David F. Canal

David F. Canal, MD

Frederic W. Taylor Professor of Surgery



David Canal, MD, Frederic W. Taylor Professor of Surgery graduated from the Indiana University School of Medicine in 1983 with highest distinction and completed his general surgical training at IU.  Dr. Canal joined the IU General Surgery faculty in 1988.  He is a pioneer of minimally invasive surgical techniques and developed the laparoscopic program at Indiana University. He has taught many residents and surgeons throughout the State of Indiana basic and advanced laparoscopic techniques.  He pioneered the use of the daVinci Robotic assist device for general surgeons in the State of Indiana.  Dr. Canal has a tremendous interest in resident education and served as the Program Director of the Indiana University General Surgery Residency program for 15 years.  Dr. Canal serves as the Chief of Service-Surgery and Medical Director of Specialty Care for Eskenazi Health.  As an American Board of Surgery certified general surgeon, Dr. Canal’s surgical career has spanned broad-based general surgical procedures and continues with a focus on breast care.  He is an active member of the American College of Surgeons and just completed his sixth year as Governor representing the Indiana Chapter.


(317) 274-0949 

General Surgery
Indianapolis, IN