ESP Biography



BARD COSMAN, UCSD professor of clinical surgery




Major: Surgery

College/Employer: US Dept of Veterans Affairs

Year of Graduation: Not available.

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Brief Biographical Sketch:

In my 23rd year on the full-time clinical faculty of UC San Diego Medical School, I am a general and colorectal surgeon based at the San Diego VA. I do some clinical research and enjoy trail running.



Past Classes

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Ask a Surgeon about Appendicitis in Splash Spring 2018
10% of our population gets this disease, traditionally treated surgically. To explain appendicitis, we touch on anatomy, physiology, medical history, surgical technique, and the movable boundary between medicine and surgery.


Ask a Surgeon about Cancer in Splash Spring 2018
Talking about cancer, the family of diseases that is the #2 killer of Americans, means going into many different areas of medicine. To explain how these diseases are managed, we touch on anatomy, physiology, cancer staging, surgical technique, and the interaction between surgery and other medical specialties.


Ask a Surgeon about Gallstone Disease in Splash Spring 2018
Has anyone in your family had her (or his) gallbladder removed? Cholecystectomy (removal of the gallbladder) is the most common major operation done in this country. To explain what this is about, we touch on anatomy, physiology, medical history, surgical technique, and the movable boundary between medicine and surgery.


Ask a Surgeon about Appendicitis in Splash Spring 2017
10% of our population gets this disease, traditionally treated surgically. To explain appendicitis, we touch on anatomy, physiology, medical history, surgical technique, and the movable boundary between medicine and surgery.


Ask a Surgeon about Gallstone Disease in Splash Spring 2017
Has anyone in your family had her (or his) gallbladder removed? Cholecystectomy (removal of the gallbladder) is the most common major operation done in this country. To explain what this is about, we touch on anatomy, physiology, medical history, surgical technique, and the movable boundary between medicine and surgery.


Ask a Colorectal Surgeon about Colorectal Cancer in Splash Spring 2017
Talking about colorectal cancer, the #2 cancer killer, means going into many different areas of medicine. To explain how this disease is managed, we touch on anatomy, physiology, cancer staging, surgical technique, and the interaction between surgery and other medical specialties.


Cancer Management in Splash Spring 2017
What is cancer and how does it hurt people? What have we learned about curing and/or treating individual types of cancer? How do doctors choose surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, or other treatments? Are we winning or losing, and is it reasonable to speak of "curing cancer"? Discuss cancer principles and problems with a surgeon and sometime tumor registrar.


History of Human Anatomy in Splash Spring 2017
How did cadaver dissection get from illegal activity to required course? This lecture-discussion surveys human anatomy as a learning and teaching activity from ancient times to the present, including the role of religion.


Ask a Surgeon about Appendicitis in Splash Spring 2016
10% of our population gets this disease, traditionally treated surgically. To explain appendicitis, we touch on anatomy, physiology, medical history, surgical technique, and the movable boundary between medicine and surgery.


Ask a Surgeon about Gallstone Disease in Splash Spring 2016
Cholecystectomy (removal of the gallbladder) is the most common major operation done in this country. To explain what this is about, we touch on anatomy, physiology, medical history, surgical technique, and the movable boundary between medicine and surgery.


Ask a Surgeon about Hernias in Splash Spring 2016
Hernia repairs are among the most common operations worldwide. To understand hernias and how to fix them, we take a long look at anatomy, and we also touch on physiology and surgical technique.


Ask a Surgeon about Colorectal Cancer in Splash Spring 2016
Talking about colorectal cancer, the #2 killer of Americans, means going into many different areas of medicine. To explain how this disease is managed, we touch on anatomy, physiology, cancer staging, surgical technique, and the interaction between surgery and other medical specialties.


Useful Tinamou Tips in Splash-test-all-modules Spring 2016
How to be or at least appear useful.