Theodore M. Khalili
Theodore M. Khalili
A well-known and highly regarded surgeon, Dr. Theodore M. Khalili is the Founder and Director of the Weight Loss Surgery of Southern California for Bariatric Care. In the last ten years, he has performed more than 5,000 bariatric and advanced laparoscopic surgeries—including the nation’s first robotic-assisted gastric bypass in 2002. Systematic and methodical in everything he does, Dr. Khalili makes educated and informed decisions based on his extensive knowledge and experience. A dedicated physician who truly believes in the importance of the partnerships he builds with his patients, Dr. Khalili was looking to create something unique: a patient-centered, service-oriented facility that offers a truly comprehensive, holistic approach to bariatric treatment—all under one roof. The Weight Loss Surgery of Southern California is the realization of his vision and his passion for innovation.
Dr. Khalili is a pioneer in the field of minimally invasive bariatric surgery in Los Angeles. He helped start the Weight Loss Surgery Program at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, and until June, 2010 served as its Director. He has trained many surgeons in minimally invasive weight loss surgery, who have gone on to head up bariatric care programs all over the country. An accomplished teacher, Dr. Khalili won the Golden Apple Award as an outstanding educator in 2005 from Cedars-Sinai. He is also an Assistant Clinical Professor in Surgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine, University of California, Los Angeles. Board certified in both General Surgery and Surgical Critical Care, Dr. Khalili is a member of the American College of Surgeons, American Society of Bariatric Surgery, American Medical Association and the Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES). He is the author of numerous papers and presentations on a variety of subjects, including laparoscopic surgery, bariatric surgery, organ transplantation and bio-artificial liver treatment. He has published and spoken nationally and internationally—and his work underscores his commitment to the ongoing advancement of new surgical procedures and technologies.
Dr. Khalili holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Cell Biology from California State University, Northridge and earned his medical degree from The Chicago Medical School. While in medical school, he was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society. He completed his internship and residency in General Surgery at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where he also served a fellowship in Surgical Critical Care. Dr. Khalili’s work was recognized with a Research Prize in 1997 from the Pacific Coast Surgical Association. Married to the love of his life, Dr. Khalili has two teenage daughters and enjoys tennis and basketball.
Gregg Kai Nishi
Gregg Kai Nishi
MD, FACS, Surgery
A surgeon at the Weight Loss Surgery of Southern California and the newly appointed Director of the Institute for Minimally Invasive and Robotic Surgery at K and B Surgical Center, Dr. Gregg Kai Nishi has been integrally involved in developing the Center with his colleagues, Dr. Theodore M. Khalili and Dr. Eraj Basseri, whom he worked with at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Dr. Nishi brings a wealth of expertise and experience to the Weight Loss Surgery of Southern California. He’s an expert on innovative, minimally invasive surgical techniques and has spoken extensively on the subject, having appeared in a variety of news media, including Good Morning America and the Los Angeles Times. He was also named the “Top Bariatrician in the Nation” for 2013 by HealthTap. He has trained a number of other bariatric surgeons who have gone on to head up bariatric programs all over the country in their own right.
Formerly the Assistant Director of the Cedars-Sinai Center for Minimally Invasive and Weight Loss Surgery, Dr. Nishi was also an attending surgeon in Trauma Services and Surgical Intensive Care at Cedars-Sinai. He is one of the principal investigators of the FDA trials on a new procedure called TOGA (incision-less weight loss surgery), and is one of only a handful of surgeons in the U.S. who have performed this procedure. Currently Assistant Clinical Professor of Surgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA, Dr. Nishi has published widely in such journals as American Surgeon and Bariatric Times, and lectures on weight loss surgery at national and international bariatric surgery conferences. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Paul Rubenstein, MD Prize for Excellence in Resident Research Abstract and Awards Presentation; the Society of Laproendoscopic Surgeons Resident Achievement Award; and the Leo G. Rigler, MD Award for Academic Achievement from Cedars-Sinai. An Associate Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, Dr. Nishi is also a member of SAGES, the Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons; American Medical Association; and Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons.
After earning his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of California, Irvine and a medical degree from George Washington University School of Medicine, Dr. Nishi went on to intern in the Department of Surgery at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, New York, where he was named resident of the year. He received his surgical training at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center including a Fellowship in Surgical Critical Care. A Southern California native, Dr. Nishi lives in Los Angeles with his lovely wife and daughter. Dr. Nishi enjoys skiing, biking, and car racing.
Dr. Eraj Basseri, a general and bariatric surgeon, is one of the partners at the Weight Loss Surgery of Southern California. Dr. Basseri was intimately involved in developing the Weight Loss Surgery of Southern California, working with his colleagues Doctors Theodore M. Khalili and Gregg Kai Nishi to bring to life a unique, comprehensive and holistic approach to bariatric and general surgery care. Dr. Basseri is fiercely committed to providing patients the best and most individualized medical care possible. His friendly, easygoing approach and personal warmth put patients at ease the moment they meet him. His educational approach allows patients to better understand and become actively involved in their own medical care.
Dr. Basseri is knowledgeable of the latest and most innovative surgical techniques and equipment available. Instrumental in training and bringing da Vinci robotic surgery availability to the Center, he is dedicated to having the best and latest technology for Weight Loss Surgery of Southern California patients.
Dr. Basseri received a Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience from University of California, Los Angeles; and received his Doctor of Medicine from the University of California, San Diego. He completed a coveted fellowship in the Minimally Invasive and Weight Loss Surgery Department at Cedars Sinai. His innate surgical skills were continually singled out during his tenure there and he received the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons Resident Achievement award as well as an appointment as Administrative Chief Resident. Dr. Basseri is a member of the Society of American Gastrointestinal & Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES) and the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons (SLS). He has published numerous research papers and presented on a number of topics both nationally and internationally.
A native of Los Angeles, Dr. Basseri enjoys playing basketball, weightlifting, and spending time with his family and friends.
Steve C. Chen
Steve C. Chen
MD, FACS, FAAP, Pediatric Surgery
Dr. Steve Chen is the Co-Director of the Adolescence Weight Loss Program for the Weight Loss Surgery of Southern California. Working in tandem with Dr. Khalili, they oversee every aspect of the program. Adolescent bariatric care at the Weight Loss Surgery of Southern California is developed with the strictest criteria and only the most severely obese teenage candidates are considered for surgical intervention. Taking into account a variety of factors, including habitual failure of weight loss and other co-morbidities, the adolescent candidate, together with his/her family, must commit to lasting and permanent lifestyle changes in order to be considered a surgical candidate.
Dr. Chen is also the Medical Director of the Beverly Hills Pediatric Surgery and the Pectus Surgical Institute. He holds an academic appointment as an Associate Clinical Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics at the David Geffen School of Medicine, University of California, Los Angeles. Prior to establishing his private practice, he served as the Director of the Division of Pediatric Surgery at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center until 2010. Recognized for his contribution to pediatric surgical care at Cedars-Sinai, he was honored as the inaugural holder of the Walter and Shirley Wang Endowed Chair in Pediatric Surgery in 2003. Dr. Chen is a passionate surgical educator who is actively engaged in the teaching of medical students and surgical and pediatric residents. In 2009 he was honored with the Golden Apple Teaching award at Cedars-Sinai. Dr. Chen has dedicated much of his expertise to the area of minimally invasive surgery for children and is recognized throughout the greater Los Angeles medical community for his laparoscopic and thoracoscopic surgical skills.
Dr. Chen received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Biophysics/Medical Physics from the University of California, Berkeley and his Doctor of Medicine degree from the Keck School of Medicine at University of Southern California. He completed three surgical residencies including General Surgery, Surgical Critical Care, and Pediatric Surgery. He has received board certifications in all three areas by the American Board of Surgery. Dr. Chen has lived in the Los Angeles area for more than 21 years. He has a lovely wife and two sons who are the center of his life.
Omid A. Shaye
Omid A. Shaye
Dr. Omid A. Shaye is Co-Director of Bariatric Gastroenterology at the Weight Loss Surgery of Southern California. He has become an expert on the specific gastroenterological needs of bariatric patients, as this whole area of the body becomes altered with weight loss surgery. Dr. Shaye brings a wealth of experience and a vast body of knowledge to the Weight Loss Surgery of Southern California. He and Co-Director, Dr. Pedram J. Enayati, have quickly become the “go-to” doctors for bariatric related GI disorders. A strong patient advocate and supporter of educational outreach, Dr. Shaye encourages all of his patients to learn as much as they can about the topic of obesity and weight loss surgery options.
Dr. Shaye has done extensive research on GI disorders and liver diseases, is the author of numerous journal articles and abstracts, and has presented on a variety of topics both nationally and internationally. He is a member of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases; American Gastroenterology Association; American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy; California Medical Association; American College of Physicians-American Society of Internal Medicine; and American Medical Association. He has certifications from the American Board of Internal Medicine and American Board of Gastroenterology.
Dr. Shaye received a Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience from University of California, Los Angeles with a minor in Education specializing in Community Leadership, and he received his Doctor of Medicine from the University of California, San Diego. Dr. Shaye was named “Gastroenterology Fellow of the Year” at University of California, Los Angeles, awarded by the David Geffen School of Medicine’s Division of Digestive Diseases. He was also the recipient of multiple Leo G. Rigler M.D. Awards for outstanding academic achievement at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. He completed his internship and residency in internal medicine at Cedars Sinai Medical Center. He also did a Gastroenterology Fellowship in the Department of Digestive Diseases at UCLA’s David Geffen School of Medicine. A resident of Los Angeles for most of his life, Dr. Shaye is married to Kelly and they have four daughters.
Pedram J. Enayati
Pedram J. Enayati
Dr. Pedram J. Enayati is Co-Director of Bariatric Gastroenterology at the Weight Loss Surgery of Southern California. He has become an expert on the specific gastroenterological needs of bariatric patients, as this whole area of the body becomes altered with weight loss surgery. As he and Co-Director, Dr. Omid A. Shaye, have quickly become the “go-to” doctors for bariatric related GI disorders, Dr. Enayati brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the Weight Loss Surgery of Southern California.
Dr. Enayati has done extensive research on GI disorders, liver diseases, as well as liver/kidney transplantation. He is the author of numerous journal articles and abstracts, and has presented on a variety of topics both nationally and internationally. Dr. Enayati is also the recipient of numerous awards, including Solomon Research Honors; Rubenstein Research Honors; and Excellence in Research award given by the Western Medical Research Committee. He is a member of American Society of Gastroenterology and Endoscopy; American Gastroenterology Association; American College of Physicians; American Society of Internal Medicine; California Medical Association; and American Medical Students Association. Dr. Enayati has certifications from The American Board of Internal Medicine and American Board of Gastroenterology.
Dr. Enayati earned his undergraduate at University of California, Los Angeles where he was Phi Beta Kappa, majoring in neuroscience, and then went on to earn his medical degree at the university’s medical school. He completed his internship and residency in internal medicine at Cedars Sinai Medical Center. He also did a Gastroenterology Fellowship in the Department of Digestive Diseases at UCLA’s David Geffen School of Medicine. Dr. Enayati lives in Los Angeles and is married with a young daughter. He enjoys biking and hiking.
MD, Plastic Surgery
A specialist in advanced plastic surgery procedures, Dr. Ritu Chopra brings to the Weight Loss Surgery of Southern California a wealth of experience and expertise in body contouring and reconstructive surgery. Recognized for his exceptional diagnostic and surgical skills—and his caring and approachable manner—Dr. Chopra regularly appears on the nationally syndicated show The Doctors. He has also been a featured guest on Dr. Phil and many other talk and news shows. Dr. Chopra is admired by his peers for his exceptional diagnostic skills and by his patients for his caring and approachable manner.
In addition to his partnership with Weight Loss Surgery of Southern California, Dr. Chopra is also in private practice with the renowned plastic surgeon Dr. Andrew Ordon, with offices in both Beverly Hills and Palm Springs. Dr. Chopra is the recipient of numerous accolades throughout his medical career, including receiving the American Academy of Surgeons Award and he has also received numerous grants for research. He has published and spoken extensively both nationally and internationally, and is a member of the American Medical Association and the Society of America Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons.
Dr. Chopra earned his B.S. in Civil Engineering at the University of California, Irvine; both a Masters in Medical Sciences and his Doctor of Medicine from Boston University School of Medicine (where he graduated Cum Laude); Dr. Chopra did residency in General Surgery at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. He received the Leo G. Rigler Research Award, given to distinguished surgical residents at Cedars-Sinai. He then completed a coveted fellowship in Plastic Surgery at the Montefiore Medical Center in New York City. A native of Los Angeles, Dr. Chopra enjoys surfing, golf and playing the guitar.
Weight Loss Surgery of Southern California is built on the ideal that our relationships with our patients are truly a partnership for life.
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