Dr. Kelvin Higa, MD

Dr. Kelvin Higa, MD

Bariatric Surgery  |  
Male  |  
Age 59
Insurances AcceptedSave
Dr. Kelvin Higa, MD is a bariatric surgery doctor who practices in Fresno, CA. He is 59 years old and has been practicing for 34 years.

205 E River Park Cir

Fresno, CA 93720

Contact Information

(559) 261-4500

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of California
  • Cigna
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • MultiPlan

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Top Care Areas


See how frequently Dr. Higa performs your care needs compared to other doctors.

Stomach Surgery
very high
more than 99% of peers
very high
more than 99% of peers
Gastric Bypass Surgery, Laparoscopic
very high
more than 99% of peers

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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Higa "Dr. Higa graduated from UC Riverside and received his M.D. degree from UCLA School of Medicine. He completed his surgical training locally and has also served as Chief of Vascular Surgery at the VA Medical Center. Dr. Higa has been in practice since 1990 and also serves as Associate Clinical Professor of Surgery, UCSF, and as Assistant Professor of Surgery for the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific. Dr. Higa is also a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the American Society for Bariatric Surgery. His special interests include Bariatric surgery, Vascular surgery and advanced Videoscopic surgery. "


  • Bariatric Surgery
  • Bariatric Medicine

Board Certifications

  • General Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Surgery*

Conditions Treated

  • Obesity
  • Weight Loss


  • Bariatric Surgery (Weight Loss Surgery)
  • Esophageal Surgery
  • Esophagomyotomy
  • Gastrectomy
  • Gastric Bypass Surgery, Laparoscopic
  • Gastric Restrictive With Partial Gastrectomy or Jejunojejunostomy
  • Gastrotomy
  • Laparoscopic Revision Gastric Restrictive Procedure
  • Laparoscopic Surgical Procedure
  • Laparotomy
  • Open Gastric Restrictive Procedure
  • Revision of Gastric Anastomosis or Restrictive Procedure
  • Sleeve Gastrectomy
  • Stomach Surgery

Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for California.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.


  • University Of California, Riverside
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1980
  • David Geffen School Of Medicine At UCLA, University Of California, Los Angeles
    Medical School | Graduated 1983
  • Valley Medical Center, General Surgery
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1988

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
  • Resident Teacher of the Year Award, 1988
Media & Publications
  • Narcotic withdrawal syndrome following gastric bypass--a difficult diagnosis, 2001
  • Internal hernias after laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass: incidence, treatment and prevention, 2003
  • Complications of the laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass: 1,040 patients--what have we learned?, 2000

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Higa's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Higa to family and friends
based on 36 total reviews (4 with comments)
Dr. Higa's Performance
  • Trustworthiness
  • Explains condition(s) well
  • Answers Questions
  • Time well spent
Office & Staff Performance
  • Scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Average wait time
    16 to 30 minutes
Patient Comments (4)
in Los Banos, CA |
I went to see Dr. Higa about revision surgery. He was arrogant and condescending. My blood pressure was high and he told me that I should go on a blood pressure medication that would help me lose weight, but he REFUSED to give me the name of the drug. I wrote to him and he did not respond. I talked to his office manager, who also refused to help me with the blood pressure medication question. Also, he would not answer questions about revisions. I would never recommend this "doctor."
in Fresno |
I had a gastric-y bypass surgery in 2001 that was not done correctly by another doctor. I was on the brink of death in 2013 because of it. Dr. Higa is the only doctor in the entire San Joaquin Valley that would provide me with any medical and surgical help. Needless to any say, I am still alive today thanks to God and Dr. Higa. I am so very grateful to be alive today to be a part of my little boy's life and not leave my husband a widower. Thank you Dr. Higa!
in Atwater, CA |
On 2/17/2004 Dr.Higa gave me the gastric bypass. In the last year I have gained up to 222. I started at 338. I've stayed around 190 for years. But I can't seem to get the weight off now. What to do. Dr. Higa is a wonderful doctor.
in Hanford, CA |
He told be what weight loss surgery worked best for me. He answered all my questions. I have been looking for a doctor for the last 6yrs. He had all the answers and statistics to back it up. He even told me information on my nationality and what works best for me. Even though, I think he should spend more time with patients during the process of getting the surgery, I know there is not way he can. He is so busy and the office staff he has is nice. I did it and I would never regret it.
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Now Accepting New Patients
Dr. Higa accepts 6 insurance carriers
  • Aetna
    Aetna HMO
    Choice Plus POS II
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Blue Card PPO
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of California
    Advantage Preferred DirectAccess Plus PPO
    Blue Cross Blue Shield of California PPO
    Select Plus HMO
    Select PPO
  • Cigna
    Cigna HMO
    Cigna PPO
    Open Access Plus
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
    First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
  • MultiPlan
    MultiPlan PPO
    PHCS Network PPO

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Hospitals where Dr. Higa has admitting privileges

Fresno Heart and Surgical Hospital
15 E Audubon Dr
Fresno, CA 93720
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Community Regional Medical Center
2823 Fresno St
Fresno, CA 93721
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Saint Agnes Medical Center
1303 E Herndon Ave
Fresno, CA 93720
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