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Stephen J. Kaplan, MD, MPH
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Areas of Expertise

Dr. Kaplan specializes in general surgery, minimally invasive surgery (robotic surgery and laparoscopic procedures), hernia surgery, endocrine surgery (thyroid, parathyroid and adrenal), geriatric surgery, gallbladder surgery, appendicitis, colon cancer, bowel obstruction, vascular access, soft tissue infections and acute care surgery.

Special Interests

Dr. Kaplan's research interests include general surgery, aging research in surgery, surgical education, and the effect of social determinants of health on access to surgical care.

Personal Information

Dr. Kaplan participates in several outdoor activities, including backpacking, trail running and open water swimming. He works on his own car, mows his own lawn, and dabbles in home repair. Most of all, he enjoys quality time with his wife, friends and family.

Clinical Experience
General Surgery, Minimally Invasive Surgery, Robotic Surgery, Laparoscopic procedures, Endocrine Surgery, Colon Cancer, Thyroid Cancer
Board Certifications

American Board of Surgery

Education and Professional Achievements

MD, University of Arizona, Tucson, 2013
Master of Public Health, University of Arizona, Tucson, 2013


General Surgery, Virginia Mason, Seattle, 2014


General Surgery, Virginia Mason, Seattle, 2019


Geriatric Trauma Research, University of Washington, Seattle, 2016

Professional Activities and Awards

American College of Surgeons

Association for Surgical Education

Richard C. Thirlby Award, 2019

Robert A. Pommerening Memorial Award, 2019

Virginia Mason Scholarly Achievement Award, 2018

Best Research Mentor Award, Medical Student Training in Aging Research, 2016 and 2017

Fellow, Surgical Education Research Fellowship, 2015–2016

Geriatric Trauma Research Fellow, John A. Hartford Foundation Center of Excellence in Geriatric Medicine and Training, Harborview Medical Center, University of Washington, 2015–2016.

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