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Karen J Hanna MD
  • General Surgery
  • Bariatric Surgery
Languages: English
Gender: Female
D9BE1A60-A3BB-471B-AE21-7C1CC86CB101 Accepting New Patients
Fax: (858) 207-0034



Dr. Karen Hanna specializes in bariatric and general surgery. She has expertise in minimally invasive robotic surgery, laparoscopy and endoscopy. She attended Medical School under the U.S. Navy Health Professionals Scholarship Program. She had a successful 22-year U.S. Navy career, including General Surgery training, reaching the rank of Captain. During her time in the Navy, Dr. Hanna completed a Laparoscopic and Bariatric Surgery fellowship at the University of Missouri and went on to run the Bariatric Program at the Naval Medical Center San Diego the last 6 years of her Navy Career. In 2014 she moved to North County and started a Bariatric program from the ground up. Dr. Hanna concentrates on weight loss surgery, but she also specializes in gastrointestinal, reflux, and hernia surgery. She is dedicated to the empathic and compassionate care of all her patients.

Board Certification - American Board of Surgery, General Surgery, 2001
Medical Education - Rush Medical College of Rush University, MD, 1992
Internships - Naval Medical Center (Portsmouth), General Surgery, 1993
Residencies - Naval Medical Center (Portsmouth), General Surgery, 1999
Fellowships - University of Missouri Medical Center, Minimally Invasive Surgery, 2008

Training and Education

Medical Degree

  • Rush University, Chicago, IL


  • Naval Medical Center, Portsmouth, Va


  • Naval Medical Center, Portsmouth, Va


  • University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri