An award-winning program you can trust

The term "quality" can be defined by many things and we've listed a few of our recent quality awards below and described why these awards may be important as you review all your options.

Our physicians oversee the Minimally-Invasive Surgery (MIS) Fellowship program associated with UCSF Fresno and have created one of the finest and most comprehensive programs in all of California. Dedicated dieticians, therapists, life coaches, and nursing staff complement our world-renowned surgeons to help guide you through a personalized weight-loss surgery program with life-changing results.

If you'd like to ensure you're selecting the best weight-loss surgery program, call our office at (866) 433-8558. We'd be happy to sit down with you and help you compare programs in the area.
With over 25 years of experience and more than 1,000,000 total pounds lost by our patients, our team is ready to assist you in acheiving your health goals.

At Fresno Heart & Surgical Hospital, bariatric surgery has resolved:
  • More than 2,100 cases of type 2 diabetes
  • More than 1,200 cases of sleep apnea
  • More than 2,100 cases of GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease)
  • More than 3,900 cases of hypertension
  • More than 1,300 cases of hyperlipidemia
Our program director Kelvin D. Higa, MD, FACS has received the following awards and appointments over his career and continues to lead our team to strive for surgical excellence.

Professional Appointments

  • Past President | American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS)
  • Past President | Internaional Federation for Surgical Obesity and Metabolic Disorders
  • National Faculty for Bariatric Surgery | American College of Surgeons

Industry Awards

  • Standards of Leadership Award for Teaching
  • Fresno Best Doctors Award
  • ASMBS Lifetime Achievement Award