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Kelvin Higa, MD

TitleClinical Professor
InstitutionUniversity of California San Francisco
DepartmentDean's Office
Address155 N. Fresno Street
Fresno CA 93701
Phone559-459-3722
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    Kelvin D. Higa, M.D., FACS

    Clinical Professor

    Dr. Higa graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Medicine in 1983. He is board certified in general surgery. After completing his residency training in 1988, he served as Chief of Vascular Surgery at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Fresno. In 1990, he entered private practice but has continued to devote a large amount of his time to teaching while also serving as Chief of Surgery for Community Medical Centers as well as Saint Agnes Medical Center.

    Dr. Higa has performed open bariatric surgical procedures since the early 1990s. He and his partner Dr. Boone performed the first laparoscopic gastric bypass in the Central Valley in 1998. The two also pioneered the current technique used by many surgeons throughout the world. He and Professor Paul O’Brien from Australia performed the very first adjustable gastric band in Fresno.

    Dr. Higa specializes in difficult and challenging cases, including revision bariatric surgery. He serves as associate editor for many peer-reviewed journals and has authored many original articles and book chapters regarding bariatric surgery and complication management. In addition to his title of clinical professor of surgery at the University of California San Francisco – Fresno Medical Education Program, Dr. Higa has been appointed to the National Faculty for Bariatric Surgery by the American College of Surgeons. He is also past president for the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) and continues to chair many international conferences devoted to bariatric surgery.


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    1. Higa K, Brown W, Himpens J. Editorial: Single Anastomosis Procedures, IFSO Position Statement. Obes Surg. 2018 May 14. PMID: 29761261.
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    2. Brown WA, Ooi G, Higa K, Himpens J, Torres A. Single Anastomosis Duodenal-Ileal Bypass with Sleeve Gastrectomy/One Anastomosis Duodenal Switch (SADI-S/OADS) IFSO Position Statement. Obes Surg. 2018 May; 28(5):1207-1216. PMID: 29572769.
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    3. De Luca M, Tie T, Ooi G, Higa K, Himpens J, Carbajo MA, Mahawar K, Shikora S, Brown WA. Mini Gastric Bypass-One Anastomosis Gastric Bypass (MGB-OAGB)-IFSO Position Statement. Obes Surg. 2018 May; 28(5):1188-1206. PMID: 29600339.
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    4. Higa KD, Himpens J. The Reality of Long-term Follow-up of Bariatric/Metabolic Surgery Patients-A Conundrum. JAMA Surg. 2018 May 01; 153(5):435. PMID: 29214300.
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    5. Welbourn R, Pournaras DJ, Dixon J, Higa K, Kinsman R, Ottosson J, Ramos A, van Wagensveld B, Walton P, Weiner R, Zundel N. Bariatric Surgery Worldwide: Baseline Demographic Description and One-Year Outcomes from the Second IFSO Global Registry Report 2013-2015. Obes Surg. 2018 Feb; 28(2):313-322. PMID: 28822052.
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    6. Ghiassi S, Higa K, Chang S, Ma P, Lloyd A, Boone K, DeMaria EJ. Conversion of standard Roux-en-Y gastric bypass to distal bypass for weight loss failure and metabolic syndrome: 3-year follow-up and evolution of technique to reduce nutritional complications. Surg Obes Relat Dis. 2018 Jan 31. PMID: 29567059.
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    7. Dargent J, Vilallonga R, Katz L, Portenier D, Wilson E, Esacalona A, Himpens J, Zundel N, Higa K. IFSO Position Statement on New Technologies for Treatment of Obesity : The International Federation for Surgery of Obesity (IFSO) and Its New Technologies Committee. Endorsed by the Ethical Committee of IFSO, Approved by the IFSO Executive Council on May, 3, 2017. Obes Surg. 2017 09; 27(9):2456-2459. PMID: 28685364.
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    8. Ma P, Reddy S, Higa KD. Revisional Bariatric/Metabolic Surgery: What Dictates Its Indications? Curr Atheroscler Rep. 2016 Jul; 18(7):42. PMID: 27221504.
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    9. Moon C, Ghiassi S, Higa K. Laparoscopic revision of distal Roux-en-Y gastric bypass to duodenal switch for weight loss failure and symptoms. Surg Obes Relat Dis. 2015 Jan-Feb; 11(1):259-61. PMID: 25595920.
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    10. Rosenthal RJ. International Sleeve Gastrectomy Expert Panel Consensus Statement: best practice guidelines based on experience of >12,000 cases. Surg Obes Relat Dis. 2012 Jan-Feb; 8(1):8-19. PMID: 22248433.
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    11. Higa K, Ho T, Tercero F, Yunus T, Boone KB. Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass: 10-year follow-up. Surg Obes Relat Dis. 2011 Jul-Aug; 7(4):516-25. PMID: 21333610.
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    12. Higa KD. Surgery for diabetes? Medscape J Med. 2008 Apr 25; 10(4):101. PMID: 18504499; PMCID: PMC2390710.
    13. Higa KD, Boone K, Nimeri A, Tercero F, Jackson A, Khan A. Gastric bypass: increased restriction for poor weight loss. Surg Endosc. 2007 Nov; 21(11):1922-3. PMID: 17909900.
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    14. Higa K, Boone K, Arteaga González I, López-Tomassetti Fernández E. [Mesenteric closure in laparoscopic gastric bypass: surgical technique and literature review]. Cir Esp. 2007 Aug; 82(2):77-88. PMID: 17785141.
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    15. Higa KD. Invited commentary. The gastric remnant and duodenum after gastric bypass are accessible via combined laparoscopic/endoscopic techniques. Obes Surg. 2007 Mar; 17(3):419. PMID: 17546854.
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    16. Cottam D, Lord J, Dallal RM, Wolfe B, Higa K, McCauley K, Schauer P. Medicolegal analysis of 100 malpractice claims against bariatric surgeons. Surg Obes Relat Dis. 2007 Jan-Feb; 3(1):60-6; discussion 66-7. PMID: 17196438.
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    17. Nguyen NT, Higa K, Wilson SE. Improving the quality of care in bariatric surgery: the volume and outcome relationship. Adv Surg. 2005; 39:181-91. PMID: 16250552.
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    18. Inge TH, Garcia V, Daniels S, Langford L, Kirk S, Roehrig H, Amin R, Zeller M, Higa K. A multidisciplinary approach to the adolescent bariatric surgical patient. J Pediatr Surg. 2004 Mar; 39(3):442-7; discussion 446-7. PMID: 15017567.
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    19. Higa KD, Ho T, Boone KB. Internal hernias after laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass: incidence, treatment and prevention. Obes Surg. 2003 Jun; 13(3):350-4. PMID: 12841892.
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