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Maria Stapfer, MD
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Maria Stapfer, MD

(714) 446-5830
Primary Specialties
  • General Surgery
    (Board Certified)
Medical Groups & Affiliations
  • St. Jude Medical Center
  • Additional Languages Spoken
    Spanish, English

Primary Office

St. Jude Center for Thoracic and Esophageal Diseases
2151 North Harbor Boulevard
Suite 2100
Fullerton, CA 92835
(714) 446-5830
(714) 992-3037
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Physician Bio

Dr. Stapfer attended the University of Hawaii on a 4 year full athletic scholarship where she played basketball for the university while obtaining her degree in biology. She subsequently completed her medical degree at Hahnemann University in Philadelphia where she obtained Alpha Omega Alpha status and graduated cum laude. She completed her general surgery training at USC followed by board certification by the American College of Surgeons in 2003. During her residency Dr. Stapfer managed to have two healthy children. She then completed a fellowship in hepatobiliary and pancreas surgery followed by an abdominal organ transplant fellowship at USC. Dr. Stapfer has extensive training in hepatobiliary and pancreatic surgery having completed 5 years of training in the field including an abdominal organ transplant fellowship for liver, kidney and pancreas transplantation.


  • College:
    University of Hawaii - 1988
  • Internship:
    LAC/USC Medical Center - 1995
  • Residency:
    LAC/USC Medical Center - 1997
  • Fellowship:
    Gene Therapy Research Fellowship - 1999
  • Fellowship:
    LAC/USC Medical Center - 2004
  • Fellowship:
    USC University Hospital- Multi- Abdominal Organ Transplant - 2006
  • Board Certified in General Surgery


  • American College of Surgeons
  • American Society of Transplant Surgeons


1988 Alpha Omega Alpha, Hahnemann University, 1988 Cum Laude - Hahnemann University, 1955 Resident Teacher of the Year - LAC/USC Medical Center

Areas of Interest

General Surgery, Pancreatic Cancer, Bile Duct Injuries, Cholangiocarcinoma, Gallbladder Cancer, Cholelithiasis, Choledocholithiasis, Liver Resection for Metastasis, Hepatocellular Carcinoma, Abdominal Organ Transplantation including Liver, Kidney, and Pancreas, Hepatobiliary and Pancreas Surgery

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