Dr. Valery C. Vilchez is a fellowship-trained UCI Health surgeon who specializes in laparoscopic and robot-assisted surgical techniques to treat diseases of the colon and rectum.

Valery C. Vilchez , MD

Specialties

Colon & Rectal Surgery, General Surgery

Clinical Interests

colon cancer, rectal cancer, Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, diverticulitis, rectal prolapse, anal fistula/fissure/hemorrhoids, anorectal disease, colonoscopy, minimally invasive and robot-assisted surgery

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Medical School
Universidad Del Zulia Facultad De Medicina
Residency
Cleveland Clinic FoundationGeneral Surgery
Fellowship
UCI Medical CenterColon & Rectal Surgery
Professional Positions
  • Assistant Professor — Division of Colon & Rectal Surgery, Department of Surgery, UCI School of Medicine
  • Member — American College of Surgeons
  • Member — Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons
  • Member — Association of Women Surgeons
  • Member — Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract
  • Member — American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons
Awards and Recognition
  • Levy Award in General Surgery, 2021 — Cleveland Clinic Foundation
  • Poster of Distinction, 2015 — American Transplant Congress
More Information

Dr. Valery C. Vilchez is a fellowship-trained UCI Health surgeon who specializes in laparoscopic and robot-assisted surgical techniques to treat diseases of the colon and rectum.

Her clinical and research interests include a multidisciplinary approach to the treatment of recurrent or advanced colon and rectal cancers, complex inflammatory bowel disease conditions, pelvic floor disorders and anorectal disease.

Vilchez earned her medical degree from the University of Zulia Faculty of Medicine in Maracaibo, Venezuela. She completed her residency in general surgery at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio, followed by fellowship training in colon and rectal surgery at the UCI School of Medicine.

She is the author or co-author of more than a dozen peer-reviewed research papers that have appeared in prominent medical journals and she has been an invited panelist and presenter at numerous national and international conferences. She also reviews manuscripts for the American Journal of Surgery.

Vilchez, who is also fluent in Spanish, is an advocate for diversity and inclusion in medicine, for global health and equity in healthcare. She sees patients in Orange and Costa Mesa.

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 Digestive Disease Center — Newport
1640 Newport Blvd., Suite 350
Costa Mesa, CA 92627
Phone: 888-717-4463
Fax: 855-813-0240