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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. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, all live classes, seminars and support group meetings have been cancelled. You may instead attend the USC Bariatric webinar.

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.

Advanced Surgical Care

Our Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) program can help reduce pain, shorten your hospital stay and improve your overall surgical experience.

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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

Kamran SamakarKamran Samakar
Director, USC Weight Loss Surgery Program,
Assistant Professor of Surgery
Bariatric Surgery, General Surgery
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Adrian DobrowolskyAdrian Dobrowolsky
Associate Director, USC Weight Loss Surgery Program,
Assistant Professor of Surgery
Bariatric Surgery, General Surgery
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dr.KatkhoudaNamir Katkhouda MD
Professor of Surgery
Bariatric Surgery, General Surgery
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dr.KatkhoudaKulmeet Sandhu, MD
Assistant Professor of Surgery
Bariatric Surgery, General Surgery
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James D. Nguyen, MD
Assistant Professor of Clinical Surgery
Bariatric Surgery, General 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. Connect with us via Zoom conferencing.

Dates: January 28, 2020 | February 25, 2020 | March 31, 2020 | April 28, 2020 | May 26, 2020 | June 30, 2020 | July 28, 2020 | August 25, 2020 | September 29, 2020 | October 27, 2020 | November 17, 2020 | December 15, 2020 |
Time: 5:00-7:00 p.m.

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Univeristy of Southern California
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