Brendan C. Visser, MD

Hepatobiliary surgeon, Pancreatic surgeon, Surgical oncologist

Bio:   Dr. Visser is a native of San Francisco, the youngest of eight children. He attended Deep Springs College in Eastern California and then went on to earn his BS at Cornell University in Ithaca NY. After receiving his MD degree at the University of California - San Francisco, he stayed at UCSF for his residency training in general surgery. He then completed specialized fellowship training in hepatobiliary and pancreatic surgery (also called HPB surgery) at the University of Edinburgh in Ediburgh, UK. Dr. Visser is board certified in general surgery by the American Board of Surgery. His principle practice is at Stanford Hospital and the Stanford Cancer Center, but he is also a staff surgeon at the Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System, serving our veteran patients.

Dr. Visser is actively involved in the General Surgery training program and is the program director for the Stanford Hepatopancreatobiliary (HPB) Surgery fellowship program. Dr. Visser was honored in 2011 with the John Collins Memorial Teaching Award, an annual faculty recognition selected by the entire body of general surgery residents. He also received the Best Rotation Award in 2015, which is selected by Stanford chief residents in general surgery. He is the Medical Director of the GI Cancer Care Program at the Stanford Cancer Center.
4.8 out of 5
249 Patient Ratings
115 Patient Comments

Gastrointestinal (GI) Cancer Program in Palo Alto

Sarcoma Program

Sarcoma Program
  • 900 Blake Wilbur Drive
  • 2nd Floor
  • Palo Alto , CA 94304
  • Phone: 650-498-6000
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Benign Pancreas Program

Benign Pancreas Program
  • 420 Broadway Street, Pavilion D, 2nd Floor
  • Redwood City , CA 94063
  • Phone: 650-736-5555
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Professional Education

  • Residency: Univ of California San Francisco (2005) CA
  • Medical Education: Univ of California San Francisco (1999) CA
  • Fellowship: University of Edinburgh; Edinburgh Royal (2006)
  • Board Certification: General Surgery, American Board of Surgery (2006)
  • MD, Univ. of Calif., San Francisco, Medicine (1999)
  • Resident, Univ. Of Calif., San Francisco, General Surgery (2005)
  • Fellow, Univ. of Edinburgh, UK, Hepatobiliary/Pancreatic Surgery (2006)

Honors & Awards

  • Best Rotation Award: Stanford Chief Residents 2015, Stanford General Surgery Residency (2014-2015)
  • John Collins Memorial Teaching Award, Annual faculty teaching award selected by entire body of general surgery residents (2010-2011)

Administrative Appointments

  • Medical Director, Gastrointestinal Cancer Care Program, Stanford Cancer Center (2015 - Present)
  • Program Director, HPB Fellowship, Stanford HPB Program (2013 - Present)
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Friendliness

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Explanations

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Listens

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Care provider's efforts to include you in decisions about your care

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Clear Communication

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Confidence in your doctor

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Recommended to others

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Wait times

SHC Patient, Jan 2020

Dr. Visser is exceptional, very thorough, very caring and the best.

SHC Patient, Jan 2020

First comes into room and states rather abruptly I don't like your pulmonary function.

SHC Patient, Dec 2019

Utmost trust in Dr. Visser. Couldn't have a BETTER doctor.

SHC Patient, Dec 2019

Dr Visser saver my life!

SHC Patient, Dec 2019

When I asked about my CT scan, I was told not to worry about it. He said the other doctors do not know how to read them. He asked me if I had any questions. I asked him about one of the things that was on the CT scan and again he told me that the person that wrote about what they saw on the scan did not know how to read it. He never explained why. I left wondering why three other doctors, that do not know each other came up with the same conclusion. I tried to tell him that something else is going on but he said that everything is good with me and not to worry. That is hard to do when I am feeling sick.

SHC Patient, Dec 2019

Drs. were knowledgeable and explained things well. The only negative aspect was that Dr. Visser was continually paged and had to take a phone call during my appointment.

SHC Patient, Dec 2019

good

SHC Patient, Dec 2019

Dr. Visser explains everything and cares very much.

SHC Patient, Dec 2019

Dr. Visser was EXCELLENT in every way.

SHC Patient, Oct 2019

Dr. Visser is clearly an expert in his field, and he was honest and straightforward with me about not knowing what kind of mass I had, despite that being difficult news. He & his staff recognized that they could help me sooner rather than later & worked to make that happen.

SHC Patient, Oct 2019

I am in good hands. Am very happy I came to Stanford.

SHC Patient, Sep 2019

They rush in late & rush out immediately... having someone else come in... very unorganized or lack of communication.

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4.8 out of 5
249 Patient Ratings
115 Patient Comments

SHC Patient, Jan 2020

Dr. Visser is exceptional, very thorough, very caring and the best.

SHC Patient, Jan 2020

First comes into room and states rather abruptly I don't like your pulmonary function.

SHC Patient, Dec 2019

Utmost trust in Dr. Visser. Couldn't have a BETTER doctor.

SHC Patient, Dec 2019

Dr Visser saver my life!

SHC Patient, Dec 2019

When I asked about my CT scan, I was told not to worry about it. He said the other doctors do not know how to read them. He asked me if I had any questions. I asked him about one of the things that was on the CT scan and again he told me that the person that wrote about what they saw on the scan did not know how to read it. He never explained why. I left wondering why three other doctors, that do not know each other came up with the same conclusion. I tried to tell him that something else is going on but he said that everything is good with me and not to worry. That is hard to do when I am feeling sick.

SHC Patient, Dec 2019

Drs. were knowledgeable and explained things well. The only negative aspect was that Dr. Visser was continually paged and had to take a phone call during my appointment.

SHC Patient, Dec 2019

good

SHC Patient, Dec 2019

Dr. Visser explains everything and cares very much.

SHC Patient, Dec 2019

Dr. Visser was EXCELLENT in every way.

SHC Patient, Oct 2019

Dr. Visser is clearly an expert in his field, and he was honest and straightforward with me about not knowing what kind of mass I had, despite that being difficult news. He & his staff recognized that they could help me sooner rather than later & worked to make that happen.

SHC Patient, Oct 2019

I am in good hands. Am very happy I came to Stanford.

SHC Patient, Sep 2019

They rush in late & rush out immediately... having someone else come in... very unorganized or lack of communication.

SHC Patient, Sep 2019

Very good.

SHC Patient, Sep 2019

Quality of care at Stanford has been outstanding.

SHC Patient, Sep 2019

Dr. Visser is a caring, excellent physician who is an asset to your hospital. He is very knowledgeable & is very professional in dealing with his patients. I am so blessed to have him as my surgeon/oncologist.

SHC Patient, Sep 2019

on this particular visit I felt the Dr. Visser was rushed and not fully engaged with me.

SHC Patient, Aug 2019

Excellence!

SHC Patient, Aug 2019

Was final follow-up visit. Dr. Visser has been a "life saver." A pleasure to have been his patient.

SHC Patient, Jun 2019

Excellent physicians & NP. Very detailed and compassionate and concerned about getting me immediate care. Also called me at home to keep me updated.

SHC Patient, Jun 2019

Dr. Visser and his PA (Kristen?) were personable and professional to a fault. I couldn't have asked for a better care team.

SHC Patient, Jun 2019

I am very confident in Dr. Visser and his team of experts.

SHC Patient, May 2019

Dr. Visser & Dr. Basina are the best in there fields worth my having to drive 50 miles to see them.

SHC Patient, May 2019

Dr. Visser and Kristen Wheeler were exceptionally helpful and articulate in explaining my symptoms and procedure needed.

SHC Patient, May 2019

Excellent experience at all my appointments and treatment.

SHC Patient, Apr 2019

Dr. Visser and his team are excellent! They are very knowledgeable and explain everything to me in a way that I can understand fully.

SHC Patient, Mar 2019

I can always depend on Dr Visser and his team are there for me with the answers and corrective action

SHC Patient, Mar 2019

Dr. Visser, Kristan Wheeler, Taylor Foyel, Monica Dua and all of Dr. Visser staff were very kind and friendly! Best office experience I ever had.

SHC Patient, Feb 2019

Dr, Visser did not share any information I did not know. Did not offer any recommendation other than surgery as expected. More in depth analysis of my unique condition would have been helpful. Statistics in probability of progression on my pancreatic NET was missing.

SHC Patient, Feb 2019

I think that Stanford Health Care is the best we have in California all excellent.

SHC Patient, Feb 2019

great. great. great wonderful doctor

SHC Patient, Feb 2019

Dr. Visser was AMAZING!!

SHC Patient, Jan 2019

Everyone was nice and caring and made me comfortable and understand about my physical condition. Dr. Visser is good and knowledgeable person. I would highly recommend to others.

SHC Patient, Jan 2019

I feel blessed that Dr. Visser took me in as a patient. he has been working to correct damage implemented by a previous hospital. I am not sure where my health would have ended up without his expertise - Very grateful.

SHC Patient, Dec 2018

Dr. Visser was amazing. He answered all our questions & concerns... He was very kind. His PA that saw us the first day was amazing helped with drsg. D & skin.

SHC Patient, Dec 2018

I am still confused about the information from the consultation, and I can't find a way to get questions answered. I think Dr. Visser is an excellent surgeon, but I will probably either cancel or delay the surgery. Also, if they won't respond to phone calls now, and I had a problem after surgery, would they respond them? Maybe not.

SHC Patient, Oct 2018

Dr Visser had review my case before entering the exam room. He put me at ease and instilled confidence that he is competent and knowledgeable surgeon.

SHC Patient, Oct 2018

Very good.

SHC Patient, Aug 2018

Post surgery, this was my 4th year meeting with Dr. Vissor. We always have a lively discussion. He help save my life in a big way!

SHC Patient, Jul 2018

Dr. Visser inspires confidence.

SHC Patient, Jul 2018

Dr. Visser is an asset to Stanford Health Care. He is an excellent physician with good bedside manner. Very professional, knowledgeable and very compassionate. I am so lucky to have him as my onco/surgeon. He saved my life!

SHC Patient, Jul 2018

excellent

SHC Patient, Jun 2018

excellent

SHC Patient, Jun 2018

I like Dr Visser & his assist, overall, good experience.

SHC Patient, May 2018

I am cancer free and alive today because of Dr. Visser. the only doctor after seeing so many who diagnosed my cancer and had the capability of performing my surgery

SHC Patient, May 2018

Could not have been a better experience totally being treated by Dr. Visser and his PAs Kristen and Tanya.

SHC Patient, May 2018

good

SHC Patient, May 2018

There was some use of medical jargon for which I had to stop the provider and ask for a clarification.

SHC Patient, May 2018

Dr. Visser great clinician!

SHC Patient, Mar 2018

Excellent! Thank you!

SHC Patient, Jan 2018

This was just a short follow - up, that gave me confidence in my body's healing. Dr. Visser is a terrific physician & relates well to the patient.

SHC Patient, Jan 2018

All good.

SHC Patient, Jan 2018

care provider very easy to understand and very thorough

SHC Patient, Jan 2018

Excellent experience!

SHC Patient, Dec 2017

Surgeon was highly recommended to me by oncologist at PAMF. Nothing in subsequent appointments w/this doctor altered my impression of this surgeon.

SHC Patient, Dec 2017

I have total confidence in Dr. Visser. If I were asked where I wanted to go if I had to go the hospital; it would be Stanford.

SHC Patient, Oct 2017

My high marks are made without reservation. I cannot imagine better care from all levels. Thank you.

SHC Patient, Oct 2017

Always was put a ease. All test results were carefully explained. I always felt very good after each visit.

SHC Patient, Sep 2017

the information was both refreshing and a bit daunting as I have a rare problem and the surgeon recommended a second surgery to deal with the problem.

SHC Patient, Aug 2017

PA went over CT scans with us & explained very clearly.

SHC Patient, Jul 2017

Provider was just wonderful

SHC Patient, Jul 2017

Actual time spent with Dr. Visser helpful! Good explanations & answered all questions satisfactorily.

SHC Patient, Jun 2017

Thank you again!

SHC Patient, Jun 2017

no bad experience

SHC Patient, Mar 2017

I will gladly recommend both Dr. Visser and Dr. Heestand and their PA to Friends and Family

SHC Patient, Mar 2017

World's best doctor thank God for him.

SHC Patient, Jan 2017

Doctor was a bit distant, hurried, not engaged with me as an individual (but, not unusual for a surgeon).

SHC Patient, Jan 2017

Dr. Visser explained very clearly & answered all questions we had.

SHC Patient, Jan 2017

Always the best of care.

SHC Patient, Jan 2017

Dr Visser is a very nice man who can come down to your level and explain to you what he thinks. He is very good at being honest and providing you with any choice there may be. I liked his style very much. He knows people come to see him and they are nervous I believe Dr Visser realizes this and shows care and kindness yet he does give you the feeling he is very confidant but in a good way NOT an arrogant way.

SHC Patient, Nov 2016

Dr. Visser impresses me with his knowledge and expertise in his field. He makes me feel very comfortable and at easy when talking to him about my condition. He tends to explain things in easy to underst terms without feeling you are being talked down to.

SHC Patient, Oct 2016

Dr. Visser & his staff are awesome!

SHC Patient, Oct 2016

I consider Dr. Visser to be highly capable and kind. He has my utmost respect.

SHC Patient, Oct 2016

Dr. Visser carefully listened to my questions and gave complete and thoughtful answers.

SHC Patient, Oct 2016

Good experience.

SHC Patient, Sep 2016

Dr. Visser explained everything.

SHC Patient, Jul 2016

All are special, make me feel very good.

SHC Patient, Jul 2016

excellent!!!!

SHC Patient, Jun 2016

Dr. Visser listened carefully, explained what was going to happen in my surgery, and answered every question I asked.

SHC Patient, Apr 2016

Dr. Visser is the best!! Exceeds expectations! Friendly, knowledgeable, concerned. I tell everyone how wonderful he is.

SHC Patient, Apr 2016

All the doctors and nurses and people from the office and they are very friendly and attentive.

SHC Patient, Apr 2016

I feel very lucky to have Dr Visser and his staff as my health providers for my recent surgery.

SHC Patient, Apr 2016

I dont have any words to explain the level of care that my doctor has provided me. Its top notch..five star.

SHC Patient, Mar 2016

Dr. Visser saved my life. I went months of tests surgical procedures at Sutter Medical and not one doctor knew what was wrong. I had a death sentence until I found Dr. Visser.

SHC Patient, Feb 2016

I feel that I am in very competent hands and could not ask for more.

SHC Patient, Jan 2016

Dr. Visser highly experienced doctor. Very courteous, politeness, friendliness. I never see doctor like dr. Visser in my life. God will give long life.

SHC Patient, Jan 2016

Excellence.

SHC Patient, Nov 2015

Good

SHC Patient, Oct 2015

Dr. Visser was the first professional after seeing many doctors that came in and told me exactly what my health issue was and how to proceed. He explained every detail of what needed to be done leading up to my surgery in preparation to the details of the surgery. Dr. Visser takes his time and explains everything in a way that a person who is not a doctor can understand. he cares about his patients and his work.

SHC Patient, Aug 2015

I get respect and kindness there.

SHC Patient, Jul 2015

My husband and I felt like members of the treatment team and that we participated in determining the treatment plan. I wasn't told, this is what we are going to do.

SHC Patient, Jul 2015

Excellent.

SHC Patient, Jun 2015

Dr. Visser & Dr. Kunz were prepared, direct and knowledgeable. Excellent experience.

SHC Patient, Jun 2015

Good experience in everything.

SHC Patient, Jun 2015

Highly recommend Dr. Visser to any friends/family.

SHC Patient, May 2015

Dr. Visser is the best!!! I completely trust him.

SHC Patient, Apr 2015

I was more relaxed after speaking with the doctor.

SHC Patient, Mar 2015

Provider was very knowledgeable and answered all questions.

SHC Patient, Mar 2015

Both the NP & Dr. Visser were very thorough & made me feel comfortable.

SHC Patient, Mar 2015

Outstanding.

SHC Patient, Feb 2015

Visser is an outstanding surgeon! Never had to take pain medications.

SHC Patient, Jan 2015

Excellent saved my life.

SHC Patient, Nov 2014

Dr. Visser was excellent. Worth waiting for.

SHC Patient, Oct 2014

Good care was provided.

SHC Patient, Sep 2014

I consulted w/Dr. Visser briefly for a second opinion; he was professional - but brief - I decided to go elsewhere for my care -

SHC Patient, Aug 2014

He is very knowledgeable, very personable & confidence puts you @ ease. Might be helpful to check in with patient before or after surgery.

SHC Patient, Jul 2014

All good.

SHC Patient, Jul 2014

I feel as if I am in great hands with Dr. Visser.

SHC Patient, Jul 2014

Dr. Visser & his PA and all are Life savers and awesome.

SHC Patient, Jun 2014

PA was very good. Vissar is great once he arrived.

SHC Patient, May 2014

I appreciate my care provider, Dr. Brendan Visser. The way I look at him, he is sincere, kind and understanding.

SHC Patient, May 2014

Dr Visser was so good, friendly knowledgeable and reassuring.

SHC Patient, May 2014

I am not sure how I feel about this provider. I have had less than 15 minutes of interaction with them it is hard to determine how I feel.

SHC Patient, Mar 2014

My experience was comfortable with the provider & his staff.

SHC Patient, Jan 2014

Great dr. I will recommend.

SHC Patient, Jan 2014

Great doctor! Given encouragements & hope which are importance during difficult time & recovery.