Andrew S. Wright M.D.

Andrew S. Wright M.D.
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  • English


  • Advanced Gastrointestinal Surgery
  • Hernia


Dr. Wright is director of the UW Medicine Hernia Center at Northwest Hospital. He is also an integral part of the Center for Esophageal and Gastric Surgery at UW Hospital. He has special expertise in advanced gastrointestinal and hernia surgery, with a focus in minimally invasive treatment including laparoscopy and endoscopy.

Dr. Wright's main clinical interest is in management of hernias, including inguinal, ventral, incisional and hiatal hernias. He also manages complex esophageal and gastric disease including achalasia, gastroesophageal reflux and cancer.

Dr. Wright trained at the University of Wisconsin, including an additional research fellowship in surgical oncology and biomedical engineering. He then came to the University of Washington in 2005, originally for a clinical fellowship in advanced gastrointestinal surgery. After falling in love with the Pacific Northwest, he was happy to take on a faculty position at the UW.

In addition to his clinical work, Dr. Wright is fellowship director of the Advanced Gastrointestinal Surgery Fellowship and an assistant program director for technical skills education for the General Surgery Residency. Much of his non-clinical time is spent in the Institute for Simulation and Interprofessional Studies, where he works on improving patient safety through improved educational initiatives. He also works with the School of Engineering through the Biorobotics Laboratory and has consulted with industry regarding development of new tools and technologies for minimally invasive surgery.

Patient Care Philosophy

My goal is to help patients maximize quality of life. This may take the form of using advanced technology to minimize pain and recovery after surgery. For example, laparoscopic hernia repair can reduce surgical risk while speeding recovery and return to work or a normal life. In more complex cases, this philosophy can take the form of coordinating care between surgery, nutrition and physical therapy to allow patients to regain physical function and overall health. Sometimes surgery is not the best option, and I hope to help guide patients through the complex decision-making that accompanies these difficult problems.

Clinical Interests

Inguinal hernia; groin hernia; groin pain; ventral hernia; incisional hernia; umbilical hernia; epigastric hernia; hiatal hernia; hernia; gastroesophageal reflux disease; gastric cancer; stomach cancer; gastrointestinal stromal tumor; achalasia; swallowing problems; nutcracker esophagus; diffuse esophageal spasm; cholecystectomy; gallbladder removal; cholecystitis; cholelithiasis; endoscopy.

Research Interests

Surgical education; biomedical engineering; simulation; patient safety.


Institution Credential Year
University of Louisville School of Medicine Medical education 1998
Univ. of Wisconsin @ Madison Internship
Univ. of Wisconsin @ Madison Residency
UW - Dept. of Critical Care Surgery Fellowship
Degree Institution Year
MD Univ. of Louisville School of Medicine 1998

Board Certifications

Certification Specialty Year
American Board of Surgery General Surgery 2006