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Scott Helton, MD, FACS
General Surgery
4.7 out of 5
Would recommend this provider
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Special Interests

Dr. Helton specializes in minimally invasive and open surgery of the liver, bile ducts, gallbladder, pancreas and spleen. He has a special interest in chronic pancreatitis, pancreatic cancer, liver cancer, bile duct tumors, repair of bile duct injuries, complex abdominal and inguinal hernias, and chronic groin pain after inguinal hernia repair.

Curriculum Vitae
Scott Helton, MD


Personal Information
Dr. Helton enjoys golfing, skiing and surfing.
Clinical Experience
General Surgery, Pancreatic Cancer Surgery, Liver Surgery, Minimally Invasive Surgery, Pancreatic Surgery, Pancreatic Cancer, Liver Cancer, Surgery, Laparoscopic procedures, Liver Disease, Biliary Duct Cancer, Gastrointestinal Cancer, Pancreatic & Biliary Tract Disease
Board Certifications
American Board of Surgery
Education and Professional Achievements
University of California, Irvine, 1981
General Surgery, University of Washington, Seattle, 1982
General Surgery, University of Washington, Seattle, 1986
Liver and Pancreas Surgery, University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, 1991 Metabolism and Nutrition, Harvard University, Boston, 1990 GI Peptide Physiology, University of Washington, Seattle, 1987
Professional Activities and Awards

Senior Humanitarian Award; University of California, Irvine Closing Speaker, National Youth Leadership Foundation; Chicago Olga Johnason Award for Most Outstanding Teacher, Department of Surgery, University of Illinois, 2003; AOA Outstanding Clinical Director Teaching Award, UIC College of Medicine, 2005-2006; Teacher of the Year Award, Department of Surgery, Hospital of Saint Raphael, 2008; Past President, American Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association, 2009-2010; Past President, American Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association Foundation, 2012-2015; Past Treasurer, International Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association; President-Elect Seattle Surgical Society, 2019; Gastrointestinal Surgery Advisory Committee, American Board of Surgery, 2004-2009; Associate Professor of Surgery, University of Washington, 1996-1998; Professor and Chair of Surgery, University of Illinois Chicago, 1998-2006; Chairman, Department of Surgery, Hospital of St Raphaels, Conn, 2006-2011; Director, Liver, Pancreas and Biliary Surgical Center of Excellence, Virginia Mason, 2011-present; Editorial Boards: HPB, Am J Surgery, World J Surgery, J of Pancreas, J Surg Oncology, J Interventional Oncology, J Surgical Radiology, Gastrointestinal Endoscopy; Seattle Metropolitan Magazine, “Seattle’s Top Doctors” 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2019. Castle Connolly Regional Top Doctor, 2019

Patient Ratings and Comments
Patient Ratings
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Would recommend provider
4.7 out of 5 stars
Provider's friendliness and courtesy
4.7 out of 5 stars
My confidence in provider
4.7 out of 5 stars
Provider spoke in clear language
4.7 out of 5 stars
Provider's effort to include me in decisions
4.7 out of 5 stars
Provider's explanation of condition or problem
4.7 out of 5 stars
Provider's concern for questions and worries
4.7 out of 5 stars
Time provider spent with me
4.5 out of 5 stars
Patient Comments
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June 2018
Thanks for your attentions. Excellent service.
June 2018
*Dr. Helton is the best!! Exceptional in every way. Great surgeon.
May 2018
All staff over & beyond! *Dr. Helton was superb! 10++. All 10++.
May 2018
Was very satisfied how doctor explain my problem an talk so we understood everything.
April 2018
*Dr. Halton was wonderful and I feel confident in his care.
February 2018
Dr. Helton & the residents (I believe), did a great job explaining the surgery thoroughly & the illustration helped as well.
October 2017
Dr. Helton was extremely helpful & professional. I wish I would have found him years ago as he has been the only doctor who could help me. Thank you Dr. Helton.
August 2017
I appreciated learning about different treatment options, trade-offs, etc. I appreciated getting lots of information and good answer to questions.
July 2017
Dr. Helton is a star. I will and have recommended him & your staff to many.
June 2017
Dr. Helton is very professional and compassionate. Looking forward to having him perform my surgery in September.
April 2017
Dr. Helton is one of a kind. Extremely knowledgeable, treats the whole patient, not body parts like so many doctors these days. I have not had the surgery yet due to many needed tests and his desire to study all of these tests and the medical records from three of my doctors before he does the surgery. I cannot explain the depth of gratitude I have for his thoroughness and obvious compassion.
January 2017
Dr. Helton was excellent in explaining my health condition. I was very impressed with his patience and how thorough and patient he was with me. His assistants were also very patient and helpful.