Rob Schuster, MD, General Surgery, Phoenix, AZ, Mountain Vista Medical Center


General Surgery Phoenix, AZ

Bariatric Surgery, Trauma Surgery & Surgical Critical Care, Minimally Invasive Surgery

Associate Professor of Surgery - University of Arizona School of Medicine, Midwestern University, Avalon University

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  • PGA Surgical Specialists at St. Luke’s Medical Center and Mountain Vista Medical Center

    Certified by the American Board of Surgery and the American College of Surgeons, Rob F. Schuster, MD, FACS, is a bariatric and general surgeon for the Bridges Center for Surgical Weight Management. Dr. Schuster has been a Center of Excellence surgeon since 2006 at Stanford University, where he trained as a bariatric surgeon.

    Since arriving in the Valley in 2006, Dr. Schuster has been consistently recognized as a Top Doc in Phoenix Magazine and was a former Chief of Surgery and Chief of Staff at his previous hospitals. He specializes in general and bariatric surgery including Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy, duodenal switch, adjustable gastric band, complex endoscopy, bariatric revisions and a wide breadth of general surgery.

Education & Training

  • Stanford UniversityFellowship, Bariatric Surgery, 2005 - 2006
  • Santa Barbara Cottage HospitalResidency, General Surgery, 2000 - 2005
  • University of Colorado Denver School of MedicineClass of 2000
  • University of ArizonaB. S., 1994 - 1996
  • Arizona State UniversityNo Degree, 1992 - 1994
  • University of OklahomaNo Degree, 1993

Certifications & Licensure

  • AZ State Medical License
    AZ State Medical License 2006 - 2022
  • CA State Medical License
    CA State Medical License 2002 - Present
  • American Board of Surgery Surgery

Awards, Honors, & Recognition

  • Provider of the Quarter St. Luke's Medical Center, 2017
  • Top Docs Phoenix Magazine, 2009, 2011-2013
  • CMS Meaningful Use Stage 1 Certification NextGen Ambulatory EHR, NextGen Healthcare, 2011-2013
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Publications & Presentations


Journal Articles

  • Transnasal small-caliber esophagogastroduodenoscopy for preoperative evaluation of the high-risk morbidly obese patient  
    Alami RS, Schuster R, Friedland S, Curet MJ, Wren SM, Soetikno R, Morton JM, Safadi BY, Surg Endosc, 1/19/2007
  • Postural ergonomics during robotic gastric bypass surgery: a pilot project  
    Lawson EH, Curet MJ, Sanchez BR, Schuster R, Berguer R, J Robotic Surg, 1/1/2007
  • Attitude of prospective surgical residents regarding surgery for morbid obesity  
    Schuster R, Morton JM, Liu GY, Alami RS, Curet MJ, Obesity Surgery, 1/1/2006
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Books/Book Chapters


  • Intra-operative Fluid Volume Influences Postoperative Nausea and Vomiting After Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass
    Schuster R, Morton JM, Curet MJ, Paulraj N, Alami RS, Brodsky JB, Brock-Utne JG, Lemmens HJM, American College of Surgeons 2006 Clinical Congress, Chicago, IL, 1/1/2006
  • Gum Chewing Reduces Postoperative Ileus After Elective Open Sigmoid Colectomy
    Schuster R, Grewal N, Greaney G, Waxman K, Archives of Surgery, Annual Meeting of the Western Surgical Association, Las Vegas, NE, 1/1/2006
  • Laparoscopic Gastric Banding Improves Cardiac Risk Factors
    Schuster R, Alami RS, Williams B, Curet MJ, Morton JM, 1/1/2006
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  • Natural History of Hepatitis C Following Gastric Bypass Surgery 
    San Francisco, CA - 1/1/2006
  • Totally Robotic Gastric Bypass: Lessons Learned from the First 75 Patients 
    San Francisco, CA - 1/1/2006
  • Novel Predictors of NASH in Obese Patients Undergoing Bariatric Surgery 
    San Francisco, CA - 1/1/2006
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Professional Memberships

Other Languages

  • Spanish

Hospital Affiliations