Erik P. Dutson, MD

Erik P. Dutson, MD

Bariatric Surgery
Accepting new patients
Primary Location
Center for Obesity and METabolic Health (COMET)
200 Medical Plaza
Suite 214
Los Angeles, California 90095


Dr. Dutson is a Health Sciences Clinical Professor in the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and is the Surgical Director of the Center for Obesity and Metabolic Health (COMET) at UCLA, and has been a part of the multidisciplinary approach to the clinical management of obesity at UCLA since 2003.  He is an international thought leader and has been invited for scientific presentations of his work as well as operative demonstrations of his techniques across the globe. He has been actively involved in the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, the American College of Surgeons and the Society for American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons, where he serves on several committees and presents research on a regular basis.  Dr. Dutson has published a large number of peer-reviewed manuscripts and chapters on competitively funded projects related to obesity mechanisms and outcomes of obesity surgery as related to the central nervous system, cardiovascular system, solid organ transplantation, NASH/NAFLD, sexual/reproductive function, and joint function, among others.

Academic/Professional Title

  • Clinical Professor of Surgery
  • Chief, UCLA Section of Minimally Invasive and Bariatric Surgery
  • Surgical Director, COMET
  • Executive Director of Center for Advanced Surgical and Interventional Technology (CASIT)
  • Director of UCLA MIS Fellowship


  • American College of Surgeons
  • Pacific Coast Surgical Association
  • American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery
  • L.D. Britt Surgical Society
  • Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons


English, French


Medical Board Certification

Surgery, American Board of Surgery, 2001


Laparoscopic/Computer Assisted Surgery, IRCAD/EITS, 2003


Surgery, Eastern Virginia Medical School, 2000


Surgery, Eastern Virginia Medical School, 1996


MD, Eastern Virginia Medical School, 1995


Hospital Affiliations

Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center

UCLA Santa Monica Medical Center

Areas of Focus

Da vinci robotic gastric bypass surgery
Roux-en-y bypass
Laparoscopic revision of gastric restrictive procedure
Laparoscopic removal of gastric restrictive devices
Bariatric surgery


The Right Bariatric Procedure for Your Patient
Curing Diabetes with Bariatric Surgery



  • Computer-Assisted/Robotic Surgery/Virtual/Augmented Reality


156 publications & 3 chapters


  • Top Doctors, Los Angeles Magazine, 2021