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John Lipham, MDJohn Lipham, MD

Chief, Division of Upper GI and General Surgery
Associate Professor of Surgery
Keck School of Medicine of USC

Areas of Treatment:

  • Esophageal Cancer
  • GERD
  • Esophageal Disorders
  • Achalasia
  • Esophageal Diverticulum
  • Gastric Cancer
  • Gastroparesis


  • Foregut Surgery


  • Foregut Surgery


John C. Lipham, MD, is Chief of the Division of Upper GI and General Surgery and Associate Professor of Surgery at the Keck School of Medicine of USC. Dr. Lipham also served as the Foregut Cancer Program Director and Chief of USC Affiliated Academic Programs at Hoag. He was instrumental in establishing the Hoag-USC Surgical Center for Digestive Diseases. He focuses on benign and malignant diseases of the esophagus and stomach. His clinical interests include the diagnosis and treatment of GERD, hiatal hernias, Barrett's esophagus, esophageal motility disorders, achalasia, malignant diseases of the esophagus and stomach, and gastroparesis. His current research interests include developing minimally invasive methods of diagnosing and treating gastroesophageal reflux disease, Barrett's, esophageal cancer and gastric cancer. As one of the principal investigators for the LINX device for reflux management, Dr. Lipham was one of the first two surgeons in California approved to implant the device.


  • University of California, Los Angeles - B.S. Math/Applied Science, June 1990
  • Medical College of Wisconsin - M.D. degree, May, 1995


  • University of Southern California - General Surgery Residency, completed January 2001


  • University of Southern California - Thoracic/Foregut Fellowship, January 2001 to July 2001

Board Certification:

  • American Board of Surgery

Professional Society Memberships:

  • The Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract
  • Fellow American College of Surgeons
  • International Association of Surgeons and Gastroenterologists (IASG)
  • The International Society for Diseases of the Esophagus (ISDE)
  • Society American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES)
  • Los Angeles Surgical Society, Society of Graduate Surgeons
  • American Medical Association
  • Alpha Omega Alpha


  • Dean's Honors List-University of California, Los Angeles, 1989-1990
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society, Wisconsin Beta Chapter Medical College of Wisconsin


  • English
  • Spanish

Recent Honors

Hoag Honors Two Leading Physicians with Endowed Chairs
PR Web, December 23, 2011
Endowed chairs place Hoag on the level of leading academic institutions who commonly have endowed chair investitures.



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