Six time recipient of UCLA's Golden Scalpel Award, Dr. Kuchenbecker teaches the twice monthly UCLA Colon & Rectal Clinic for medical students and residents. He is honored in numerous publications including L.A. Magazine's LA's Best Doctors, Best Doctors In America nominated by fellow doctors, and America's Top Surgeons – 2007.

Often physicians' first choice of surgeons, Dr. Kuchenbecker frequently cares for challenging surgical problems including cancers and diseases of the digestive system, various abdominal wall hernias and breast diseases. He uses less painful treatment alternatives including injection sclerotherapy & stapled hemorrhoidectomy and excels in the use of laparoscopy for appendicitis and diseases of the gallbladder as well as hand assisted laparoscopy for benign and malignant tumors of the colon and diverticulitis.

Medical School
  • UCLA Geffen School of Medicine, Los Angeles, CA
  • UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA
  • UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA
  • English
  • Spanish


Pacific Surgical Associates
2001 Santa Monica Boulevard
Suite 685W
Santa Monica, CA 90404
(310) 829-9400
(310) 829-6764


  • General Surgery (Board Certified)
  • Colon & Rectal Surgery (Proctology)
Clinical Interests
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Colon & Rectal Disorders
  • Breast Surgery


Insurances Accepted
  • Anthem Blue Cross PPO/POS/EPO
  • Blue Shield PPO/POS/EPO
  • Covered CA Anthem BC PPO/EPO
  • Covered CA Blue Shield PPO/EPO
  • Medicare
  • Medi-Medi (Medicare-Medi-Cal)