John Tschirhart
John H. Tschirhart, M.D., FACS

John H. Tschirhart, M.D., FACS

John H. Tschirhart, M.D., FACS

General Surgery

Clinical Interests / Special Procedures Performed

General Surgery

  • Accepting Children: No
  • Accepting New Patients: Yes
  • Accepting Medicare: Yes
  • Accepting Medicaid/DSHS: Yes
Insurance Accepted:

Contact this office for accepted insurance plans.

Philosophy of Care

I feel that patients deserve to have a true understanding of their medical problems so that they can play the primary role in their recovery.

Personal Interests

In my spare time, I enjoy climbing and skiing.

Medical School

University of Michigan, MI


Swedish Medical Center, WA

Board Certifications

American Board of Surgery

Gallstone disease and gallbladder removal

Gallstone disease is one of the most common reasons for patients needing surgery and the source of a great deal of misery.  Fortunately, for the vast majority of patients, gallstone disease can be dealt with safely and fairly easily.

What is Gallstone Disease?

One of the many things your liver does is produce bile. This bile is secreted into your intestine through the bile ducts. In the intestine, it acts to dissolve the fat that we eat that the fat can be absorbed by the intestine.

In between meals, a small muscular valve closes where the bile duct enters the intestine.  The bile that is produced then gets backed up into the gallbladder, which acts as a reservoir, both holding and concentrating the bile.  After a person eats, the presence of food in the stomach and duodenum sets off a signal to the gallbladder which then contracts, adding bile to mix in with the food.

Approximately 20% of people (1 out of 5) form gallstones in their gallbladder. Most stones are made of ...

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Swedish Surgical Specialists Ballard
1801 N.W. Market St.
Ballard Professional Building, Suite 207
Seattle, WA 98107
Phone: 206-215-3500
Fax: 206-386-6706
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1221 Madison St.
Arnold Pavilion, Suite 1401 and 1411
Seattle, WA 98104
Phone: 206-386-6700
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