ron villa in Reseda, CA – Feb 08, 2017
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keemmie in Northridge, CA – Nov 16, 2016
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After a recent hernia surgery, I would like to offer my opinion of Dr. Kokkalera. He is an outstanding physician with a great bedside manner, extremely well educated, thorough in his medical assessments, always there to respond to your after surgery needs, and above all kind and caring. I highly recommend anyone requiring his expertise to definitely give him your consideration. He's top notch !!!!!!
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Bob Marshall in Encino, CA – Oct 29, 2016
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Dr. Kokkalera saved my life! I was overweight which had caused me to develop an hiatal hernia which gave me acid reflux. I was in pain all the time and very depressed about my weight. He suggested a Gastric Bypass and worked with me to get the insurance approval. 2 1/2 years later I am down 110 lbs, have no acid reflux and am happier and healthier than I have been in a long time. He is a very caring doctor who really listens to you and goes that extra mile to help you.
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Patty M. in Winnetka, CA – Sep 09, 2016
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I believed in him right from the start. It was not just his bedside manner, but when he spoke he made me feel at ease, and I knew that he was sincere and professional. He diagnosed my rare condition and with arthroscopic surgery, I was freed from any more distress and discomfort.
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Mary Kohl-Willoughby in Canyon Country, CA – Jul 07, 2016
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Dr. Kokkalera treated my grandmother for a paraesophageal hernia and a sliding hiatal hernia. Her recovery time was faster than expected, minimal pain and is feeling better than ever to this day. Surgery was August 2014 and she still has no issues today (June 2016). Dr. Kokkalera has some of the best bedside manner that she or myself has ever seen. We are so grateful that he saved her life as her hernias were becoming life threatening. THANK YOU DR. KOKKALERA!!
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About Me

Care Philosophy

Surgical precision with respect and compassion always.

Specialties

  • General Surgery
  • Robotic Surgery
  • Trauma Surgery

Board Certifications

Education

2007
Umass Memorial Medical Center
Fellowship Hospital
2006
Guthrie Hlthcare System
Residency Hospital
2002
Mount Sinai Hospital
Internship Hospital
2000
Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons Edinburgh
1996
Bangalore Medical College
Medical School
1989
St Josephs Arts and Science College
Undergraduate School

Languages

  • English
  • Arabic
  • Hindi
  • Spanish

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What are Dr. Uthaiah Kokkalera, MD's top areas of care?

Dr. Kokkalera frequently treats Liver/Pancreas/Gallbadder/Spleen Surgery. See all practice areas where Dr. Kokkalera specializes.

Where is Dr. Uthaiah Kokkalera, MD's office located?

Dr. Kokkalera's office is located at 18250 Roscoe Blvd, Northridge, CA 91325. Find other locations and directions on Healthgrades.

What languages does Dr. Uthaiah Kokkalera, MD speak?

Dr. Kokkalera speaks Spanish, Arabic, and Hindi. View profile to see all.

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1 disciplinary action Found
  • Gross Negligence (10/16/2018)View details
No malpractice claims found for California
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Frequently Treated by Dr. Kokkalera

Based on treatment records, we have identified the following as areas of care that Dr. Kokkalera treats more often than their peers. If you are unsure whether Dr. Kokkalera treats other conditions, please contact the office at (818) 700-7900.

Liver/Pancreas/Gallbadder/Spleen Surgery

This subspecialty of general surgery treats a variety of conditions affecting the liver, pancreas, gallbladder and spleen through procedures including liver resection, gallbladder removal, and the Whipple procedure.Compare with other Liver/Pancreas/Gallbadder/Spleen Surgery specialists.

Dr. Kokkalera treats at a

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Gallbladder Removal (Cholecystectomy), Laparoscopic
Gallbladder Removal
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Dr. Kokkalera's conditions and procedures:

  • Abdominal Pain
  • Abdominal Surgery
  • Abscess or Cyst Drainage or Aspiration
  • Abscess or Fluid Incision and Drainage
  • Achalasia
  • Acid Reflux
  • Acid Reflux Surgery
  • Advanced Robotic Surgery
  • Anal and Rectal Cancer
  • Anal Fissure
  • Anorectal Abscess
  • Appendectomy
  • Appendectomy, Laparoscopic
  • Appendicitis
  • Axillary Lymph Node Dissection
  • Benign Neoplasm of the Digestive System
  • Breast Cancer
  • Breast Diseases
  • Breast Lump
  • Breast Surgical Procedure
  • Carotid Endarterectomy (CEA) or Excision of Infected Graft
  • Cholecystitis and Gallstones
  • Cholelithiasis
  • Colectomy
  • Colectomy and Sigmoidectomy With Robotic Assistance
  • Collapsed Lung (Pneumothorax)
  • Colon Disorders
  • Colon Polyp
  • Colon Surgery
  • Colorectal Cancer
  • Colorectal Surgery, Robotic-Assisted
  • Constipation
  • Crohn's Disease
  • da Vinci® Robotic Surgery
  • Diaphragmatic and-or Hiatal Hernia
  • Dressing and-or Debridement of Wound, Infection, or Burn (incl. Negative Pressure Wound Therapy)
  • Esophagomyotomy
  • Esophagomyotomy With Robotic Assistance
  • Excision of Breast Tumor
  • Excision, Shaving, or Destruction of Skin and Subcutaneous Tissue (incl. Mohs Micrographic Surgery), Tissue Transfer
  • Gallbladder and Biliary Tract Cancer
  • Gallbladder Cancer
  • Gallbladder Diseases
  • Gallbladder Removal
  • Gallbladder Removal (Cholecystectomy), Laparoscopic
  • Gallbladder Removal (Cholecystectomy), Open
  • Gallbladder Surgery
  • Gallstones
  • Gastric Bypass Surgery, Laparoscopic
  • Gastric Restrictive With Partial Gastrectomy or Jejunojejunostomy
  • Gastric Ulcer
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
  • Hemorrhoidectomy or Excision of Anal Tags
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Hernia
  • Hiatal Hernia
  • Hyperparathyroidism
  • Ileus
  • Incisional Hernia
  • Incisional Hernia Repair, Laparoscopic
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Inguinal Hernia
  • Inguinal Hernia Repair, Laparoscopic
  • Inguinal Hernia Repair, Open
  • Intestinal Abscess
  • Intestinal Ischemia
  • Intestinal Obstruction
  • Laparoscopic Colon Surgery
  • Laparoscopic Diaphragmatic or Paraesophageal Hernia Repair With Robotic Assistance
  • Laparoscopic Sigmoidectomy With Robotic Assistance
  • Laparoscopic Surgical Procedure
  • Laparotomy
  • Lipomas
  • Lymph Node Biopsy or Excision
  • Mastectomy
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Neoplasm of Gastrointestinal Tract
  • Neuroendocrine Tumors
  • Obesity
  • Open Incisional and-or Ventral Hernia Repair
  • Paraesophageal Hernia Repair, Laparoscopic
  • Partial Lung Collapse
  • Peripheral Arterial Aneurysm
  • Peripheral Arterial Aneurysm and Dissection
  • Peripheral Artery Catheterization
  • Pleural Effusion
  • Port Placements or Replacements
  • Rib Fracture
  • Robotic Heller Myotomy for the Treatment of Achalasia
  • Secondary Malignancies
  • Soft Tissue Tumor Removal
  • Stomach and Small Intestine Cancer
  • Stomach Cancer
  • Surgery, Robotic Assisted
  • Thoracentesis
  • Tracheal Surgery
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Umbilical Hernia
  • Umbilical or Ventral Hernia Repair, Laparoscopic
  • Vascular Insufficiency of Intestines
  • Ventral Hernia
  • Wound Repair

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Balanced (Prudent Buyer)-CA PPO
Blue Cross (CACare) - Individual-CA HMO
Blue Cross (CACare) - Large Group-CA HMO
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Bronze (Prudent Buyer PPO/ Small Grp)-CA PPO
Bronze EPO (Prudent Buyer / Small Grp)-CA PPO
Bronze EPO (Prudent Buyer EPO/ Small Grp)-CA
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Dignity Health Custom Advantage-CA HMO
Dignity Health EPO / PPO-CA
Dignity Health PHC EPO & HDP/HSA-CA
Dignity Health Ventura EPO/PPO-CA
EPO-CA
Gold (CaliforniaCare HMO/ Small Grp) HMO
Gold (Prudent Buyer PPO/ Small Grp)-CA PPO
Gold Advantage-CA PPO
Gold EPO (Prudent Buyer / Small Grp)-CA PPO
Gold EPO (Prudent Buyer EPO/ Small Grp)-CA
Gold Priority Select-CA HMO
Gold Select (Select / Small Grp)-CA HMO
Lumenos Plans-CA PPO
Major Risk Medical Insurance Program (MRMIP) - Prudent Buyer-CA PPO
MemorialCare Custom-CA PPO
National (BlueCard Basic) PPO
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PERS Choice / PERSCare Providers-CA PPO
PERS Select-CA HMO
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Priority Select-CA HMO
Select Plus-CA HMO
Select-CA HMO
Silver (CaliforniaCare HMO/ Small Grp) HMO
Silver (Prudent Buyer PPO/ Small Grp)-CA PPO
Silver Advantage-CA PPO
Silver EPO (Prudent Buyer EPO/ Small Grp)-CA
Silver EPO w/ H.S.A (Prudent Buyer/Small Grp)-CA PPO
Silver Priority Select-CA HMO
Silver Select (Select / Small Grp)-CA HMO
Silver w/ H.S.A (Prudent Buyer PPO/Small Grp)-CA PPO
Tenet Network-CA PPO
Traditional
Traditional PPO
UC Care-CA PPO
UC CORE-CA PPO
UC Health Savings Plan-CA
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UC Medicare with Prescription Drugs-CA PPO
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Advanced Minimally Invasive Surgery, Robotic Gastrointestinal Surgery and Trauma Surgery.

Uthaiah Kokkalera MD Inc.18250 Roscoe Blvd Northridge, CA 91325
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