About Us

"X-Rays revolutionized medicine. Our price transparency may be just as illuminating."

Minimus Institute is a state-of-the-art, outpatient surgery provider located in beautiful Monterey Bay, California.

We offer access to world-class surgeons and arm patients with real-time data on outcomes, infection rates, patient satisfaction scores and transparent pricing. Our goal is to empower patients to make the most informed decisions about their care and guide them through their surgical experience.

Monterey Peninsula Surgery Centers

Your care will be provided at one of Monterey Peninsula Surgery Centers’ facilities located around Monterey Bay, California Monterey Peninsula Surgery Centers (MPSC) is the largest locally-owned outpatient healthcare facility in California performing nearly 17,000 surgical cases annually. MPSC is considered a prime surgical center for San Joaquin Valley patients (Stockton, Modesto, Fresno) as well as Silicon Valley. Treating patients from places as far away as Canada, Africa and China, our team is dedicated to ensuring that neither distance nor language are obstacles to receiving world-class care. Over 99% of our patients would refer us to friends or family.

Our goal is to make your journey safe, easy and convenient by assisting before, during and after your visit.

We excel in meeting the unique pre and post-operative needs of patients traveling from outside the Monterey area.
We’ll facilitate a plan of care to help you navigate procedural, payment, language, or insurance issues.
Our concierge service will:

Coordinate pre and post operative physician consultations

Facilitate the exchange of medical records, diagnostic information or lab work, at home or locally

Make travel accommodations and plan activities for patients and their family members staying in the area

Provide ample communication addressing frequently asked questions, including what to expect before, during and following an operation

Here to Help.

"It’s a pleasure to see our state-of-the-art surgical services extended nationally."

-David C. Awerbuck, M.D

Chairman of the Board

David C. Awerbuck, M.D


Dr. David Awerbuck is an Ear Nose and Throat specialist with interests in pediatric disorders, sinus diseases and head and neck cancer. Armed with a Medical Degree and a Masters in Medical Management from the University of Toronto and an MBA from USC, Dr. Awerbuck is Chairman of the Board of Monterey Peninsula Surgery Centers and currently oversees both a successful medical/surgical practice as well as the day to day operations of our facilities.

"Our job is to take the stress out of surgery, so you can focus on what matters most – your health."

-Hilary W. Galbraith

VP Operations

Educated at Brown and the University of Notre Dame, Hilary has more than a decade of experience in healthcare and strategic management. Through her past engagements, she has worked on various key issues in the industry: patient access strategy, merger and acquisition integration, healthcare provider capacity management, CMS regulation adherence, Medicare STARS quality metric analysis, and perhaps most notably, patient engagement and satisfaction.

"At Minimus, we have developed a better way to provide surgical services…concierge service with transparent pricing all centered around the patient."

-Thomas D. Wilson

CEO and Managing Director

Thomas D. Wilson



Tom Wilson is a recognized leader in outpatient surgery having pioneered migrating appropriate complex surgical cases (total joint replacement, hysterectomies, spine surgery) into the ambulatory surgery center (ASC) and bringing price transparency to surgical care. He is past president of both ASCA and CASA, a founding member of IAAS and is the California Insurance Commissioner’s appointee to the California Insurance Guarantee Association, serving on the Executive Committee. Mr. Wilson received his B.S. (Biology) and M.S. (Genetics) from Utah State University and his MPH from UC Berkeley. As Managing Director and CEO of Monterey Peninsula Surgery Centers since 1995, he has led the organization to be the largest independent locally owned outpatient surgery facility in California and a national leader in outpatient total joint replacement and major spine surgery.

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