Edward H. Livingston, MD
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Edward H. Livingston, MD

  • General Surgery
Encino Surgery | 15503 Ventura Boulevard, Suite 240, Encino, CA 91436


Dr. Livingston is a Health Sciences Clinical Professor in the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.

Following graduation from the UCLA School of Medicine in 1985, he completed a General Surgery residency at UCLA in 1992. He remained on the UCLA faculty, serving as Chief of Surgery at the Wadsworth VA Medical Center and was the first Surgical and Perioperative Care Service Line Director for the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System. During this time, together with the Division of Clinical Nutrition, he started the UCLA Bariatric Surgery program. 

In 2003, Dr. Livingston was appointed Chairman of GI and Endocrine Surgery at UT Southwestern School of Medicine in Dallas. In 2010, he became the Chairman of the Joint Graduate Program in Biomedical Engineering. He left UTSW in 2012 to become a Deputy Editor at JAMA, a position he held until 2021.

He returned to UCLA in 2018 where he now focuses on providing patient care and performing research.


English, Spanish


Medical Board Certification

Surgery, American Board of Surgery, 1994


General Surgery, UCLA School of Medicine, 1992


General Surgery, UCLA School of Medicine, 1986


MD, UCLA School of Medicine, 1985


  • Distinguished Service Award-Association of VA  Surgeons  2017
  • AVA Digital Media Award  2019
  • Communicator Awards (x2) from the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts  in the Podcasts - General-Medical and Podcasts - General-Documentary categories.2019
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San Fernando Valley

Encino Surgery

General Surgery| Plastic Surgery| Endocrine Surgery +3 more specialties

Hospital Affiliations

Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center

UCLA Santa Monica Medical Center

Medical Services

Areas of Focus



  • Clinical Trials
  • Statistics and Methods


Book: Livingston, EH and Lewis RL. JAMA Guide to Statistics and Methods, McGraw-Hill, 2020

Peer Review Publications: Most recent from 249 peer review publications:

  1. Livingston EH. The Role of Bariatric Surgery in Managing the Macrovascular Complications of Obesity-Related Type 2 Diabetes. JAMA. 2019 Sep 2. doi: 10.1001/jama.2019.14577. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 31475294.
  2. Smith VA, Arterburn DE, Berkowitz TSZ, Olsen MK, Livingston EH, Yancy WS Jr, Weidenbacher HJ, Maciejewski ML. Association Between Bariatric Surgery and Long-term Health Care Expenditures Among Veterans With Severe Obesity. JAMA Surg. 2019 Dec 1;154(12):e193732. doi: 10.1001/jamasurg.2019.3732. Epub 2019 Dec 18. PMID: 31664427; PMCID: PMC6822094.
  3. Juo YY, Livingston EH. Testing for Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease. JAMA. 2019 Nov 12;322(18):1836. doi: 10.1001/jama.2019.10696. PMID: 31714988.
  4. Livingston EH. Quality of Life-The Appendix. JAMA Surg. 2020 Apr 1;155(4):290. doi: 10.1001/jamasurg.2019.6029. PMID: 32074264.
  5. Bauchner H, Fontanarosa PB, Livingston EH. Conserving Supply of Personal Protective Equipment-A Call for Ideas. JAMA. 2020 May 19;323(19):1911. doi: 10.1001/jama.2020.4770. PMID: 32196543.
  6. Hadaya J, Schumm M, Livingston EH. Testing Individuals for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). JAMA. 2020 May 19;323(19):1981. doi: 10.1001/jama.2020.5388. PMID: 32236503.
  7. Lerman BJ, Livingston EH, Wren SM. Optimizable Risk Factors Contributing to Mortality in Patients With Heart Failure Undergoing Noncardiac Surgery. JAMA Surg. 2020 Jun 1;155(6):530-531. doi: 10.1001/jamasurg.2020.0257. PMID: 32267503; PMCID: PMC7142792.
  8. Livingston EH. Surgery in a Time of Uncertainty: A Need for Universal Respiratory Precautions in the Operating Room. JAMA. 2020 Jun 9;323(22):2254-2255. doi: 10.1001/jama.2020.7903. PMID: 32379271.
  9. Maciejewski ML, Smith VA, Berkowitz TSZ, Arterburn DE, Bradley KA, Olsen MK, Liu CF, Livingston EH, Funk LM, Mitchell JE. Long-term opioid use after bariatric surgery. Surg Obes Relat Dis. 2020 Aug;16(8):1100-1110. doi: 10.1016/j.soard.2020.04.037. Epub 2020 May 7. PMID: 32507657; PMCID: PMC7423624.
  10. Livingston EH. Success of Antibiotic Therapy vs Laparoscopic Appendectomy for Uncomplicated Appendicitis in Children: A Matter of Perspective. JAMA. 2020 Aug 11;324(6):594. doi: 10.1001/jama.2020.13381. PMID: 32730560.
  11. Maciejewski ML, Smith VA, Berkowitz TSZ, Arterburn DE, Mitchell JE, Olsen MK, Liu CF, Livingston EH, Funk LM, Adeyemo A, Bradley KA. Association of Bariatric Surgical Procedures With Changes in Unhealthy Alcohol Use Among US Veterans. JAMA Netw Open. 2020 Dec 1;3(12):e2028117. doi: 10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2020.28117.
  12. Ye L, Livingston EH, Myers B, Hines OJ. The Effect of Perioperative Blood Transfusion on Long-Term Survival Outcomes After Surgery for Pancreatic Ductal Adenocarcinoma: A Systematic Review. Pancreas. 2021 May-Jun 01;50(5):648-656. doi: 10.1097/MPA.0000000000001825. PMID: 34106573
  13. Livingston EH. Necessity of 2 Doses of the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 Vaccines. JAMA. 2021 Mar 2;325(9):898. doi: 10.1001/jama.2021.1375. PMID: 33533893 No abstract available.
  14. Livingston EH, Malani PN, Creech CB. The Johnson & Johnson Vaccine for COVID-19. JAMA. 2021 Apr 20;325(15):1575. doi: 10.1001/jama.2021.2927. PMID: 33646285 No abstract available.


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  • Distinguished Service Award-Association of VA  Surgeons  2017
  • AVA Digital Media Award  2019
  • Communicator Awards (x2) from the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts  in the Podcasts - General-Medical and Podcasts - General-Documentary categories.2019
  • HIV/AIDS Coverage Award from the National Assn of LGBTQ Journalists 2019