Dr. Ian S. Soriano is a general, gastrointestinal and bariatric surgeon who specializes in minimally invasive techniques, such as laparoscopy (using a long, thin tube with a tiny camera to examine the interior of the abdomen) and robotic surgery. He cares for patients with conditions including hernias, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and disorders affecting the entire digestive tract. He also specializes in metabolic and bariatric (weight-loss) surgery for patients with morbid obesity and obesity-related conditions.
Soriano co-directs UCSF's clinical performance and improvement committee and serves as medical director of the general surgery unit at the Parnassus Heights campus. In the UCSF Department of Surgery, he serves as director of robotic surgery and as surgeon champion of the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program.
Soriano's research focuses on using laparoscopic and robotic techniques to reduce surgical complications and improve patient outcomes. He also studies ways to support the longevity of surgical careers through robotics and ergonomics.
After earning his undergraduate and medical degrees through a combined program at the University of the Philippines, Soriano completed a residency in general surgery at Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia. He completed a fellowship in minimally invasive surgery at Cleveland Clinic Florida.
Soriano is a fellow of both the American College of Surgeons and American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. He serves on numerous committees for national organizations related to robotic and laparoscopic surgery as well as on the editorial board of the journal Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases.
Since emigrating from the Philippines, Soriano has collaborated with Philippine medical schools and organizations on efforts to improve the country's surgical care. In recognition of his contributions, he was named an honorary fellow of the Philippine College of Surgeons and Philippine Association of Laparoscopic and Endoscopic Surgeons.