Meet the Healthcare Team


At Desert Springs Hospital, your healthcare team focuses on your safety and comfort. From the moment you decide that weight-loss surgery is right for you, the healthcare team is there to guide you to success.

The Center for Surgical Weight Loss at Desert Springs Hospital Medical Center is a nationally accredited bariatric center, designated by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP). And bariatric surgeons, James Atkinson, MD, and Darren Soong, MD, have performed over 8,000 bariatric procedures, including gastric sleeve, gastric banding (lap bands) and gastric bypass surgery.

In addition to their extensive surgical experience, they have been called on to train more than 100 surgeons from throughout the United States and they assist colleagues when they perform their first surgical procedure. The Las Vegas surgeons also developed innovative surgical techniques that are being replicated in bariatric centers throughout the United States.

Meet the Weight-loss Surgeons

Dr AtkinsonJames D. Atkinson, MD, FACS

Dr. Atkinson devotes his practice exclusively to weight-loss surgery. He is a member of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, the medical honor society Alpha Omega Alpha, a 2002 honoree as one of “America’s Top Surgeons” and he has been featured in MD News. A native of Las Vegas, he received his bachelor’s degree from Portland State University, and earned his medical degree from the University of Nevada. He completed his residency at University Medical Center in Las Vegas, served as chief surgery resident and trained in the both bariatric and trauma surgery. Upon completing his surgical residency, he specialized in advanced laparoscopy and served as a consultant for Ethicon Endo-surgery.

Dr SoongDarren Soong, MD, FACS

Dr. Soong is a certified Lap-Band® system surgeon. A diplomat of the American Board of Surgery and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, he was voted a “Top Doctor” four consecutive years by Las Vegas Life, 215 South and Summerlin magazines. A native of Hawaii, Dr. Soong graduated from UCLA with a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology and earned his medical degree at the University of Hawaii. He completed his residency at University Medical Center and served as Chief Resident. He is an assistant clinical professor at the University of Nevada School of Medicine and a member of the American Medical Association, Clark County Medical Society, Nevada State Medical Association, American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery and the American Society of Bariatric Physicians.

Quang NguyenQuang T. Nguyen, DO, FACP, FACE

Dr. Quang T. Nguyen is a medical weight-loss endocrinologist at the Surgical Weight Control Center. He is board-certified by the American Board of Obesity Medicine (ABOM) in the subspecialty of obesity medicine and he is board-certified in internal medicine, endocrinology, hypertension, diabetes and metabolism. He specializes in diabetes, hypertension, metabolic syndrome, nutrition and obesity and all aspects of thyroid disease diagnosis and treatment.

A Team of Specialists

From the moment you think about weight-loss surgery, you have a team of specialists available to answer your questions, complete your evaluation and guide you through surgery and recovery as you begin your journey to a healthier life. You will have a team dedicated to you, including the surgeons and nurses who take care of you before, during and after surgery, who assist you during your hospital stay and who support you after your procedure.

We also offer a language line during hospitalization for patients who feel comfortable speaking a language other than English. The language line also offers interpreters to relay questions, answers and concerns from patients and their family members to the healthcare team.