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Jeffrey M. Pearl, M.D.

Clinical Professor of Surgery
Division of General Surgery
Vice-Chair, Dept. of Surgery
Associate Dean, UCSF/Mount Zion
Associate Chief Medical Officer, UCSF/Mount Zion

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(415) 885-7451 - Office
(415) 353-9241 - Fax
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  • University of California, Berkeley, B.A., Genetics, 1966
  • Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, M.D., Medicine, 1970
  • University of California, San Diego, Intern, Surgery, 1970-71
  • University of California, San Diego, Resident, General Surgery, 1971-76
  • American Board of Surgery
  • Director, Hernia Center at UCSF Medical Center
  • Central Venous Access
  • Hernia
  • Patient Safety
  • UCSF Vascular Access Patient Safety Interdisciplinary Education Project

Dr. Jeffrey M. Pearl is Professor of Surgery at UCSF and Vice Chair of Finance in the Department of Surgery.  He also assumes the role of Associate Dean, UCSF/Mount Zion and Associate Chief Medical Officer at UCSF Medical Center at Mount Zion.  Dr. Pearl attended UC Berkeley and completed his medical degree at Mount Sinai School of Medicine.  He completed his internship and residency at UC San Diego, followed by appointments as major in the US Army and instructor in surgery at Johns Hopkins University.  Dr. Pearl began his surgical career at Mount Zion in 1978 and joined the faculty at UCSF in 1981. He is board certified by the American Board of Surgery and holds the Fishbon Endowed Chair in Ambulatory Surgery. 

Dr. Pearl's interests include hernia, venous access, and patient safety. He is the creator and Director of the Northern California Hernia Center at UCSF/Mount Zion. He also created the Central Venous Access Service of which he directed until 1999 at which time he merged it into Interventional Radiology. He continues to be a provider of this service on the Mount Zion campus and continues to teach medical students and residents.

He is a member of all of the major surgical societies including the American College of Surgeons,  San Francisco Surgical Society, Pacific Coast Surgical Society, National Association of Vascular Access Networks, American Hernia Society, Naffziger Surgical Society, Society Internationale de Chirurgie, California Academy of Medicine, San Francisco Medical Society, and Vascular Access Society of the Americans.  He has provided service to the San Francisco Surgical Society, American Board of Surgery, and San Francisco Medical Society.  He is an ad-hoc reviewer of the Journal of Urology.  

Dr. Pearl grew up in San Francisco and continues to reside in the Bay Area with his wife, Anne.  His inspiration for his work comes from his father, Dr. Milton Pearl, who was the chief of surgery and chief of staff at Mount Zion Hospital.

  1. Berber E, Engle KL, String A, Garland AM, Chang G, Macho J, Pearl JM, Siperstein AE. Selective use of tube cholecystostomy with interval laparoscopic cholecystectomy in acute cholecystitis. Arch Surg, Mar/2000;135(3):341-6.
  2. Perini S, LaBerge JM, Pearl JM, Santiestiban HL, Ives HE, Omachi RS, Graber M, Wilson MW, Marder SR, Don BR, Kerlan RK, Gordon RL. Tesio catheter: radiologically guided placement, mechanical performance, and adequacy of delivered dialysis. Radiology, Apr/2000;215(1):129-37.
  3. Foroutani A, Garland AM, Berber E, String A, Engle K, Ryan TL, Pearl JM, Siperstein AE. Laparoscopic ultrasound vs triphasic computed tomography for detecting liver tumors. Arch Surg, Aug/2000;135(8):933-8.
  4. Berber E, Engle KL, Garland A, String A, Foroutani A, Pearl JM, Siperstein AE. A critical analysis of intraoperative time utilization in laparoscopic cholecystectomy. Surg Endosc, Feb/2001;15(2):161-5.
  5. Berber E, Pearl JM, Siperstein AE. A simple device for measuring the resolution of videoscopic cameras and laparoscopes in the operating room. Surg Endosc, 07/2002;16(7):1111-3; discussion 1114.