Dr. Robert Cywes, MD

Dr. Robert Cywes, MD

Bariatric Surgery  ·  
Male  ·  
Age 54
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

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(561) 627-4107

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more than 83% of peers
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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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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."

3  Specialties

  • Bariatric Surgery
  • Bariatric Medicine
  • Pediatric Surgery

1  Board Certifications

  • General Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Surgery*

43  Conditions Treated

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49  Procedures

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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

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  • 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
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Afrikaans
  • French

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What People Say About Dr. Robert Cywes, MD
I was on the verge of dieing due to my obesity. Dr. Robert Cywes saved my life. Bariatric Surgery is just the first step to becoming healthy. Meeting with and conducting ongoing discussions post surgery with Dr. Cwyes as to how to manage this surgical tool is key to the effectiveness of this...Read More
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RAS in West Palm Beach – Aug 19, 2018
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I was introduced to Doctor Cywes over two years ago. Dr Cywes approach was logical and I had seen the results from others including himself. He made sure I understood the program and that I needed to create a mind set that would last even after the operation. I lost a total of 140lbs and am...Read More
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Father Bernard Sheffield, OSB in Port St Lucie, FL – Aug 18, 2018
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I was extremely happy with my experience with Dr. Cywes. He has an incredible bedside manner and follow up. He took amazing care of me and I would recommend him to anyone looking for diet, weight loss and/or general healthy living. Solid five stars!
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MRT – Aug 13, 2018
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Dr. Cywes has been amazing! He's so encouraging, engaging, and supportive and has helped me change my old habits and start a new, more healthy life. I'm feeling great, I've lost weight without having to resort to extreme measures and I'm finding it easier and easier to avoid carbs and, instead,...Read More
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Dave in DC – Mar 26, 2018
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I met Dr. Cywes on July 2017, when I had no where else to turn. I originally consulted with him for the gastric balloon. He taught me about Low Carb/High Fat eating (LCHF) or KETO. Today, I weigh 133.2! I started at 171. I eat more healthy foods, hardly any carbs and I feel great. I also run...Read More
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Michelle in West Palm Beach, FL – Mar 13, 2018
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