David Davtyan, M.D.

David Davtyan, M.D.



Dr. David G. Davtyan is one of the most experienced and successful Lap-Band surgeons in the U.S. and a prominent and respected surgeon in Los Angeles. Dr. David G. Davtyan studied the Lap-Band procedure in the exact place where it was first introduced - Brussels, Belgium. He performed his first Lap-Band in October 2001 in Brussels with one of the Lap-Band pioneers himself, Professor Guy-Bernard Cadiere. In fact, Dr. David G. Davtyan was one of the first surgeons in the U.S. to offer the Lap-Band after the FDA approved it in April 2001.

During his second year at UCLA, Dr. David G. Davtyan studied pharmacology with Dr. Louis Ignarro, a renowned scientist, and teacher that went on to receive a Nobel Prize for his work related to the biological effects of nitric oxide. Between the second and third years of medical school, he completed a post-sophomore fellowship in Anatomical and Surgical Pathology at the UCLA Department of Pathology. During those years, the surgeon was only beginning to discover the meaning of AIDS and the diseases associated with it and he was involved in one of the early publications of the results of AZT treatment for AIDS. After his cardiovascular surgery rotation, Dr. Hillel Laks, then the Chief of Cardiac Surgery at UCLA, recommended Dr. David G. Davtyan for Cardiovascular Surgery Externship and a Mitral Valve Repair course at "Le Club Mitrale" at Hospital Broussais in Paris, where he studied Mitral Valve Repair techniques with Professor Alain Carpentier.

After medical school, Dr. David G. Davtyan decided to pursue a career in cancer surgery because cancer seemed to be the disease that was causing the most devastation, both physical and emotional, and it was also the most challenging opponent with infinitely varied and usually fatal presentations. He chose cancer surgery because it seemed to be the only method that had the chance to cure this plague. To master this science the best, the surgeon chose the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas for his training. While in fellowship, Dr. David G. Davtyan was involved in the development of a melanoma vaccine with Dr. Donald Morton, with their work published in the Annals of Surgery, as well as the first operations of Intraoperative Lymphatic Mapping and Sentinel Lymph Node Dissection for Melanoma and Breast Cancer with the doctors Donald Morton, MD and Armando Giuliano MD, and Liver Resection, Cryoablation, and Radiofrequency Ablation for primary and metastatic liver tumors with the doctors Kenneth Ramming MD, and Leland Foshag MD at John Wayne Cancer Institute.

Dr. David G. Davtyan is certified by the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Obesity Medicine. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a Fellow of the International College of Surgeons. He is also a member of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, the American Society of Bariatric Physicians, and many other organizations. Finally, Dr. David G. Davtyan holds a firm belief that to overcome diseases such as cancer or obesity, which are both major causes of morbidity and mortality, it is going to take not only major advances in science and technology and commitment on the part of individual patients and physicians but also a huge investment in public education. In order to contribute to this larger goal, he has been involved in numerous public appearances, lectures, and interviews in the hope of raising awareness of the deadliest diseases our society is facing.

Procedures Dr. David Davtyan Performs at Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross / Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • HealthNet
  • The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America

Languages Spoken

  • Armenian
  • English
  • French
  • Italian
  • Romanian
  • Russian
  • Spanish

Education & Training

Medical Degree

David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

Internship(s)

Anderson Cancer Center - General Surgery

University of Texas Houston - Department of Surgery

Residency(ies)

Anderson Cancer Center - General Surgery

University of Texas Houston - Department of Surgery

Fellowship(s)

UCLA Department of Surgery: American Cancer Society Clinical and Research Fellowship - Surgical Oncology

John Wayne Cancer Institute: National Institute of Health Clinical and Research Fellowship - Surgical Oncology



Memberships & Affiliations

  • American College of Surgeons American College of Surgeons
  • International College of Surgeons International College of Surgeons
  • American Society of Bariatric Surgery American Society of Bariatric Surgery
  • American Society of Breast Surgeons American Society of Breast Surgeons
  • American Society of Clinical Oncology American Society of Clinical Oncology
  • American Society of Surgical Oncology American Society of Surgical Oncology
  • European Society of Surgical Oncology European Society of Surgical Oncology