About the Program

At the heart of our program is a multidisciplinary approach to help our patients achieve successful long-term weight loss. Our team of endocrinologists, dietitians, social workers, psychologists, psychiatrists, nurses and surgeons work alongside patients to create a personal weight loss plan. This collaboration helps patients maintain weight-loss results and achieve long-term improvements for metabolic disorders.

The program is led by world-renowned surgeons who have published more than 350 papers and book chapters. Our team focuses on the evaluation and treatment of severe morbid obesity and the complications associated with conditions such as Type 2 diabetes, hypertension, degenerative disc disease, sleep apnea and hyperlipidemia.

The reputation of our program has earned us numerous accolades, including being named a Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP) Accredited Comprehensive Center and receiving the Center of Excellence distinction from Blue Cross-Blue Shield, Cigna, Aetna and Health Net, among others. Ours is one of the few programs in Southern California to have received the highest ratings from national independent health-care rating organizations based on quality and outcomes.

As an academic medical center, we take care to be clear with our patients about the costs for our services. Our patient navigators work with patients to help them fully understand their financial options and the requirements of their insurance carriers.

Unlike other bariatric surgery offerings that charge patients a “program fee” in addition to surgical fees to cover the nutritional, medical, and psychiatric care required for successful long-term weight loss, there is no additional or hidden cost for the support of our multidisciplinary team.

The key ingredient for long-term achievement: Exceptional support.

Successful weight loss surgery involves far more than the surgeon’s exceptional skill. It requires changes in diet and lifestyle and even changes in the way patients think about themselves, who they can be, and what they can achieve.

One of the reasons Keck Medicine of USC’s metabolic and bariatric surgery program has achieved recognition as a Center of Excellence is the emphasis the entire team places on patient education, support and empowerment. USC Bariatric Surgery Program patients can see Keck Medicine surgeons at both Keck Hospital of USC in Los Angeles and USC Verdugo Hills Hospital in La Cañada.

The knowledge patients want, right from the start

The program starts out well before any surgical consultation by ensuring that every potential patient has the information he or she needs to make the best possible decisions. All prospective patients must attend a free seminar hosted by USC physicians to make sure they fully understand their surgical and non-surgical weight loss options. Attendees are able to ask questions and hear directly about the experiences of successful patients — from the challenges to the triumphs.

These free seminars are held in two locations for the convenience of the prospective patients, at the Pasadena Hilton and at Keck Hospital. A full schedule can be viewed here.

Support every step of the way

Bariatric surgery patients face more than the physical challenges of getting back into action after a procedure. There are the emotional challenges of establishing and committing to new habits and the social challenges of friends or family members reacting in surprising ways to new achievements. Our surgeons, nurses, social workers and dietitians create a unique health plan for each patient. Keck Medicine also offers a monthly support group so patients can talk about their concerns and triumphs with people who understand exactly what they’re going through.

Real results, real people

We have performed several thousand procedures with best outcomes and no mortalities following laparoscopic gastric bypass procedures.

Patient I: Before and After
USC Bariatric patient

It’s about long-term health

Recent published data in the New England Journal of Medicine (1,2) has shown that weight-loss surgeries, in particular laparoscopic gastric bypass and sleeve procedures, are more effective than medical therapies in the treatment of Type 2 diabetes in the morbidly obese patient. In certain cases where the diabetes has been recently diagnosed, it is possible to discontinue all medications after successful surgery.

Ref: 1-N Engl J Med 2012; 366:1577-1585
2-N Engl J Med 2012; 366:1567-1576

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Our Physicians

dr.KatkhoudaNamir Katkhouda MD
Professor of surgery,
Director, USC Weight Loss surgery program
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dr.KatkhoudaKulmeet Sandhu, MD
Assistant Professor of surgery
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Kamran SamakarKamran Samakar
Assistant Professor of surgery
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Adrian DobrowolskyAdrian Dobrowolsky
Assistant Professor of surgery
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Our Location

Healthcare Center 4
1450 San Pablo St., Suite 6200
Los Angeles, CA 90033
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Doctors are available 24 hours a day at several hospital locations
Phone: (800) USC-CARE (800-872-2273)
Fax: (323) 442-6279



USC Bariatric Weight Loss Support Group

Support groups are an excellent resource for meeting people who have similar wellness goals, who want to celebrate your successes, and who support you in challenging times.

Dates:  April 24, May 22, June 26, July 24, August 28, September 25, October 23, November 13, December 18
Time: 8:30-10 a.m.
Location: 1520 San Pablo St, HC2
Los Angeles, CA 90033-4612
Lower Level Boardroom 1304


USC Bariatric Seminar – Keck Hospital

Patients considering bariatric surgery or wanting to learn more about weight loss options are required to attend this seminar. This free seminar is hosted by our USC physicians.

Dates: August 23, September 19, October 17, November 28, December 19, 2018
Time: 8:30-10 a.m.
Location: Keck Hospital of USC
Cardinal Room (1st Floor)
1500 San Pablo Street
Los Angeles, CA 90033


USC Bariatric Weight Loss Seminar

Patients considering bariatric surgery or wanting to learn more about weight loss options are required to attend this seminar. This free seminar is hosted by our USC physicians.

Dates: June 16, July 14, August 18, September 1, 2018
Time: 8:30-10 a.m.
Location: Pasadena Hilton
168 S. Los Robles Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91101


USC Verdugo Hills Hospital Bariatric Seminar

Patients considering bariatric surgery or wanting to learn more about weight loss options are required to attend this seminar. This free seminar is hosted by our USC physicians.

Dates: April 10, May 8, June 12, 2018
Time: 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Location: USC Verdugo Hills Hospital, Council Room (4th Floor)
1812 Verdugo Blvd.
Glendale, CA 91208