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UCI Health surgeon receives lifetime achievement award | UCI Health

October 07, 2022

UCI Health Surgeon Dr. David K. Imagawa

The Liver Health Foundation honored Dr. David K. Imagawa, a leading expert in minimally invasive liver and pancreas surgery at UCI Health, with its 2022 Lifetime Achievement Award.

Imagawa received the award at the foundation’s “Salute to Excellence Dinner Gala” on Sept. 30 in recognition of her career of “vital research, service to liver patients, and leadership in healthcare.”

He is Professor and Suzanne Dykema Endowed Chair in Pancreatic Cancer, Head of the Division of Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic Surgery, and Vice Chairman of Academic Affairs for the Department of Surgery at the UCI Faculty of Medicine at the University from California to Irvine.

Imagawa earned her medical degree and doctorate in pharmacology from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. He then completed an internship and residency in general surgery at UCLA’s David Geffen School of Medicine, where he completed postgraduate research training in liver transplantation and organ transplantation.

His clinical interests include pancreatic cancer, hepatocellular carcinoma, liver cancer, bile duct cancer and islet transplantation. He is also one of the founders of Bruin Biosciences, a biotech start-up developing a new drug delivery platform for liver cancer.

A prolific researcher, Imagawa has been a principal investigator or co-investigator in over 120 clinical trials and has published over 130 articles in peer-reviewed journals. Author of numerous book chapters and summaries, he is ad hoc reviewer for Transplantation, World Journal of Surgery, Annals of Surgery, Liver Transplantation, American Journal of Transplantation, HPB Surgery and Archives of Surgery. He is also a member of the Clinical Trials Committee of the Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association of the Americas (AHPBA).

Imagawa is a three-time recipient of the John Connolly Faculty Teaching Award, which is given annually to an outstanding professor of surgery at the UCI School of Medicine. This year he received the John Connolly Society Mentorship Award for his years of outstanding training and education of surgical residents.

Recognized as a “Physician of Excellence” by the Orange County Medical Association for each of the past 11 years, Imagawa is also a member of the Association of Academic Surgeons, American Society of Transplant Surgeons, Pacific Coast Surgical Society and Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.

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