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Dr. David Imagawa, UCI Health surgeon specializing in diseases and disorders of the liver and pancreas

David K. Imagawa, MD


General Surgery

Clinical Interests

bile duct cancer, bile duct injuries, gallbladder cancer, islet cell transplantation, liver cancer, liver disease, pancreatic cancer

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  • American Board of Surgery,
  • American Board of Surgery, Surgery - General
  • English
  • German
Medical School
John Hopkins University
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
UCLA School of MedicineSurgery
University of California
UCLA School of MedicineSurgery
University of California
UCLA Medical Center
UCLA School of MedicineLiver Transplant
University of California
Grad School
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine — PhD, Pharmacology
Professional Positions
  • Chief — Division of Hepatobiliary and Pancreas Surgery, Islet Cell Transplantation
  • Professor — Division of Hepatobiliary and Pancreas Surgery, Islet Cell Transplantation, Department of Surgery
Awards and Recognition
  • America's Top Doctors (Liver Cancer, Pancreatic Cancer), Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. — 2013
  • Best Doctors in America® — 2005-2013, 2015-2016
  • Physicians of Excellence, Orange County Medical Association — 2012-2023
  • John E. Connolly Award — 2002, 2005
  • Wilma Miley Morton Research Award — 1993
More Information

Dr. David K. Imagawa is a fellowship-trained UCI Health surgeon who is a leading expert in minimally invasive liver and pancreatic surgery.

His clinical interests include pancreatic cancer, hepatocellular carcinoma, liver cancer, bile duct cancer and islet cell transplantation. He has published numerous publications and has participated in a number of clinical trials involving hepatocellular carcinoma and pancreatic malignancies. He also is a three-time recipient of the John E. Connolly Award, which is presented annually to an outstanding professor of surgery at the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine.

Imagawa earned a medical degree and a PhD in pharmacology from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore, Md. He completed an internship and residency in general surgery at UCLA School of Medicine, where he also completed fellowships in liver transplantation research and organ transplantation.

Speakers Bureau Topics

  • Abnormal Liver Tests, Management
  • Bile Duct Injuries, Prevention and Treatment
  • Islet Cell Transplantation
  • Kidney Transplantation
  • Liver Cancer, Treatment
  • Liver Transplantation
  • Organ Donation
  • Pancreas Cancer
  • Pancreatic Cancer, Laparoscopic Approaches
  • Portal Hypertension, Management
  • Retained Foreign Bodies: How Can We Prevent?
  • Transplantation, History

UCI Health Chao Family Comprehensive Digestive Disease Center
101 The City Drive South, Building 22C
Orange, CA 92868
Phone: 888-717-4463
Fax: 855-813-0240
UCI Health Surgery Services
101 The City Drive South, Pavilion 3
Building 29
Orange, CA 92868
Phone: 714-456-7890
Fax: 855-209-8413