Dr. John Magaña Morton

Bariatric surgeon, General surgeon, Minimally invasive surgeon

Bio:   Dr. John Morton is Chief of Bariatric and Minimally Invasive Surgery at Stanford University School of Medicine. He also heads the Bariatric and Minimally Invasive Surgery Fellowship and is Co-Director of the Stanford Digestive Health Center. Dr. Morton received undergraduate, Masters in Public Health, and Medical Doctor Degree 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 100 peer-reviewed articles and 15 book chapters with over 200 national and international presentations. His research has focused on quality improvement and bariatric surgery. He led site FDA Pivotal Trials and has received funding from National Institutes of Health and Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. He serves as editor of Morbid Obesity: Perioperative Management (2011 Best Medical Book Finalist, British Medical Association), The ASMBS Textbook of Bariatric Surgery, Volume 1: Bariatric Surgery and SAGES Handbook on Quality, Patient Safety and Outcomes. Furthermore, he serves on the editorial boards of Obesity Surgery, Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases, Bariatric Times, Journal of Surgical Case Reports and World Journal of Gastroenterology. His research efforts have been recognized by the Society for Advanced Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES) receiving the Golden Laparoscope Award as 2008 Young Investigator of the Year. As a teacher, Dr. Morton has received six 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. Among NSQIP Surgical Champions, he was chosen to chair the monthly Surgical Champions forum for the American College of Surgeons. 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. He has authored an inter-active online curriculum on Reducing Error in the Operating Room sponsored by Advanced Practice Solutions, Stanford and Harvard Universities.
In September 2013, he was elected President-Elect 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. He has also served as President of the California chapter of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) and served as the National Chairman for Access to Care and Data Dissemination for ASMBS and Member of the Committees on Public Education, Emerging Technologies, and Research. In addition, he is the national co-chair of the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP).
4.7 out of 5
169 Patient Ratings
10 Patient Comments

Bariatric Surgery & Medical Weight Loss

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

  • 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

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

Administrative Appointments

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

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Patient Ratings and Comments

4.7

Friendliness

4.7

Recommended to others

4.7

Explanations

4.7

Listens

4.7

Includes you in decisions

4.7

Clear Communication

4.7

Confidence in your doctor

3.8

Wait times

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.

4.7 out of 5
169 Patient Ratings
10 Patient Comments

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.