Homero Rivas

Homero Rivas

Bariatric surgeon, General surgeon, Minimally invasive surgeon

Bio:   Homero Rivas, MD, MBA, FACS, FASMBS is an Assistant Professor of Surgery, and the Director of Innovative Surgery at Stanford University. He is also the Co-Director of the Stanford Fellowship in Minimally invasive Surgery. As a digestive and bariatric surgeon, he has 15 years of experience. After his training in general surgery at the University of North Dakota, he completed two one-year fellowships in Minimally Invasive Surgery at the University of Louisville and also at the Hospital Clinic in Barcelona, Spain. He is certified by the American Board of Surgery. He is a pioneer and leader in numerous state-of-the art innovative techniques of minimal access surgery including: scarless surgery; natural orifice surgery; robotic surgery, and more. He successfully implemented a program for Per Oral Endoscopic Myotomy (POEM) for achalasia at Stanford, and presently he is one of few surgeons in the US doing this sophisticated technique. He has been involved in minimal access surgery both nationally in the US and internationally in nearly all continents, as a surgeon-in-training, a practicing surgeon and also as teacher of other expert surgeons. Dr. Rivas is the Co-Chair of the International Committee for the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, and he has been inducted as Honorary Fellow for both, the Brazilian College of Surgeons and the Brazilian College of Digestive Surgery.

Additionally, Dr. Rivas has been involved in Digital Health and Telemedicine for many years. He has several research projects using wearables to improve safety in the operating room, medical simulation and education implementing augmented and virtual reality, among others. He is a strong proponent of novel technologies such as 3D printing, Drones, artificial intelligence engines, etc., in healthcare. He is a co-director of Stanford’s massive-open-online-course on mHealth, with over 20,000 registered students from all over the world. He is a Senior Fellow with the Center for Innovation in Global Health (CIGH) at Stanford University School of Medicine. He is advocate of Hispanics in the USA and he champions mHealth and telemedicine among them and internationally. He is a founding member and Vice-President of the Society of Wearable Technology in Healthcare (WATCH). Dr. Rivas holds an MBA from the Cox School of Business at the Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX.
4.8 out of 5
114 Patient Ratings
17 Patient Comments

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

  • Residency: University of North Dakota Office of the Registrar (2000) ND
  • Board Recertification, American Board of Surgery, General Surgery (2010)
  • Professional Education: Southern Methodist University Cox School of Business (2008) TX
  • Fellowship, Hospital Clinic Barcelona, Laparoscopic Digestive Surgery (2003)
  • Fellowship: University of Louisville Department of Surgery (2002) KY
  • Board Certification: General Surgery, American Board of Surgery (2001)
  • Medical Education: Universidad Juarez del Estado de Durango (1994) Mexico

Honors & Awards

  • Distinguished Business Leader Award, Southern Methodist University, Edwin Cox School of Business (April, 2008)
  • Get Inspired by mHealth Leaders. Homero Rivas, one of top 25 mHealth leaders, Mobile Health Global, Barcelona, Spain (2014)
  • Honor Graduate, Mexican Medical Licensing Examination (June, 1994)
  • Honorable Mention, POEM for Achalasia at Stanford, General Surgery Scientific MIS Week / Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons, Annual Congress (September, 2014)
  • Honorary Fellow, Brazilian College of Digestive Surgery (July, 2011)
  • Honorary Fellow, Brazilian College of Surgery (October, 2012)
  • Junior Faculty of the Year Teaching Award, General Surgery Residency Program, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas (June, 2006)
  • Resident Achievement Award, General Surgery Program, University of North Dakota (June, 2000)
  • Senior Fellow with the Center for Innovation in Global Health (CIGH), Stanford University School of Medicine (2015)
  • Winner of the Benito Juarez Award for Highest Academic Average, Universidad Juarez del Estado de Durango, School of Medicine (1993)
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Listens

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Includes you in decisions

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Clear Communication

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Confidence in your doctor

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Recommended to others

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SHC Patient, May 2017

Great experience! Love Dr. Rivas and staff.

SHC Patient, May 2017

Doctor Homero Rivas is a great human being - God bless him.

SHC Patient, May 2017

I like that they take the time to answer questions very clearly and understanding way.

SHC Patient, Jan 2017

Dr. Rivas is one of the finest physicians I have had experience with. His demeanor is caring and professional. Dr. Rivas conveys confidence and skill without any sense of ego. He also imparts a true feeling that he understands and cares about his patients. If the residents under his supervision are imparted with his interpersonal skills they will prove to be excellent doctors. I cannot praise Dr. Rivas more highly.

SHC Patient, Nov 2016

Awesome doctor!

SHC Patient, Nov 2016

Dr. Homero Rivas is the best POEM surgeon in the world. I continued to suffer for almost ten years even after my Heller's myotomy. I am so grateful to him as he gave me another chance to live my life like any normal person. Dr. Homero Rivas is the best POEM surgeon in the world. I continued to suffer for almost ten years even after my Heller's myotomy. I am so grateful to him as he gave me another chance to live my life like any normal person. Dr. Rivas was a Godsend for me.

SHC Patient, Nov 2016

Dr. Rivas saved my life. He and other MD's I see work as a team & are phenomenal!

SHC Patient, Oct 2016

I had very good attention. I had a good stay thank you for everything.

SHC Patient, Sep 2016

Dr. Homero Rivas was extremely knowledgeable, caring and professional. He was the first doctor to really understand and treat the condition I came with. Just overall fantastic person to be around. Many thanks!!

SHC Patient, Aug 2016

The doctor made me feel very comfortable and secure about my upcoming surgery. I felt like he really cared about my health & future - Good heart in him.

SHC Patient, Dec 2015

Still having complications. Dr. doesn't seem to believe or care waiting on phone call back. Have a potentially serious issue at hand -

SHC Patient, Jun 2015

great guy/doctor

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4.8 out of 5
114 Patient Ratings
17 Patient Comments

SHC Patient, May 2017

Great experience! Love Dr. Rivas and staff.

SHC Patient, May 2017

Doctor Homero Rivas is a great human being - God bless him.

SHC Patient, May 2017

I like that they take the time to answer questions very clearly and understanding way.

SHC Patient, Jan 2017

Dr. Rivas is one of the finest physicians I have had experience with. His demeanor is caring and professional. Dr. Rivas conveys confidence and skill without any sense of ego. He also imparts a true feeling that he understands and cares about his patients. If the residents under his supervision are imparted with his interpersonal skills they will prove to be excellent doctors. I cannot praise Dr. Rivas more highly.

SHC Patient, Nov 2016

Awesome doctor!

SHC Patient, Nov 2016

Dr. Homero Rivas is the best POEM surgeon in the world. I continued to suffer for almost ten years even after my Heller's myotomy. I am so grateful to him as he gave me another chance to live my life like any normal person. Dr. Homero Rivas is the best POEM surgeon in the world. I continued to suffer for almost ten years even after my Heller's myotomy. I am so grateful to him as he gave me another chance to live my life like any normal person. Dr. Rivas was a Godsend for me.

SHC Patient, Nov 2016

Dr. Rivas saved my life. He and other MD's I see work as a team & are phenomenal!

SHC Patient, Oct 2016

I had very good attention. I had a good stay thank you for everything.

SHC Patient, Sep 2016

Dr. Homero Rivas was extremely knowledgeable, caring and professional. He was the first doctor to really understand and treat the condition I came with. Just overall fantastic person to be around. Many thanks!!

SHC Patient, Aug 2016

The doctor made me feel very comfortable and secure about my upcoming surgery. I felt like he really cared about my health & future - Good heart in him.

SHC Patient, Dec 2015

Still having complications. Dr. doesn't seem to believe or care waiting on phone call back. Have a potentially serious issue at hand -

SHC Patient, Jun 2015

great guy/doctor

SHC Patient, Jun 2015

Dr. Rivas always treated me with respect, even though he could have done a better job taking some precaution before my surgery.

SHC Patient, Apr 2015

Good!

SHC Patient, Apr 2015

doctor made me cry

SHC Patient, Jul 2014

Dr. Rivas did an excellent job as my gall bladder surgery and did his patient care is superb.

SHC Patient, Apr 2014

He excellent provider - nice.