Surgeon Sunil Bhoyrul links obesity/food shortage in Meals4Hunger project

Dr. Sunil Bhoyrul
Dr. Sunil Bhoyrul

Dr. Sunil Bhoyrul of Olde Del Mar Surgical is a fellowship-trained specialist in laparoscopic surgery and an attending surgeon at Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla and the out-patient surgery center in La Jolla. Previously, Dr. Bhoyrul was the head of general surgery and surgical director of bariatric surgery at the Scripps Clinic. Each year since 2005, he’s been selected by his peers as one of the “Best Doctors in America.”

A diplomate of the American Board of Surgery and a fellow of both the Royal College of Surgeons of England, and the American College of Surgeons, Dr. Bhoyrul was chief resident in surgery at Stanford University. He has contributed research to the field of laparoscopic surgery, with numerous publications in peer-reviewed journals. He is co-editor of “Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery,” one of the first textbooks in the field.

He routinely performs Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery, gastric banding surgery, colectomy, gastrectomy, anti reflux surgery, appendectomy, splenectomy, hernia repair, adrenalectomy, and other complex, minimally invasive surgical procedures. In 2008, he founded Meals4Hunger, based in La Jolla. Its mission is to link the success in the treatment of obesity to the eradication of hunger in San Diego communities. Dr. Bhoyrul hopes to inspire other businesses in the medical, food, and exercise industry to join. Learn more at

What brought you to La Jolla?

It’s the best place in the world to balance work, life, and the spirit.

What makes this area special to you?

It has everything – the best geography, the best people, and a sense of being that can only come from living this close to the ocean while still at work and at home.

If you could snap your fingers and have it done, what might you improve in the area?

I would like to see and even greater ethnic diversity for the art, food and music worlds in La Jolla.

Who or what inspires you?

President Obama, even though I am not a Democrat.

If you hosted a dinner party for eight, whom (living or deceased) would you invite?

I would send invitations to Mahatma Ghandhi, Gautama Buddha, John Lennon, Freddie Mercury, my Dad, Mozart, Leonardo da Vinci and Sophia Loren.

Tell us about what you are reading.

That would be “Magnificent Mind At Any Age,” by Daniel Amen, M.D.

What is your most-prized possession?

I prize letters from my Dad.

What do you do for fun?

I like to shoot pool with my son on a cold day, or get in the ocean on a warm day.

Please describe your greatest accomplishment.

That would be becoming a surgeon.

What is your motto or philosophy of life?

Dream big, but live in the moment.



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