Sara E. Holden, MD

Assistant Professor of Surgery


Specialty Areas

  • Ventral/incisional hernia repair
  • Inguinal/femoral hernia repair
  • Flank hernia repair
  • Parastomal hernia repair
  • Robotic hernia surgery
  • Abdominal wall reconstruction
  • Gallbladder disease

Common Diagnoses Treated

  • Inguinal hernia
  • Femoral hernia
  • Umbilical hernia
  • Incisional hernia
  • Gallbladder disease
  • Complex gallbladder
  • Athletic hernia
  • Groin pain

Board Certifications

General Surgery


Medical School: University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, Minneapolis, MN, 2010

Postdoctoral Education

Post-Doctoral Research: NIH T32 Surgical Oncology Research Training Program; University of Wisconsin; Madison, WI, 2011-2013


General Surgery Residency, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, 2017


Minimally Invasive Surgery Fellowship, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO, 2018

Professional Memberships

American College of Surgeons

Americas Hernia Society

Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons

Central Surgical Association

St. Louis Surgical Society

Activities, Awards and Honors

  • All-American, National Soccer Coaches Association of America (2003, 2004)
  • Scholar All-American, National Soccer Coaches Association of America (2003, 2004)
  • ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American (2004)
  • Summa Cum Laude, Truman State University (2005)
  • NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship Recipient (2005)
  • NCAA Woman of the Year, Missouri (2005)
  • Ken B. Jones Award (Student Athlete of the Year, MIAA Conference) (2005)
  • President’s Volunteer Service Award (2006)
  • Overall Academic Honors, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities (2008)
  • Gold Humanism Honor Society, University of Minnesota Twin-Cities (2008)
  • Poster of Distinction, International Society of Surgery Annual International Surgery Week, Helsinki, Finland (2013)
  • Best Poster Award, American Association of Endocrine Surgeons Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL (2013)
  • Resident Teaching Award, University of Wisconsin (2015)
  • Ben Lawton Medical Student Teaching Award, University of Wisconsin (2017)
  • Athletic Hall of Fame, Truman State University (2017)
  • Americas Hernia Society Women in Surgery Travel Scholarship (2020)
  • Faculty Teaching Appreciation Award, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO (2021)


Areas of Research Interest

  • Clinical outcomes of abdominal wall hernia repair
  • Medical student and resident surgical education curriculum development
  • Designing patient education tools to facilitate shared surgical decision-making



Hospital Affiliations

Barnes-Jewish Hospital

Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital

Patients Seen At

Center for Advanced Medicine
4921 Parkview Place
Floor 8, Suite C
St. Louis, MO 63110

Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital

Medical Building 4
1044 North Mason Road
Suite 310
St. Louis, MO  63141

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To request an appointment with Dr. Holden, please call (314) 454-8877.