University of California, Riverside

School of Medicine

Clinical Faculty Biographies

Dr. Arnold Tabuenca

Health Science Clinical Professor - Surgery
Chair of Surgery

Dr. Arnold Tabuenca

Medical Office

Riverside University Health System - Medical Center
26250 Cactus Avenue
Moreno Valley, Calif. 92555
(951) 486-4000

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School of Medicine
University of California, Riverside
Riverside, Calif. 92521
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Education and Training

  • Residency, General Surgery, River Plate University Hospital, Argentina
  • Cardiac Surgical Research Fellowship, River Plate University Hospital, Argentina
  • Internship, General Surgery, Sinai Hospital, Baltimore, MD
  • Residency, General Surgery, Loma Linda University Medical Center
  • Research Associate, VA Hospital, Loma Linda University
  • Surgical education Research Fellowship, Association for Surgical Education
  • M.D., Rosario National University, Rosario Argentina
  • B.S., River Plate College, Argentina


Dr. Arnold Tabuenca is the chief medical officer at the Riverside University Health System - Medical Center, a 520,000 square foot state-of-the-art tertiary care and level II adult and pediatric facility.

As CMO, he has improved the quality of trauma care, which resulted in obtaining American College of Surgeons level II trauma certification and has improved the level of care of stroke patients. Under his leadership, RUHS obtained Joint Commission advanced certification as a primary stroke center and received a “gold-plus rating” from the American Stroke Association.

As chair of surgery at the UCR School of Medicine, he started a new ACGME accredited surgery residency program and is working to develop surgical clerkship in multiple hospitals.

Research Interests

Tabuenca's recent work includes monitoring of and prevention of surgical site infection, as well as methods for tracking and managing data and information during residency programs.


  • Visionary Leadership Award, Riverside University Health System - Medical Center, 2014.
  • Special Appreciation Award for contributions toward excellence in residency education. Loma Linda University Medical Center, 2006.
  • Certificate of Appreciation for diligent dedication to worthy causes and willingness to share experiences with medical students. UCR/UCLA Thomas Haider Program in Biomedical Sciences, 2006.
  • Distinguished and Outstanding Leadership Award, Riverside University Health System - Medical Center, 2004.

Selected Publications

  • Bell R., Biester T., Tabuenca A., Rhodes R., Cofer J., Britt L., Lewis F. Operative experience of residents in U.S. general surgery programs: a gap between expectation and experience. Annals of Surgery May 2009, Volume 249(5) 719-724.
  • Leary J.P., Tabuenca A. editors. The Physiologic Basis of Surgery 4th edition. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, 2008.
  • DeLaCruz E., Jaber R., Tabuenca A., Joe V. The 'Celtic cross' technique for immediate umbilical reconstruction post laparotomy and surgical ablation of the umbilicus. Journal of Plastic, Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgery Nov 19, 2007.
  • Tabuenca A., Welling R. Sachdeva A., Blair P., Horvath K. et al. Multi-Institutional Validation of a Web-Based Core Competency Assessment System. Journal of Surgical Education. Volume 64(2) 72-73, 2007.
  • Tabuenca A., Catalano R., Gollin G., Shieck J. An Internet Based Residency Assessment Application that Fulfills the Outcomes Project Requirements, Current Surgery volume 60(1):89-93, 2003.

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