Dr. Kelvin D. Higa, MD

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Dr. Kelvin D. Higa, MD

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Bariatric Surgery | Male

(559) 261-4500

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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.Read more

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Likelihood of recommending Dr. Higa to family and friends
4.4
based on 32 total surveys (1 with a review)
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  • Helpfulness
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  • Staff
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  • Scheduling
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Experience with Dr. Higa
  • Level of trust in provider's decisions
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  • How well provider explains medical condition(s)
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  • How well provider listens and answers questions
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  • Spends appropriate amount of time with patients
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Dr. Higa's Office & Staff
  • Ease of scheduling urgent appointments
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  • Office environment, cleanliness, comfort, etc.
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  • Staff friendliness and courteousness
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  • Total wait time (waiting & exam rooms)
    16 – 30 minutes (26)
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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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Specialties

  • Bariatric Surgery
  • Bariatric Medicine

Board Certifications

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  • General Surgery

Conditions Treated

  • Obesity
  • Weight Loss

Procedures Performed

  • 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.

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  • 0
    Sanctions

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

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  • 0
    Board Actions

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

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Education

  • Medical School
    David Geffen School Of Medicine At UCLA, University Of California, Los Angeles

    Graduated in 1983

  • Residency Hospital
    Valley Medical Center, General Surgery

    Completed in 1988

  • Undergraduate School
    University Of California, Riverside

    Graduated in 1980

Awards & Recognition

  • Awards & Honors
    • Healthgrades Honor Roll
    • Resident Teacher of the Year Award, 1988
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  • 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

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  • Specializes in Bariatric Surgery
  • Board certified in General Surgery
  • No malpractice claims found
  • No sanctions found
  • No board actions found
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Dr. Higa's Office & Staff

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Total wait time (waiting & exam rooms)
16 – 30 minutes

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Dr. Higa's Care Philosophy

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.