Departments & Divisions
Kent R Van Sickle, M.D.
Chief, Division of General and Minimally Invasive Surgery
Dr. Van Sickle received his medical degree from the University of Tennessee in 1994 and completed his surgical residency training at Georgia Baptist Medical Center in Atlanta, GA and New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington, NC. He went into private practice in general surgery for four years in Anderson, SC before returning to academics in 2003 to complete a two-year fellowship in Advanced Laparoscopy and GI Surgery at Emory University Hospital. Dr. Van Sickle joined the faculty at UTHSCSA in Sept. 2005 and is a Professor of Surgery in the Division of General and Minimally Invasive Surgery and Director of the Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS) Fellowship. Dr. Van Sickle has consistently been selected as one of San Antonio's best surgeons by his peers and by his patients.
- 2005 - Postdoctoral Fellowship - Advanced Laparoscopic and GI Surgery Fellowship - Emory University Hospital, MIS/General and GI Surgery
- 1999 - Residency - General Surgery - New Hanover Regional Medical Center
- 1996 - Residency - General Surgery - Atlanta Medical Center, Georgia Baptist Medical Center
- 1996 - Internship - General Surgery - Atlanta Medical Center, Georgia Baptist Medical Center
- 1994 - MD - Medicine - University of Tennessee School of Medicine
- 1989 - BS - Biology - University of Tennessee
- 9/2017 - Professor/Clinical - UT Health San Antonio, Surgery, San Antonio
- 8/2007 - Attending Surgeon - Fort Bend Surgery CenterSugarland
- 12/2006 - Attending Surgeon - Christus Santa Rosa Medical CenterSan Antonio
- 8/2005 - Attending Surgeon - University Health SystemSan Antonio
Instruction & Training
- 2/2008 - Present, Individual Instruction, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
Sirinek KR, Nguyen P, Van Sickle KR. Clinical Trial Of Mesh Reinforcement At Umbilical Port Site Closure During Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy: A Pilot Study; 2016 Jul. Sirinek KR, Villamaria C, Van Sickle KR, Schwesinger WH. More is better: high volume cholecystectomy promotes extremely low conversion rate; 2014 Nov. Sirinek KR, Van Sickle KR, Schwesinger WH. High Volume Cholecystectomy promotes extremely low conversion rate; 2014 Nov. Sirinek KR, Stewart RM, Van Sickle KR, Schwesinger WH. Who Will Be Able to Perform Open Biliary Surgery in 2025?; 2014 Nov. Sirinek KR, Stewart RM, Van Sickle KR, Schwesinger WH. Clinical outcomes of percutaneous cholecystostomy tube placement in critically ill patients with acute choleystitis; 2014 Jan.
Kempenich JW, Willis RE, Blue RJ, Al Fayyadh MJ, Cromer RM, Schenarts PJ, Van Sickle KR, Dent DL. The Effect of Patient Education on the Perceptions of Resident Participation in Surgical Care J Surg Educ 2016 Sep;. Mueller CL, Kaneva P, Fried GM, Mellinger JD, Marks JM, Dunkin BJ, Van Sickle KR. Validity evidence for a new portable, lower-cost platform for the fundamentals of endoscopic surgery skills test Surg Endosc 2016 Mar;30(3):1107-1112. Gardner AK, Willis RE, Dunkin BJ, Van Sickle KR, Brown KM, Truitt MS, Uecker JM, Gentry L, Scott DJ. What do Residents Need to be Competent Laparoscopic and Endoscopic Surgeons Surgical Endoscopy 2015 Oct;. Willis RE, Van Sickle KR. Current Status of Simulation-Based Training in Graduate Medical Education Surg Clin North Am 2015 Aug;95(4):767-779. Gomez PP, Willis P, Van Sickle KR. Development of a virtual reality robotic surgical curriculum using the da Vinci Si surgical system Surg Endosc 2015 Aug;29(8):2171-2179. Gomez, PP, Willis P, Van Sickle KR. Evaluation of two flexible endoscopy simulators and transfer of skills into clinical practice Journal of Surgical Education 2014 Jan;72:220-227. Willis P, Gomez PP, Ivatury SJ, Mitra HS, Van Sickle KR. Virtual reality Simulators: Valuable Surgical Skills Trainers or Video Games? Journal of Surgical Education 2014 Jan;71(3):426-433. Chand B, Indeck M, Needleman B, Finnegan M, Van Sickle KR, Ystgaard B, Gossetti F, Pullan RD, Giordano P, McKinley A. A retrospective study evaluating the use of Permacol surgical implant in incisional and ventral hernia repair Int J surg 2014 Jan;12(4):296-303. Van Sickle KR, Nanda Kumar HR, Parikh A, Ayon AA, Cohn SM. Development of an animal model to investigate optimal laparoscopic trocar site fascial closure J Surg Res 2013 Sep;184(1):126-31.
- American Board of Surgery