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Elaine Tanaka, MD

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Dr. Elaine Tanaka, MD


Phone Number
2702 Chatsworth Blvd
San Diego, CA 92106
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Accepts new patients


  • Surgery


Started Practice: 2002

Joined Scripps Clinic Medical Group: 2002

Scripps Clinic/Scripps Green Hospital Leadership Roles:

  • Tissue & Procedure Review Committee
  • Operating Room Committee

Teaching Role:

  • Career Night Volunteer, UCSD School of Medicine

Professional Societies:

  • Fellow, American College of Surgeons

Honors & Awards:

  • Association for Academic Surgery Student Research Award
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Golden Key

Research Focus:

  • Cancer vaccine for brain tumors

Clinical Interests Within Specialty:

  • Colorectal surgery
  • Melanoma surgery
  • Breast surgery

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Surgery, Surgery, 2004

Medical Education

  • University of California, San Diego, MD, 1997


  • University of California, San Diego, Residency, General Surgery, 2002
  • University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, Residency, General Surgery, 1999
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