The Best Bariatric Surgeons in Los Angeles

In the last ten years, he has performed more than 5,000 bariatric and advanced laparoscopic surgeries—including the nation’s first robotic-assisted gastric bypass in 2002. Systematic and methodical in everything he does, Dr. Khalili makes educated and informed decisions based on his extensive knowledge and experience.

A dedicated physician who truly believes in the importance of the partnerships he builds with his patients, Dr. Khalili was looking to create something unique: a patient-centered, service-oriented facility that offers a truly comprehensive, holistic approach to bariatric treatment—all under one roof. The Khalili Center is the realization of his vision and his passion for innovation.

My name is Dr. Theodore Khalili, surgeon and founder of Weight Loss Surgery of Southern California. I founded the Center because I have dedicated my life-long professional work to patient care. My approach to patient-centric partnerships and service-oriented facilities offer a comprehensive and holistic approach to bariatric treatment – all in one place.

I believe that patient care does not end right after surgery – it’s only the beginning. I founded the Center to give patients access to a supportive community that guides them through each step of the weight loss journey. We work with a team of registered dieticians, psychologists and general doctors to create tailored, best-in-class care available.

I have performed over 8,000 bariatric surgeries…

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Dr. Theodore M. Khalili,
Founder and Director of the Khalili Center for Bariatric Care


Career &Training

Dr. Khalili is a pioneer in the field of minimally invasive bariatric surgery in Los Angeles. He helped start the Weight Loss Surgery Program at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, and until June, 2010 served as its Director.

He has trained many surgeons in minimally invasive weight loss surgery, who have gone on to head up bariatric care programs all over the country. An accomplished teacher, Dr. Khalili won the Golden Apple Award as an outstanding educator in 2005 from Cedars-Sinai. He is also an Assistant Clinical Professor in Surgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine, University of California, Los Angeles. Board certified in both General Surgery and Surgical Critical Care, Dr. Khalili is a member of the American College of Surgeons, American Society of Bariatric Surgery, American Medical Association and the Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES). He is the author of numerous papers and presentations on a variety of subjects, including laparoscopic surgery, bariatric surgery, organ transplantation and bio-artificial liver treatment. He has published and spoken nationally and internationally—and his work underscores his commitment to the ongoing advancement of new surgical procedures and technologies.

Education & Personal Life

Dr. Khalili holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Cell Biology from California State University, Northridge and earned his medical degree from The Chicago Medical School.

While in medical school, he was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society. He completed his internship and residency in General Surgery at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where he also served a fellowship in Surgical Critical Care. Dr. Khalili’s work was recognized with a Research Prize in 1997 from the Pacific Coast Surgical Association. Married to the love of his life, Dr. Khalili has two teenage daughters and enjoys tennis and basketball.

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