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Kelvin Higa, MD, FACS

Title(s)Clinical Professor, Dean's Office
SchoolSchool of Medicine
Address155 N Fresno St
Fresno CA 93701
Phone559-459-3722
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    Kelvin D. Higa, M.D., FACS

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    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. IFSO Position Statement on the Role of Esophago-Gastro-Duodenal Endoscopy Prior to and after Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery Procedures. Obes Surg. 2020 Aug; 30(8):3135-3153. Brown WA, Johari Halim Shah Y, Balalis G, Bashir A, Ramos A, Kow L, Herrera M, Shikora S, Campos GM, Himpens J, Higa K. PMID: 32472360.
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    2. Laparoscopic modified Nissen fundoplication over Roux-en-Y gastric bypass and hiatal hernia repair for intractable gastroesophageal reflux. Surg Obes Relat Dis. 2020 Jul 08. Ma P, Higa K. PMID: 32763105.
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    3. Laparoscopic resection of intussusception after Roux-en-Y gastric bypass: comparison between the conventional and a simplified approach. Surg Obes Relat Dis. 2020 Sep; 16(9):1376-1377. Shuchleib A, Ma P, Boone K, Higa K. PMID: 32611491.
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    4. Complications of Roux-En-O gastric bypass. Surg Obes Relat Dis. 2020 Jul; 16(7):967-968. Ma P, Higa K. PMID: 32371035.
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    5. Laparoscopic revision of a transected silastic vertical gastric bypass (Fobi pouch) with totally hand sewn gastrojejunostomy for complicated marginal ulcer. Surg Obes Relat Dis. 2020 May; 16(5):704. Abunnaja S, Ma P, Higa K. PMID: 32107169.
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    6. Defining Global Benchmarks in Bariatric Surgery: A Retrospective Multicenter Analysis of Minimally Invasive Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass and Sleeve Gastrectomy. Ann Surg. 2019 11; 270(5):859-867. Gero D, Raptis DA, Vleeschouwers W, van Veldhuisen SL, Martin AS, Xiao Y, Galvao M, Giorgi M, Benois M, Espinoza F, Hollyman M, Lloyd A, Hosa H, Schmidt H, Garcia-Galocha JL, van de Vrande S, Chiappetta S, Menzo EL, Aboud CM, Lüthy SG, Orchard P, Rothe S, Prager G, Pournaras DJ, Cohen R, Rosenthal R, Weiner R, Himpens J, Torres A, Higa K, Welbourn R, Berry M, Boza C, Iannelli A, Vithiananthan S, Ramos A, Olbers T, Sepúlveda M, Hazebroek EJ, Dillemans B, Staiger RD, Puhan MA, Peterli R, Bueter M. PMID: 31592894.
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    7. Reduction of opioid use after implementation of enhanced recovery after bariatric surgery (ERABS). Surg Endosc. 2020 May; 34(5):2184-2190. Ma P, Lloyd A, McGrath M, Moore R, Jackson A, Boone K, Higa K. PMID: 31342260.
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    8. Efficacy of liposomal bupivacaine versus bupivacaine in port site injections on postoperative pain within enhanced recovery after bariatric surgery program: a randomized clinical trial. Surg Obes Relat Dis. 2019 Sep; 15(9):1554-1562. Ma P, Lloyd A, McGrath M, Shuchleib Cung A, Akusoba I, Jackson A, Swartz D, Boone K, Higa K. PMID: 31375443.
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    9. Reversal of Roux en Y gastric bypass: largest single institution experience. Surg Obes Relat Dis. 2019 08; 15(8):1311-1316. Ma P, Ghiassi S, Lloyd A, Haddad A, Boone K, DeMaria E, Higa K. PMID: 31262648.
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    10. Duodenal switch in revisional bariatric surgery: conclusions from an expert consensus panel. Surg Obes Relat Dis. 2019 Jun; 15(6):894-899. Merz AE, Blackstone RB, Gagner M, Torres AJ, Himpens J, Higa KD, Rosenthal RJ, Lloyd A, DeMaria EJ. PMID: 31076367.
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    11. Reoperative surgery for nonresponders and complicated sleeve gastrectomy operations in patients with severe obesity. An international expert panel consensus statement to define best practice guidelines. Surg Obes Relat Dis. 2019 Feb; 15(2):173-186. Kichler K, Rosenthal RJ, DeMaria E, Higa K. PMID: 31010649.
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    12. Single Anastomosis Duodenal-Ileal Bypass with Sleeve Gastrectomy/One Anastomosis Duodenal Switch (SADI-S/OADS) IFSO Position Statement. Obes Surg. 2018 05; 28(5):1207-1216. Brown WA, Ooi G, Higa K, Himpens J, Torres A. PMID: 29572769.
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    13. Editorial: Single Anastomosis Procedures, IFSO Position Statement. Obes Surg. 2018 05; 28(5):1186-1187. Higa K, Brown W, Himpens J. PMID: 29761261.
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    14. Mini Gastric Bypass-One Anastomosis Gastric Bypass (MGB-OAGB)-IFSO Position Statement. Obes Surg. 2018 05; 28(5):1188-1206. De Luca M, Tie T, Ooi G, Higa K, Himpens J, Carbajo MA, Mahawar K, Shikora S, Brown WA. PMID: 29600339.
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    15. The Reality of Long-term Follow-up of Bariatric/Metabolic Surgery Patients-A Conundrum. JAMA Surg. 2018 05 01; 153(5):435. Higa KD, Himpens J. PMID: 29214300.
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    16. Bariatric Surgery Worldwide: Baseline Demographic Description and One-Year Outcomes from the Second IFSO Global Registry Report 2013-2015. Obes Surg. 2018 02; 28(2):313-322. Welbourn R, Pournaras DJ, Dixon J, Higa K, Kinsman R, Ottosson J, Ramos A, van Wagensveld B, Walton P, Weiner R, Zundel N. PMID: 28822052.
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    17. 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 05; 14(5):554-561. Ghiassi S, Higa K, Chang S, Ma P, Lloyd A, Boone K, DeMaria EJ. PMID: 29567059.
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    18. 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. Dargent J, Vilallonga R, Katz L, Portenier D, Wilson E, Esacalona A, Himpens J, Zundel N, Higa K. PMID: 28685364.
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    19. Revisional Bariatric/Metabolic Surgery: What Dictates Its Indications? Curr Atheroscler Rep. 2016 Jul; 18(7):42. Ma P, Reddy S, Higa KD. PMID: 27221504.
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    20. 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. Moon C, Ghiassi S, Higa K. PMID: 25595920.
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    21. 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. Rosenthal RJ, Diaz AA, Arvidsson D, Baker RS, Basso N, Bellanger D, Boza C, El Mourad H, France M, Gagner M, Galvao-Neto M, Higa KD, Himpens J, Hutchinson CM, Jacobs M, Jorgensen JO, Jossart G, Lakdawala M, Nguyen NT, Nocca D, Prager G, Pomp A, Ramos AC, Rosenthal RJ, Shah S, Vix M, Wittgrove A, Zundel N. PMID: 22248433.
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    22. Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass: 10-year follow-up. Surg Obes Relat Dis. 2011 Jul-Aug; 7(4):516-25. Higa K, Ho T, Tercero F, Yunus T, Boone KB. PMID: 21333610.
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    23. Surgery for diabetes? Medscape J Med. 2008 Apr 25; 10(4):101. Higa KD. PMID: 18504499.
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    24. [Mesenteric closure in laparoscopic gastric bypass: surgical technique and literature review]. Cir Esp. 2007 Aug; 82(2):77-88. Higa K, Boone K, Arteaga González I, López-Tomassetti Fernández E. PMID: 17785141.
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    25. Invited commentary. The gastric remnant and duodenum after gastric bypass are accessible via combined laparoscopic/endoscopic techniques. Obes Surg. 2007 Mar; 17(3):419. Higa KD. PMID: 17546854.
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    26. Medicolegal analysis of 100 malpractice claims against bariatric surgeons. Surg Obes Relat Dis. 2007 Jan-Feb; 3(1):60-6; discussion 66-7. Cottam D, Lord J, Dallal RM, Wolfe B, Higa K, McCauley K, Schauer P. PMID: 17196438.
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    27. Improving the quality of care in bariatric surgery: the volume and outcome relationship. Adv Surg. 2005; 39:181-91. Nguyen NT, Higa K, Wilson SE. PMID: 16250552.
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    28. A multidisciplinary approach to the adolescent bariatric surgical patient. J Pediatr Surg. 2004 Mar; 39(3):442-7; discussion 446-7. Inge TH, Garcia V, Daniels S, Langford L, Kirk S, Roehrig H, Amin R, Zeller M, Higa K. PMID: 15017567.
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    29. Internal hernias after laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass: incidence, treatment and prevention. Obes Surg. 2003 Jun; 13(3):350-4. Higa KD, Ho T, Boone KB. PMID: 12841892.
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