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, and has completed more than 2500 weight loss operations. Most importantly, Dr. Oliak has a track record of weight loss results and complication statistics that rank among the best in the weight loss surgery field.*
Meet Orange County Bariatric Surgeon David Oliak, MD
Dr. Oliak grew up in Kenosha, Wisconsin, attended college at Northwestern University in Chicago, (B.S. degree chemical engineering), and attended medical school at top-ranked Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. After medical school he completed a 6 year general surgery residency at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles.
Dr. Oliak decided during his surgery residency that he wanted to specialize in laparoscopic weight loss surgery, so after his residency he continued on to a one year laparoscopic bariatric surgery fellowships (one of the first in the country) at Hackensack University Medical Center in New Jersey.
After completed his fellowship in 2002, Dr. Oliak moved back to Southern California to start his practice as a laparoscopic bariatric surgeon in Orange County and Los Angeles.
Dr. Oliak’s practic philosophy has always been to prioritize patients first. What this means to him is achieving the best possible outcomes for his patients. This is the #1 thing he would want as a patient, so this is the #1 thing he prioritizes as a surgeon.
In Dr. Oliak’s experience, quality of surgery, thorough and comprehensive patient education, frequent follow-up after surgery, and ongoing support are the key elements necessary for achieving great outcomes. These are key elements of our program.
What is Dr. Oliak’s track record of patient outcomes? Since starting his career in 2002, his weight loss statistics and complication statistics beat the industry averages, both for gastric sleeve surgery and gastric bypass surgery.*
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. ** Leaks can occur after gastric surgery. Past performance may not be indicative of future results. Orange County bariatric surgeon Dr. Oliak’s 0% leak rate statistic applies to primary and revision sleeve gastrectomy operations.