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Dr. Ralph V. Clayman, right, prepares for a surgical procedure.

The UC Irvine School of Medicine's Surgical Education Center is dedicated to excellence in teaching minimally invasive surgery techniques.

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Welcome to the Surgical Education Center (SEC).

The leadership and surgical staff members of this multidisciplinary institute are dedicated to the School of Medicine’s mission: Discover. Teach. Heal.

  • Discover: Creating new advances in the field of open, minimally invasive and image-guided surgery through innovative translational research.
  • Teach: Providing superior learning opportunities by emphasizing the newest developments in open surgery as well as in all aspects of minimally invasive surgery (i.e. image-guided, endoscopic, laparoscopic, and robotic-assisted procedures).
  • Heal: Impacting clinical outcomes through the successful transfer of minimally invasive, open and endoscopic skills to a wide range of trainees while also conducting clinical studies to benefit the local, regional, and national community.