Bethany C. Sacks, MD, MEd, FACS

Associate Professor of Surgery


Specialty Areas

  • Laparoscopic surgery for hernias and gallstones

Common Procedures

  • Laparoscopic inguinal hernia
  • Laparoscopic gallbladder removal
  • Umbilical hernia repair

Common Diagnoses Treated

  • Gallstones
  • Cholelithiasis
  • Cholecystitis
  • Biliary dyskinesia
  • Inguinal hernia
  • Umbilical hernia

Board Certifications

American Board of Surgery


Medical School: Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY, 1999

Graduate School: MEd, University of Houston, Houston, TX, 2010


1999-2004, General Surgery Residency, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY


2004-2006, Minimally Invasive Surgery Fellowship, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, PA

Professional Memberships

American College of Surgeons

Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons

Association for Surgical Education

Association for Academic Surgery

Central Surgical Association

Awards and Honors

  • 2018, Department of Surgery William Stewart Halsted Teaching Award, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
  • 2016, Distinguished Teaching Society of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
  • 2010, Nominated, The President’s Award for Mentoring Women Committee on the Status of Women, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
  • 2010, Dean’s Teaching Excellence Award, University of Texas Medical School at Houston
  • 2009 Dean’s Teaching Excellence Award, University of Texas Medical School at Houston

Areas of Research Interest

Minimally invasive and simulation technologies

Surgical trainee and medical student education


  • 10/5-10/6: Rat Model of Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass for Morbid Obesity and the Role of Inflammatory Mediators
    • Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons Research Grant: $15,000
    • Role: Co-PI (with Samer Mattar, MD)
  • 7/09-6/11: Using Wikis to Improve the Dissemination, Evaluation, and Application of Evidence-Based Medicine in Surgical Practice
    • University of Texas Academy of Health Science Education Small Grants: $5,000
    • PI: Lillian Kao, MD
    • Role: Consultant
  • 7/17-Present: Enabling Technology as an Active Contributor to Human Learning of Complex Skilled Activities
    • Science of Learning Institute, Johns Hopkins University, $150,000 (through June 2020)
    • PI: Gregory D. Hager
    • Role: Co-PI


Journal Articles

Ellozy SH, Carroccio A, Minor M, Jacobs T, Chae K, Agarwal G, Goldstein BC, Morrissey N, Spielvogel D, Teodorescu V, Hollier LH, Marin ML. Challenges of endovascular tube graft repair of thoracic aortic aneurysms (TAA): a successful future demands new technology. Journal of Vascular Surgery 2003; 38(4): 67683. Role: data gathering and analysis, methods

Lindeman BM, Block LG, Desai SV, Sacks B, Hirose K, Lipsett P. Multi–‐disciplinary survey of resident education, service and quality of life: Did 80 hours level the playing field? Journal of the American College of Surgeons 2012; 215(3): S1145. Role: survey design, data analysis, discussion

Lindeman BM, Sacks BC, Hirose K, Lipsett PA. Multifaceted longitudinal study of surgical resident education, quality of life, and patient care before and after July 2011. Journal of Surgical Education 2013; 70: 769776

Lindeman BM, Sacks BC, Lipsett PA. Graduating student and surgery program director views of the AAMC core EPAs for entering residency: where are the gaps? Journal of Surgical Education 2015 Nov-Dec; 72(6): e184-192

Craig-Schapiro R, DiBrito SR, Overton HN, Taylor JR, Fransman RB, Haut ER, Sacks BC. Meet your surgical team: the impact of a resident-led quality improvement project on patient satisfaction. The American Journal of Surgery 2018 Oct; 216(4): 793-799

Review Articles

Sacks BC, Mattar SG, Qureshi FG, Eid GM, Collins JL, Barinas–‐Mitchell EJ, Schauer PR, Ramanathan R. Incidence of marginal ulcers and the use of absorbable anastomotic sutures in the laparoscopic RouxenY gastric bypass. Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases 2006; 2(1): 11-16

Sacks BC, Mattar SG. What plastic surgeons should know about bariatric surgery. Seminars in Plastic Surgery 2006; 20(1): 9-14

Case Reports

Goldstein BC, Carroccio A, Ellozy SH, Spielvogel D, Morrissey N, Teodorescu V, Hollier LH, Marin ML. Combined open and endovascular repair of a syphilitic aortic aneurysm. Journal of Vascular Surgery 2003; 38(6): 1422-5


Simkin DJ, Greene JA, Jung J, Sacks BC, Fessler HE. The death of animals in medical school. New England Journal of Medicine 2017 Feb 23;376(8): 713-715.

Leeds IL, DiBrito SR, Sacks BC. How we measure surgical trainee performance matters. Journal of the American Medical Association Surgery 2018; 153(9): 864-865

Book Chapters

Adrales G and Sacks B. Inguinal hernia in Current Surgical Therapy 13th Edition, editors Cameron and Cameron. (pp. 623-627)

Sacks BC and Yang SC. Training opportunities in Medical and Surgical education in Success in Academic Surgery: Developing a Career in Surgical Education 2nd Edition, editors Pugh and Sippel. (pp. 115-127)


Hospital Affiliations

Barnes-Jewish Hospital

Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital

Patients Seen At

Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital
Medical Building 4
1044 North Mason Road
Suite 310
St. Louis, MO  63141

News and Stories

To request an appointment with Dr. Sacks, please call (314) 454-8877 (choose option 6).