Office Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00am - 5:00pm

Ara Keshishian, MD, FACS, FASMBS, FAACS


Dr. Ara Keshishian and the team at Central Valley Bariatrics have an opportunity to change how people feel about themselves, increase their health, self-esteem and overall wellbeing through advanced surgical technique and procedures. We also value continued education and advanced technologies. We have made it part of our mission to keep our patients up to date and informed of changing needs and advances in many aspects of their health. We take pride in our energetic, interactive rapport with our patients and strive to maintain a level of trust at all times.

We understand that no two situations, health status or lifestyles are the same. Dr. Ara Keshishian would prefer to help you understand the extent of your particular case, and how different surgical options may have more benefits than others. If you have questions, he is glad to answer them and help you understand your options. Educating our patients is one of our highest priorities.

When it comes to your health, having experience is key.  Dr. Ara Keshishian has performed more than 2,000 Duodenal Switch procedures and more than 500 revisions from other Weight Loss Surgeries such as RNY Gastric Bypass, Adjustable Gastric Band, and Sleeve Gastrectomy to Duodenal Switch over the last 17 years of private practice.

Operations Performed

Duodenal Switch Open and Lap
Revision of Weight Loss Surgical Procedures
Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy
Removal and revision of Adjustable Gastric Banding
Advance Laparoscopic procedures:
Robotic Laparoscopic prodedures
Ventral Hernia
Inguinal Hernia
Hiatal Hernia
Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy
Endoscopic Surgery
Laparoscopic Appendectomy
Achalasia Treatment


St. Joseph Mercy Hospital-Oakland
Pontiac, Michigan
1994- 1999

American University of the Caribbean
Coral Gables, Florida
Medical Doctor (MD), April 1994

University of Southern California
Los Angeles, California
BS Biomedical Engineering, August 1990


Private Practice
August 1999, Present

Clinical Appointments

Medical Director, Bariatric Surgery
USC-Verdugo Hills Hospital 2010-2013

Chair, Department of Surgery
Delano Regional Medical Center, 2003-2005

Co-Chair, Critical Care Committee Surgery
Delano Regional Medical Center, 2002

Professional Memberships – Certifications & Licensing

  • State of Michigan, Board of Medicine, Physicians License
  • State of Hawaii, Board of Medicine
  • State of California, Physicians, and Surgeons License
  • American Board of Surgery, Board Certified 2001, Re-certified 2010
  • American College of Surgeons, Fellow
  • American Society For Bariatric Surgery, Member
  • American Armenian Medical Association, Member
  • Society American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons
  • The Society for the Surgery of the Alimentary Tract
  • Surgical Review Corporation (SRC) Center of Excellence (COE) Bariatric Surgeon
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