Dr. Stephen DeSantis, a board-certified general surgeon, has joined the Adventist Health Clinic in Oakhurst and board-certified OB-GYN Dr. Jonathan Mayer is expected to join in the next few weeks.
DeSantis is currently on the medical staff at Madera Hospital. For 33 years, he’s been performing general surgery, including laparoscopic and breast surgeries. He also performs hernia repairs and cares for patients with stomach cancer and gall bladder issues.
“In high school, I didn’t know what I wanted to be,” DeSantis said. “But then, we had a Career Day and I walked in on a session where a doctor was talking about the study of medicine. I was always good at biology, so I knew this is what I was meant to do.”
DeSantis, who lives near Ahwahnee, grew up in Burbank and stayed in the area to receive his education, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Zoology and a Masters in Biology from University of California, Los Angeles. He earned his medical degree from UCLA School of Medicine, and completed an internship and residency training at Harbor/UCLA Medical Center in Torrance. He is board-certified through the American Board of Surgery and is a fellow of American College of Surgeons.
DeSantis is married and in his free time, he enjoys fishing, hiking, gardening and playing the guitar and banjo.
About Adventist Health
Adventist Health / Central Valley Network is part of Adventist Health, a faith-based, nonprofit integrated health system serving more than 75 communities in California, Hawaii, Oregon and Washington. Adventist Health has a workforce of 32,700 including more than 23,400 employees, including nearly 5,000 medical staff physicians and 4,300 volunteers. Founded on Seventh-day Adventist heritage and values, Adventist Health provides care in 19 hospitals, more than 260 clinics (hospital-based, rural health and physician clinics), 15 home care agencies, seven hospice agencies and four joint-venture retirement centers. Adventist Health was ranked No. 10 in Becker’s list of the largest nonprofit hospital systems in the U.S. for 2015. Visit AdventistHealth.org/central-valley for more information.