Meet Our Surgeons

Karen Hanna, M.D.

Medical Director

Dr. Karen Hanna completed her residency at the Navy Medical Center Portsmouth in Virginia, followed by a minimally invasive surgery and bariatric surgery fellowship at the University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri. 

She is a board-certified physician who has practiced in San Diego County since 2008 at the Navy Medical Center and in hospitals and medical centers throughout North San Diego County.

Dr. Hanna specializes in general and bariatric surgery. 

Julie Ellner, M.D., F.A.C.S.

Dr. Julie Ellner was the first woman in the world to perform the laparoscopic gastric bypass and was one of the world's first instructors, teaching surgeons how to perform laparoscopic bariatric surgery. She even performed a laparoscopic gastric bypass on the surgeon who invented it. 

Her role models were country surgeons who allowed her to observe operations at a very young age, and it was from these rural doctors that she learned how to deliver care in a warm, personal manner. 

Dr. Ellner feels inspired by her patients, as many of them take up hiking, surfing, running and other activities after they lose weight. 


Ramin Sorkhi, M.D., F.A.C.S.Ramin Sorkhi, M.D., F.A.C.S.

Dr. Ramin Sorkhi completed his residency in general surgery at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York, followed by an accredited fellowship in advanced laparoscopic surgery and bariatric surgery at Sinai Hospital in Baltimore. 

He is a board certified surgeon specializing in minimally invasive laparoscopic abdominal surgery.  He is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, a Member of the Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons, and a Member of the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.

Learn More About Bariatric Surgery

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