Dr. Oliak is a board certified, fellowship trained surgeon who specializes in laparoscopic and robotic weight loss surgery. He has been in practice in Orange County, California, since 2002, has completed more than 3000 operations, and has a track record of excellent patient outcomes.*
David Oliak, MD – Background
Dr. Oliak grew up in Wisconsin, and attended college at Northwestern University in Chicago, where he obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering.
After college he attended prestigious Washington University in St. Louis for his medical degree, and Harbor-UCLA in Los Angeles for his General Surgery residency.
He continued on after his surgery residency to one of the first laparoscopic weight loss surgery fellowships in the country, at Hackensack University Medical Center in New Jersey.
After completing his fellowship training in 2002, he started his career as a laparoscopic weight loss surgeon in Los Angeles and Orange County.
David Oliak, MD – Practice Philosophy
Dr. Oliak’s simple practice philosophy has always been to treat patients how he would want to be treated himself.
Dr. Oliak would want the best possible surgery, and the best possible patient care, to maximize his chances to achieve the best possible outcome.
This is what he strives to do for his patients.
Since starting his weight loss surgery practice in 2002, Dr. Oliak has completed >3000 operations, and has established a record of weight loss and complication statistics that are significantly better than the industry averages.*
David Oliak, MD – Professional Accomplishments
Dr. Oliak was the first Orange County bariatric surgeon to complete a laparoscopic bariatric surgery fellowship, and one of the first Orange County bariatric surgeons to routinely perform laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery rather than open gastric bypass surgery.
Dr. Oliak has developed two successful center of excellence bariatric programs in Orange County, one at Chapman Medical Center, and one at Placentia-Linda Hospital.
Dr. Oliak has published numerous outcomes-focused research studies, including studies on the learning curve for laparoscopic bariatric surgery, studies on outcomes for higher BMI patients, and studies on outcomes for older patients. Dr. Oliak has published his research in numerous scientific journals and has presented his data at national and international surgical meetings.
Orange County bariatric surgeon Dr. Oliak is a sought out weight loss surgery expert. He was an instructor for surgeons learning to perform LAP-BAND® surgery. He is a bariatric surgery consultant and bariatric surgery expert witness for bariatric surgery malpractice matters. He has appeared on national television shows, including The View (video clip) and The Tyra Banks Show (video clip), and on local news stations, including KCAL and CBS.
* Patient results vary after weight loss surgery.