Dr. Joel M. Baumgartner, MD

Dr. Joel M. Baumgartner, MD

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    Joel M. Baumgartner, MD, is a surgical oncologist with expertise in treating cancers of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. He treats tumors that have metastasized to the abdomen, using treatment known as the chemo bath" or hyperthermic (heated) intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC). This treatment involves surgical resection of all tumors followed by circulation of heated chemotherapy throughout the abdomen. This technique avoids many of the toxicities associated with systemic chemotherapy, while exposing the abdomen to higher concentrations of chemotherapy. Dr. Baumgartner also treats melanoma and performs wide local excision of these tumors, sentinel lymph node biopsies and lymph node dissections. As an assistant professor in the Department of Surgery, Dr. Baumgartner instructs medical students, residents and fellows at UC San Diego School of Medicine. His research interests are in clinical trials, HIPEC, melanoma and immunotherapy.Dr. Baumgartner completed a surgical oncology fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine with a focus on clinical research, which included additional training in the development and conduct of clinical trials. He completed a residency at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. He earned his medical degree from Indiana University School of Medicine in Bloomington, Ind. Dr. Baumgartner is board certified in general surgery.He is a member of numerous societies including the Society of Surgical Oncology, the American Society of Clinical Oncology and is an associate member of the American Association for Cancer Research and the American College of Surgeons. UC San Diego HealthFor more information, see https://health.ucsd.edu/specialties/cancer/programs/gastrointestinal/Pages/default.aspx and https://health.ucsd.edu/specialties/cancer/Pages/default.aspx.

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    Medical Specialties and Areas of Expertise


    Hematology / Oncology Specialist

    Education & Training

    Medical Degree - Indiana University, Bloomington, IN

    Other Degree - University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

    Medical Degree - Assistant Professor of Surgery

    Other Degree - University of Colorado School of Medicine, Aurora

    Medical Degree - Surgical Oncologist

    Medical Conditions Treated

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    Medical Procedures Performed

    procedures performed by a Surgeon, like Dr. Joel Baumgartner, may include:

    Surgical Consultation, Surgery, Neurosurgery Consultation, Pre-Surgery Consultation, Surgery Consultation, Pediatric Pre-Surgery Consultation, Pre-Surgery Consultation, Laparoscopic Surgery Consultation, Gallbladder Removal / Cholecystectomy, Appendicitis / Appendectomy, Eyelid Surgery / Blepharoplasty, Brain Tumor Evaluation, Brain Aneurysm Treatment, Stroke Treatment (Acute), Refractive Lens Exchange, Brain Surgery, Skull Base Surgery, Surgery Follow Up, Neurosurgery Follow Up, Pre-Surgery Follow Up, Surgical Follow Up, Pediatric Pre-Surgery Follow Up, Laparoscopic Surgery Follow Up, Neuro-Oncology Consultation, Surgery Second Opinion, Wrist Arthroscopy, Endoscopic Eyebrow Elevation, Forehead Correction, Hand & Microsurgery Specialist Consultation, Hand & Microsurgery Specialist Follow Up, Head & Neck Surgery, Pelvic Surgery, Ptosis Repair, Central Line Placement, Gender Confirmation Surgery, Cerebral Shunt, Surgical Infections, Tube Thoracotomy, Laparoscopic Colectomy, Amputation, Limb Surgery, Minimally Invasive Surgery, Mastectomy, Upper Extremity Tendon Repair, Toe-to-Thumb Transplant, Upper Extremity Nerve Repair, Upper Extremity Joint Replacement, Upper Extremity Amputation, Reflux Surgery, Spleen Surgery, Implantable Contact Lens (ICL) Surgery, YAG Laser Procedure, Colon Surgery, Distal Pancreatectomy, Splenectomy, Sleeve Gastrectomy, Orthopedic Follow Up (Hand), Orthopedic Consultation (Hand), Cranial Bypass, Esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD), Esophageal Surgery, Gastrectomy, Laparoscopy, Lymph Node Biopsy, Pancreatic Surgery, Paraesophageal Surgery, Parathyroid Surgery, Head and Neck Cancer Screening, Whipple Procedure, Hepatic Surgery, Complex Gastrointestinal Surgery, Laparoscopy Consultation, Minimally Invasive Surgery Consultation, Magnetic Sphincter Augmentation (MSA), Abdominal Wall Reconstruction, Gastric Bypass Surgery, Pyloromyotomy, Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy (PEG) and Small Bowel Resection

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    UC San Diego Health La Jolla - Moores Cancer Center - Gastrointestinal Cancers

    3855 Health Sciences Drive

    La Jolla, CA 92037

    (858) 822-6100

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    UC San Diego Health

    200 West Arbor Dr

    San Diego, CA 92103

    (858) 657-7000

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    Is Joel Baumgartner accepting new patients?

    Yes, Joel Baumgartner is accepting new patients at this time.

    Does Joel Baumgartner offer online booking?

    Please contact Dr. Baumgartner's office at (858) 822-6100 for information about online booking, telehealth, or to schedule an appointment.

    Does Joel Baumgartner offer telehealth appointments?

    Please contact Dr. Baumgartner's office at (858) 822-6100 for information telehealth appointment availability or for scheduling assistance.

    Which language(s) does Joel Baumgartner speak?

    Joel Baumgartner speaks English.

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