Hello, I’m Dr. Peter Kwon.
I’m the founder and director of Tri-State Bariatrics. I’d like to tell you a little bit about how I started this program.
I relocated to this area in 2002 with my family. At that time, there was increasing interest in bariatric surgery throughout the country, especially using laparoscopic or minimally invasive techniques.
At the same time, I saw that there was no bariatric surgery program available here in Orange County.
Therefore, in 2003, I established the very first bariatric surgery program in Orange County. Since we started the program, we have now helped over 5000 patients in this area that have needed weight loss surgery. And they could stay locally as opposed to going either to Westchester or to New York City or to Morristown and some people have even gone to Albany.
But now they can get the surgery performed locally, here in Orange County.
I’d like to tell you a little bit about my educational background. I attended MIT as an undergraduate in the department of Nutrition and Food Science. There, there was initial research being conducted on the protein sparing modified fast as a safe and effective means of achieving weight loss. I have used some of this knowledge to create a very simple, safe and effective diet for our patients in Tri-State Bariatrics.
I attended medical school at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York City, where I feel that I received an excellent medical education. I had initially been interested in becoming an internist but during my surgical rotation during third year, I gravitated towards surgery. I saw how the surgical field allowed for a better opportunity to cure diseases as opposed to just manage them.
It was much later that I was able to combine my interest in taking care of medical problems, such as heart disease, diabetes, hypertension, with the use of surgery by helping people lose their weight and resolve some of these issues.
I did my residency at Cedar-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.That was my hometown, I grew up in Los Angeles.
And, so after I finished medical school, I went back to Los Angeles for the residency. There, there were pioneers in laparoscopic surgery back in the eighties. And, in fact, in 1987, at Cedar-Sinai, we performed the first laparoscopic cholecystectomies west of the Mississippi. Since then, they have continued to evolve laparoscopic surgical techniques and I was fortunate enough to be there as an attending for the first 7 years of my surgical career.
Subsequently, I had spent 7 years in the Rocky Mountains and various small towns, being the only general surgeon in some of these towns.
Finally, I relocated here, to this area, and in 2003, established the Tri-State Bariatrics for the benefit of the severely obese population here in this area. I have been very fortunate to assemble an excellent team of highly skilled surgeons, nurse practitioners, nurses, dietitians, nutritionists, behavioral health specialists including a psychiatrist and a social worker, along with a whole host of support staff that help take care of our patients in a very compassionate, professional and caring manner.
And I thank you for visiting with us and I hope that we can be of help to you in your journey with your weight loss.