Dr. Billy is the leading Lap-Band and laparoscopic gastric bypass surgeon in Ventura and Santa Barbara County. Dr. Billy relocated his practice to Ventura in July of 2002. Prior to that he had established himself as one of the premier laparoscopic surgeons in the Sacramento and Sierra Nevada region of Northern California. Dr. Billy was instrumental in developing the bariatric surgery centers at Sutter General Hospital and Sutter Roseville Medical Centers. He is currently director of Bariatric Surgery at St. John’s Regional Medical Center, a recognized bariatric Center of Excellence by the Surgery Review Committee, Medicare, Blue Cross, Blue Shield and Health Net. St. Johns Regional Medical Center is located in Oxnard California. Dr. Billy also serves as the Medical Director of the Community Memorial Hospital, a Surgical Review Corporation accredited Bariatric Center of Excellence, located in Ventura, California.
Dr. Billy obtained his undergraduate degree in Molecular Biology at the University of California, Berkeley. He subsequently received his medical degree at the University of California, Davis School of Medicine. Dr. Billy received additional training in the techniques of the Lap-Band system prior to its release by the FDA in 2001. He is actively involved as a teaching faculty member for placement of the Lap-Band® system and has educated and proctored dozens of surgeons throughout the west as part of their educational training. Dr. Billy has been a faculty member at numerous national educational events and surgeon training workshops. He has been a featured speaker at the annual meeting of the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery and was a contributing author on the recently released SAGES Bariatric Surgery Manual published by the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons. Dr. Billy has an international reputation and has lectured and taught principles of bariatric surgery in Mexico, Taiwan and India.
Dr. Billy is a preferred provider with several insurance companies. Many insurance companies have different policies with different coverage benefits. Please check with your individual health plan to determine if Dr. Billy is listed as a preferred provider with your plan.
"Dr Billy's and his office staff have been great. The support and knowledge they provide has been awesome."
"He is really big on patient education and really cares about you. I was so very comfortable with him and his bedside manner... I would not have wanted another surgeon."
"THEY FAR EXCEEDED MY EXPECTATIONS IN CARING FOR THEIR PATIENTS BEFORE, DURING AND AFTER SURGERY AND BEYOND. THANKS FOR SAVING MY LIFE I TOTALLY RECOMMEND DR. BILLY."
"I appreciate Dr. Billy for everything he has done for me, and most importantly, for giving me my life back."
"Today I did pushups for the first time...on the floor...I wake up every morning excited to start the day and grab every minute that life has to offer. I am so grateful."
"Dr. Billy's practice is built around arming us, as patients with all the tools we need to succeed for the long-term."
"I now can do all the things I enjoy and things that I never thought that I could do, and I know that I'll be around long enough to enjoy everything and anything."
"Dr. Billy and his amazing staff. They have support groups, and aerobics classes. They have all the tools any personality type would need to be successful."
"Dr. Billy takes excellent care of his patients. His staff is very well trained in the diligent care he demands. He made me feel safe in surgery."
"Dr. Billy and his staff are wonderful. I was so scared about surgery and they made the process easy, informative, professional, and personal."
"Dr. Billy was able to diagnose a problem that my regular surgeon was unable to solve after two years of guessing."