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Dr. Owens' Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Owens has been perfecting weight loss surgery since 1987. The first half of his career was in general, vascular and transplantation surgery and the second half has been in the field of weight loss surgery. A general surgeon specializing in general, vascular and obesity surgery, and Director of the Coastal Center for Obesity, Dr. Owens earned his medical degree at McGill University in Montreal. He performed his specialty training in surgery at the University of Utah. He has served as the chief of the Kidney Transplant Service at the Veterans Hospital in West Los Angeles and was a member of the UCLA faculty from 1974 to 1982. In 1982, Dr. Owens joined Dr. Carl Hill in San Pedro and began his career in weight loss surgery. He is an active member of the American Society of Bariatric Surgery, and at the 2008 meeting he will present two papers. He is one of two groups in California with experience in the gastric sleeve and has the longest and largest experience in revisions. He brings a wealth of clinical and academic experience to the care of his patients.
Education St. Paul’s School, Concord, New Hampshire, H.S., Cum Laude

Stanford University Palo Alto, CA, BA

Post Graduate Training McGill University Montreal, Quebec, M.D.C.M.
Internship University of Utah Medical Center, Salt Lake City, UT
Assistant Resident University of Utah Medical Center, Salt Lake City, UT
Resident Clinical Associate Transplant — Nephrology Services, VA Hospital and University of Utah Medical Center, Salt Lake City, UT
Chief Surgical Resident University of Utah Medical Center, Salt Lake City, UT
Military Service United States Army Medical Corps, Major
Other Medical Experience Odyssey House Physician, Odyssey House Drug Program, Salt Lake City, UT
Professional memberships

Association of Academic Surgeons (Emeritus)

Association of VA Physicians

Western Association of Transplant Surgeons

Association of VA Renal Physicians

American Society of Transplant Surgeons

Fellow American College of Surgeons

Transplantation Society

Society Clinical Vascular Surgery

International Cardiovascular Society

Southern California Chapter, ACS

Los Angeles Surgical Society

Association of VA Surgeons

Western Surgical Association

California Medical Association

Long Beach surgical Society

American Society for Bariatric Surgery, Currently Chairman of "Public Education Committee"

Chairman Public Education Committee ASBS

Society American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic surgeons

Community activities California Transplant Foundation

Director’s Committee, California Transplant Foundation

Southern California Transplant Society: Executive Committee, Fiscal Review Committee, Public Education Subcommittee Chairman

Disaster Medical Care Committee, Los Angeles County Medical Association

Chairman, Transplantation Council for Public Education on Organ Donation

Kidney Foundation of Southern California (Scientific Advisory Council)

Chairman, Local Chapter, National Association of VA Physicians

Preferred Health Network Board of Directors

Certificate of Appreciation, Memorial Hospital of Gardena

Chairman Public Education Committee American Society for Bariatric Surgery

Recipient Chapman Hospital Public Service Award

Editorial Boards McGill Medical Bulletin-Editor

Journal of Dialysis & Transplant

Medical Licensure and Specialty Board

Diplomate, National Board Medical Examiners — Parts I, II, III

Utah Medical License #3909

American Board of Surgery Certification

California Medical License #G027997

New Mexico Medical License #2009-0466

Hospital Staff Appointments

UCLA Center for Health Sciences and Wadsworth VA Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA

Academic Assistant Professor, UCLA

Chief, Transplant Section VA Wadsworth Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA

Staff Vascular Surgery Sections Wadsworth VA and UCLA Health Science Center

Co-Director with S.E. Wilson, M.D. Vascular Laboratory VA Wadsworth Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA

Little Company of Mary Health Services San Pedro Hospital, San Pedro, CA

1982 – Present Member Department of Surgery

South Bay Hospital, Redondo Beach, CA

1983 – 1990 Member Department of Surgery

Hawthorne Hospital, Hawthorne, CA

1983 – 1994 Member Department of Surgery

Memorial Hospital of Gardena, Gardena, CA

1983 – 1998 Member Department of Surgery

San Pedro Peninsula Hospital, San Pedro, CA

1984 Chief Vascular Surgery Section

1985 – 1986 Co-Director, Non-invasive Vascular Laboratory

1985 – 1986 President, San Pedro Physicians Medical Group

1985 – 1996 Board of Directors: San Pedro Physicians Medical Group

1986 Vice President, San Pedro Physicians Medical Group

1993 Assistant Chief Surgery, San Pedro Peninsula Hospital

Bay Harbor Hospital, Harbor City, CA

1984 – 1985 Chief Vascular Surgery Section

1986 – 1988 Chief of Surgery

Harbor UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA

1985 – 1993 Medical Association

Little Company of Mary Hospital, San Pedro, CA

1989 – 2000 Member Department of Surgery

St. Mary’s Medical Center

1990 – 1998 Member Department of Surgery

Torrance Memorial Medical Center, Torrance, CA

1992 – Present Member Department of Surgery

Chapman Medical Center, Orange, CA

1997 – Present Member Department of Surgery

La Palma Intercommunity Hospital, La Palma, CA

2003 – 2005 Member Department of Surgery

Alvarado Hospital, San Diego, CA

2004 – 2009 Member Department of Surgery

South Bay Community Hospital (Community Hospital of Gardena)

2004 – 2006 Member Department of Surgery

Huntington Beach Hospital, Huntington Beach, CA

2005 – 2006 Member Department of Surgery

Rancho Specialty Hospital, Rancho Cucamonga, CA

2006 – 2012 Co-Director, Bariatric Surgery Program

Research & Grants Summer Research Fellowships Muscular Dystrophy Association of Canada

Allopurinol Prevention of Anoxic Injury. Burroughs Wellcome Co., $5,335.00

Intellectual Performance Following Carotid Endarterectomy. VA Merit Review, $60,000.00

Evaluation of Preoperative Cefamandole in prevention of Prosthetic Shunt Infections (Co-investigatory with S.E. Wilson, M.D. ) Commercial, $10,000.00

Intellectual Performance Following Carotid Endarterectomy. VA Merit Supplement, $8,300.00

Quantitative Doppler Evaluation of Arteriovenous Fistula Flow, commerical, $5,300.00

Investigator Gastric Electrical Stimulator for Transneuronix Inc. Investigator’s Mtg. Las Vegas

Journal Publications

Wang SS, Owens ML, Wilson SE: Teflon fistulae succumb to creep. 8th Western Dialysis Transplant Meeting, Published Abstracts, September 1977

Owens ML, Passare E Jr, Wilson SE, Gordan HE: Treatment of peptic ulcer disease in the renal transplant patient Current Surgery 35:61, 1978

Owens ML, Pritchett TR, Robertson T, Simmons S: Warm ischemic injury: thermal comparison of harvest techniques. Published abstracts, 9th Annual Meeting, Western Dialysis and Transplant Society, Honolulu, HI, 1978

Owens ML, Pritchett TR, Roberton T, Simmons S: Effect of simple insulation on warm injury during renal transplant. Published abstracts, 9th Annual Meeting, Western Dialysis and Transplant Society, Honolulu, HI, 1978

Owens ML, Wilson SE, Smith RS, Ehrlich R, Maxwell JG, Bordner A: Major hemorrhage after renal transplantation. Published abstracts, 9th Annual Meeting, Western Dialysis and Transplant Society, Honolulu, HI, 1978

Owen ML, Wilson SE, Gahr J: Bridge AV Fistual: Comparison of sites and materials. Published Abstracts, 9th Annual Meeting, Western Dialysis and Transplant Society, Honolulu, HI, 1978

Owens ML, Pressman M, Edwards AE, Tourtellotte W, Rose JG, Stern D, Peters G, Stabile BE, Wilson SE: The effect of small infarcts and carotid Endarterectomy on post-operative Psychologic test performance. Academic Surgeons, 13th Annual Meeting, Great Gorge, NJ, November 1979

Owens ML: Superficial femoral artery occlusion: what happens without surgery. Published Coast Surgical Abstracts, Kauai, HI, February 18, 1980

Owens ML, Jabour A, Wilson SE: Post-endarterectomy: strokes and close calls: preventive management. Abstracts, 8th Annual Symposium on Vascular Surgery, Palm Springs, CA, March 1980

Owens ML, Wilson SE: Prevention of Neurologic complications of carotid Endarterectomy. Western Surgical Association Albuquerque, NM, October 1981

Owens ML, Owens BM, Hill, CW: Effect of Revisional Bariatric surgery on weight loss and frequency of complications. American Society for Bariatric Surgery Quebec, PQ Canada, June 1996

Reno Air Magazine, Obesity Article, August 1998

L.A. Times, Obesity Article, April 1998

Owens ML, Sczepaniak JP: Size Really Does Matter—Results of a Gastrojejeunal Anastomotic Technique Designed to Reduce Stricture American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery 25th Annual Meeting, Washington, DC, 2008

Owens ML, Sczepaniak JP: Results of a Gastrojejeunal Anastomotic Technique Designed to Reduce Stricture American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery 25th Annual Meeting, Washington, DC, 2008

Sczepaniak, Garner, Owens, Wilson: Prediction of Weight Loss after Gastric Bypass, Surgical Forum ACS, submitted March 1, 2010

A Simple Method for Predicting Weight Loss after Sleeve Gastrectomy and Gastric Bypass submitted for 2012 Mtg ASMBS

Books

Solicited commentary: Jones DB, Schneider BS, Olbers T. Atlas of Metabolic and Weight Loss Surgery. Woodbury, CT: Cine-Med Publishing, Inc.; 2010

Owens ML, Wilson SE (editors): Vascular Access Surgery, Year Book Medical Publications, 1980

Book Chapters Owens ML, Bower R: Physiology of Arteriovenous Fistulas in Vascular Access Surgery. Owens ML, Wilson SE (editors) Vascular Access Surgery.

Owens ML, Wilson SE: "Vascular Grafts for Hemodialysis", In Owens ML, Wilson SE (editors): Vascular Access Surgery 214-277, Year Book Medical Publications, 1980

Owens ML: "Intra-abdominal Arterial Infections", In Wilson SE, Finegold S, Williams RA (editors): Intra-abdominal Infection 14:85-89, McGraw Hill (New York), 1981

Owens ML: "Epidemiology of Abdominal Wound Infections", In Wilson SE, Finegold S, Williams RA (editors): Intra-abdominal Infections 27:187-193, McGraw Hill (New York), 1981

Letters Owens ML: Letters to the editor. Archives of Surgery 111:614, May 1976

Owens ML: Legionnaires’ disease in a renal transplant program. Letters to the editor, New England Journal of Medicine 298:1089, 1978

Owens ML: Organ donations. Letters to the editor, Los Angeles Times, August 1978

Owens ML, Duff JB: Driver’s license donor law. Letter to the editor, Los Angeles Times, June, 3, 1979

Owens ML, Duff JB: Gifts of life program. Canyon Crier News, November 12, 1979

Owens ML: Senate bill 1270: Lab animals. Los Angeles Times, February 12, 1980

Owens ML, Wilson SE: Polytetrafluorethylene graft aneurysms. Archives of Surgery 116:1101, 1981

Owens ML: Radar Can't Judge. Salt Lake City Tribune 19 August 1991

Owens ML: Profit Motive Behind Ranking of Hospitals. Letter to the editor. Los Angeles Times, 28 January, 1996

Owens ML: Reasonable Solutions to Weight Regain After Gastric Bypass Obesity Surgery 13, pp-pp in press.

Patents Kidney Insulating Device Patent #4,217,890 Granted February 1980
Radio and TV

Drug abuse use among military personnel stationed in Korea, John Prince Show, KDYL — February 1971

Two on Two. Organ Transplantation, 9:30pm, Channel 3, April 6, 1979

Forum: _ hour talk show. Gift of Life : Organ procurement. KEZY, July 6, 1979

OCN TV, Obesity May 1998

KFWB — AM, Obesity April 1998

OCN TV — On Line, Obesity April 1998

NBC (KMIR-TV) Surgical Weight Loss February 1998

ABC (KESQ-TV) Surgical Weight Loss February 1998

Abstracts

Wang SS, Owens ML, Wilson SE: Teflon fistulae succumb to creep. 8th Western Dialysis Transplant Meeting, Published Abstracts, September 1977

Owens ML, Passare E Jr, Wilson SE, Gordan HE: Treatment of peptic ulcer disease in the renal transplant patient Current Surgery 35:61, 1978

Owens ML, Pritchett TR, Robertson T, Simmons S: Warm ischemic injury: thermal comparison of harvest techniques. Published abstracts, 9th Annual Meeting, Western Dialysis and Transplant Society

Owens ML, Pritchett TR, Roberton T, Simmons S: Effect of simple insulation on warm injury during renal transplant. Published abstracts, 9th Annual Meeting, Western Dialysis and Transplant Society

Owens ML, Wilson SE, Smith RS, Ehrlich R, Maxwell JG, Bordner A: Major hemorrhage after renal transplantation. Published abstracts, 9th Annual Meeting, Western Dialysis and Transplant Society

Owen ML, Wilson SE, Gahr J: Bridge AV Fistual: Comparison of sites and materials. Published Abstracts, 9th Annual Meeting, Western Dialysis and Transplant Society

Owens ML, Pressman M, Edwards AE, Tourtellotte W, Rose JG, Stern D, Peters G, Stabile BE, Wilson SE: The effect of small infarcts and carotid Endarterectomy on post-operative Psychologic test performance. Academic Surgeons, 13th Annual Meeting. Great Gorge, New Jersey, November 1979

Owens ML: Superficial femoral artery occlusion: what happens without surgery. Published Coast Surgical Abstracts, Kauai, Hawaii, February 18, 1980

Owens ML, Jabour A, Wilson SE: Post-endarterectomy: strokes and close calls: preventive management. Abstracts, 8th Annual Symposium on Vascular Surgery. Palm Springs, California, March 1980

Owens ML, Wilson SE: Prevention of Neurologic complications of carotid Endarterectomy. Western Surgical Association Albuquerque, New Mexico, October 1981

Owens ML, Owens BM, Hill CW: Effect of Revisional Bariatric surgery on weight loss and frequency of complications. American Society for Bariatric Surgery Quebec, PQ Canada, June 1996

Reno Air Magazine, Obesity Article, August 1998

L.A. Times, Obesity Article, April 1998

Owens ML, Sczepaniak JP: Size Really Does Matter—Results of a Gastrojejeunal Anastomotic Technique Designed to Reduce Stricture American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery 25th Annual Meeting, Washington, DC, 2008

Owens ML, Sczepaniak JP: Results of a Gastrojejeunal Anastomotic Technique Designed to Reduce Stricture American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery 25th Annual Meeting, Washington, DC, 2008

Sczepaniak, Garner, Owens, Wilson: Prediction of Weight Loss after Gastric Bypass, Surgical Forum ACS, submitted March 1, 2010

A Simple Method for Predicting Weight Loss after Sleeve Gastrectomy and Gastric Bypass submitted for 2012 Mtg ASMBS

Exhibits Teflon fistulae Succumb to Creep. 8th Annual Meeting, Western Dialysis and Transplant Society, Los Angeles, CA, September 16-18, 1977

The Basic Non-Invasive Vascular Laboratory. AA Winter Scientific Meeting, December 10-14, 1977

Bacterial Arteritis: A Precursor of aortic rupture and pseudo-aneurysm. Annual Meeting, Southern California Chapter, ACS. January 20, 1978

Hoarseness After Carotid Endarterectomy. Association of VA Surgeons, Washington, DC, May 16-19, 1980

Presentations

“Renal Preservation with Allopurinol”, Transplant Workshop, Los Angeles, CA, October 3, 1974

“Cessation of Immunosuppressant Therapy in Renal Transplant Patients”, Southern California Chapter, American College of Surgeons, January 15, 1975

“Gastrointestinal Complications of Renal Transplantation”, Transplant Workshop, Los Angeles, CA, September 11, 1975

“Gastrointestinal Complications After Renal Transplantation”, Western Surgical Association, November 22, 1975

“Therapy of Chronic Venous Insufficiency”, VA Outpatient Clinic, Los Angeles, CA, January 28, 1976

“Minor Complications of Carotid Endarterectomy”, Neurology Grand Rounds, Los Angeles, CA, March 5, 1976

“Donor Organ Acquisition in Southern California”, Surgical Service Monthly Rounds, Centinela Valley Community Hospital, Inglewood, CA, October 1976

“Hemodynamic Effects of Femoro-Saphenous Fistulas”, Western Dialysis and Transplant Society Meeting, October 17, 1976

“Carotid Endarterectomy: Risk Benefit Considerations”, Surgical Grand rounds, Southern California Permanente Medical Group Hospital, Fontana, CA, February 24, 1977

Surgical Service Rounds, San Bernardino County Hospital, San Bernardino, CA, February 24, 1977

Vascular Surgery Rounds, Riverside Hospital, Riverside, CA, February 24, 1977

“Carotid Endarterectomy: Risk Benefit Consideration”, Grand Rounds, UCLA, February 26, 1977

UCLA International Conference on Preservation of Kidney for Renal Transplantation, March 25-29, 1977

“Renal Transplantation: State of the Art”, West Park Hospital, Canoga Park, CA, July 11, 1977

“Extracranial Cerebral Vascular Insufficiency”, VA Wadsworth Surgical Service Grand Rounds, September 5, 1977

“Vascular Grafts for Hemodialysis Access”, Western Association for Transplant Surgeons, First Annual Meeting, October 4, 1977

“Thermal History of the Renal Transplant”, Annual symposium of Southern California Transplant Society, November 11, 1977

“Major Hemorrhage After Renal Transplantation”, Wadsworth Surgical Grand rounds, January 20, 1978

“Relative Merits of Dialysis and Transplantation”, National Association of Patients on Hemodialysis and Transplantation, Los Angeles, CA, March 21, 1978

“Update on Renal Transplantation”, Nephrology Grand Rounds, Sepulveda VAH, August 18, 1978

“The Effect of Insulation on Cortical and Medullary Rewarming During Kidney Transplant”, 9th Annual Meeting, Western Dialysis and Transplantation, Honolulu, HI, October 6, 1978

“Organ Transplant”, Downey Women’s Club discussant, Downey, CA October 9, 1978

“Thermal Evaluation of Renal Implantation”, California Association of Transplant Surgeons, Marina Del Rey, CA, November 11, 1978

“Carotid Endarterectomy : Indications and Complications”, Wadsworth Surgical Grand Rounds, December 15, 1978

“Major Arterial Hemorrhage Following Renal Transplantation”, General Sessions Southern California Chapter ACD, January 19, 1979

“Determination of Steroid Dosage”, Moderator, Southern California Transplant Society Annual Symposium, Los Angeles, CA, February 16, 1979

Panel on Venous Insufficiency: “Review of Physiology and Diagnostics Techniques”, Wadsworth Grand Rounds, May 4, 1979

“Recurrent Transient Ischemic Attacks After Carotid Endarterectomy”, Western Surgical Society, Colorado Springs, CO, November 11-14, 1979

“The Effect of Small Infarcts on Post-Operative Psychologic Test Performance”, 13th Meeting Association for Academic Surgeons, Great Gorge, NJ, November 11-14 1979

“Access Surgery for Chronic Dialysis”, Nephrology Grand Rounds, Harbor UCLA Medical Center, November 19, 1979

“The Effect of Carotid Endarterectomy on Intellectual Performance”, UCLA General surgery Grand Rounds, Los Angeles, CA, January 10, 1980

“Avoidance of Late Graft Failure: Aortoiliac versus Aortofemoral Bypass”, Southern California Chapter of the ACS, Newport Beach, CA, January 12, 1980

“Superficial Femoral Artery Occlusion: What Happens Without Surgery”, Pacific Coast Surgical Society, Kauai, HI, February 18, 1980

“Non-invasive Techniques for Evaluation of Cerebral Vascular Disease”, Symposium on Cerebrovascular Disease, VA Wadsworth Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA, February 29, 1980

“Stroke and Close Calls”, Society for Clinical Vascular Surgery, Palm Springs, CA, March 20, 1980

“Prevention of Deep Venous Thrombosis and Pulmonary Embolism”, UCLA Surgical Grand Rounds, Los Angeles, CA, December 10, 1980

“Recent Developments and Controversies in Venous Disease”, UCLA General Surgical Grand Rounds, September 20, 1980

“Prevention of Deep Venous Thrombosis and Pulmonary Embolism”, UCLA Surgical Service Ground Rounds, January 21, 1981

“Pitfalls in Carotid Surgery”, Portion of Wadsworth Alumni Program on Medern Surgical Techniques”, Los Angeles, California, June 5, 1981

“Non-invasive Evaluation of Carotid Artery Disease-A Practical Approach”, Surgical Grand Rounds, Wadsworth VA Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA, August 1, 1981

“Indications for Extracranial Vascular Surgery. A Review and Update”, Surgical Grand Rounds, Wadsworth VA Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA, September 18, 1981

“Prevention of Neurologic Complications of Carotid Endarterectomy”, Western Surgical Association, Albuquerque, NM, October 1981

“Vascular Disease and the Role of Non-invasive Evaluation in Podiatric Surgery”, Department of Podiatry, Hawthorne Memorial Hospital, November 1987

“Effect of Revisional Bariatric Surgery on Weight Loss and Frequency of Complications” American Society for Bariatric Surgery, 14 June 1996 Quebec Canada

Moderated 1 hour internet chat with Hal Perdew and Carnie Wilson, November 16, 2000

Johnny Bowden Show, re Pants Across America, New York City, NY 2 Oct 2000

Liz Gunderson Show re Pants Across America, Minneapolis, MN, 27 September 2000

“Management of Obesity” Presentation to the American Society of Osteopathic Family Physicians, Las Vegas, NV, June 5, 2002

“Surgical Management of Obesity”, Grand Rounds, La Palma Hospital, La Palma, CA, April 30, 2003

Presentation of Scientific Lecture at the AOA/ACOFP 11th Annual Convention and Scientific Seminar, 10 hours preparation; 3 hours presentation, October 17, 2006

Presentation of Scientific Lecture at Indian Health Services Combined Council, 10 hours preparation; 1hour presentation, February 25, 2007

“Results of a Gastrojejeunal Anastomotic Technique Designed to Reduce Stricture” John Sczepaniak BS, Milt Owens MD FACS presented ASMBS Meeting, Washington, DC, June 2008

“Size Really Does Matter – The Effect of Gastroenterostomy Size on Weight Loss Following Gastric Bypass” Milt Owens MD FACS ,John Sczepaniak BS, presented ASMBS Meeting, Washington, DC, June 2008

“Factors Predicting Weight Loss After Gastric Bypass” presented Southern California Chapter Meeting ACS, Santa Barbara, CA, January 21, 2011

“A Simple Method for Predicting Weight Loss One Year After Gastric Bypass and Sleeve Gastrectomy” Poster Session ASMBS International Meeting 2012. San Diego, CA

Awards received AMA Physicians Recognition 1979-82 Meritorious Service, Kidney Foundation

Ralph and Marjorie Crump Award for Excellence in Medical Engineering Faculty sponsor for Thomas Rand Pritchett

Board of Directors Preferred Health Network 1985-86