Dr Felix graduated from the University of Michigan in 1967,
with a BS in Psychology and received his MD degree from the
Universty of Illinois Medical School in Chicago in 1971. He
was at the University of Illinois in the department of
surgery from 1971-1973 and was invited to be a fellow at the
NIH Cancer Institute from 1973-1975. In 1975 he returned to
the University of Illinois and completed his surgical
residency. He was appointed to the department of surgery as
an assistant professor in 1978.
In 1980 he left the University to set up a private practice
in surgery in Fresno Ca. From 1980 until 1990 his major
emphasis was the surgical treatment of patients with
cancer. In 1990 he was the first surgeon in central
California to use advanced laparoscopic surgical techniques
to treat patients. He soon developed an advanced
laparoscopic center specializing in minimally invasive
surgery. Over the next 13 years Dr Felix performed over 7000
laparoscopic operations. He became internationally known as
an expert in laparoscopic surgery and has lectured and
taught other sureons his techniques on 4 continents.
In 1999 Dr Felix opened the Center for Bariatric Surgery.
Since opening the center he has performed over 2000 gastric
bypasses, 97% laparoscopically. The center now treats over
600 patients per year. The center is directed by Dr Felix
and utilizes a laparoscopic approach for most
patients. The center offers a full service of bariatric care
including a dietition and fitness practitioner. Our center
also performs abdominoplasties when appropriate.
Dr Felix is actively involved in teaching his techniques to
other advanced surgeons from the U.S. and abroad. He
is an assistant clinical professor of surgery at UCSF, a
fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the American
Bariatric Society. He has authored many scientific
articles published in peer reviewed journals and several
chapters in surgical textbooks.