Keck School Faculty

Namir Katkhouda, MD, PhD
Namir Katkhouda, MD, PhD
Professor of Surgery;Section Chief, Bariatric Surgery
1510 San Pablo St. Health Sciences Campus Los Angeles
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.

Pasadena Magazine: Top Doctor, 2011

: Knighthood of the Legion of Honor, 2006

Impact of Gastric Banding Versus Metformin on ß-Cell Function in Adults With Impaired Glucose Tolerance or Mild Type 2 Diabetes Diabetes Care. 2018 Oct 03. . View in PubMed

Routine esophageal manometry is not useful in patients with normal videoesophagram Surg Endosc. 2018 Sep 24. . View in PubMed

Impact of Gastric Banding Versus Metformin on ß-Cell Function in Adults With Impaired Glucose Tolerance or Mild Type 2 Diabetes Diabetes Care. 2018 12; 41(12):2544-2551. . View in PubMed

Gastric cancer in the young: An advanced disease with poor prognostic features J Surg Oncol. 2017 Mar; 115(4):371-375. . View in PubMed

Efficacy of magnetic sphincter augmentation in patients with large hiatal hernias Surg Endosc. 2017 05; 31(5):2096-2102. . View in PubMed

Requesting Patient Characteristics for Readmissions Noted in "Single-site Robotic Cholecystectomy in a Broadly Inclusive Patient Population: A Prospective Study" Ann Surg. 2017 04; 265(4):e34-e35. . View in PubMed

Post-Nissen Dysphagia and Bloating Syndrome: Outcomes After Conversion to Toupet Fundoplication J Gastrointest Surg. 2017 03; 21(3):441-445. . View in PubMed

A Durable Laparoscopic Technique for the Repair of Large Paraesophageal Hernias Am Surg. 2016 Oct; 82(10):911-915. . View in PubMed

Intraoperative assessment of the effects of laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy on the distensibility of the lower esophageal sphincter using impedance planimetry Surg Endosc. 2016 11; 30(11):4904-4909. . View in PubMed

Charges, outcomes, and complications: a comparison of magnetic sphincter augmentation versus laparoscopic Nissen fundoplication for the treatment of GERD Surg Endosc. 2016 08; 30(8):3225-30. . View in PubMed

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 06; 24(6):1274-82. . View in PubMed

Requesting Patient Characteristics for Readmissions Noted in "Single-site Robotic Cholecystectomy in a Broadly Inclusive Patient Population: A Prospective Study" Ann Surg. 2015 Jan 05. . View in PubMed

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

Magnetic sphincter augmentation with the LINX device for gastroesophageal reflux disease after US. Food and Drug Administration approval. Am Surg. 2014 Oct; 80(10):1034-8. . View in PubMed

Outcomes following laparoscopic transhiatal esophagectomy for esophageal cancer Surg Endosc. 2014 Feb; 28(2):492-9. . View in PubMed

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

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

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

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

Minimally invasive surgical approach for the treatment of gastroparesis Surg Endosc. 2013 Jan; 27(1):61-6. . View in PubMed

Evaluation and treatment of patients with cardiac disease undergoing bariatric surgery Surg Obes Relat Dis. 2012 Sep-Oct; 8(5):634-40. . View in PubMed

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; discussion 99-100. . View in PubMed

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

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

Laparoscopic appendectomy: new concepts World J Surg. 2011 Jul; 35(7):1515-8. . View in PubMed

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

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

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

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 Oct; 20:185-91. . View in PubMed

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

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

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

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

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

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

Malpractice, standards and surgical journals Surg Endosc. 2006 Sep; 20(9):1339-40. . View in PubMed

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

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

Laparoscopic versus open appendectomy: a prospective randomized double-blind study Ann Surg. 2005 Sep; 242(3):439-48; discussion 448-50. . View in PubMed

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

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

Am Surg. 2002 Sep; 68(9):795-801. . View in PubMed

Severe trauma is not an excuse for prolonged antibiotic prophylaxis Arch Surg. 2002 May; 137(5):537-41; discussion 541-2. . View in PubMed

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

André Toupet: surgeon technician par excellence Ann Surg. 2002 Apr; 235(4):591-9. . View in PubMed

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

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