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NEW General Surgeon and Breast Specialist Joins WVMC

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Dr. Steven Giss, Board Certified General Surgeon, Breast Specialist, and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons has joined the medical staff at Willamette Valley Medical Center (WVMC) and McMinnville Surgical Associates. Dr. Giss is currently an Assistant Clinical Professor of Surgery at Oregon Health Sciences University (OHSU) and started the surgical residency rotation program at Bay Area Hospital in Coos Bay, OR.


Born in Los Angeles, he stayed close to home for his Bachelor degree at University of California- Santa Cruz, achieving a Bachelor of Arts in Biology-Honors. He then ventured out of state and attended University of Cincinnati College of Medicine for his doctorate of Medicine. Dr. Giss completed both his Surgical Internship and Surgical Residency at the Jewish Hospital of Cincinnati. He has served as Director of Trauma at Bay Area Hospital in Coos Bay, Oregon along with a long list of Board and Committee positions. He recently returned from a year in Willington New Zealand where he worked in an academic medical center with their breast cancer and acute care surgical team.  We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Giss as an extraordinary addition to WVMC’s Medical Staff.


Dr. Giss recalls his realization that he wanted to practice medicine after he discovered his love for biology in high school, and the development of his interpersonal skills and passion for people. He knew that “taking care of people of all ages and establishing long term relationships” appealed to him. Initially, he was pursuing a career in family practice, when he discovered that surgery was his calling during his first grueling surgical rotation in Medical School, and says he has had no regrets since. Dr. Giss has a passion for cancer surgery including working as a breast specialist. He brings great skill and knowledge to McMinnville to aid in our Breast center. He is equally as passionate about preventative care such as endoscopy and colonoscopy procedures. Dr. Giss says he is looking forward to “starting up new surgical programs and being a part of a young equally enthusiastic group” at McMinnville Surgical Associates and Willamette Valley Medical Center.

In his clinic, McMinnville Surgical Associates he will treat the full spectrum of conditions including:

  • Specialized Breast Cancer Care
  • Colon Cancer Care
  • Skin and Lung Cancer
  • Minimally Invasive Surgeries
  • Performs endoscopy and colonoscopy procedures
  • Small and Large Bowel Disease
  • Gastrointestinal Conditions
  • Gallbladder Disease
  • Hernia Repairs
  • Heartburn/Reflux management
  • Varicose Vein care
  • Burn/Wound Management
  • Diabetic Wounds and Infection care
  • Trauma Care and Emergency Surgery

Dr. Giss is extremely dedicated to his patients and loves the strong relationships that develop from the first encounter all the way through the healing process. He enjoys incorporating teaching and preventative medicine into his practice. When not working in his clinic or at WVMC, Dr. Giss will most likely be found playing with his family. They enjoy surfing, skiing, and snowboarding and he also has a knack for music as he plays both piano and guitar.


Appointments may be made by calling

McMinnville Surgical Associates

392 NE Norton Ln,

McMinnville, OR

(503) 434-6060


Welcome to Willamette Valley Medical Center’s medical staff Dr. Giss. We are delighted to have you as part of our team!

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