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Namir Katkhouda, MD, PhD
Professor of Surgery
Section Chief, Bariatric Surgery
Surgery
HCC 514 Health Sciences Campus Los Angeles
+1 323 442 5709

Overview

Namir Katkhouda, M.D. is a world authority in laparoscopic surgery, having pioneered the first laparoscopic vagotomy for the treatment of gastro duodenal ulcer disease. He is an innovator in the laparoscopic approach to advanced procedures, including liver surgery, aortic surgery, gastric resections, and hernia repair. He has written 80 peer review articles, presented over 250 scientific papers, written 100 book chapters and published 3 books in the field of laparoscopic surgery. He has trained more than 800 surgeons on laparoscopic techniques worldwide and graduated 19 fellows in minimally invasive surgery.

He is co-director of the USC Bariatric Surgery Program and in this capacity, offers the patients all laparoscopic approaches for weight loss surgery, including hand sewn laparoscopic Roux-en Y gastric bypass and the Lap Band. Dr. Katkhouda’s current research includes virtual reality in laparoscopic surgery, minimally invasive approaches to bariatric surgery and research in the physiology of laparoscopic surgery.

Dr. Katkhouda came to the University of Southern California from France in 1993, and is currently a professor of surgery and chief of the Minimally Invasive Surgery Program in the department of surgery. He is director of laparoscopic surgery at Keck Hospital of USC. He serves as a governor on the board of the Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons, and sits on the editorial board of many prestigious, peer-reviewed surgical journals. He is member of the Southwestern Surgical Congress, the Western Surgical Association, the European and French Society of Endoscopic Surgery, and is an honorary member of the Mexican and Asian Society of Laparoscopic Surgery. In addition, Dr. Katkhouda is a fellow of the American and French College of Surgeons.

Dr. Katkhouda completed his medical degree at the University of Montpellier, France followed by his residency and fellowship at the University of Nice, School of Medicine, also in France. He was later appointed vice chairman and director of surgical endoscopy in the University’s department of surgery. He received his board certification in surgery in 1987. Dr. Katkhouda was recently awarded France’s highest honor and was made Knight of the French Legion of Honor for his important contributions in laparoscopic surgery.

Awards

Pasadena Magazine: Top Doctor, 2011

Knighthood of the Legion of Honor

Publications

Reynolds JL, Zehetner J, Nieh A, Bildzukewicz N, Sandhu K, Katkhouda N, Lipham JC. Charges, outcomes, and complications: a comparison of magnetic sphincter augmentation versus laparoscopic Nissen fundoplication for the treatment of GERD. Surg Endosc. 2016 Aug; 30(8):3225-30. View in: PubMed

Gyllenhammer LE, Lam J, Alderete TL, Allayee H, Akbari O, Katkhouda N, Goran MI. Lower omental t-regulatory cell count is associated with higher fasting glucose and lower ß-cell function in adults with obesity. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2016 Jun; 24(6):1274-82. View in: PubMed

Zehetner J, Degnera E, Olasky J, Mason RA, Drangsholt S, Moazzez A, Darehzereshki A, Lipham JC, Katkhouda N. Percutaneous cholecystostomy versus laparoscopic cholecystectomy in patients with acute cholecystitis and failed conservative management: a matched-pair analysis. Surg Laparosc Endosc Percutan Tech. 2014 Dec; 24(6):523-7. View in: PubMed

Reynolds JL, Zehetner J, Bildzukewicz N, Katkhouda N, Dandekar G, Lipham JC. Magnetic Sphincter Augmentation with the LINX Device for Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease after U. S. Food and Drug Administration Approval. Am Surg. 2014 Oct; 80(10):1034-8. View in: PubMed

Cash JC, Zehetner J, Hedayati B, Bildzukewicz NA, Katkhouda N, Mason RJ, Lipham JC. Outcomes following laparoscopic transhiatal esophagectomy for esophageal cancer. Surg Endosc. 2014 Feb; 28(2):492-9. View in: PubMed

Darehzereshki A, Goldfarb M, Zehetner J, Moazzez A, Lipham JC, Mason RJ, Katkhouda N. Biologic Versus Nonbiologic Mesh in Ventral Hernia Repair: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. World J Surg. 2014 Jan; 38(1):40-50. View in: PubMed

Katkhouda N, Friedlander M, Darehzereshki A, Mason RJ, Zehetner J, Moazzez A, Chan LS, Kiyabu M, Kirkman E, Kirkman P, Ravari F, Degnera E, Drangsholt S, Khalaf N. Argon beam coagulation versus fibrin sealant for hemostasis following liver resection: a randomized study in a porcine model. Hepatogastroenterology. 2013 Jul-Aug; 60(125):1110-6. View in: PubMed

Zehetner J, Pelipad D, Darehzereshki A, Mason RJ, Lipham JC, Katkhouda N. Single-access laparoscopic cholecystectomy versus classic laparoscopic cholecystectomy: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. Surg Laparosc Endosc Percutan Tech. 2013 Jun; 23(3):235-43. View in: PubMed

Moazzez A, Mason RJ, Katkhouda N. Thirty-day outcomes of laparoscopic versus open appendectomy in elderly using ACS/NSQIP database. Surg Endosc. 2013 Apr; 27(4):1061-71. View in: PubMed

Zehetner J, Ravari F, Ayazi S, Skibba A, Darehzereshki A, Pelipad D, Mason RJ, Katkhouda N, Lipham JC. Minimally invasive surgical approach for the treatment of gastroparesis. Surg Endosc. 2013 Jan; 27(1):61-6. View in: PubMed

Katkhouda N, Mason RJ, Wu B, Takla FS, Keenan RM, Zehetner J. Evaluation and treatment of patients with cardiac disease undergoing bariatric surgery. Surg Obes Relat Dis. 2012 Sep; 8(5):634-40. View in: PubMed

Mason RJ, Moazzez A, Moroney JR, Katkhouda N. Laparoscopic vs Open Appendectomy in Obese Patients: Outcomes Using the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program Database. J Am Coll Surg. 2012 Jul; 215(1):88-99. View in: PubMed

Mason RJ, Moazzez A, Sohn H, Katkhouda N. Meta-analysis of randomized trials comparing antibiotic therapy with appendectomy for acute uncomplicated (no abscess or phlegmon) appendicitis. Surg Infect (Larchmt). 2012 Apr; 13(2):74-84. View in: PubMed

Mason RJ, Moazzez A, Sohn HJ, Berne TV, Katkhouda N. Laparoscopic versus open anterior abdominal wall hernia repair: 30-day morbidity and mortality using the ACS-NSQIP database. Ann Surg. 2011 Oct; 254(4):641-52. View in: PubMed

Moazzez A, Mason RJ, Katkhouda N. Laparoscopic appendectomy: new concepts. World J Surg. 2011 Jul; 35(7):1515-8. View in: PubMed

Clarke T, Katkhouda N, Mason RJ, Cheng BC, Olasky J, Sohn HJ, Moazzez A, Algra J, Chaghouri E, Berne TV. Laparoscopic versus open appendectomy for the obese patient: a subset analysis from a prospective, randomized, double-blind study. Surg Endosc. 2011 Apr; 25(4):1276-80. View in: PubMed

Towfigh S, Clarke T, Yacoub W, Pooli AH, Mason RJ, Katkhouda N, Berne TV. Significant reduction of wound infections with daily probing of contaminated wounds: a prospective randomized clinical trial. Arch Surg. 2011 Apr; 146(4):448-52. View in: PubMed

Clarke T, Katkhouda N, Mason RJ, Cheng BC, Algra J, Olasky J, Sohn HJ, Moazzez A, Balouch M. Fibrin glue for intraperitoneal laparoscopic mesh fixation: a comparative study in a swine model. Surg Endosc. 2011 Mar; 25(3):737-48. View in: PubMed

Speer AL, Sohn HJ, Moazzez A, Portillo J, Clarke T, Katkhouda N, Mason RJ. Establishing an acute care surgery service: lessons learned from the epidemiology of emergent non-trauma patients and increasing utilization of laparoscopy. J Trauma. 2010 Oct; 69(4):938-42. View in: PubMed

Curcillo PG, Wu AS, Podolsky ER, Graybeal C, Katkhouda N, Saenz A, Dunham R, Fendley S, Neff M, Copper C, Bessler M, Gumbs AA, Norton M, Iannelli A, Mason R, Moazzez A, Cohen L, Mouhlas A, Poor A. Single-port-access (SPA) cholecystectomy: a multi-institutional report of the first 297 cases. Surg Endosc. 2010 Aug; 24(8):1854-60. View in: PubMed

Moazzez A, Mason RJ, Katkhouda N. A new technique for minimally invasive abdominal wall reconstruction of complex incisional hernias: totally laparoscopic component separation and incisional hernia repair. Surg Technol Int. 2010; 20:185-91. View in: PubMed

Olasky J, Moazzez A, Barrera K, Clarke T, Shriki J, Sohn HJ, Katkhouda N, Mason RJ. In the era of routine use of CT scan for acute abdominal pain, should all adults with small bowel intussusception undergo surgery? Am Surg. 2009 Oct; 75(10):958-61. View in: PubMed

Khoueir P, Black MH, Crookes PF, Kaufman HS, Katkhouda N, Wang MY. Prospective assessment of axial back pain symptoms before and after bariatric weight reduction surgery. Spine J. 2009 Jun; 9(6):454-63. View in: PubMed

Katkhouda N, Moazzez A, Popek S, Towfigh S, Cohen B, Lam B, Boulom V. A new and standardized approach for trocar placement in laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass. Surg Endosc. 2009 Mar; 23(3):659-62. View in: PubMed

Katkhouda N. Application of fibrin glue after hepatectomy might still be justified. Ann Surg. 2008 Feb; 247(2):399-400; author reply 400. View in: PubMed

Katkhouda N, Peterson RM, Raizada A, Dous S. Malpractice, standards and surgical journals. Surg Endosc. 2006 Sep; 20(9):1339-40. View in: PubMed

Acosta JM, Katkhouda N, Debian KA, Groshen SG, Tsao-Wei DD, Berne TV. Early ductal decompression versus conservative management for gallstone pancreatitis with ampullary obstruction: a prospective randomized clinical trial. Ann Surg. 2006 Jan; 243(1):33-40. View in: PubMed

Katkhouda N, Mason RJ, Towfigh S. Laparoscopic versus open appendectomy: a prospective, randomized, double-blind study. Adv Surg. 2006; 40:1-19. View in: PubMed

Katkhouda N, Mason RJ, Towfigh S, Gevorgyan A, Essani R. Laparoscopic versus open appendectomy: a prospective randomized double-blind study. Ann Surg. 2005 Sep; 242(3):439-48; discussion 448-50. View in: PubMed

Katkhouda N. A new technique for laparoscopic hernia repair using fibrin sealant. Surg Technol Int. 2004; 12:120-6. View in: PubMed

Katkhouda N. New hemostatic agents in general open and laparoscopic surgery. Surg Technol Int. 2004; 13:65-70. View in: PubMed

Velmahos GC, Vassiliu P, Demetriades D, Chan LS, Murray J, Salim A, Sava J, Katkhouda N, Berne TV. Wound management after colon injury: open or closed? A prospective randomized trial. Am Surg. 2002 Sep; 68(9):795-801. View in: PubMed

Velmahos GC, Toutouzas KG, Sarkisyan G, Chan LS, Jindal A, Karaiskakis M, Katkhouda N, Berne TV, Demetriades D. Severe trauma is not an excuse for prolonged antibiotic prophylaxis. Arch Surg. 2002 May; 137(5):537-41; discussion 541-2. View in: PubMed

Katkhouda N, Khalil MR, Manhas S, Grant S, Velmahos GC, Umbach TW, Kaiser AM. André Toupet: surgeon technician par excellence. Ann Surg. 2002 Apr; 235(4):591-9. View in: PubMed

Malas MB, Katkhouda N. Internal hernia as a complication of laparoscopic nissen fundoplication. Surg Laparosc Endosc Percutan Tech. 2002 Apr; 12(2):115-6. View in: PubMed

Kaiser AM, Katkhouda N. Laparoscopic management of the perforated viscus. Semin Laparosc Surg. 2002 Mar; 9(1):46-53. View in: PubMed

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