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Dr. Charles Callery has been treating patients with severe obesity since 1991. He first became interested in the field when listening to the experiences of a patient who was referred for another operation after losing 140 pounds with gastric bypass. After learning from Richard Catlin, MD and Mary Lou Walen, he started his own obesity surgery program. He has performed over 4,000 gastric bypass, Lap-Band® , vertical sleeve gastrectomy, and revision surgeries.

Dr. Callery is the Medical Director of the Bariatric Surgery Department at Pomerado Hospital in Poway, CA. He has led the medical and hospital team to enable Pomerado Hospital to qualify for Center of Excellence (COE) status with the American Society for Bariatric Surgery/American College of Surgeons program. The program is called the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP)  To qualify for COE status the practice and hospital must adhere to rigorous surgical volume and outcomes standards.The hospital and practice submit their surgical results on an ongoing basis to the national database. They can then download national benchmarks and compare their results to the results from other COEs.

Dr. Callery has also focused developing and refining WLS procedures to reduce complication rates, and has the implemented comprehensive pre and post-operative support programs, including the Thinner Times Forum, an online support community for gastric bypass, Lap Band, and vertical sleeve gastrectomy patients.. He recently authored and article about improving the safety of gastric bypass by the use of staple line reinforcement technology in the ASMBS professional journal, Surgery of Obesity and Related Diseases.

"I find helping obese patients achieve a more normal and healthier life both technically challenging and personally rewarding. Obesity surgery is one of the most optimistic specialties of medicine."

Dr. Callery's office is located in Poway. He performs surgery at Pomerado Hospital in Poway and Sharp Memorial Hospital in San Diego.

Professional Services:

  1. Performing gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy, and Lap-Band® procedures
  2. Providing care to Lap Band patients who have received surgery elsewhere
  3. Speaking to and educating primary care doctors and organizations about the treatment of morbid obesity

Hospital Appointments:

1. Pomerado Hospital, Poway, CA
Medical Director, Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Program
Chief of Staff-Elect, Chairman of Quality Management Committee
2. Sharp Memorial Hospital, San Diego, CA
Senior Stafff Surgeron

Personal Interests: Dr. Callery is married and has two grown children. He lives in Rancho Bernardo. He enjoys hiking, tennis, skiing, and going to movies, museums, and the symphony.



Pasadena , California


Dartmouth College 1967-1971

Medical Degrees

Dartmouth Medical School 1971-1973: B.M.S. (Bach. Med. Science)
University of California, San Francisco 1973-1975: MD

Surgical Residency

UCLA Surgical Residency 1975-1977
UCLA Surgical Residency 1979-1982

Fellowship Training

UCLA Cancer Surgery Research Fellowship 1977-1979
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center 1982-1984

Board Certification

American Board of Surgery 1982, 1992, 2001, 2011

Hospital Affiliations

Pomerado Hospital, Poway 1984 to present
Sharp Memorial Hospital, San Diego 2006 to present

Professional Societies

American College of Surgeons
American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery
SAGES Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons
San Diego Chapter of American College of Surgeons
San Diego County Medical Society
California Medical Association