Scott A. Hundahl, M.D.


Surgery - Oncology




  • Professor


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VA Northern CA Health Care System

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Physician Referrals: 800-362-5566

Clinical Interests

Dr. Hundahl is Professor of Clinical Surgery at U.C. Davis and is also Chief of Surgery for the VA Northern California health Care system based at the Sacramento VA Medical Center at Mather. Dr. Hundahl is an experienced surgical oncologist with particular interest in gastric (stomach) cancer, head and neck cancer, thyroid and parathyroid neoplasms, and retroperitoneal sarcomas. His research activities focus on gastric cancer, outcomes research, surgical quality control in clinical trials, and cancer treatment. He has conducted national and international research projects, and has served in various leadership positions for the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer, including Chair from 1998-2000. Dr. Hundahl has been listed in various editions of the Best Doctors in America since 1995, and has been listed in Marquis's Who's Who in America and other editions since 1998. He has authored over 50 scientific articles and book chapters in his field. He is the recipient of several awards and serves as a reviewer for several medical and surgical publications.


Surgical Oncology


M.D., Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut, 1981

B.A., Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1977


University of Hawaii, Honolulu, Hawaii, 1981-1986


Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, New York, 1986-1988

Board Certifications

American Board of Surgery, 1987

National Board of Medical Examiners, 1982

Professional Memberships

American College of Surgeons, Fellow

American Head & Neck Society, Fellow

International Gastric Cancer Association

Pacific Coast Surgical Association

Pan-Pacific Surgical Association

Sacramento Surgical Society

Society of Surgical Oncology, Fellow

Western Surgical Association

Honors and Awards

UC Davis Joan Oettinger Memorial Award (for "outstanding contributions to research on cancer"), 2009

Nishi Award (best paper in Gastric Cancer), 2008

Wisdom Hall of Fame, Wisdom Award of Honor, 1999

Commission on Cancer, State Chairman of the Year, 1995

World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centers For Primary Prevention, Diagnosis and Treatment of Gastric Cancer. 5th General Meeting, Sept. 13-15, 1994, Munich, Germany. "Best Presentation" Award, 1994

Junior Basic Science Award, American Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Educational Foundation, 1982

Hobart Keese Award (for best graduate thesis), Yale University School of Medicine, 1981

Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut M.D., cum laude, 1981

Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts B.A., magna cum laude, 1977

Select Recent Publications

Hundahl SA. Surgery for gastric cancer: what the trials indicate. Surg Oncol Clin N Am. 2012 Jan;21(1):79-97.

Hundahl SA. The potential value of bursectomy in operations for trans-serosal gastric adenocarcinoma. Gastric Cancer. 2012 Jan;15(1):3-4.

Hundahl, S.A. Tumors of the Stomach. In: Conn�s Current Therapy 2011. Bope, Rakel, and Kellerman (eds), Philadelphia: Elsevier.

MacDonald, JS, Hundahl, S.A., Smalley SR, O�Dea D, Mitchell, EP. Chapter 5 - Gastric Cancer. In: Blanke, Talamonti, and Roedel (eds), Gastrointestinal Oncology-Therapeutic Principles. New York, Heidelberg , 2011

Hundahl SA, Peeters KCMJ, Kranenbarg, EK, Hartgrink H, van de Velde, CJH. Autopsy analysis of failure in the Dutch D1-D2 Trial. Further support for "low Maruyama Index" surgery. Gastric Cancer, 2007; 10: 84-86.

Hundahl SA. Surgical Treatment of Gastric Cancer. In: Perry MC, Govindan R (eds.), ASCO Educational Book - 2006, Alexandria: American Society of Clinical Oncology, pp. 226-229, 2006.

Hundahl SA, Wanebo HJ. Changing gastric cancer treatment in the United States and the pursuit of quality. European Journal of Surgical Oncology, 31:605-615, 2005.

Hundahl SA, MacDonald J, Smalley S. Chapter 45 � Stomach. In: Chang AE, Ganz PA, Hayes DF, et al. (eds.), Oncology: An Evidence Based Approach, New York: Springer Verlag, pp. 680-703, Dec 2005.

Peeters KC, Hundahl SA, Kranenbarg EK, Hartgrink H, van de Velde CJH. Low-maruyama-index surgery for gastric cancer � a blinded re-analysis of the Dutch D1-D2 trial. World J Surg, 29:1576-1584, 2005.

Hundahl SA, MacDonald JS, Benedetti J, Fitzsimmons T. Surgical treatment variation in a prospective randomized trial of adjuvant chemoradiation: The impact of under-treatment. Annals of Surgical Oncology, 9:278-286, 2002.

Hundahl SA. Staging, stage migration and patterns of spread in gastric cancer. Sem Rad Oncol, 12:141-149, 2002.