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Dr. Milton L. Owens

Dr. Milton L. Owens
Dr. Milton L Owens
Bariatric Surgeon
San Pedro Area


Dr. Milton L. Owens is a bariatric surgeon based in San Pedro, California. An extremely experienced surgeon, he has performed over 8,000 weight loss surgeries and was the first surgeon in Southern California to perform sleeve gastrectomy.


Dr. Owens attended Stanford University for undergraduate college, and then earned a M.D.C.M. degree from McGill University School of Medicine in Canada, (the ‘C.M.’ denotes specialization in surgery). He completed his internship and residency at the University of Utah, and followed by a Nephrology Kidney Transplant Fellowship.


Following his fellowships, Dr. Owens began working under leaders in the field of bariatric surgeon; including Dr. Edward E. Mason, founder of the American Society for Bariatric Surgery, and Dr. David Miller, who was influential in perfecting the technique of gastric bypass. He then went into private practice with Dr. Carl Hill, a bariatric surgeon who pioneered new procedures. After witnessing the life-changing effects of gastric surgery, Dr. Owens decided to dedicate himself to the field. When Dr. Hill retired, Dr. Owens took over the practice.

Dr. Owens has taught at UCLA and served as Chief Kidney Transplant Surgeon at Los Angeles’ VA Wadsworth Hospital.

He developed the Inverted Corner Gastric Sleeve technique to limit leaks and reduce heartburn; the procedure is also safer than previous methods of gastric surgery.


Dr. Owens is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, and a member of various other research and professional institutions, including the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS), for which he served as Chairman of the Public Education Committee from 1999-2001. He is also a member of the Surgical Association for Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgery and The Western Surgical Association.

Selected Works

"Inverted corner" for sleeve gastrectomy. Surg Obes Relat Dis. 2012 May-Jun;8(3):364-5.

A simpler method for predicting weight loss in the first year after Roux-en-Y gastric bypass. J Obes. 2012;2012:195251. Epub 2012 Jan 19.

Size really does matter-role of gastrojejunostomy in postoperative weight loss. Surg Obes Relat Dis. 2009 May-Jun;5(3):357-61. Epub 2008 Sep 4.


The information for this profile came from the following sources:



“Dr. Milton Owens, Well Known Bariatric Surgeon, Introduces Innovative ‘Inverted Corner Gastric Sleeve Technique.’”






1094 W. 7th St. San Pedro CA 90731

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