Our Program

Our comprehensive, leading weight loss program is one of the most highly regarded and respected in the country, with a proven record of maintaining one of the best surgical outcomes in California. Our multidisciplinary team of experts provide effective, lasting weight management clinical care for obese or morbidly obese individuals right from the onset of treatment.

Many patients face health complications caused by obesity including: metabolic syndrome, arthritis, compromised organ function. Our healthcare professionals recognize that safe, effective therapeutic weight loss often demands much more than lifestyle changes and will power. Individuals with obesity, as with any other disease, can greatly benefit from medical, and possibly, surgical treatment.

The core of our treatment consists of the medical and surgical components of our program working in concert. Patients easily move from medical weight management to surgical treatment and back to medical supervision, as needed. As members of Keck School of Medicine of USC, we have access to current leading research findings, arming us with the newest and most effective treatments for patient care. We treat individuals with complex medical, physical or behavioral problems, as well as those who require revisions due to complications from prior weight loss surgery.

Our physicians have performed over 3,000 laparoscopic procedures with zero mortality. Part of our surgical success results from improvements in techniques that we have made to existing weight-loss surgeries.

  • Modifying the LAP-BAND Adjustable Gastric Banding System into a more efficient operation by flipping the band and adding a sleeve, has eliminated the need for a second surgery.
  • Our center is one of the few California that continues to hand sew the connection in distal gastric bypass, dramatically reducing complications.

Our program has earned numerous distinctions, including the Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence certification by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, and the Center of Excellence distinction from Blue Cross-Blue Shield, Cigna, Aetna and Health Net, among others.

Our Approach

Each patient’s success is directly linked to the commitment of the multidisciplinary team of surgeons, endocrinologists, dietitians, occupational therapists, social workers, psychiatrists and nurses who collaborate with you to design a weight-loss program that specifically address your personal health issues and limitations. To maintain our rigorous standards of safety, we adhere to National Institutes of Health (NIH) guidelines, and avoid all unnecessary surgeries. Our patients must follow an organized diet plan or medically supervised diet for six months prior to surgery.

We believe that obesity is a disease for life; consequently, to help you maintain your weight loss, we will continue to monitor and follow-up with your progress for many, many years, most likely a lifetime.

Our Physicians

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Practicing Locations

Faculty/Staff Health Clinic at USC Engemann Student Health Center
Keck Medicine of USC - Pasadena
USC Healthcare Center 2
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Practicing Locations

USC Healthcare Center 4
USC Verdugo Hills Hospital
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Practicing Locations

Keck Medicine of USC – Glendale
LAC+USC Medical Center
USC Healthcare Center 4
USC Verdugo Hills Hospital
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Practicing Locations

Keck Hospital of USC
Keck Medicine of USC – Glendale
USC Healthcare Center 4
USC Surgery - Glendale
USC Verdugo Hills Hospital