Mahbod Paya, M.D.

Mahbod Paya, M.D.

As a bariatric surgeon and obesity specialist, Dr. Mahbod Paya has performed over 5,000 laparoscopic procedures since 2004 to help morbidly obese patients from all corners of the U.S. shed their extra pounds. His dedication to the surgical treatment of obesity is reflected in his extensive education and continuing education certificates. The bariatric surgeon earned his medical degree from Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City in 1997. Dr. Mahbod Paya went on to complete his residency at the University of California, Irvine Medical Center, where he became Chief Resident of General Surgery and received his fellowship in Laparoscopy and Bariatric Surgery in 2004. He went even further in his own education for related procedures, including LAP-BAND placement, laparoscopic Roux-en-Y, laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy, and revision surgery. The surgeon regularly performs these procedures during his practice.

Dr. Mahbod Paya believes that weight loss surgery is a great solution for morbidly obese patients who have struggled to lose weight throughout their life. To increase each patient's chance of complete and permanent weight loss, he has developed a multi-disciplinary approach to augment and compliment every obesity surgery he performs. As a bariatric surgeon, he collaborates with a team of psychologists, nutritionists, anesthesiologists, exercise facilities, and fitness trainers for a balanced approach with the goal of helping the patient achieve permanent weight loss. This proactive approach helps the patient address the challenges of permanent weight loss from every aspect, assisting in their rehabilitation to maximize healthy weight loss and maintain the loss once it has been achieved for the rest of the patient's life.

The surgeon believes that knowledge and education are key components in the success of each patient's weight loss journey. Dr. Mahbod Paya has written obesity-related chapters in numerous general surgery books and has given lectures on bariatric surgery all over the country, offering his insight and experience to other bariatric specialists. He has produced and published numerous videos on the subject of laparoscopic bariatric surgical procedures as well. Dr. Mahbod Paya is a Diplomat of the American College of Surgeons and a member of the Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons and the American Society of Bariatric Surgery.

Procedures Dr. Mahbod Paya Performs at Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • MultiPlan
  • Blue Cross / Blue Shield
  • Blue Shield of California
  • CareFirst BCBS
  • Cigna
  • Coventry Health Care
  • HealthNet
  • Humana
  • Medicaid
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Farsi
  • Spanish

Education & Training

Medical Degree

Mount Sinai School of Medicine - New York City


Charles R Drew University of Medicine and Science


University of California, Irvine Medical Center - General Surgery

Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center - Emergency Medicine

University at Buffalo - General Surgery


University of California, Irvine Medical Center

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons
  • American Society of Bariatric Surgery American Society of Bariatric Surgery