Michael E. Abel, MD, FACS, FASCRS

General & Colorectal Surgeon

Chair, Department of Surgery, California Pacific Medical Center

Director, Colorectal Cancer Center of Excellence Program

Clinical Professor of Surgery, UCSF

Michael E. Abel, MD is a general and colorectal surgeon. He is a Clinical Professor of Surgery at UCSF. He serves as Chair of the Department of Surgery at CPMC and Director of the Colorectal Cancer Center of Excellence Program. Dr. Abel earned his MD from Case Western Reserve, completed his general surgery residency training in a combined US Navy/UCSF program, and thereafter a fellowship in colon and rectal surgery at Cook County Hospital in Chicago.

Dr. Abel has extensive expertise in the screening and treatment of benign and malignant colorectal disease and a broad range of gastrointestinal conditions. As an academically trained surgeon, Dr. Abel is highly skilled in laparoscopic surgery and other minimally invasive surgical techniques. Dr. Abel is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons and numerous other professional societies and organizations. He has also authored numerous peer-reviewed articles. Dr. Abel served with honor and distinction in the United States Navy as a Lt. Commander at the Naval Hospital in  Oakland, CA and as a surgeon aboard the USS Enterprise.

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Surgery
  • American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery


  • Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, M.D., Cleveland, Ohio
  • Cleveland State University B.S., Magna Cum Laude, Cleveland, Ohio


  • General Surgery Internship, Naval Regional Medical Center, Oakland, affiliated program of University of California, San Francisco (UCSF)
  • General Surgery Residency, UCSF


  • Cook County Hospital/University of Illinois - Chicago, Colon and Rectal Surgery

Clinical Expertise

  • Anorectal Disease
  • Benign and Malignant Soft Tissue Tumors
  • Colon Cancer
  • Digestive Diseases
  • Endoscopy/Colonoscopy/Cancer Screening
  • Esophageal Cancer
  • Gall Bladder Disease
  • Hernia Surgery
  • Laparoscopic Surgery
  • Pelvic floor disorders and incontinence
  • Rectal Cancer
  • Surgical Oncology
  • Upper Gastrointestinal Surgery

Hospital Affiliations

  • California Pacific Medical Center
  • Chinese Hospital
  • Davies Medical Center
  • Presidio Surgery Center
  • San Francisco Endoscopy Center
  • St. Luke’s Medical Center
  • St. Mary’s Hospital

Professional Associations

  • American College of Physician Executives
  • American College of Surgeons, Fellow
  • American College of Surgeons, Northern California Chapter
  • American Society of Colon & Rectal Surgeons
  • Northern California Society of Colon & Rectal Surgeons Asian Surgical Association
  • Pacific Coast Surgical Association
  • Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons San Francisco Surgical Society

Awards & Honors

  • US Navy Commendation Medal
  • US Navy Humanitarian Service Medal

Foreign Languages Spoken