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Philippe J. Quilici, MD, FACS, Chief MIS Service

Philippe J. Quilici, MD, FACS, is an attending physician with the Department of Surgery at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Dr. Quilici specializes in minimally invasive procedures, such as interventional laparoscopic surgery and laparoscopic bariatric surgery.

A board-certified surgeon, Dr. Quilici has focused his research on various laparoscopic techniques, laparoscopic instrument design, the surgical management of morbid obesity and gastric bypass surgery. He has presented has authored several books on minimally invasive surgery, including Second Generation Laparoscopic Procedures, New Developments in Laparoscopy and Interventional Laparoscopy: The State of the Art for the New Millennium. He has also written articles for such peer-reviewed publications as American Surgeon, Contemporary Surgery, Surgical Endoscopy etc.. He is a member of the American Medical Association, American College of Surgeons, New York Medical Society, Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons and the American Society of Bariatric Surgeons. 


Dr. Quilici received his bachelor's degree from College des Lyces in Avignon, France and his medical degree from Aix Marseille University in Timone, France. He completed his internship and residency in general surgery at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York, and he completed his fellowship in cardiothoracic surgery at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.


Surgical Team and Supporting Staff


Alexander Tovar, MD​


Alexander S. Tovar, MD is an attending surgeon at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center and in the Center for Weight Loss at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

Board certified by the American Board of Surgery, Dr. Tovar is also a diplomat of the National Board of Medical Examiners.

Dr. Tovar received his bachelor's degree from the University of Southern California (USC) and his medical degree from Harvard Medical School. He completed an internship and residency at Los Angeles County + USC Medical Center.

Clinical Team

- Tiffany Herrera, NP


- Jani Drashti, NP


- Jacquie Abarca, RD


- Monica McCoy, Pshychologist


- R. Maxwell, Pshycologist



Administrative Team

- Ambulatory Services Administrator:  [818] 848 8311 


- Wellness Center Coordinator: Joanna [818] 847 4392 


- Surgical Schedule: Kris [818] 848 8311


- Authorization and Benefits: Irvin [818] 848 8311


- Billing: Teresa [818] 848 8311


- Ambulatory Services Coordinator: Maricea [818] 848 8311

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