John M. Rabkin, MD, FACS

Bariatric Surgeon


  • Leading expert in the Duodenal Switch procedure
  • Served as Chief of the Section of Liver/Pancreas Transplantation and Hepatobiliary Surgery at Oregon Health and Sciences University
  • Currently Director of Pacific Laparoscopy with practices in San Francisco and Ventura, California

Experience as a Bariatric Surgeon

After his residency at University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), Dr. Rabkin was recruited to the Oregon Health and Sciences University (OHSU) in Portland, Oregon as the Associate Professor of Surgery and Chief of the Section of Liver/Pancreas Transplantation and Hepatobiliary Surgery in the Medical School.

In his capacity at OHSU Dr. Rabkin built a basic science laboratory in the OHSU Department of Surgery to study transplant immunology. Dr. Rabkin initiated programs in Liver and Pancreas Transplantation at the University Hospital as well as at the Portland Veterans Administration Hospital in Portland, Oregon. He has also been very active in Organ Donation and Recovery efforts serving on the Medical Director of the Pacific Northwest Transplant Bank from 1993-2001 as well as on multiple committee assignments with the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS).

Dr. Rabkin focuses not only on bariatric surgery, but also on curing fatty liver disease (NAFLD), which often accompanies obesity. Because Dr. Rabkin offers both bariatric surgery and liver transplantation, he is able to track NAFLD throughout its progress from early treatable disease with weight-loss surgery to treatment of end-stage liver disease (ESLD) with transplantation.

After his time in Oregon, Dr. Rabkin returned to the Bay Area and joined Pacific Laparoscopy as a bariatric surgeon and specialist in liver transplantation and complex hepatobiliary surgery. Since then he has helped develop innovative surgical approaches to treating morbid obesity through bariatric surgery and is recognized as an industry expert in the laparoscopic duodenal switch procedure.

His team has performed more than 1,500 duodenal switch procedures, including more than 1,200 laparoscopic procedures and more than 450 open procedures. They also have extensive experience in the conversion of failed prior bariatric procedures to the duodenal switch.

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John Rabkin received his Bachelor of Arts and MD in 1982 from Boston University. Dr. Rabkin complete his internship in surgery and residency in General Surgery from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) from 1982-1988. From 1988-1989, Dr. Rabkin served as the Chief Resident in General Surgery UCSF, then spend the following two years specializing and training in a post residency Fellowship in Transplantation at UCSF and the University of Minnesota.

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