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As a bariatric surgeon in Santa Monica, CA, Dr. Liu performs surgical procedures that help obese patients lose weight and achieve a healthier lifestyle.


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(310) 208-0374


1301 20th Street, Suite 440, Santa Monica, CA 90404

Office Hours

  Open Lunch Close

Office Details

Doctor Specialties Bariatric Surgery & General Surgery
Accepting New Patients? Yes
Practice Specialty Bariatric Surgery
Hospital Affiliation
  • Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
Languages Spoken English

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Insurance Accepted  

  • Aetna
  • Ameritas
  • Assurant Health
  • Avesis
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • GEHA Connection
  • Guardian
  • Health Alliance
  • Health Net
  • Humana
  • Medicare
  • MetLife
  • MultiPlan
  • Self-pay
  • Superior HealthPlan
  • United Healthcare
  • UnitedHealthcare (formerly The Principal)
  • WellPoint
  • Workers' Compensation

About Dr. Liu
Dr. Liu



Dr. Carson Liu is a leading bariatric surgeon in Santa Monica and Tustin, CA, providing patients in Orange County and the Greater Los Angeles area with top-quality care and individualized attention for weight loss issues. He is a recognized expert in both weight loss surgery and medical weight loss programs, and is experienced in multiple weight loss surgical techniques and methods, including:

gastric bypass, including minimally invasive Roux-en-Y bypassgastric banding, including the Lap-Band systemsleeve gastrectomyhernia surgeryheartburn (GERD) surgeryrevisional bariatric surgerySmartLipomedically supervised diet and nutrition

As a leading bariatric specialist, Dr. Liu understands the unique issues that confront weight-loss patients before and after losing weight, and he provides supportive care prior to and following surgery to help ensure the best possible short- and long-term results.

After earning his bachelor's degree in chemistry from the University of Chicago, Dr. Liu completed his M.D. at the prestigious University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, followed by his residency, internship and fellowship at UCLA Medical Center, Department of Surgery, where he also served as Administrative Chief Resident.

Before opening his current practice, Dr. Liu served as staff surgeon at the West Los Angeles Veterans Hospital; medical director of minimally invasive bariatric surgery at Century City Hospital and Midway/Olympia Hospital; medical director of bariatric surgery at Garden Grove Hospital; and clinical assistant professor of surgery at UCLA School of Medicine. For seven years, he has been named a Southern California Super Doctor. He has also held several committee appointments at UCLA and local medical centers.

Dr. Liu is dedicated to offering his patients the most advanced, safest treatment options in a state-of-the-art medical center geared toward providing individualized care and attention. From establishing goals and expectations to learning new eating behaviors and lifestyle habits, Dr. Liu is firmly committed to helping each patient successfully complete their weight-loss journey.


Services & Procedures

  • Gastric Balloon
  • Gastric Bypass
  • Gastric Sleeve
  • Heartburn Relief Surgery & TIF
  • Injectables & Fillers
  • Lap Band
  • Medically Supervised Diets
  • Reshape Balloon
  • Tummy Tucks & SmartLipo Triplex

Special Interests  

  • General Surgery
  • Heartburn Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Weight Loss

Education & Training  

Medical School


  • UCLA
    Residency in General Surgery • 1991 - 1998


  • UCLA
    Fellowship in GI Surgical Research • 1993 - 1995


Languages Spoken  

  • English
  • Spanish
  • Mandarin
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