John Uecker, M.D., FACS
Associate Professor, Department of Surgery and Perioperative Care
Division Chief (Interim), Minimally Invasive Surgery, Department of Surgery and Perioperative Care
University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
Internship and Residency
Methodist Hospital of Dallas
John M. Uecker, M.D., FACS, is the interim chief of the Division of Minimally Invasive Surgery and an associate professor in the Department of Surgery and Perioperative Care at Dell Medical School.
Uecker has been educating medical students and residents in Austin since 2003. During that time he has implemented and developed many innovative teaching modalities into the training curriculum.
Uecker graduated from The University of Texas Medical Branch in 1993 and then completed his general surgery training at Methodist Hospitals of Dallas. After completing his general surgery residency, he served in the Navy as the ship surgeon on the USS Enterprise. His ship was in the northern Arabian Sea on Sept. 11, 2001, and he supported Operation Enduring Freedom at that time. After returning to the States, he was deployed to Iraq with the First Marine Division at the beginning of Operation Iraqi Freedom, where he served as a combat surgeon on the front lines.
Uecker has now been at University Medical Center Brackenridge for more than 12 years. He developed and currently directs the surgical oncology clinic, and he is an active member of the Ascension Seton Oncology Executive Committee. Uecker has implemented innovative technology into his practice of cancer patients such as laparoscopic ultrasound guided microwave ablation of liver tumors. In addition to his surgical oncology practice, he enjoys advanced laparoscopic surgery such as treating patients with hiatal hernias, gastroesophageal reflux disease, adrenal tumors, gallstones and a variety of abdominal wall hernias.
Uecker recognizes the need to spend quality time outside of the hospital and enjoys having fun with his wife of more than 22 years and their two children. He enjoys multiple outdoor activities including wakeboarding, surfing, running, biking and swimming.