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 doctor who practices in Palm Beach Gardens, FL. He is 54 years old and has been practicing for 30 years. 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
  • General Surgery
  • Pediatric Surgery

Board Certifications

  • General Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Surgery*

Conditions Treated

  • Abdominal Disorders
  • Abscess
  • All Lymphoma
  • Anal Disorders
  • Anal Fissure
  • Anal Fistula
  • Anorectal Abscess
  • Appendicitis
  • Arthritis
  • Asthma
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Back Pain
  • Blood Disorders
  • Bone Cancer
  • Bone Disorders
  • Cancer
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Cholelithiasis
  • Congestive Heart Failure
  • Depressive Disorders
  • Diabetes Insipidus, Nephrogenic, Dominant Type
  • Esophageal Diseases
  • Esophageal Fistula
  • Gastrointestinal Diseases
  • Gout
  • Hernia
  • Hidradenitis
  • High Cholesterol
  • Hodgkin's Disease
  • Hypertension
  • Intestinal Atresia
  • Joint Pain
  • Kidney Stones
  • Liver Diseases and Disorders
  • Meckel's Diverticulum
  • Metabolic Syndrome
  • Obesity
  • Obesity Hypoventilation Syndrome
  • Osteosarcoma
  • Pediatric Obesity
  • Sleep Apnea
  • Soft Tissue Sarcoma
  • Stroke


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  • Abscess or Cyst Drainage or Aspiration
  • Abscess or Fluid Incision and Drainage
  • Appendectomy, Laparoscopic
  • Appendectomy, Open
  • Bariatric Surgery (Weight Loss Surgery)
  • Bone Marrow Biopsy
  • Colon and Rectal Surgery
  • Cyst Incision and Drainage
  • Decortication and Pleurectomy
  • Enterostomy (Laparoscopic or Open)
  • Esophageal Surgery
  • Excision of Breast Tumor
  • Excision of Testicular Lesion
  • Fistulectomy or Fistulotomy, Anal
  • Gallbladder Removal
  • Gastric Banding, Laparoscopic
  • Gastric Bypass Surgery
  • Gastric Bypass Surgery, Laparoscopic
  • Gastric Restrictive With Partial Gastrectomy or Jejunojejunostomy
  • Gastroenterology Procedures
  • Head and Neck Surgery
  • Heart Surgery
  • Hernia Repair
  • Incision and Removal of Foreign Object
  • Kidney Surgery
  • Laparoscopic Bariatric Surgery
  • Laparoscopic Revision Gastric Restrictive Procedure
  • Laparoscopic Surgical Procedure
  • Laparotomy
  • Lobectomy, Open
  • Lung Removal (Partial or Complete): Open, or Resection of Lung Tumor: Open
  • Lung Removal, Open
  • Lung Surgery
  • Open Gastric Restrictive Procedure
  • Orchiectomy
  • Port Placements or Replacements
  • Proctectomy, Open or Laparoscopic (incl. Swenson and Duhamel Procedures)
  • Removal of Reproductive Organs (Hysterectomy, Oophorectomy, Salpingectomy, Salpingo-Oophorectomy, Resection of Peritoneal Malignancy)
  • Renal Transplant and Nephrectomy
  • Repair of Anal and Rectal Defects (Anoplasty, Repair of Imperforate Anus, Sphincteroplasty, Rectal Graft)
  • Revision of Gastric Anastomosis or Restrictive Procedure
  • Sleeve Gastrectomy
  • Spinal Nerve Block
  • Splenectomy
  • Splenectomy and Splenorrhaphy
  • Stomach Surgery
  • Thoracoscopic Wedge Resection
  • Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery (VATS) or Thoracotomy


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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

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Cywes' Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Cywes to family and friends
based on 48 total reviews (8 with comments)
Dr. Cywes' Performance
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  • Average wait time
    16 to 30 minutes
Patient Comments (8)
in Crestview |
Dr. Cywes is beyond an amazing doctor. I came to know Dr. Cywes in Sept. of 2006. He became my weight loss doctor as well as my doctor that saved my life that no other doctor could figure out as to what was happening to me. Dr. Cywes worked day and night to make sure I was at 100%. There truly is no other doctor in world like him. Thanks Dr. C. for everything you have always done to take care of me. Deana O-H.
in Stuart, FL |
He saved our 8 1/2 year old daughter's life when removing a 20+ cm malignant mass and 1/2 of her liver in 2015. We can't praise him enough! Very straight to the point and very good at what he does. Thank you Dr. Cywes!
west palm beach |
I don't recommend this doctor for kids, maybe he is good with adults but with kids he is not the best doctor. He confused the diagnostic of my child and he did a treatment without having knowledge of the illness of my kid. definitely I don't recommend him for you son or daughter
in West Palm Beach, FL |
He's awesome treats the mind then the body he really cares he shoots from the hip that's very refreshing because if need to see a bariatric physician you're at the end of the road No better physician great bedside manner's and spend the extra time nobody else would He's also available by Tex 24/7 unreal thank you for saving my life Chad
in Jacksonville, Fl. |
If not for Dr Cywes. I would probably be dead by now. I got my band in 2005, and everything is still great. It is the best decision I have ever made. Dr. Cywes is the most personable, and real doctor I have ever had. I take no medications for anything. I am now 51 years old. I am so much better! Thank You Dr. Cywes. I would not be here if it was not for you!
in Callahan, FL |
Dr. Cywes does more than just place a band or sleeve, etc... He is with you through the entire weightloss journey. If it weren't for him I would still be almost 400 lbs and feeling helpless. I am so blessed to have found him and his staff.
in Jacksonville, FL |
Dr. Cywes is the real deal! He gives you the knowledge and tools to be better for yourself! Real help for the obese. He has saved me from myself!
in Margate, FL |
I was so nervous about having the sleeve because of prior surgeries, (6) on the abdomen and there were a lot of adhesions. Dr. Cywes assured me that he was entereing w/ caution and if he was not able to perform the procedure he would close me up. The surgery was a success and the trust and faith I had in Dr. Cywes paid off!!!!!! I love his direct approach, he doesn't beat around the bush!
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Dr. Cywes accepts 10 insurance carriers
  • Accepts most major Health Plans. Please contact our office for details.
  • Aetna
  • AvMed
  • Beech Street (Multiplan)
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
    Great West Healthcare-Cigna
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
    First Health (Coventry Health Care) EPO
  • Galaxy Health Network
  • Molina Healthcare
    MHNet - Behavioral Health
  • UnitedHealthCare
    Neighborhood Health Partnership
    United Healthcare

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Hospitals where Dr. Cywes has admitting privileges

Good Samaritan Hospital
Palm Beach Lakes At Flager Drive
West Palm Beach, FL 33401
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