Vivian M. Sanchez, MD

Assistant Professor, Surgery

Vivian Sanchez
1400 VFW Parkway, Surgical Service 112


Dr. Sanchez joined the BUSM community as an Assistant Professor of Surgery in January 2010. She is Director of Bariatric Surgery and a staff surgeon at VA Boston Healthcare System (VABHS). She also serves as surgery program site director for BMC surgical residents as well as program director for anesthesia interns in surgery. Dr. Sanchez participated in the Student Promotion and Evaluation Committee at BUSM.

Dr. Sanchez received her BA from Harvard and her medical degree from University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine. She completed her residency in general surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital, followed by a research fellowship in surgical oncology at the National Institutes of Health and clinical fellowships in laparoscopic surgery at University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital and in bariatric surgery at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston.

Other Positions

  • Assistant Dean, Student Affairs, Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine
  • Director, Bariatric Surgery, VA Boston Healthcare System



  • University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, MD
  • Harvard University, BA


  • Published on 10/17/2019

    Spechler SJ, Hunter JG, Jones KM, Lee R, Smith BR, Mashimo H, Sanchez VM, Dunbar KB, Pham TH, Murthy UK, Kim T, Jackson CS, Wallen JM, von Rosenvinge EC, Pearl JP, Laine L, Kim AW, Kaz AM, Tatum RP, Gellad ZF, Lagoo-Deenadayalan S, Rubenstein JH, Ghaferi AA, Lo WK, Fernando RS, Chan BS, Paski SC, Provenzale D, Castell DO, Lieberman D, Souza RF, Chey WD, Warren SR, Davis-Karim A, Melton SD, Genta RM, Serpi T, Biswas K, Huang GD. Randomized Trial of Medical versus Surgical Treatment for Refractory Heartburn. N Engl J Med. 2019 10 17; 381(16):1513-1523. PMID: 31618539.

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  • Published on 6/22/2019

    Stolarski AE, Kim NE, O'Neal P, Sanchez V, Whang E, Kristo G. Implementation of an Intraoperative Instructional Timeout Just Prior to Stapler Use Improves Proficiency of Surgical Stapler Usage by Surgery Residents. J Surg Educ. 2019 Nov - Dec; 76(6):1622-1628. PMID: 31239232.

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  • Published on 2/6/2019

    Nelson B, Na Eun K, Sullivan B, O'Neal P, Sanchez V, Whang E, Kristo G. Playing the Surgical Technologist Role by Surgery Residents Improves Their Technical and Nontechnical Skills. J Surg Res. 2019 06; 238:57-63. PMID: 30738359.

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  • Published on 12/18/2018

    Nudel J, Sanchez VM. Surgical management of obesity. Metabolism. 2019 03; 92:206-216. PMID: 30576688.

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  • Published on 5/1/2017

    Shankar DA, Itani KMF, O'Brien WJ, Sanchez VM. Factors Associated With Long-term Outcomes of Umbilical Hernia Repair. JAMA Surg. 2017 May 01; 152(5):461-466. PMID: 28122076.

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  • Published on 4/1/2017

    Funk LM, Gunnar W, Dominitz JA, Eisenberg D, Frayne S, Maggard-Gibbons M, Kalarchian MA, Livingston E, Sanchez V, Smith BR, Weidenbacher H, Maciejewski ML. A Health Services Research Agenda for Bariatric Surgery Within the Veterans Health Administration. J Gen Intern Med. 2017 Apr; 32(Suppl 1):65-69. PMID: 28271434.

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  • Published on 11/1/2016

    Elwy AR, Itani KM, Bokhour BG, Mueller NM, Glickman ME, Zhao S, Rosen AK, Lynge D, Perkal M, Brotschi EA, Sanchez VM, Gallagher TH. Surgeons' Disclosures of Clinical Adverse Events. JAMA Surg. 2016 Nov 01; 151(11):1015-1021. PMID: 27438083.

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  • Published on 1/1/2012

    Sanchez V, Itani KMF. Abdominal Wall Reconstruction. Hernia Repair in the Setting of Contamination and Infection. 2012.

  • Published on 1/1/2012

    Abi-Haidar Y, Sanchez V, Williams SA, Itani KM. Revisiting percutaneous cholecystostomy for acute cholecystitis based on a 10-year experience. Arch Surg. 2012; 147(5):416-22.

  • Published on 12/6/2011

    Al Natour RH, Saund MS, Sanchez VM, Whang EE, Sharma AM, Huang Q, Boosalis VA, Gold JS. Tumor size and depth predict rate of lymph node metastasis in colon carcinoids and can be used to select patients for endoscopic resection. J Gastrointest Surg. 2012 Mar; 16(3):595-602. PMID: 22143420.

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