Crystal F. Totten, MD

  • Surgery
  • General Surgery
4.83 out of 5


  • Swallowing disorders including Achalasia
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease
  • Distal esophageal diverticulum
  • Hiatal and paraesophageal hernias
  • Abdominal wall hernias
    • Abdominal wall reconstruction
    • Gallbladder disease
    • Splenic disease
    • Female groin pain
    • Chronic appendicitis

Procedures Performed

  • Laparoscopic Heller Myotomy
  • Laparoscopic hiatal hernia repair +/- fundoplication
  • Laparoscopic recurrent paraesophageal hernia repair
  • Laparoscopic pyloromyotomy
  • Abdominal wall hernia repairs - laparoscopic, robotic or open approach tailored to the patient
    • Laparoscopic/robotic inguinal hernia repairs, primary and revisional
    • Abdominal wall reconstruction with TAR/ component muscle release
    • Cholecystectomy
    • Splenectomy
    • Appendectomy
    • EGD, Bravo pH testing
    • Endoscopy – EGD
    • pH and motility testing
    • Minimally invasive surgery, including robotics


Crystal Totten, MD, is a general surgeon in the Division of Gastrointestinal and Minimally Invasive Surgery at UK HealthCare and holds an appointment as an assistant professor of surgery in the UK College of Medicine. She is actively involved in performing both laparoscopic and robotic procedures and has special interests in swallowing disorders, surgical endoscopy, hiatal hernia and abdominal wall reconstruction. Totten works to customize each patient’s procedure based on their needs and can manage abdominal wall hernias using open, laparoscopic and robotic approaches.

After receiving her medical degree and completing training in general surgery at the University of South Florida, Totten went on to complete a fellowship in minimally invasive surgery and abdominal wall reconstruction at UK in 2016. She returned to UK as a faculty member in the fall of 2018.

Totten is well published in the areas of cost and outcomes for hernia repair as well as the effects of medication alterations to collagen deposition following hernia repair. She is a member of the American College of Surgeons, the Society of American and Gastrointestinal Surgery, the American Hernia Society and the Association for Academic Surgery.

Faculty Rank

  • Assistant Professor of Surgery

Training & Education


University of South Florida, College of Medicine, Tampa


General Surgery, University of South Florida, College of Medicine, Tampa


Minimally Invasive Surgery, University of Kentucky

Certifications and Special Training

American Board of Surgery

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Ratings & Reviews

4.83 out of 5
10 Reviews

The star rating is a calculation based on feedback from our patients using our nationally-recognized Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey. Learn more about our survey process. Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the best score.

  • Patient Review

    Very pleased with *Dr. Totten. Was very impressed with her.

    Patient Review

    She was very efficient

    Patient Review

    The priority of the resident and doctor was all about telling me I have to quit smoking and lose 40 pounds to have hernia surgery. I understand about healing issues but I heal fast and well. That is what the focus was at this appointment.quit smoking and lose 40 pounds, lower a1c then I will see you in 6 months. A waste of my time

    Patient Review

    He came in and did a complete exam. I had a large bruise on my stomach which he did not address. When the doctor came in she asked to see how my incision had healed although. I am sure she had been told. She immediately asked about the bruise. It was from falling.

    Patient Review

    This doctor is a good listener and considers the patients view and feelings.
    • Patient Review

      Very good experience.
    • Patient Review

      Dr.Totten was excellent in every respect.
    • Patient Review

      Dr. Totten fully explained what my options were and discussed the pros and cons of each option.
    • Patient Review

      I love Dr Totten. She has been very informative and caring through my office visits and surgery. She answered all my questions and was very kind. I trust her immensely.
    • Patient Review

      Experiences were very good.