Big Bear Lake, CA, May 23, 2013 – General Surgeon Dr. Arturo T. Santos MD FACS, has returned to the mountain, seeing patients in Big Bear Lake at Dr. Mike Norman’s office by appointment.  He will be performing surgeries at Bear Valley Community Hospital on an elective basis.

Dr. Santos received his medical education at the University of Santo Tomas in Manila, the Philippines.  He trained and completed his General Surgery residency at Bronx-Lebanon Hospital in New York and at St. Joseph Medical Center in Maryland.

He has been a Board Certified General Surgeon since 1978, actively improving his practice of medicine through continuing education for the past 35 years.  As a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (ACS), his education, training, professional qualifications, surgical competence and ethical conduct have been evaluated and found to be consistent with the high standards of the ACS.

He specializes in laparoscopic and minimally invasive surgeries, which include endoscopy and surgeries on upper and lower hernias, breasts, thyroid, stomach, small intestine, large intestine (colon), rectum, appendix, gallbladder, hemorrhoids, spleen and more.

Some benefits of laparoscopic surgery are less incidence of infection, reduced pain due to smaller incisions, minimal blood loss and shorter recovery time.

Dr. Santos says, “The atmosphere in Big Bear is very, very nice. Patients have been good to me and I have formed relationships with them, like family.” He adds, ” I love my profession. It is often very rewarding when someone is sick and you can make them better; it is a very nice feeling.”

Dr. Santos, his wife Elizabeth and his daughter Hanna all work together to provide seamless coordinated care to each of their patients.

The Bear Valley Community Healthcare District is looking forward to Dr. Santos providing patients his surgical expertise in the local, convenient setting of Bear Valley Community Hospital. Appointments can be made with Dr. Santos by calling (760) 256-4651 or (760) 267-6263.  Please visit for more information.