Pearl Ma M.D., FACS, FASMBS, Diplomate of ABOM

Dr. Pearl Ma is a born-and-raised Iowa native who moved to California to complete her Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Medicine from University of California, Davis. Dr. Ma completed residency training at University of California, San Francisco-Fresno, general surgery program, and completed her fellowship training in Advanced GI (minimally invasive) and Bariatric Surgery Program in Fresno, California.

Dr. Ma has been a leader in teaching and patient care and was honored with multiple UCSF Fresno Resident Excellence in Teaching Awards. She received the Leon S. Peters Foundation Resident of the Year Award for demonstrating excellence in patient and family care, research project success and volunteering in the community. Dr. Ma has a passion for teaching as well has an interest in research with publications in revisional bariatric surgery and multiple book chapters on gastric bypass and complications, as well as social violence in trauma. Her goal is to serve the people of the Central Valley and to continue educating local physicians and surgeons in cutting-edge surgical techniques and compassionate patient care.

She has received American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (FASMBS) and American Board of Surgery (FACS) distinctions, completed an obesity medicine fellowship, and recently boarded in metabolic/bariatric surgery focus practice designation from American College of Surgeons.

Dr. Ma is part of the UCSF faculty team as Assistant Clinical Professor of Surgery and Director of Research for ALSA MIS/Bariatric fellowship. She is serving on the Diversity and Inclusion Committee for ASMBS, Metabolic/Bariatric Committee for SAGES, and program director of the ASMBS surgery mentoring program, for which she received a Distinguished Service Award in 2022.