Dr. Callery

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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 in both primary and reoperative settings.

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 of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) sanctioned Surgery Review Corporation. 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 Centers of Excellence.

Dr. Callery has also been instrumental in 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.

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


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