Dr. Sasse

Kent C. Sasse, M.D., MPH, FACS, FACRS


Dr. Sasse grew up in Wisconsin, the youngest of two boys, and he attended Spanish-speaking schools in Central America for a part of high school and learned Spanish.  He witnessed poverty but also witnessed the profound impact one can make in the lives of others through caring and service.

He was interested in a number of subjects in high school but especially math and science.  He felt drawn to Medicine as a career from a young age, seeing it as an opportunity to blend his interest in science with his desire to serve others.  He played junior tennis competitively and was captain of his high school tennis team and a high school All-American.

Escaping the cold weather of Wisconsin for the sunny beaches and tennis courts of San Diego he attended the University of California San Diego where he majored in biochemistry and graduated cum laude.  He spent his time volunteering, working in the Veterans Hospital, and teaching (as a Teacher’s Assistant to the lower division students.).

During college, Dr. Sasse spent a year at the University of Madrid, studying art history and becoming fluent in Spanish.  Following his undergraduate degree, Dr. Sasse earned two Master’s degrees from the University of California Berkeley, including a Master’s in Public Health stemming from research related to biostatistics and bioethics.

After gaining admission to the top medical school the country, UCSF, he quickly focused on the field of surgery and felt especially drawn to the technological aspects of minimally invasive surgery.  (Dr. Sasse immediately recognized what a huge difference it made for a person undergoing surgery to have tiny keyhole incisions rather than large open ones).

Medical school brought invaluable challenges, the pursuit of research, several publications in Bioethics and much more.  Dr. Sasse realized top honors by finishing at the top of his class, earning distinction with election to Alpha Omega Alpha.  During medical school, he volunteered time in a dilapidated hospital in Nepal, helping those in need and admiring the compassion of those who served at them.

During his surgery training at the University of California at San Francisco, Dr. Sasse expressed a great interest in teaching and ultimately won the All-Campus Teaching Award as a senior resident.  Dr. Sasse joined the United States Air Force Reserve to serve his country, and while stationed at Andrews Airforce Base, served as an expert reviewer for complex surgical cases, a teacher to students and residents, and an attending surgeon.  He later completed Fellowship training at the Lahey Clinic in Boston, Massachusetts, before relocating to beautiful northern Nevada to develop his practice, his research and educational missions.

Father of five kids, chauffeur, cook, and parent to them all…  Today his interests include travel, running long-distance races, including the Boston Marathon, teaching medical students and residents, serving as director of the Obesity Prevention Foundation and medical research.  Dr. Sasse is a speaker and mentor to surgeons nationally, and hosts cadaver courses on surgical topics including complex abdominal wall reconstruction at the University of Nevada School of Medicine, for visiting surgeons.  He has also authored numerous peer-reviewed research articles, and some the most recent papers discuss sleeve gastrectomy, laparoscopic rectopexy, gastric physiology, endoscopic techniques for gastric repairs, and minimally invasive hernia repair.  He is an acclaimed award-winning author of five books (https://sassesurgical.com/books/).

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Expert Witness & Medicolegal Consultant

Dr. Sasse has extensive experience serving as a mediocolegal consultant and expert witness in legal matters involving weight loss medications, weight loss surgery, hernia repair, mesh, gastric leak, colorectal surgery, complications of surgery, and allegations of medical malpractice.

Expert Legal Witness Experience

Dr. Sasse has served as an advisor to attorneys involved in complex litigation in which weight loss, obesity, gastric leak, surgical complications, weight-loss medications, hernia repair, mesh, anastamotic leak, colorectal surgery, and weight-loss surgery have played a role.

Dr. Sasse has provided extensive expert reviews of complex cases for the State of Nevada, for independent insurance and disability carriers, and for the United States Air Force.  He brings to each and every case a level of experience and unparalleled dedication to preparation, excellent service, and insightful review.  His expert testimony has proven highly valuable in the favorable adjudication of such cases.

Dr. Sasse is a sought after speaker and an experienced trial witness, having logged many hours on the witness stand in highly charged cases.  He brings a commitment to objectivity and thoroughness to each and every case.  If you would like to explore whether you may wish to engage Dr. Sasse as an expert witness for your matter, please contact his office via email at info@sassesurgical.com.

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