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Carter Lebares


Gastrointestinal surgeon
Stress and cognition researcher, wilderness lover

Dr. Carter Lebares is a gastrointestinal and bariatric surgeon who specializes in treating gastrointestinal disease, particularly of the esophagus and stomach, using minimally invasive surgery, such as robotics and surgical endoscopy. Her expertise includes treatments for reflux disease, obesity, early esophageal or gastric cancer, esophageal motility disorders, hernias, gallbladder disease and some kinds of biliary disease.

Lebares' 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 a surgical residency there. She also completed a surgical residency at UCSF. She completed a fellowship in minimally invasive surgery and surgical endoscopy at the IRCAD Institute of the University of Strasbourg in France.

Lebares is a member of the American College of Surgeons. She received the University of Minnesota Foundation's Metropolitan – Mount Sinai Award for future excellence in 2008, the University of Minnesota's Gaviser-Hays Award for compassion in surgery in 2013 and the surgical resident teaching award from the UCSF Haile T. Debas Academy of Medical Educators in 2013.

  • Education

    University of Minnesota Medical School, 2008

  • Residencies

    University of Minnesota, Surgery, 2011

    UCSF, Surgery, 2013

  • Fellowships

    IRCAD Institute, Minimally Invasive Surgery and Surgical Endoscopy, 2015

  • Board Certifications

    Surgery, American Board of Surgery

  • Academic Title

    Assistant Professor

"Even when it's 2 a.m., even when I'm exhausted, I think, 'I was made for this.'"

Where I see patients (2)

    Challenges have their own unique rewards.

    My reviews


    Overall Experience
    73 Ratings
    About our process
    Nov 10, 2023
    Dr Lebares is excellent
    Oct 17, 2023
    Very clear explanation of all the process.
    Sep 29, 2023
    Really liked Dr Lebares
    Sep 23, 2023
    Dr. Lebares- was knowledgeable friendly engaged curious and created a comfortable environment for discussion of my case.
    Jul 31, 2023
    Dr Lebares is everything I want in my surgeon.
    May 31, 2023
    Dr Lebares was incredibly understanding and was supportive and worked hard to address the time constraints that I had and found a way to get my surgery done soon after diagnosis.
    May 12, 2023
    May 08, 2023
    The audio was weak This may have been my computer but it hurt the effectiveness of the entire presentation.
    Mar 17, 2023
    This doctor really took the time and care to explain the procedure as well as options and risks. She was reassuring and understood my condition.
    Feb 17, 2023
    No discussion on follow-up care.
    Dec 14, 2022
    Nov 19, 2022
    She was great!
    Nov 11, 2022
    Dr. Lebares ensured that they considered and responded to my concerns and addressed my questions without being dismissive
    Sep 16, 2022
    Most excellent surgeonVery knowledgeable and great bedside manners
    Jun 10, 2022
    Dr Lebares was stellar. Smart friendly efficient experienced and great at explaining things. I don't trust doctors easily and surgery is a big deal for me but I came away with a lot of confidence in her and the surgery.
    May 18, 2022
    This doctor was ready to leave the visit as soon as she got there did not listen at all to my concerns or description of pain being experienced and left vital details out of her after visit notes.
    Mar 02, 2022
    Feb 28, 2022
    The General Surgery Department is a role model for UCSF. Dr. Lebares represents this department in the best way - the entire university should study her style and practice - it is exemplary. Dr. Lebares is always professional and very pleasant. She is genuine and she is an excellent communicator. She listens and she cares about achieving beneficial results for her patients. I appreciate her personality her compassion her confidence and her knowledge. These are all positive traits that patient's want to experience when visiting medical experts. Please share these comments with Dr. Lebares the entire General Surgery Department and any other pertinent parties. She deserves to be recognized for her superior care. Thank you.
    Feb 27, 2022
    Very good experience.

    My work

    Q&A: How a former biochemist got hooked on GI surgery

    Dr. Lebares was in her thirties when she decided to become a doctor. The day she witnessed her first GI surgery, she knew she'd found her field.