Dr. Robert Cywes, MD

Dr. Robert Cywes, MD

Bariatric Surgery  |  
Male  |  
Age 54
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Dr. Robert Cywes, MD is a bariatric surgery specialist in Palm Beach Gardens, FL and has been practicing for 28 years. He graduated from University Of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa in 1987 and specializes in bariatric surgery, pediatric surgery, and more.Read his story

2865 Pga Blvd

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410

Contact Information

(561) 627-4107

Insurance Accepted

  • Accepts most major Health Plans. Please contact our office for details.
  • Aetna
  • AvMed
  • Beech Street (Multiplan)
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • Galaxy Health Network
  • Molina Healthcare
  • UnitedHealthCare

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Appendectomy, Laparoscopic
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more than 95% of peers
Laparoscopic Surgical Procedure
more than 83% of peers
Stomach Surgery
more than 80% of peers

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Dr. Cywes' bio

This content was provided by Dr. Cywes "Dr. Cywes is Dual Board Certified in Adult General Surgery and Pediatric Surgery. He specializes in Weight Management and Bariatric Surgery in Adults and adolescents. He has been doing bariatric surgery for 18 years and has performed around 8000 surgeries. His medical training began in Cape Town, South Africa where he received his medical degree from The University of Cape Town. In 1989, Dr. Cywes moved to North America and completed a year-long residency in pediatric surgery at Ohio State University's Columbus Children's Hospital before moving to Canada where he completed his general surgery residency and specialized in minimally invasive surgery at the University of Toronto. Dr. Cywes also earned his PhD in Liver Carbohydrate Metabolism and the effect of glucose metabolism on liver transplant immunology. After completing his pediatric surgery fellowship at the University of Michigan's C.S. Mott Children's Hospital, Dr. Cywes was appointed as an Assistant Professor of Pediatric and Fetal Surgery at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee where he did hepatic stem cell research. During this time, Dr. Cywes became increasingly interested in adolescent obesity and the impact of the liver and metabolic syndrome on young patients. Dr. Cywes' research led to a comprehensive understanding of the toxicity of chronic excessive carbohydrate consumption as the primary cause of obesity and so-called obesity-related co-morbidities, and he became interested in developing a clinical program to treat obese patients using this knowledge. Dr. Cywes relocated to Jacksonville, Florida where he joined the Department of Pediatric Surgery at the Nemours Children's Clinic and Wolfson Children's Hospital. This led to a national meeting in Jacksonville where guidelines for adolescent obesity surgery were established. In 2004, Dr. Cywes established JSAPA to continue his work in both adolescent and adult obesity treatment and surgery, and in 2013 opened a practice in Palm Beach County, Florida. He now works with a highly experienced team of professionals from a variety of medical sub-specialties to better care for obese patients. He has developed the practice into an internationally recognized Center of Excellence for obesity surgery. The practice uses a cognitive behavioral therapy approach that addresses carbohydrate addiction, along with bariatric surgery, to help patients manage their obesity long term. Based on his extensive clinical research and observations, Dr. Cywes lectures internationally regarding the physiological impact of carbohydrate consumption as the primary cause of the current Chronic Non-Communicable Disease (CNCDs) epidemic. He also lectures on the behavioral aspects of carbohydrate addiction as the cause of obesity and obesity-related co-morbidities and the use of substance abuse methodology, rather than a diet and exercise approach, to the effective long term treatment of obesity. Dr. Cywes is a member of ASMBS (American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery) and is a member of the ASMBS Pediatric Obesity Committee. Dr. Cywes is a proctor for bariatric surgery, training other surgeons to perform the operation. Dr. Cywes and his team are active in obesity research, including an ongoing Adolescent Bariatric Surgery trial. He has become one of the foremost authorities in the treatment and management of obesity in adolescents. Dr. Cywes' vast experience in pediatric and general surgery serves him well in using bariatric surgery to treat obesity in both adults and children."


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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Cywes "JSAPA uses a substance abuse cognitive behavioral carbohydrate addiction methodology to treat our patients into remission from diabetes, obesity and many of the other co-morbidities."


  • Bariatric Surgery
  • Bariatric Medicine
  • Pediatric Surgery

Board Certifications

  • General Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Surgery*

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Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for Florida.

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 Cape Town / Faculty Of Health Sciences
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1987
  • University Of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa
    Medical School | Graduated 1987
  • Groote Schuur Hospital, Cape Town, South Africa
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1988
  • Columbus Children's Hospital, Ohio State University, Columbus, Oh-Pediatric Burns and General Surgery
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1990
  • Groote Schuur Hospital, Cape Town, South Africa-Anesthesiology
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1988
  • Groote Schuur Hospital, Cape Town, South Africa-General Surgery
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1989
  • Toronto General Hospital and University Of Toronto, Toronto, Canada-Gallie Surgical Scientist Program (Ph.D.)
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1996
  • C.S. Mott Children's Hospital, University Of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Mi-Pediatric Surgery
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1999
  • University Of Toronto PHD Program
    Other Education | Completed 1996

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Cywes has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Afrikaans
  • French

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Dr. Cywes' Reviews

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Dr. Cywes' Performance

Explains condition(s) well
Answers Questions
Time well spent

Office & Staff Performance

Office environment
Staff friendliness
Average wait time
16 to 30 minutes

Patient Comments (17)

in Jupiter
I cannot say enough about Dr Cywes! Amazing attitude and bedside manner! Really takes his time with you to talk about food and procedures. Answers any and all question! Always available! His staff are awesome as,well! So nice and inviting! He saved my life!
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Professional, up to date on research, surgical techniques- top of his field-dedicated and caring.
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in Port Saint Lucie
Dr.Cywes has been such and amazing doctor to our son. He definitely has the best bedside manners.
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in Toronto
I would absolutely recommend Dr. Cywes to my family or friends. He is kind, caring, and skilled as a physician and surgeon. His bedside manner is exemplary, he is so patient and all our questions were answered. He is an asset to his profession!
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Dr Cywes is a skilled doctor / surgeon who has changed lives for the better. He is knowledgeable and experience. He had a tireless work ethic working from the early mornings and well into the evening. Beyond his skill set and knowledge base, Dr. Cywes is terrific with his patients and does a...more
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