Sandeep Kumar, MD – General Surgeon
Dr. Sandeep Kumar earned his bachelor’s degree in biology at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan and his master’s in biomedical engineering at the University of Iowa.
He earned his medical degree at the University of Iowa, Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, where he earned a research distinction tract. Dr. Kumar completed an internship and residency in surgery at Oregon Health and Science University.
As a volunteer, he has served at St. Martha’s Hospital in Bangalore, India.
Dr. Kumar especially enjoys connecting with his patients and guiding them through the process of surgery and recovery.
Guillermo Higa, MD – Bariatric and General Surgeon
Dr. Higa received his medical degree from the Universidad Nacional de Cordoba in Cordoba, Argentina. He then completed 12 years of advanced medical training in the United States.
He completed a general surgery internship at New York Hospital Queens, a residency in general surgery at the University of Arizona, a research fellowship, as well as a surgery fellowship both in minimally invasive and bariatric surgery at the Cleveland Clinic in Weston, Florida.
Dr. Higa is a fellowship-trained surgeon and performs both the LAP-BAND procedure, sleeve gastrectomy and the Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass (Roux-en-Y).
Dr. Higa lives with his wife in McMinnville and enjoys soccer, tennis, golf, and the Spanish guitar.
Steven Giss, MD, General Surgeon and Breast Specialist
Dr. Steven Giss, a Board Certified General Surgeon, Breast Specialist, and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Giss is currently an Assistant Clinical Professor of Surgery at OHSU and started the surgical residency rotation program at Bay Area Hospital in Coos Bay, OR.
Born in Los Angeles, he stayed close to home for his Bachelor degree at University of California- Santa Cruz, achieving a Bachelor of Arts in Biology-Honors. He then ventured out of state and attended University of Cincinnati College of Medicine for his doctorate of Medicine. Dr. Giss completed both his Surgical Internship and Surgical Residency at the Jewish Hospital of Cincinnati. He has served as Director of Trauma at Bay Area Hospital in Coos Bay, Oregon along with a long list of Board and Committee positions. He recently returned from a year in Willington New Zealand where he worked in an academic medical center with their breast cancer and acute care surgical team. We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Giss as an extraordinary addition to WVMC’s Medical Staff.
Dr. Giss recalls his realization that he wanted to practice medicine after he discovered his love for biology in high school, and the development of his interpersonal skills and passion for people. He knew that “taking care of people of all ages and establishing long term relationships” appealed to him. Initially, he was pursuing a career in family practice, when he discovered that surgery was his calling during his first grueling surgical rotation in Medical School, and says he has had no regrets since. Dr. Giss has a passion for cancer surgery including working as a breast specialist. He brings great skill and knowledge to McMinnville to aid in our Breast center. He is equally as passionate about preventative care such as endoscopy and colonoscopy procedures. Dr. Giss says he is looking forward to “starting up new surgical programs and being a part of a young equally enthusiastic group” at McMinnville Surgical Associates and Willamette Valley Medical Center.