Obesity is associated with virtually all leading causes of death: diabetes, heart disease, stroke and some cancers. It is also associated with mental health issues and reduced quality of life.

In Orange County, more than 20 percent of adults are obese, a serious community health problem that Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian is addressing by naming bariatric surgery specialist Adrian Dobrowolsky, M.D., as the director of Hoag’s new Bariatric Weight Loss Program.

With Dr. Dobrowolsky as surgical director, patients will benefit from the expertise he has developed performing hundreds of minimally invasive bariatric surgeries throughout his career, including during his fellowship at Keck Medicine of USC.