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Formerly the Assistant Director of the Cedars-Sinai Center for Minimally Invasive and Weight Loss Surgery, Dr. Nishi was also an attending surgeon in Trauma Services and Surgical Intensive Care at Cedars-Sinai. He is one of the principal investigators of the FDA trials on a new procedure called TOGA (incision-less weight loss surgery), and is one of only a handful of surgeons in the U.S. who have performed this procedure. Currently Assistant Clinical Professor of Surgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA, Dr. Nishi has published widely in such journals as American Surgeon and Bariatric Times, and lectures on weight loss surgery at national and international bariatric surgery conferences. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Paul Rubenstein, MD Prize for Excellence in Resident Research Abstract and Awards Presentation; the Society of Laproendoscopic Surgeons Resident Achievement Award; and the Leo G. Rigler, MD Award for Academic Achievement from Cedars-Sinai. An Associate Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, Dr. Nishi is also a member of SAGES, the Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons; American Medical Association; and Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons.
After earning his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of California, Irvine and a medical degree from George Washington University School of Medicine, Dr. Nishi went on to intern in the Department of Surgery at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, New York, where he was named resident of the year. He received his surgical training at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center including a Fellowship in Surgical Critical Care.

Education

  • Surgical Critical Care-Cedars Sinai Medical Center- Fellowship Hospital

  • General Surgery Residency-Cedars Sinai Medical Center- Residency Hospital

  • General Surgery-North Shore University Hospital- Internship Hospital

Board Certifications

  • Board Certified in Critical Care Surgery and General Surgery

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Kai Nishi, MD

4 months ago

Videos

Weight Loss Surgery – Keeping The Weight Off

After surgery, one of the main concerns that patients have is regaining weight. Although that can occur, as long as the patient continues to eat relatively healthy food, they eat small portions, and they continue...

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Kai Nishi, MD

4 months ago

Videos

Weight Loss Surgery – Extra Skin

When an individual loses a significant amount of weight, it’s inevitable that their body changes in the way it looks. Sometimes, patients will feel like they’re concerned that they will lose too much weight. As...

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Kai Nishi, MD

4 months ago

Videos

Weight Loss Surgery – Gastric Bypass

The gastric bypass is an operation in which we take the stomach and we cut off the upper portion of the stomach and create that as your new stomach pouch. So a patient’s stomach goes...

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Kai Nishi, MD

4 months ago

Videos

Weight Loss Surgery – Procedure Options

There are various types of weight loss operations. The most commonly performed weight loss operations in this country would be the gastric bypass, the sleeve gastrectomy, and the lap band. The gastric bypass has been...

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Kai Nishi, MD

4 months ago

Videos

Weight Loss Surgery – Average Weight Loss

People often wonder: “how much weight am I going to lose?” It really depends on multiple factors: the first of which would be: “which operation did you have?” With the lap band, the weight loss...

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Kai Nishi, MD

9 months ago

Podcast

Robotic Surgery & Fast Cars w/ Dr. Kai Nishi

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Kai Nishi, MD

11 months ago

Videos

Laparoscopic Robotic Surgery

Dr. Kai Nishi talks about laparoscopic robotic surgery, where he can sit at a console 10 feet away from the patient and control robotic arms to perform an operation while looking through a 3D high-definition...

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Kai Nishi, MD

22 months ago

Videos

Dr. Kai Nishi – Video Business Card

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Kai Nishi, MD

11 months ago

Videos

Laparoscopic Robotic Surgery

Dr. Kai Nishi talks about laparoscopic robotic surgery, where he can sit at a console 10 feet away from the patient and control robotic arms to perform an operation while looking through a 3D high-definition...

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Kai Nishi, MD

22 months ago

Videos

Dr. Kai Nishi – Video Business Card

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Kai Nishi, MD

4 months ago

Videos

Weight Loss Surgery – Average Weight Loss

People often wonder: “how much weight am I going to lose?” It really depends on multiple factors: the first of which would be: “which operation did you have?” With the lap band, the weight loss...

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Kai Nishi, MD

4 months ago

Videos

Weight Loss Surgery – Procedure Options

There are various types of weight loss operations. The most commonly performed weight loss operations in this country would be the gastric bypass, the sleeve gastrectomy, and the lap band. The gastric bypass has been...

Watch and Share
Kai Nishi, MD

4 months ago

Videos

Weight Loss Surgery – Gastric Bypass

The gastric bypass is an operation in which we take the stomach and we cut off the upper portion of the stomach and create that as your new stomach pouch. So a patient’s stomach goes...

Watch and Share
Kai Nishi, MD

4 months ago

Videos

Weight Loss Surgery – Extra Skin

When an individual loses a significant amount of weight, it’s inevitable that their body changes in the way it looks. Sometimes, patients will feel like they’re concerned that they will lose too much weight. As...

Watch and Share
Kai Nishi, MD

4 months ago

Videos

Weight Loss Surgery – Keeping The Weight Off

After surgery, one of the main concerns that patients have is regaining weight. Although that can occur, as long as the patient continues to eat relatively healthy food, they eat small portions, and they continue...

Watch and Share
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