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Bariatric Weight Loss Surgery


Cottage's experienced, board-certified bariatric surgeons use state-of-the-art, minimally invasive surgical techniques, including gastric bypass and lap-band surgery.


Meet Cottage's Bariatric Surgeons


> Dr. David Thoman

> Dr. Farida Bounoua

> Dr. Marc Zerey


Director of Bariatric Surgery Dr. David Thoman is a board-certified specialist and member of the SBCH medical staff. Prior to coming to Santa Barbara in 2004, Dr. Thoman was director of minimally invasive surgery and the medical director of bariatrics at the Naval Medical Center in San Diego, the world's largest military hospital. Trained at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia , the Naval Medical Center in San Diego, and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Dr. Thoman completed a fellowship in minimally invasive surgery at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.



David S. Thoman, MD

520 West Junipero Street

Santa Barbara  CA 93105-4212

(805) 730-1470

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Dr. Farida Bounoua is the first female bariatric surgeon in Santa Barbara. She is a board-certified general surgeon who completed her fellowship in bariatric and minimally invasive general surgery at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. Dr. Bounoua is a member of the American Society of Metabolic Surgery (ASMBS) and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. She has published in many medical journals, and she received the Merck Young Investigator Award in 2001 for her outstanding contribution to the research on insulin induced vascular smooth muscle cell growth. Dr Bounoua is a member of the medical staff at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital and Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital.



Farida Bounoua, MD

2323 De La Vina, Ste. 207

Santa Barbara CA  93105

(805) 879-4011

New Santa Maria Office (June 2014)

206 S. Stratford
Santa Maria, CA 93454

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Dr. Marc Zerey, MD, CM, MSc, FRCSC, is a board-certified weight-loss specialist at Sansum Clinic specializing in weight-loss surgery and advanced laparoscopic surgical techniques. He is certified with the American Board of Surgery and the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada. Dr. Zerey has published extensively, including journal articles in Surgical Infections, American Surgeon, American Journal of Surgery, Journal of Surgical Research, and Surgical Innovation. He has also co-authored chapters in two medical texts and is a frequent lecturer on surgical topics including weight-loss surgery.



Marc Zerey, MD

317 West Pueblo Street

Santa Barbara  CA  93105-4365

(805) 898-3140

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