Welcome to our adolescent weight loss program!


Your child’s journey to a healthier life begins with the Adolescent Weight Loss Program at the Palm Beach Children’s Hospital at St. Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach. We specialize in the treatment of severe obesity and related health conditions.

At the Palm Beach Children’s Hospital, we pride ourselves on providing compassionate care to enhance the quality of life of our patients through both surgical and non-surgical weight management. Our team is focused on long term weight management to help even our youngest patients take control of their health.

Our weight loss program at the Palm Beach Children’s Hospital is supervised by Dr. Robert Cywes, M.D., Board Certified in Pediatric and Bariatric Surgery, and our highly trained multidisciplinary team. We provide our patients with safe and effective weight loss surgery as well as non-surgical options, comprehensive pre and post education and ongoing aftercare.

We understand that each patient is unique. Contact us at 561-882-9111 to find out which treatment option is best for your child.


Allow us to introduce...

Robert Cywes, M.D., Board-Certified in Pediatric and Adolescent Bariatric Surgery

Dr. Robert Cywes brings his extensive experience in LAP-BAND® and gastric sleeve surgery to St. Mary's Medical Center and Palm Beach Children's Hospital. Dr. Cywes joins the team after leading Jacksonville Weight Loss Center as Director of Pediatric Surgery and Adolescent Bariatric Surgery. He also holds the distinction of being the first surgeon in Northeast Florida to be certified to perform LAP-BAND® surgery.

Born in Cape Town, South Africa, Dr. Cywes is a globetrotter having attended his medical school, residency and fellowship in three countries on two different continents. In 2012 alone, he shared his bariatric findings at major international conferences presenting on Adolescent Surgery (Cartegna, Colombia), Pediatric Obesity and Adolescent Bariatric Surgery (Moscow, Russia) and Epidemiology of Childhood Obesity (Jacksonville).

Dr. Cywes also concentrates on clinical research, recently working with the Food and Drug Administration on the safety and efficacy of a weight-loss balloon (Obalon Inc.) and with the Dual Center on prospective comparisons of LAP-BAND® versus the Imbricated LapBand. He is a Center of Excellence bariatric surgeon.

He joins a talented bariatric surgery team at St. Mary's Medical Center and Palm Beach Children's Hospital centering on helping patients and physicians achieve healthy patient outcomes.

Call 561-882-9111 to learn more about our program or use our online contact form.


 Dr. Robert Cywes of St. Mary’s Medical Center is interviewed on childhood obesity and the toll it takes on families and the children.





All photos of models shown are for illustrative purposes only. Not actual patients.