Working in tandem with Dr. Khalili, they oversee every aspect of the program.  Adolescent bariatric care at the Khalili Center is developed with the strictest criteria and only the most severely obese teenage candidates are considered for surgical intervention.  Taking into account a variety of factors, including habitual failure of weight loss and other co-morbidities, the adolescent candidate, together with his/her family, must commit to lasting and permanent lifestyle changes in order to be considered a surgical candidate.

Dr. Chen is also the Medical Director of the Beverly Hills Pediatric Surgery and the Pectus Surgical Institute.  He holds an academic appointment as an Associate Clinical Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics at the David Geffen School of Medicine, University of California, Los Angeles.  Prior to establishing his private practice, he served as the Director of the Division of Pediatric Surgery at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center until 2010.  Recognized for his contribution to pediatric surgical care at Cedars-Sinai, he was honored as the inaugural holder of the Walter and Shirley Wang Endowed Chair in Pediatric Surgery in 2003.  Dr. Chen is a passionate surgical educator who is actively engaged in the teaching of medical students and surgical and pediatric residents.  In 2009 he was honored with the Golden Apple Teaching award at Cedars-Sinai.  Dr. Chen has dedicated much of his expertise to the area of minimally invasive surgery for children and is recognized throughout the greater Los Angeles medical community for his laparoscopic and thoracoscopic surgical skills.

Dr. Chen received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Biophysics/Medical Physics from the University of California, Berkeley and his Doctor of Medicine degree from the Keck School of Medicine at University of Southern California.  He completed three surgical residencies including General Surgery, Surgical Critical Care, and Pediatric Surgery.  He has received board certifications in all three areas by the American Board of Surgery.  Dr. Chen has lived in the Los Angeles area for more than 21 years. He has a lovely wife and two sons who are the center of his life.

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