Our Physicians Meet The Team At Affiliated Physician Practice

Stephen DeSantis, MD, FACS

General Surgery

Dr. DeSantis, General Surgeon, joined Madera Medical Staff after 31 years of general and trauma surgery in Orange County, California. Dr. DeSantis is a member of The American Society of Breast Surgeons a 2017 Healthgrades 5-Star recipient. Sensitive to the emotional and physical trauma of Breast Cancer Surgery, Dr. DeSantis, along with an ice hockey friend, designed & patented an illuminated retractor allowing surgeons to move their incisions to hidden locations. The procedure is called, “Hidden Scar” and the technique is being adopted worldwide for lumpectomies and mastectomies.

In addition to hiding the scar for mastectomies, in some cases the Invuity Retractor also allows the surgeon to spare the breast nipple. “By performing Hidden Scar Breast Cancer Surgery, surgeons effectively treat the cancer, preserve the natural shape of the breast and leave no visible reminder of the procedure,” Stephen DeSantis, MD.


Focused On Patients & Community

undefinedThe surgical retractor invented and patented by Dr. DeSantis not only allows for safe, less-invasive treatment of breast cancer, it also helps patients overcome the emotional trauma of this major surgery. Dr. DeSantis' fellow surgeons at Madera Community Hospital were thrilled to receive two sets of the surgical retractors (valued at $30,000) as a donation from Invuity, Inc., the San Francisco-based manufacturer of the device.

Eikon Surgical Retractor

It is exciting to think that a device and surgical technique by a surgeon in Madera is now being used around the world. We at Affiliated Physician Practice are proud to have members of our team like Dr. DeSantis, who focus not only on the medical impact of treatments, but also the experience of our patients. We always strive to provide the best in cutting-edge care, and having industry innovators on our team certainly helps!

Affiliated Physician Practice

1280 E Almond Ave
Madera, CA 93637

Phone: (559) 673-9021 Fax: (559) 675-8994

Regular Hours
  • Monday - Friday 8:00am - 5:00pm
  • Saturday & Sunday Closed