Carter Lebares, MD

Gastrointestinal surgeon

Dr. Carter Lebares is a gastrointestinal and bariatric surgeon at UCSF Medical Center who specializes treating gastrointestinal disease, particularly of the esophagus and stomach, using minimally invasive surgery, robotics and surgical endoscopy. This includes treatments for reflux disease, hiatal hernia, obesity, early esophageal or gastric cancer, esophageal motility disorders hernias, gallbladder disease and some biliary disease. Her research interests include resilience and mindfulness in surgery, mindfulness and nutrition in metabolic syndrome and obesity, the neuroendocrine and cognitive effects of stress on learning and performance, and endoscopic surgery for diseases of the esophagus and stomach.

Lebares received her medical degree from the University of Minnesota and completed surgical residencies there and at UCSF, where she is an assistant professor. Lebares is a member of the American College of Surgeons and received the Haile T. Debas Surgical Resident Teaching Award in 2013, the Gaviser-Hayes award for compassion in surgery in 2013 and the Metropolitan Mount Sinai award for future excellence in 2008.

Read a Q&A with Lebares about minimally invasive surgery techniques, personalized medicine and other new treatment advances.


Gastrointestinal Surgery at Parnassus
400 Parnassus Ave., Sixth Floor
San Francisco, CA 94143-0388
Phone: (415) 353-2161
Fax: (415) 353-2505

Hours: Monday to Friday
8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Board Certification


More about Carter Lebares


University of Minnesota School of Medicine 2008


University of Minnesota at Minneapolis 2011
UCSF Medical Center 2013


IRCAD Institute/Strasbourg University, Minimally Invasive Surgery and Surgical Endoscopy 2015

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Wang WM, Lee S, Steiglitz BM, Scott IC, Lebares CC, Allen ML, Brenner MC, Takahara K, Greenspan DS. Transforming growth factor-beta induces secretion of activated ADAMTS-2. A procollagen III N-proteinase. J Biol Chem. 2003 May 23; 278(21):19549-57.

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