Our Physicians

Mark S. Shachner, MD, FACS

Board Certified General Surgeon
  • Breast Surgery
  • Complex Hernia Repairs
  • Gastrointestinal tract
  • General Surgery
  • Hernia Surgery
  • Hiatal Hernia/Gerd
  • Laparoscopic Surgery
  • Linx Procedure
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Parathyroid
  • Robotic Surgery
  • Surgical Oncology
  • Thyroid Surgery

Residency, Hospital of The University of Pennsylvania
Doctorate of Medicine, Yale University School of Medicine, 1985

LINX: Magnetic Sphincter Augmentation

Dr. Shachner is one of the few surgeons in Florida who has both the training and experience to perform this procedure. He has safely placed over 30 of the LINX devices in the first year that he had completed his training. Although there have been over 4,000 of these devices implanted, the number of surgeons world wide who have been trained to perform this procedure is limited.

LINX is easy to understand and love because it is simple. LINX is a small, flexible ring of magnets, that opens to allow food and liquid down, then closes to prevent stomach contents from moving up. It augments the Lower Esophageal Sphincter helping to prevent reflux at the source. It requires no alteration to the stomach unlike a Nissen Fundoplication or Toupet procedure. It is placed with a minimally invasive technique with small incisions that allow most patients to go home on the day of the operation. Patients are usually able to resume normal activities within a few days post operatively. Furthermore, patients are encouraged to resume a normal diet within 2 days after the procedure.

The LINX device was approved by the FDA in 2012 after multiple 5 year clinical trial studies. It has been shown to be a safe, effective and durable surgical alternative for treating GERD. The majority of patients (over 85), in these clinical trials were able to discontinue their PPI usage, eliminate heartburn symptoms and regurgitation with overall improved quality of life.

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Dr. Shachner has been in private practice of surgery since 1992 and is currently the President of South Florida Surgical Specialists, LLC. His practice is devoted to minimally invasive surgery for GI malignancies, hiatal hernia and reflux conditions. He is one of a few surgeons in South Florida who performs high volume of Robotic Surgery for Hiatal Hernia, Colon Cancer, and Single Incision Gallbladder removal. He is the only surgeon in Broward County that performs the new Linx procedure for reflux.

Dr. Shachner is a 1985 graduate of Yale University School of Medicine and completed his residency at the Hospital of The University of Pennsylvania. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Surgery, a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a member of the American Society of Breast Surgeons. Dr. Shachner holds an appointment as Clinical Associate Professor at Nova Southeastern University. He is the former Chief of Staff and chair of the department of surgery at Coral Springs Medical Center.

In light of Dr. Shachner’s experience and expertise, he has been selected and trained as a proctor to teach other surgeons the safe and proper techniques of LINX placement.

Academic and Professional Affiliations
President of South Florida Surgical Specialists, LLC
Fellow of the American College of Surgeons
Associate Professor of Surgery at Nova Southeastern University
Holds an appointment as clinical associate professor at Nova Southeastern University.
Former Chief of Staff and Chair of the Department of Surgery at Coral Springs Medical Center
Served as the director of the Woman’s Diagnostic and Wellness Center for over 10 years
Certified by SAGES (Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgery)