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John Craig Collins, MD

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My specialty:
Surgery: General

My provider affiliation:
Kaiser Permanente physician

I speak: English, Spanish

My gender: Male

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About me

Hi, and welcome to my Web page! Kaiser Permanente is all about working with you to maintain and restore your health. As a Kaiser Permanente physician and surgeon, I try to base every medical decision on that philosophy. If you should need elective or emergency surgery, or maybe just a consultation about medical and surgical options, my team and I are here to help you thrive. (Viva bien!)


I'm a native Californian. I learned Spanish as an undergraduate at UC San Diego. I received my medical degree from UC San Francisco in 1988, and completed residency training in surgery at UC Irvine in 1993. From 1993 to 1997, I was an assistant professor of surgery at UC Irvine, and assistant chief of general surgery at the Long Beach VA Medical Center. I joined the Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center in 1998. I served as director of the Kaiser Permanente Southern California Surgical Residency Program, which I consider to be one of the nation's best, from 1999-2012. I was assistant chief of surgery from 2004-2012. I hold an MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management. I've been an examiner and consultant for the American Board of Surgery. I'm currently a fellow and officer of the Southern California chapter of the American College of Surgeons, associate clinical professor of surgery at the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine, and an active clinical researcher in surgery.

About my practice

Here at the Los Angeles Medical Center, my partners and I take care of medical conditions that range from simple to very complex. We rely on our teams of nurses, medical assistants and other health care professionals to help us do the job right. We also spend a lot of our effort in training the next generation of Kaiser Permanente doctors. In my practice, I see a wide variety of problems: various types of hernias, many kinds of abdominal conditions including gallbladder disease, a range of intestinal, colorectal and anal problems, and of course surgical emergencies when I'm in the hospital. In my years of practice, I've accumulated a lot of experience in both open and laparoscopic surgery. My partners and I pursue continuing education every week. Staff surgeons in our department are all board-certified in our specialties. We think you deserve to have doctors who make a real effort to stay current. My team and I look forward to meeting you!

How I thrive

In the spring of 2007, I started training for the Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Triathlon. I got so excited about swimming, biking, and running that I ended up competing in four sprint distance triathlons during the 2007 season! Since then I've stopped racing, yet but still pursue distance cycling. I hope you'll find your own favorite way to keep yourself healthy by building a stronger body, eating right, and burning off some extra calories. Be sure to check with your personal physician before starting on any strenuous exercise program. Be well.

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My provider type

Physicians and Surgeons

Medical groups and plans

Southern California Permanente Medical Group

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General Surgery Department
4760 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027

Contact information

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American Board of Surgery

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My hospitals

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4867 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027

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