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David G. Davtyan M.D, FACS, FICS Dr. David Davtyan is a prominent and respected surgeon in Beverly Hills, who is currently at the forefront of the battle against obesity with the newest, safest procedure available, the LAP-BAND System. He is not only one of the most knowledgeable surgeons currently performing the LAP-BAND procedure but he is also a LAP-BAND patient himself. He has experienced first-hand the advantages of this innovative technique and is therefore uniquely qualified to lead his patients to the ultimate success. At a conference on Obesity in Brussels, Belgium he attended a lecture on the LAP-BAND solution as a safe and effective alternative to the highly invasive gastric bypass procedure currently provided as a last resort treatment for severe obesity. He was so impressed with the concept that he felt it might be the key for his own weight loss and decided to have the procedure performed in October 2001 in Brussels by one of the pioneers, Professor Guy-Bernard Cadiere. The results were immediate and dramatic. He lost weight easily and healthfully and never felt the discomfort of hunger. His personal success with the LAP-BAND solution inspired him to return to Belgium to study the procedure under Cadiere. Dr. Davtyan became one of the first surgeons in the United States to be able to offer the LAP-BAND when it became approved by the FDA in April 2001. While other weight loss surgeries involve stomach cutting and/or stapling, the minimally invasive LAP-BAND procedure does not permanently alter the body's anatomy. As a result, the procedure is essentially reversible and the LAP-BAND can be removed without damaging any organs. With LAP-BAND, surgery is performed laparoscopically by placing an inflatable band around the upper part of the stomach. The new, smaller upper stomach pouch and a narrowed outlet limit the stomach capacity and increase the feeling of fullness. Once implanted, the band can be adjusted in the doctor's office in a matter of minutes; tightening it, to achieve more weight loss when needed, such as during pregnancy. Dr. Davtyan, who prior to his own LAP-BAND procedure specialized exclusively in surgical oncology, sees many parallels between cancer and obesity. Both diseases commonly show a genetic predisposition and each is affected by environmental factors. Both are emotionally crippling and often chronic. There are few effective treatments for obesity or cancer and both need complex, comprehensive approaches in addition to surgery. Dr. Davtyan is a Board Certified General Surgeon, Bariatric Surgeon and Surgical Oncologist in private practice in Beverly Hills. He graduated from UCLA Medical School in 1989 and was mentored by Dr. Donald Morton at the John Wayne Cancer Institute where he received a Fellowship in Surgical Oncology in 1997. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the International College of Surgeons. He is also Board Certified by the American Board of Bariatric Medicine. Dedicated to public service, Dr. Davtyan has worked for years providing breast cancer early detection services for uninsured patients and has organized fundraisers for Breast Cancer Awareness, Women's and Men's Health and for a medical library for the Armenian Medical University in Yerevan, Armenia. It is also here where he led a delegation of 70 American physicians to its opening. He also organized a fundraiser banquet for the "Jews in Crisis" project with the Jewish Federation which raised $260,000 for Sourasky Hospital Trauma Center in Tel Aviv, Israel. He regularly gives lectures and presentations on the LAP-BAND system as a new method of obesity treatment and has done numerous television interviews and hosted a weekly educational health program on Russian and Armenian cable networks.
Dr. Davtyan is Board Certified by the American Board of Bariatric Medicine Surgical Oncology (Certification # 1374. Issuance: 5/16/05- 7/01/14) and the American Board of Surgery (Certificate # 041985. Issuance: 02/11/997-7/1/2017). We encourage you to visit our website and download Dr. Davtyan's full CV where you could view his extensive educational background or verify his credentials. David G. Davtyan MD, FACS, FICS is one of a few doctors who has such level of educational background, experience and expertise in both, Bariatric Medicine and Surgery. Dr. Davtyan firmly believes in comprehensive management of obesity. He and his staff have a team approach and work in collaboration with various experts in related sub-specialties to ensure complete and thorough pre-operative recovery. To ensure best outcomes, Dr. Davtyan's practice offers patients easy and frequent access to numerous clinics for close and attentive follow-ups.