John C. Lipham

Associate Professor of Clinical Surgery Chief, Division of Upper GI and General Surgery

Areas of treatment:

Esophageal Cancer
Esophageal Disorders
Esophageal Diverticulum
Gastric Cancer


  • Foregut Surgery


  • Department of Surgery


  • English
  • Spanish

John C. Lipham, MD

Associate Professor of Clinical Surgery
Chief, Division of Upper GI and General Surgery

Practicing locations:

  • Keck Hospital of USC
  • USC Healthcare Center 4

About this doctor:

John C. Lipham, M.D., assistant professor of Surgery, focuses on benign and malignant diseases of the foregut. His clinical interests include the diagnosis and treatment of GERD, esophageal motility disorders, malignant diseases of the esophagus and stomach as well as complex general surgery issues. His current research interests include developing less invasive methods of diagnosing and treating gastroesophageal reflux disease. Dr. Lipham earned his medical degree from the Medical College of Wisconsin where he was elected to membership in the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society. He subsequently completed his internship and residency training in general surgery at USC. During his training at USC, Dr. Lipham had the opportunity to gain further experience in general and foregut surgery by accepting a six month position as a Senior Surgical Registrar in England. He then went on to complete a six month esophageal surgery fellowship at USC under the direction of Dr. Tom DeMeester. He joined the faculty of USC in 2001.


University of California, Los Angeles - B.S. Math/Applied Science, June 1990
Medical College of Wisconsin - M.D. degree, May, 1995


University of Southern California - General Surgery Residency, completed January 2001


University of Southern California - Thoracic/Foregut Fellowship, January 2001 to July 2001


Board Certified

Professional society memberships:

The Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract
Fellow American College of Surgeons
International Association of Surgeons and Gastroenterologists (IASG)
The International Society for Diseases of the Esophagus (ISDE)
Society American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES)
Los Angeles Surgical Society, Society of Graduate Surgeons
American Medical Association
Alpha Omega Alpha


Dean's Honors List-University of California, Los Angeles, 1989-1990
Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society, Wisconsin Beta Chapter Medical College of Wisconsin