Meet our Bariatric Surgeons

David Thoman, MD - Medical Director

David Thoman

Before his arrival in 2004, Dr. David Thoman was director of minimally invasive surgery and the medical director of bariatrics at the Naval Medical Center in San Diego, the world’s largest military hospital.

A board-certified specialist, Dr. Thoman was trained at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, the Naval Medical Center in San Diego, and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. He also completed a fellowship in minimally invasive surgery at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

David S. Thoman, MD
520 W. Junipero St.
Santa Barbara, CA 93105-4212

2 James Way, Suite 112
Pismo Beach, CA 93449

Farida Bounoua, MD

Farida Bounoua

Dr. Farida Bounoua, a board-certified general surgeon, completed her fellowship in bariatric and minimally invasive general surgery at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. The first female bariatric surgeon in Santa Barbara, she is a member of the American Society of Metabolic Surgery and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.

She has published in many medical journals, and in 2001 she received the Merck Young Investigator Award for her outstanding contribution to research on insulin-induced growth in smooth-muscle vascular cells.

Farida Bounoua, MD
2323 De La Vina St., Suite 207
Santa Barbara, CA 93105
206 S. Stafford
Santa Maria, CA 93454

Dr. Marc Zerey

Marc Zerey

Dr. Marc Zerey is a board-certified weight-loss specialist at Sansum Clinic, specializing in weight-loss surgery and advanced laparoscopic surgical techniques. He is certified with the American Board of Surgery and the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada.

He has published extensively in numerous medical journals, has co-authored chapters in two medical texts, and is a frequent lecturer on weight-loss surgery and other surgical topics.

Marc Zerey, MD
317 W. Pueblo St.
Santa Barbara, CA 93105-4365

What to Expect After Bariatric Surgery

a woman holding out her jeans to indicate weight loss

You had your procedure. You stayed in the hospital and now you’re ready to go home. What now? Cottage Health bariatric surgeons and providers answer the important questions on your journey to good health.

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Weight-Loss Surgery Seminars

Cottage Center for Weight Loss Surgery Patient - Arnell Monahan

If you struggle to lose weight using conventional methods such as dieting, exercise, behavior therapy, and/or medication, weight-loss surgery may be your answer.

Weight-Loss Surgery Seminars

Weight-Loss Surgery Patient

Cottage Center for Weight Loss Surgery Patient - Kathi Dickerson

After a procedure at the Cottage Center for Weight-Loss Surgery, Kathi lost over 100 pounds, no longer suffers from joint pain and is able to live the lifestyle that she enjoys.

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Decreasing Readmissions through Opportunities Provided (D.R.O.P)Metabolic and Bariatric Video

This video is being made available to provide education and support throughout a metabolic and bariatric surgery journey.