Dr. John Magaña Morton

Dr. John Magaña Morton

Bariatric surgeon, General surgeon, Minimally invasive surgeon

Bio:   Dr. John Morton is Chief of Bariatric and Minimally Invasive Surgery, Clinic Chief for the Bariatric and Metabolic Inter-Disciplinary Clinic, and heads the Bariatric and Minimally Invasive Surgery Fellowship. Dr. Morton received BS, MPH, and MD Degrees from Tulane University and a Masters in Health Administration from University of Washington. He was the first surgical resident to receive a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar Fellowship in the program’s history at University of Washington and also completed an advanced laparoscopic fellowship at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He served on Capitol Hill as Senator Bill Frist’s Health Policy Intern. He is a Diplomate of both the American Board of Surgery and American Board of Obesity Medicine and certified in Medical Quality by the American College of Medical Quality.
He has published over 140 articles and 18 book chapters with over 300 national and international presentations. His research has focused on quality improvement and bariatric surgery. He led 5 site FDA Pivotal Trials and has received funding from NIH and Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. He serves as editor of four books and on 11 editorial boards. His research efforts have been recognized by 26 research awards from 5 different surgical societies including the Society for Advanced Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES) Golden Laparoscope Award as 2008 Young Investigator of the Year. As a teacher, Dr. Morton has received five teaching awards at Stanford University in 8 years including the 2008 Arthur Bloomfield Clinical Teacher of the Year and 2011 Henry J. Kaiser Teaching Award.
As Director of Surgical Quality at Stanford University Medical Center from 2007-2013, Dr. Morton led efforts to improve the Department of Surgery’s University Health Consortium’s annual ranking from 24/98 to 1/98 and their Annual NSQIP mortality ranking from Average to Exemplary. He has been an invited speaker on surgical quality by the American College of Surgeons, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, National Patient Safety Foundation, and American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery and served on the National Quality Forum’s Surgical and GI/GU Steering Committees. Currently, he is the national Chair of the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP), a collaboration for 800 hospitals between the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery and the American College of Surgeons. From 2014-16, the Stanford Bariatric Surgery program was noted to be Exemplary in five different categories by MBSAQIP.
From 2014-5, he served as elected President of the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery composed of over 4000 members from 52 countries. With over 2000 bariatric surgeries performed, he has been recognized as a bariatric surgery leader by Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, RAND, American College of Surgeons, Who’s Who and America’s Top Surgeons. His clinical skills have resulted in being named Castle Connolly’s Physician of the Year for Clinical Excellence in 2012. Dr. Morton also founded the first obesity related Political Action Committee, Obesity PAC on behalf of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery and Chair of the National Obesity Collaborative Care Summit for 35 Different Medical Societies. He was selected as Chair for Obesity Week 2018, which is the largest worldwide meeting devoted to obesity. Dr. Morton has been featured on the Today Show, Good Morning America, NY Times, National Public Radio, CNN, Fox, MSNBC, BBC, Newsweek, Time, Medscape, Washington Post, LA Times, San Francisco Chronicle, USA Today, International Herald Tribune, Reuters, United Press International, Wall Street Journal, and Associated Press. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XJaFJCZRtb4
4.6 out of 5
86 Patient Ratings
21 Patient Comments

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Clinic in Palo Alto

Bariatric Surgery & Medical Weight Loss in Palo Alto

  • 900 Blake Wilbur Drive
  • Garden Level
  • Palo Alto , CA 94304
  • Phone: 650-736-5800
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Professional Education

  • Board Certification: Obesity Medicine, American Board of Obesity Medicine (2013)
  • Residency: Tulane Medical Center (1999) LA
  • Internship: Tulane Medical Center (1994) LA
  • Fellowship: University of North Carolina (2003) NC
  • Board Certification: General Surgery, American Board of Surgery (2002)
  • Residency: Swedish Medical Center on Broadway (2001) WA
  • Medical Education: Tulane University School of Medicine (1993) LA
  • MD, Tulane (1993)
  • MPH, Tulane (1993)
  • MHA, University of Washington (1997)

Honors & Awards

  • ACS Delegate, Consensus Standards Approval Committee, National Quality Forum (2011)
  • ACS Delegate, Surgical Steering Committee, National Quality Forum (2011)
  • Advisory Panel, Campaign for Effective Patient Care (2011)
  • America's Top Doctors, Castle Connolly (2009)
  • America's Top Doctors, Castle Connolly (2011)
  • America's Top Doctors, Castle Connolly (2012)
  • America's Top Doctors, Castle-Connolly (2013)
  • Appointed Secretary-Treasurer and Elected Executive Council, ASMBS (2012)
  • Arthur L. Bloomfield Award for Excellence in the Teaching of Clinical Medicine, Stanford University School of Medicine (2008)
  • Best Fellow Presentation, SAGES, Las Vegas, NV (2007)
  • Best Poster Award (170 posters presented), International Federation of Surgery for Obesity, Sydney, Australia (2006)
  • Best Student Poster, Stanford School of Medicine Research Symposium (2009)
  • Best Student Research Poster, Stanford University School of Medicine (2008)
  • Chair, NSQIP Surgical Champions Forum, American College of Surgeons (2009)
  • Elected Member, Society for University Surgeons (2010)
  • Ethan Sims Young Investigator Finalist Award, Obesity Society (2009)
  • Excellence in Teaching, Stanford School of Medicine (2005)
  • Excellence in Teaching, Stanford School of Medicine (2009)
  • Excellence in Teaching, Stanford School of Medicine (2012)
  • Excellence in Teaching, Stanford School of Medicine Student Body (2010)
  • Expert Panel on Bariatric Surgery for BMI< 35, RAND (2009)
  • Expert Panel on Bariatric Surgery Quality Indicators, RAND (May 2004)
  • Expert Panel on Birth Outcomes after Bariatric Surgery, RAND (2007)
  • Expert Panel, Citizens Panel of Community Forum Project, AHRQ (2012)
  • Gastric Bypass and Cardiac Risk Factors: Is the Way to Heart Through the Stomach?, Inaugural Conference on Obesity Diabetes and Hypertension, Berlin, Germany (2006)
  • GI Advisory Board, United HealthCare (2013)
  • Healthcare-Associated Infection Expert Panel, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (2011)
  • Henry J. Kaiser Clinical Teaching Award, Stanford University School of Medicine (2011)
  • Invited Address, Bariatric Surgery: Which Procedure Do You Recommend, The Obesity Society (2010)
  • Invited Address, Drugs, Behavior or Surgery: Place Your Bets?", The Obesity Society (2011)
  • Invited Address, Implementing Surgical Quality Innovation at the Bedside, American College for Medical Quality (2010)
  • Invited Address, NSQIP Town Hall, American College of Surgeons (2010)
  • Invited Address, The Role of the Surgical Champion, NSQIP, American College of Surgeons (2009)
  • Invited Address, Translating Data into Results, Florida Surgical Care Initiative (Feb 2011)
  • Invited Address, Utilizing Patient Safety Indicators in Quality Improvement, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (2009)
  • Invited Address, Weighing in on Improving Bariatric Surgery, UK Bariatric Surgery Annual Meeting, Chichester, England (2009)
  • Keynote Address, 2011 Annual Meeting of the Taiwan Surgical Association (2011)
  • Magisterial Address, 2009 Annual Meeting, Asociación Mexicana de Cirugía General y el Colegio Americano de Cirujanos (2009)
  • Metric Magic: Creating Synergy between Indicators, Priorities and Mandates, National Patient safety Foundation (2010)
  • National Physician of the Year for Clinical Excellence, Castle Connolly Top Doctors (2012)
  • Outstanding Abstract, Improvement in Adolescent Cardiac Risk Factors after Gastric Bypass, International Federation of Surgery for Obesity (August 2009)
  • Poster of Distinction, American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery/Obesity Week (2013)
  • Poster of Distinction, Digestive Diseases Week (2013)
  • Poster of Distinction, SAGES, Las Vegas, NV (2006)
  • Poster of Distinction: National Bariatric Surgery Outcomes for Age>65: BOLD Database, ASMBS (2012)
  • President-Elect, American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (2013)
  • President-Elect, California Chapter of the American Society of Bariatric and Metabolic Surgeons (2008)
  • Ronald H.Fegelman Memorial Lecturer, Jewish Hospital, Cincinnati, OH (2006)
  • Top 5 Paper: National Comparisions of Bariatric Surgery Outcomes: FIndings from the BOLD Database, ASMBS (2012)
  • Top 5 Poster: Are There Differences in Outcomes Based On Insurance Status, ASMBS (2012)
  • Visiting Professor, Henry Ford Hospitals (2007)
  • Visiting Professor, Vanderbilt (2008)
  • Young Investigator of the Year, SAGES (2008)

Administrative Appointments

  • Advisory Board Member, American College of Surgeons Bariatric Surgery Network (2011 - Present)
  • Associate, NIH Digestive Disease Center (2009 - Present)
  • Associate Editor, Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases, SOARD Journal for ASBS (2005 - Present)
  • Associate Editor, Obesity Surgery (2007 - Present)
  • Chair, National Committee on Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery and American College of Surgeons (2013 - 2015)
  • Chairman, Access to Care, ASMBS (2010 - Present)
  • Chairman, Outcomes Committee, SAGES (2004 - Present)
  • Co-Director, Digestive Health Center (2009 - Present)
  • Director, (SCORE) Stanford Center for Outcomes Research and Evaluation (2007 - Present)
  • Director, Surgical Quality, Stanford University Medical Center (2007 - 2013)
  • Editorial Board, World Journal of Gastroenterology (2009 - Present)
  • Editorial Board, Bariatric Times (2011 - Present)
  • Editorial Board, Journal of Surgical Case Reports (2011 - Present)
  • Editorial Board, Cureus (2012 - Present)
  • Elected Faculty Senator at Large, Stanford Faculty Senate (2009 - Present)
  • Executive Council, American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (2011 - Present)
  • Expert Reviewer for Bariatric Surgery(only two MDs Chosen), California Medical Board (2006 - Present)
  • Medical Advisor, Centers of Excellence for Bariatric Surgery, California Blue Shield (2004 - Present)
  • Member, International Nutrition Council (2011 - Present)
  • Member, GI/GU Steering Committee, National Quality Forum (2012 - Present)
  • Member, Program, Research Committee, American Society of Bariatric Surgery (2004 - Present)
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery Fellowship Director, Stanford School of Medicine (2004 - Present)
  • National Secretary-Treasurer, American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (2012 - 2014)
  • President, American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgeons (2014 - 2016)
  • Publications Board, The Obesity Society (2010 - Present)
  • Section Chief, Minimally Invasive Surgery, Stanford School of Medicine (2009 - Present)
  • Surgery Sub-Internship Director, Stanford School of Medicine (2003 - 2007)

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Friendliness

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Explanations

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Listens

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Includes you in decisions

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Confidence in your doctor

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Wait times

SHC Patient, Sep 2016

Excellent.

SHC Patient, Sep 2016

Obviously running late, the doctor was curt and rushed.

SHC Patient, Aug 2016

I would recommend Dr. Morton without hesitation - He is EXCELLENT.

SHC Patient, Jun 2016

Very good.

SHC Patient, Jan 2016

I have recommended at least 3 patients who also had surgery.

SHC Patient, Oct 2015

Dr. Morton and PA Ovett were fantastic. I feel I received the best care possible.

SHC Patient, Oct 2015

The bariatric providers & staff are an excellent team, that shows concerns and making every effort for satisfaction.

SHC Patient, Sep 2015

Excellent experience.

SHC Patient, Apr 2015

I can not even express adequately how well I was treated, educated, applauded, encouraged, directed, guided and informed. I would have hugged Dr. Morton if it was appropriate. He not only has given me new life, he is always educating me on how to make it better. Is it ok to "love" your surgeon? I love Dr. Morton. He saved my life.

SHC Patient, Mar 2015

The very best experience possible.

SHC Patient, Feb 2015

Dr. Morton has treated me & my husband. He is what makes Stanford Hospital great.

SHC Patient, Nov 2014

All my experiences with Dr. Morton very good.

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4.6 out of 5
86 Patient Ratings
21 Patient Comments

SHC Patient, Sep 2016

Excellent.

SHC Patient, Sep 2016

Obviously running late, the doctor was curt and rushed.

SHC Patient, Aug 2016

I would recommend Dr. Morton without hesitation - He is EXCELLENT.

SHC Patient, Jun 2016

Very good.

SHC Patient, Jan 2016

I have recommended at least 3 patients who also had surgery.

SHC Patient, Oct 2015

Dr. Morton and PA Ovett were fantastic. I feel I received the best care possible.

SHC Patient, Oct 2015

The bariatric providers & staff are an excellent team, that shows concerns and making every effort for satisfaction.

SHC Patient, Sep 2015

Excellent experience.

SHC Patient, Apr 2015

I can not even express adequately how well I was treated, educated, applauded, encouraged, directed, guided and informed. I would have hugged Dr. Morton if it was appropriate. He not only has given me new life, he is always educating me on how to make it better. Is it ok to "love" your surgeon? I love Dr. Morton. He saved my life.

SHC Patient, Mar 2015

The very best experience possible.

SHC Patient, Feb 2015

Dr. Morton has treated me & my husband. He is what makes Stanford Hospital great.

SHC Patient, Nov 2014

All my experiences with Dr. Morton very good.

SHC Patient, Oct 2014

Dr. Morton is amazing!

SHC Patient, Sep 2014

Fabulous doctors/staff - much appreciated.

SHC Patient, Aug 2014

Doctors were knowledgeable, supportive, personable, approachable.

SHC Patient, Jun 2014

LOVE this dr.! Pleasant, kind, patient NOT rude, condescending or rushed!

SHC Patient, Jun 2014

I NEVER do surveys I throw away but Stanford ALL staff and providers need praise they are best I've been to East Coast best and they are NOT.

SHC Patient, May 2014

An excellent physician.

SHC Patient, Apr 2014

I have always rec wonderful care from Dr. Morton & his assoc.

SHC Patient, Mar 2014

Morton doesn't care - he remembers nothing about our previous visits. Never checks notes.

SHC Patient, Jan 2014

I would recommend Dr. J. Morton but NOT his clinic staff.