Your Bariatric Surgery Team
Fresno Bariatrics is proud to work with a team of world-renowned specialists in minimally-invasive surgical procedures, offering experience and expertise to our patients. Our bariatric surgeons are active in research and new technologies, providing patient care in the best operating suites and through the use of revolutionary technological innovations. This combination of skills, resources, and equipment provides an unparalleled opportunity, offering care unavailable anywhere else.
Kelvin Higa, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Program Director of Minimally Invasive and Bariatric Surgery
As the head of Minimally Invasive and Bariatric Surgery, Dr. Kelvin Higa is at the helm of our celebrated bariatric team. He graduated from the Biomedical Sciences program, a collaboration between the University of California Schools in Riverside and Los Angeles, in 1983, and went on to complete a residency in General Surgery in 1988. Dr. Higa served as the Chief of Vascular Surgery for the VA Medical Center and the Chief of Surgery for Community Medical Centers and Saint Agnes Medical Center before joining us at Fresno Medical Center.
In addition, Dr. Kelvin Higa is a Professor of Surgery at UCSF-Fresno, working to educate the next generation of weight loss surgeons. Due to his prominence in the field, he is often invited to lecture and perform live surgeries in the U.S. and beyond. He has published numerous research papers and has served as the President of both the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) and the International Federation for Surgical Obesity and Metabolic Disorders (IFSO). He was awarded the ASMBS Outstanding Achievement Award in 2012.
Keith Boone, M.D., F.A.C.S., Clinical Instructor UCSF
Dr. Keith Boone is a native of the Central Valley and completed his education locally, receiving a bachelor’s degree from UC-Santa Barbara and his medical degree from the University of Southern California School of Medicine. After completing a residency in general surgery, he joined the United States Navy as a surgeon in the Persian Gulf.
In 1996, Dr. Keith Boone partnered with Dr. Kelvin Higa to develop the revolutionary gastrojejunal anastomotic technique embraced by surgeons worldwide in performing a laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass. He has lectured on his methods and performed numerous surgeries live via teleconference to illustrate efficacy. In addition, he has co-authored both research papers and articles on weight loss surgery.
Currently, Dr. Boone serves as the Director of Fellowship Education for Advanced Laparoscopic Surgery Associates Medical Group (ALSA) and is an Associate Clinical Professor in Surgery at the University of California San Francisco. He is a Board-Certified General Surgeon and holds membership in the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS), the Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES), and the American College of Surgeons (FACS).
To learn more about our weight loss program, please call Fresno Bariatrics at 866.433.8558. We also encourage you to attend one of our free in-person or online seminars led by one of our world renown bariatric surgeons.
Pearl Ma, M.D.
A native of Iowa, Dr. Ma is a California transplant who completed both a Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Medicine from University of California, Davis. She completed her General Surgery residency at the University of California, San Francisco-Fresno, after which she completed a fellowship in Advanced GI and Bariatric Surgery under the instruction of Dr. Higa and Dr. Boone. During her fellowship, she received advanced certifications from the Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES), American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS), and American Board of Surgery (ACS). She completed her training as number one fellow in the nation with over 900 advanced bariatric and minimally invasive surgeries completed.
Dr. Pearl Ma is a leader in her field, teaching students and residents as an Associate Clinical Professor of Surgery at UCSF Fresno. For her work, she has been awarded numerous UCSF Fresno Resident Excellence in Teaching Awards. As a resident, she was selected as the Leon S. Peters Foundation Resident of the Year Award. In addition, she has published work regarding revisional bariatric surgery and authored a textbook chapter on social violence.
If you are considering weight loss surgery, our bariatric surgeons are here to show you the way. Contact us at 866-433-8558 or schedule a free seminar to learn more!
Amarita S. Klar, M.D.
Dr. Amarita (Amy) S Klar, MD is a Doctor primarily located in Fresno, CA. She received her medical degree from Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine in 2011 and has been in practice for 7 years. She completed a residency at Abington Memorial Hospital.
As a leader in her field, Dr. Klar joins an already world-renown team at Fresno Bariatric, and is excited to leverage her years of expertise to help you reach your health goals. If you are considering weight loss surgery, our bariatric surgeons are here to show you the way. Contact us at 866-433-8558 or schedule a free seminar to learn more!
About Fresno Bariatrics
Fresno Bariatrics, located in Fresno, California, is one of the most experienced weight loss surgery programs in the country. On both the state and national levels, we are a step above most other weight loss surgery programs. Our superb clinical outcomes have earned HealthGrades’ five-star ratings and a Bariatric Excellence Award™ 6 years in a row, putting our program in the top five of all California hospitals.
Our team of bariatric surgeons, nurses, and life coaches are eager to help you through a personalized weight loss surgery program with long-term results. We’ve helped thousands of people reverse obesity with the assistance of LAP-BAND, Gastric Bypass, Sleeve Gastrectomy (Gastric Sleeve) and Revision Weight-Loss Surgery procedures.
Our world-class bariatric surgeons are board-certified in general surgery by the American Board of Surgery and are members of the American College of Surgeons.
Fresno Heart & Surgical Hospital
15 E Audubon Drive
Fresno, CA, 93720