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Bariatric surgery program

Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula

Our bariatric surgery program is accredited by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery and is recognized as a center of excellence or distinction by Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, UnitedHealth Optum, and CIGNA.

Community Hospital offers two minimally invasive (laproscopic) weight loss procedures found to be the safest and most effective:

  • Gastric bypass
  • Vertical sleeve gastrectomy

Note: Dr. Chang and Dr. Vierra no longer perform adjustable gastric band placement as an option.


Our surgeons

Dr. Chang

Steven S. Chang, MD

Dr. Chang is medical director of bariatric surgery at Community Hospital. He has performed approximately 400 procedures since joining our medical staff in 2014, in addition to the numerous procedures he performed prior to joining Community Hospital. 

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Recognized for expertise, high quality care, and patient results by insurers

EDUCATION
University of California, Irvine
Northeast Ohio Medical University

RESIDENCY
Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital

FELLOWSHIPS
University of California, San Francisco-Fresno, minimally invasive/bariatric surgery

CERTIFICATIONS
American Board of Surgery
Member, American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery

Dr. Vierra

Mark Vierra, MD

Dr. Vierra is among the most experienced bariatric surgeons in the United States, having performed more than 3,350 procedures since 1991. He started the bariatric surgery program at Stanford University Medical Center and directed it for a decade before moving to Monterey to launch Community Hospital’s program. In addition to bariatric surgery, Dr. Vierra does a broad range of gastrointestinal surgeries as a member of Monterey County Surgical Associates.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Among the most experienced bariatric surgeons in the U.S.
  • Published more than 40 scientific papers
  • Recognized for expertise, high quality care, and patient results by insurers

EDUCATION
University of California, San Diego
Harvard Medical School

RESIDENCY
Stanford University Medical Center

FELLOWSHIPS
University of California, San Francisco-Fresno, minimally invasive/bariatric surgery

CERTIFICATIONS
American Board of Surgery
Member, American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery

Contacts

Michele Berry
Bariatric Coordinator
Monterey County Surgical Associates
2 Upper Ragsdale Dr. Bldg. B Ste. 230
Monterey, CA 93940
Phone: (831) 649-0808
Fax: (831) 649-8795


Dan Limesand
Director, Business Development and Contracting
Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula
40 Ryan Court, Suite 220
Monterey, CA 93940
Phone: (831) 658-3980
Fax: (831) 658-3978


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Donna Miller
Community Outreach/Physician Liaison
Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula
40 Ryan Court, Suite 220
Monterey, CA 93940
Phone: (831) 658-3987
Fax: (831) 658-3978

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