Surgery/Minimally Invasive Surgery


Kelvin D. Higa, MD, FACS


Clinical Professor of Surgery, UCSF School of Medicine







    Medical School:

University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA


Surgery, UCSF Fresno Affiliated Hospitals, Fresno, CA

    Board Certified:

American Board of Surgery

    Awards and Honors:

2007-2008    President of ASMBS                          
2009 - 2011  Fresno Best Doctors Award - Bariatric Surgery, Minimally Invasive Surgery
2009-2011  President of ASMBS Foundation 

2010  Standards of Leadership Award for Teaching- Ethicon-Endo Surgery
2010  Fresno Best Doctors Award- Bariatric Surgery
2011 Fresno Faculty Research Award

Metabolic disorders, foregut, Barrett’s disease, obesity, and related diseases.

    Society Memberships:

American College of Surgeons, California Medical Association, Fresno-Madera Medical Society, American Hernia Society, American Society of Bariatric Surgery, The Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons, S.A.G.E.S., International Federation Surgical Obesity.

    Summary of Leadership/teaching roles: 

Director of Bariatric Services, Chief of Surgery.  I have hosted multi-disciplinary symposia on bariatric and minimally invasive surgery, provided grand rounds for the residents as well as the multiple institutions of Fresno and provided proctorships for local and international surgeons. Surgical residents have had the opportunity to participate in my clinic and to assist in surgery.  I have hosted students from the Doctor’s Academy and provided lectures for their classes. Regionally and nationally, I have been keynote speaker as well as expert panel member to multiple symposia and have been course director for many topics including the first international course on revisional bariatric surgery.

I have authored/co-authored more than 20 publications & have presented abstracts (including videos) at national & international society meetings.  I have created videos for training purposes.