Dr. Ara Keshishian, MD

General Surgery  |  
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Age 51
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Dr. Ara Keshishian, MD
Dr. Ara Keshishian, MD is a general surgery doctor who practices in Glendale, CA. He is 51 years old. Dr. Keshishian is affiliated with Delano Regional Medical Center, USC Verdugo Hills Hospital and Huntington Memorial Hospital.

1808 Verdugo Blvd

Glendale, CA 91208

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Dr. Ara Keshishian, MD

Dr. Ara Keshishian, MD

Accepted insurance

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of California
  • Cigna
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • Health Net
  • Humana
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • MultiPlan
  • UnitedHealthCare
  • WellPoint

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Dr. Keshishian's Experience

Dr. Keshishian's experience matches your search based on the following criteria:
  • Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
  • Specializes in General Surgery
  • Board certified in General Surgery
  • No malpractice claims found
  • Sanctions found
  • Board actions found


  • General Surgery
  • Bariatric Surgery

Board Certifications

  • General Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Medical Specialties*

Conditions Treated

  • Abdominal Pain
  • Anorectal Abscess
  • Appendicitis
  • Cholecystitis and Gallstones
  • Colorectal Cancer
  • Diaphragmatic and-or Hiatal Hernia
  • Empyema
  • Gallbladder Diseases
  • Hernia
  • Hyperparathyroidism
  • Incisional Hernia
  • Inguinal Hernia
  • Intestinal Abscess
  • Intestinal Obstruction
  • Lipomas
  • Obesity
  • Partial Lung Collapse
  • Pleural Effusion
  • Pyloric Stenosis
  • Umbilical Hernia
  • Ventral Hernia


  • Abdominal Surgery
  • Abdominoplasty
  • Appendectomy, Laparoscopic
  • Appendectomy, Open
  • Bariatric Surgery (Weight Loss Surgery)
  • Breast Augmentation
  • Colectomy
  • Dressing and-or Debridement of Wound, Infection, or Burn (incl. Negative Pressure Wound Therapy)
  • Esophageal Surgery
  • Excision of Stomach Tumor
  • Excision, Shaving, or Destruction of Skin and Subcutaneous Tissue (incl. Mohs Micrographic Surgery), Tissue Transfer
  • Fecal Impaction Removal
  • Gallbladder Removal
  • Gallbladder Removal (Cholecystectomy), Laparoscopic
  • Gallbladder Removal (Cholecystectomy), Open
  • Gallbladder Surgery
  • Gastric Bypass Surgery, Laparoscopic
  • Gastric Restrictive With Partial Gastrectomy or Jejunojejunostomy
  • Gastrotomy
  • Hernia Repair
  • Incisional Hernia Repair, Laparoscopic
  • Inguinal Hernia Repair, Laparoscopic
  • Inguinal Hernia Repair, Open
  • Intestinal Transplant (incl. Enterectomy)
  • Laparoscopic Revision Gastric Restrictive Procedure
  • Laparoscopic Surgical Procedure
  • Laparotomy
  • Lung Removal (Partial or Complete): Open, or Resection of Lung Tumor: Open
  • Open Diaphragmatic and-or Paraesophageal Hiatal Hernia Repair
  • Open Gastric Restrictive Procedure
  • Open Incisional and-or Ventral Hernia Repair
  • Paraesophageal Hernia Repair, Laparoscopic
  • Removal or Destruction of Rectal or Intestinal Tumor (incl. Colonoscopy, Proctosigmoidoscopy, Sigmoidoscopy and Control of Hemorrhage)
  • Revision of Gastric Anastomosis or Restrictive Procedure
  • Sleeve Gastrectomy
  • Splenectomy
  • Splenectomy and Splenorrhaphy
  • Stomach Surgery
  • Thoracentesis
  • Tracheal Surgery
  • Umbilical or Ventral Hernia Repair, Laparoscopic


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Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for California.

2 Sanctions
  • Disciplinary action in another state (12/8/2016)
    Action Taken: Revocation
    Summary: Keshishian, Ara MD: License # MD-16941: NATURE OF COMPLAINT: The physician failed to disclose disciplinary action taken in other jurisdiction, which failed to comply with licensing law or rule. ACTION TAKEN: The Hawaii Medical Board issued a Final Order in which the physician's license is REVOKED for a term of 1825 days; compliance date 12/08/2021.
    State: Hawaii
  • Gross Negligence (7/11/2014)
    Action Taken: Probation
    Summary: Please reference the following Document
    Documentation: Download here (PDF)
    State: California
2 Board Actions
  • Disciplinary action in another state (9/11/2015)
    Action Taken: License Placed on Inactive Status
    Summary: Please reference the following Document
    Documentation: Download here (PDF)
    State: Nevada
  • Failure to complete continuing education requirements (4/17/2015)
    Action Taken: Fine
    Summary: Keshishian, Ara MD: License #4301064092: NATURE OF COMPLAINT: The physician has Sister State Disciplinary Action and Failure to Report/Comply. ACTION TAKEN: The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, Bureau of Health Care Services has imposed a FINE and issued a REPRIMAND on the physician’s license.
    State: Michigan


  • Fifth Pathway / a Foreign Medical School
    Medical School | Graduated
  • St Joseph Mercy Oakland
    Residency Hospital | Completed

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors

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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Armenian

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Dr. Keshishian's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Keshishian to family and friends
based on 54 total reviews (12 with comments)
Dr. Keshishian's Performance
  • Trustworthiness
  • Explains condition(s) well
  • Answers Questions
  • Time well spent
Office & Staff Performance
  • Scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Average wait time
    10 to 15 minutes
Patient Comments (12)
in Central Coast, CA |
My doctor gave me the option: "inject insulin forever or have a DS with Dr. Keshishian"- no other surgeon, no other Bariatric procedure". Dr K saved my future - from diabetes, possible stroke, probable heart disease and a life of self-loathing. I can truly repeat my doctor's words - only a DS and only with Dr K!
Palmdale, CA |
Dr. K is one of the best all-around Doctors I have ever met. If I could have him as my regular Dr., I would. He makes you feel comfortable & really listens to you, & answers all your questions. I DO recommend him to everyone who needs his expertise & those who don't.
Los Angeles, CA |
Dr K has amazing bedside manner, explains everything so well, gives you his cell number for emergencies and also called 2 times after my surgery to check up on me. His staff is also sweet and wonderful.
in Palm Springs, CA |
Dr. K is all about the patient! I felt comfortable with my surgery he explained everything so that I understood. Dr. K 's aftercare has been excellent, his staff is extremely friendly and makes you feel comfortable at all times. I recommend Dr. K to anyone that is considering having gastric surgery of any type.
in Florida |
Here I am today commenting as one of Dr. K's (as we all lovingly call him) very first patients. I flew across the nation for my consult as after doing extensive research, I suspected this was the doctor for me. My decision after the consult to continue with DS surgery changed my life in so many ways.Remember this was 16 1/2 years ago and without this surgery I most certainly would be debilitated today. Today I am dancing 2x a week, doing yoga, playing on the beach and counting my blessings!
in Bakersfield, CA |
I had a Duodenal Switch surgery with him in 2001. Day 1, I was impressed with his dedication to educating his patients. He treated me like a Person and not a FAT person. I certainly had participated in becoming Morbidly Obese, however, he taught me that obesity had many players and surgical intervention could help me beat it into submission. Over 15 years later, I maintain a 140 lb weight loss with no co-morbidities. In 2016 Dr. K is still accessible to me in educating and guiding to health.
in Glendale, CA |
Dr. Keshishian was very attentive to my needs. He took the time to listen to my concerns and addressed them all making me feel at ease. His bed side manner was also second to none. He has a wonderful sense of humor. I would recommend him to anyone.
in Paso Robles, CA |
Dr. Ara Keshishian performed a revision WLS on me from a RNY to a DS, on May 31, 2013. I've lost 130 pounds and maintained my weight loss. Dr. K is a world renowned surgeon with impeccable skills and a heart of gold. His staff and support through his Facebook community and Website provide daily inspiration and up to date patient support and information. He is by far the best surgeon I've ever known and recommend him, his staff and his experience to anyone interested in Bariatric Surgery.
in San Diego, CA |
Dr. K saved my life! He is very passionate about helping his patients, is an expert in his field, and saves the lives of his patients. His staff is awesome as well! I highly recommended Dr. K and am very happy with the Duodenal Switch procedure he does. He is the ONLY doctor that does this particular procedure in So Cal! Go see him if you are morbidly obese!
in Saint Johns, Florida |
I had a revision from RNY to DS with Dr. Keshishian. He is the most widely respected surgeon of his kind in the U.S. Always current on new research, and ever caring and available to his patients. The best.
in Bakersfield, CA |
On November 11, 2014 Dr. Keshishian performed a Gastric Sleeve operation on me at Huntington Hospital. Dr. Keshishian and the hospital staff were Outstanding. I am very grateful to Dr. Keshishian for this procedure and I have lost 85 pounds and still counting.
in Sylmar, CA |
Patient, always takes the time to answer my questions. I never feel rushed. Thorough, kind, compassionate.. Can't say enough about his bedside manners. Great doctor, great guy.
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  • Aetna
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  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
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  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of California
    Blue Cross Blue Shield of California HMO
    Blue Cross Blue Shield of California PPO
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    Cigna PPO
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  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • Health Net
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    Health Net PPO
  • Humana
    Choice Care PPO
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • MultiPlan
    MultiPlan PPO
    PHCS Network PPO
  • UnitedHealthCare
    Choice Plus POS
    Options PPO
    PacifiCare HMO
    PacifiCare PPO
  • WellPoint

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Hospitals where Dr. Keshishian has admitting privileges

Huntington Memorial Hospital
100 W California Blvd
Pasadena, CA 91105
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USC Verdugo Hills Hospital
1812 Verdugo Blvd
Glendale, CA 91208
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Delano Regional Medical Center
1401 Garces Hwy
Delano, CA 93215
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