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 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
95 Patient Ratings
18 Patient Comments

Bariatric Surgery & Medical Weight Loss

  • 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

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

Administrative Appointments

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

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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, Sep 2014

Fabulous doctors/staff - much appreciated.

SHC Patient, Aug 2014

Doctors were knowledgeable, supportive, personable, approachable.

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4.7 out of 5
95 Patient Ratings
18 Patient Comments

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, 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.