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Nikolai Bildzukewicz, MDNikolai Bildzukewicz, MD

Assistant Professor of Clinical Surgery
Keck School of Medicine of USC

Areas of Treatment:

  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
  • Hiatal Hernia
  • Paraesophageal Hernia
  • Esophageal Disorders
  • Achalasia
  • Inguinal Hernia
  • Incisional or Ventral Hernia
  • Gallbladder Disease
  • Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumors (GIST)


  • General Surgery
  • Foregut Surgery
  • Minimally-Invasive Surgery
  • Advanced Laparoscopy
  • Advanced Endoscopy
  • Robotic Surgery


Dr. Nikolai A. Bildzukewicz is Assistant Professor of Clinical Surgery at the Keck School of Medicine of USC. He is also the Associate Program Director for the general surgery residency program as well as the minimally-invasive and bariatric surgery fellowship. Originally from Pennsylvania, he obtained his medical degree from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia. Upon graduation from medical school, Dr. Bildzukewicz was commissioned as a lieutenant in the United States Navy. He then completed his general surgery internship at the Naval Medical Center San Diego. Following his internship, he served several months as a General Medical Officer (GMO) at Naval Hospital Great Lakes, providing medical care to recruits going through “boot camp.”  He then reported for training at the Naval Aerospace Medical Institute in Pensacola, FL, where he graduated as a Naval Flight Surgeon.  He spent the next two years on active duty as a flight surgeon, providing medical care to military pilots, aircrew, and sailors both ashore and at sea. In 2005, he returned to Jefferson to complete his general surgery training. In 2012, he completed his fellowship training in minimally-invasive, bariatric, and robotic surgery at the University of California San Diego.

His clinical interests include the diagnosis and treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), hiatal and paraesophageal hernias, and esophageal motility disorders including achalasia. He also focuses on the advanced laparoscopic repair of both inguinal and ventral hernias, as well as advanced techniques for abdominal wall reconstruction. His research interests are in advancing minimally-invasive surgical techniques. These include single-incision, robotic, advanced endoscopic, and natural orifice surgery (or NOTES). In addition, he has a special interest in the surgical education of both residents and medical students.

Dr. Bildzukewicz was recently selected by his peers as an outstanding practicing doctor in Southern California. After an extensive nomination and research process, the results were published in Super Doctors Rising Stars, a special advertising section in the August 2014 issue of Los Angeles magazine.


  • Bachelor of Science, Ursinus College, 1997
  • Doctor of Medicine, Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University, 2001


  • General Surgery, Naval Medical Center San Diego, 2001 - 2002


  • General Surgery, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, 2005 - 2011


  • Minimally Invasive, Bariatric and Robotic Surgery, UC San Diego, 2011 - 2012

Board Certification:

  • American Board of Surgery

Professional Society Memberships:

  • American College of Surgeons (ACS)
  • Association for Academic Surgery (AAS)
  • Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES)


  • Top ten finalist for the American College of Surgeons 2010 Resident Award for Exemplary Teaching
  • TJUH Department of Surgery Excellence in Teaching Award in 2006-2008 and 2010-2011
  • TJUH Annual Resident Research Award in 2009
  • TJUH John H. Gibbon, Jr. Teaching Award in 2007
  • Highest ABSITE score in 2006


  • English
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