Total Care Approach

Weight-loss surgery is just one step in the process of achieving and maintaining a healthy weight. Along the way, you'll also need to learn how to make healthy choices about food and exercise. Other weight-related health problems also may need to be addressed.

Torrance Memorial's Total Care Program provides bariatric surgery patients with a team approach to support a healthier lifestyle. You'll work with a dietitian, psychologist, physical therapist, pharmacist and other specialists to help you get on track. Your surgeon and operating room nursing team dedicated to bariatric surgery will be with you every step of the way. On the nursing unit, you'll receive excellent care from our specially-trained bariatric nursing staff. And should you have any heart or lung issues, specialists in these fields will also provide their support and expertise to give you the best chance at success.

Our Physicians

Torrance Memorial Weight Loss Surgery Center is home to a number of skilled bariatric surgeons.

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Our Leadership

Dr. Aileen Takahashi, M.D.
Medical Director

Since 2007, Dr. Aileen Takahashi has served as the Medical Director of the Torrance Memorial Bariatric Surgery Program. An experienced laparoscopic Bariatric surgeon, she guided the program to its successful designation as a Center of Excellence by Surgical Review Corporation and as a Blue Distinction Center for Bariatric Surgery by Blue Cross Blue Shield.

Dr. Takahashi chairs the Bariatric Surgery Sub-Committee of the Department of Surgery at Torrance Memorial and is a practicing surgeon for the Association of South Bay Surgeons.

Martha Lopez, R.N.
Bariatric Surgery Program Coordinator

For three years, Martha Lopez, R.N. has served as Program Coordinator of the Torrance Memorial Bariatric Surgery Program. As an experienced nurse in the management of bariatric surgery patients, Martha serves as the program liaison between the surgeons' offices and Torrance Memorial.