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Weight Loss Surgery at the Khalili Center for Bariatric Care with Dr. Gregg Nishi

July 19, 2013

Dr. Gregg Nishi, a surgeon at the Khalili Center for Bariatric Care that offers a number of innovative and successful forms of weight loss surgery joins eHealth Radio & the Weight Management Channel. Dr. Nishi brings a wealth of expertise and experience to the Khalili Center. He’s an expert on innovative, minimally invasive surgical techniques and has spoken extensively on the subject.


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Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guest Dr. Gregg Nishi discuss the following:

  • For the benefit of our listeners, tell us about the Khalili Center.
  • With the American Medical Association (AMA) recently classifying obesity as a disease, how will this announcement impact people seeking some form of weight loss surgery?
  • The Kha-lili Center offers a number of innovative and successful forms of weight loss surgery, while also running a separate surgical site known as K&B Surgical. Tell us about these things.
  • What are some of the benefits or competitive advantages that distinguish the Khalili Center as a leader within its respective area(s) of expertise?
  • How do you envision the Khalili Center evolving or expanding in both the short- and long-term?
  • Share with us some success stories about patients from the Khalili Center.

Duration: 20:30

A surgeon at the Khalili Center for Bariatric Care, 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 Khalili Center. 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 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 young daughter. Dr. Nishi enjoys skiing, biking, and car racing.




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