COAST SURGICAL GROUP
786 Third Avenue, Suite B
Chula Vista, CA 91911
Dr. Arcovedo was born and raised in Mexico City in a diverse cultural background. He decided early in life to be a doctor due to his father’s example and his inclination to help people.
Dr. Arcovedo attended the Mexican School of Medicine of La Salle University, a catholic institution, in his hometown from 1985 through 1991. At the end of medical school, he greatly enjoyed his rural stint as a primary care physician. It allowed him to experience the delightful feeling of caring for others and be part of a small community. In 1992 he pursued his specialization in the United States. In 1993 he joined the University o Illinois Metropolitan Group Program in General Surgery in Chicago. He soon assumed a leadership role and graduated from the program in 1999. He fell in love with minimally invasive surgery.
During his residency he became proficient with the utilization of the ultrasonographer. Then, he traveled to University of Heidelberg, Mannheim Germany where he acquired broader and finer skills in ultrasound. In Mannheim, Dr. Arcovedo was certified by the German Society of Ultrasound in Medicine as a sonographer. Upon his return to the United States, he promptly took and passed the American Board of Surgery Certifying examinations.
His duty to the populations in need took him to Sri Lanka as part of the Nobel price winning Non Governmental Organization, Doctors without Borders. It was by far the best experience of his life. He realized the true basics of human existence. He returned to his home country to practice in a public hospital. The relationship with his Mexican peers turned out to be an enriching one. He obtained Board Certification by the Consejo Mexicano de Cirugia in the year 2000.
He belongs to multiple professional associations. He was granted fellowship status in the prestigious American College of Surgeons, as well as the International College of Surgeons. Following up with his interest in ultrasonography, he became an instructor of the National Faculty of Ultrasound of the American College of Surgeons.
In November 2000, he left Mexico to take care of an underserved area in Iowa, USA. He became the Chief of Surgery at Mitchell County Regional Health Center. The range of procedures performed went from cesarean sections to laparoscopic colectomies. It was then when he met the love of his life, Cristina. They married in Miami during the brutal Iowan Winter. They do not have children yet.
Recently they both decided to move to the best weather in America, San Diego. Dr. Arcovedo joined Coast Surgical Group in January 2005 and has since become quite busy. His personal interests are usually related to nature such as diving, hiking, birdwatching. Traveling is huge for Rodolfo and Cristina, particularly to remote natural areas. In the urban jungle, they love to enjoy world music, cultural events and ethnic food. They are a fun-loving and easygoing dynamic couple.