Our Surgeons

Ralph H. Maeda Jr. MD FACS

A Southern California native, Dr. Maeda attended University of Southern California from which he graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Biology as a member of Phi Beta Kappa.  Medical doctorate was earned in 1979 at USC, where he was inducted into membership of the medical honor society Alpha Omega Alpha.  Dr. Maeda completed General Surgery Residency at University of California, Irvine in 1985.

He is board certified by the American Board of Surgery, a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, and member of the American Medical Association.  Dr. Maeda has served as Chief of the Special Care Unit of Mission Hospital, as well as on both the hospital's Board of Directors and Surgical Executive Committee.  He maintains certification in Advanced Trauma Life Support.

Breast cancer has touched Dr. Maeda closely, and he is frequently sought by other physicians when facing this disease.  His involvement with breast cancer survivors groups is an ongoing facet of his life.

As a general surgeon, Dr. Maeda also performs operations to treat abdominal hernias, gallbladder disease, colorectal cancer and benign conditions using laparoscopic-assisted techniques, skin cancers, and the full spectrum of surgical disease. 

Kenneth D. Kushner MD FACS

Dr. Kushner graduated Cum Laude with his Bachelor of Arts degree from University of California San Diego, then crossed the country for medical school at New York Medical College, from which he graduated in 1981 as a member of the medical honor society Alpha Omega Alpha.  General Surgery residency at Los Angeles County-University of Southern California Medical Center prepared him for joining the practice here in 1986. 

He is board certified by the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Laser Surgery, fellow in the American College of Surgeons, and member of the American Medical Association and the Society of Graduate Surgeons of Los Angeles County.  He is a certified instructor for Advanced Trauma Life Support.

His colleagues and patients greatly appreciate Dr. Kushner's careful explanations, whether in his native English, in Spanish, or the multiple other languages in which he is fluent.  His methodic approach to complex patients and surgical conditions is a strong asset to the group.

Dr. Kushner is skilled in repairs of hernias, treatment of malignant or benign breast disease, laparoscopic gallbladder and colorectal disease operations, skin and soft tissue tumor excision, major abdominal operations and cancer surgery.  He is the chair of the Mission Hospital Cancer Committee.

John K. Shaver MD FACS

Dr. Shaver graduated with Honors from University of California, Davis with his Bachelor of Science in Physiology.  He earned his Doctor of Medicine from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in 1988.  University of California San Francisco saw his completion of General Surgery Residency plus an additional two year Endocrine Surgery fellowship. 

He is board certified by the American Board of Surgery, a Fellow in the American College of Surgeons, and member of the American Medical Association.  His previous administrative responsibilities include Chief of Surgery and Director of Trauma at Mission Hospital.

Special interests of Dr. Shaver include Advanced Laparoscopic and Robotic procedures such as laparoscopic Nissen fundoplication for gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), laparoscopic hiatal and paraesophageal hernia repair, laparoscopic colorectal resection, and laparoscopic adrenalectomy.  He is on the forefront of minimally invasive operations treating endocrine surgical diseases of the thyroid, parathyroid, and adrenal glands. 

Aside from these operations, Dr. Shaver maintains a tireless schedule with the complete complement of General Surgery patients, including those with hernias, cancers and benign disorders of the breast, colon, skin, pancreas, liver, etc. 

Jay Sanampudi MD FACS

Dr. Sanampudi graduated from the University of Texas in Austin, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Microbiology with honor on the Dean's List and Phi Beta Kappa. He completed in Doctor of Medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern in Dallas prior to moving west to participate in the Integrated Surgery Program in Phoenix, Arizona. During this program, he was nominated as a finalist for Resident Teacher of the Year prior to his completion of studies in 2010.

He is board certified by the American Board of Surgery, a fellow in the American College of Surgeons, and a member of the American Medical Association. He maintains certifications in advanced cardiac life support.

"Dr. Jay's" surgical experience includes a variety of laparoscopic procedures for the treatment of gallbladder disease, appendicitis, hernia procedures, and disease of the bowel. His skill extends through a continuum of elective to emergent general surgery interventions, such as skin and soft tissue masses in an office setting to major abdominal procedures in a hospital environment.

Louise N. Bacon, MD

Dr. Bacon graduated from Spelman College in Georgia with a Bachelor of Science in Biology.  She earned her Doctor of Medicine from Meharry Medical College in 2010.  Her Post Doctoral training was completed at Morehouse School of Medicine in 2015 to complete her General Surgery Residency and the University of California Irvine Medical Center in 2016 for her Advanced GI and Minimally Invasive Surgical Fellowship. 

She is board certified by the American Board of Surgery and is a member of the American Medical Association and American College of Surgeons.  She is also an active member in the local Southern California Chapter of the American Medical Association.  Her scholastic awards from Meharry Medical College include Clinical Science Department Honors and the Matthew Walker Surgical Award for top performing surgery student.  At Morehouse School of Medicine, she held positions of Administrative Chief Resident, Resident Ambassador to the Board of Trustees, and Surgery Representative for the Resident Association Committee.

Dr. Bacon has many surgical interests to include Advanced Laparoscopic General Surgery interventions and Robotic procedures such as colorectal resections, hiatal and paraesophageal hernias, and nissen fundoplications for treatment of GERD.   She is currently on the planning committee at Mission Hospital to implement a Bariatric program for the Southern Californian community.  

 
 
 

 

Notice to patients of Kenneth Kushner, MD.

Dear Patients:

This correspondence is to provide notice to our patients that Dr. Kenneth Kushner will be leaving the practice to join the trauma team at Mission Hospital. He will be providing care through June 30th when he transitions to the Trauma unit.

As a valued patient of SVSMG, you have several options for the continuation of your surgical care.  These choices include the following:

1.Your care can be easily transitioned to one of Dr. Kushner’s experienced surgical partners at SVSMG.  Our physicians would be honored to participate in your on-going and follow up surgical care.  

2.  You may choose to select another general surgeon outside the SVSMG physician group.  A list of general surgeons in Orange County can be found by contacting the Orange County Medical Association at www.ocma.org or 949.398.8100 or the American College of Surgeons at www.facs.org or 800.621.4111.

3.  You may choose to discuss your surgical options with your Primary Care Physician to aid in the selection of another general surgeon.

If you choose to move to another physician, you will need to request a medical record transition form from our office.  Once this form is completed, a copy of your records will be transferred to your selected general surgeon.  This form will not be necessary if you choose to remain with one of the SVSMG surgeons.

All of us in the Southern California community are appreciative that Dr. Kushner will be participating in covering emergency surgery at our local hospital. As his surgery partners, we have every confidence that we can continue to deliver the excellent elective surgical care that you have come to expect from Saddleback Valley Surgical Medical Group. Thank you for choosing SVSMG and allowing us this opportunity.

Respectfully,

Dr. Ralph Maeda

Dr. Kenneth Kushner

Dr. John Shaver

Dr. Jayanth Sanampudi

Dr. Louise Bacon

 

 

 

Notice to patients of Stephen A. DeSantis, M.D.

 

Dear Patients:

This correspondence is to provide notice to our patients that Dr. DeSantis has moved to Northern California leaving the Saddleback Valley Surgical Medical Group (SVSMG).   He will no longer be available to provide your surgical care effective as of October 31, 2015.

As a valued patient of SVSMG, you have several options for the continuation of your surgical care.  These choices include the following:

  1. Your care can be easily transitioned to one of Dr. DeSantis’s experienced surgical partners at SVSMG.  Our physicians would be honored to participate in your on-going and follow up surgical care.  
  2. You may choose to select another general surgeon outside the SVSMG physician group.  A list of general surgeons in Orange County can be found by contacting the Orange County Medical Association at www.ocma.org or 949.398.8100 or the American College of Surgeons at www.facs.org or 800.621.4111.
  3. You may choose to discuss your surgical options with your Primary Care Physician to aid in the selection of another general surgeon.

If you choose to move to another physician, you will need to request a medical record transition form from our office.  Once this form is completed, a copy of your records will be transferred to your selected general surgeon.  This form will not be necessary if you choose to remain with one of the SVSMG surgeons.

All of us in the Southern California community are saddened to see Dr. DeSantis leave the area.  As his surgical partners for the last thirty plus years, we have every confidence that we can continue to deliver the excellent surgical care that you have come to expect from Saddleback Valley Surgical Medical Group.  Thank you for choosing SVSMG and allowing us this opportunity.

 

Respectfully,

 

Dr. Ralph H. Maeda, Jr

Dr. John K. Shaver

Dr. Kenneth D. Kushner

Dr. Jayanth Sanampudi

Dr. Louise N. Bacon

 

 

 

Notice to patients of Ralph H. Maeda, Jr.,  M.D.

 

Dear Patients:

This correspondence is to inform my patients that I am retiring from the practice of surgery and will be leaving the Saddleback Valley Surgical Medical Group (SVSMG).   I will no longer be available to provide your surgical care effective as of August 31, 2017.

I have been honored and privileged to be a part of an outstanding surgical and medical care team for the past 32 years.  My sincere apologies go out to those patients who I have met but not yet had the honor of performing your surgery.  Rest assured you will be in excellent hands with my partners.

It is a special bond that a surgeon has with his patient.   I will miss hearing how you and your loved ones’ lives are progressing.  I wish each and every one of you the best of health.

As a valued patient of SVSMG, you have several options for the continuation of your surgical care.  These choices include the following:

  1. Your care can be easily transitioned to one of my experienced surgical partners at SVSMG.  Any of my partners would be honored to participate in your on-going and follow up surgical care.  
  2. You may choose to select another general surgeon outside the SVSMG physician group.  A list of general surgeons in Orange County can be found by contacting the Orange County Medical Association at www.ocma.org or 949.398.8100 or the American College of Surgeons at www.facs.org or 800.621.4111.
  3. You may choose to discuss your surgical options with your Primary Care Physician to aid in the selection of another general surgeon.

If you choose to transfer your care to another surgeon outside of our group, you will need to request a medical record transition form from our office.  Once this form is completed, a copy of your records will be sent to your selected general surgeon.  This form will not be necessary if you choose to remain with one of the SVSMG surgeons.

I have every confidence that Saddleback Valley Surgical Medical Group will continue to provide you with the best of surgical care.

 

Respectfully,

 

Dr. Ralph H. Maeda, Jr., M.D.