Peter F Crookes MD is Professor of Surgery at the Keck School of Medicine. He is a native of Belfast, Northern Ireland, and obtained his medical degree and surgical training there, and then traveled to Melbourne, Australia, and subsequently to Los Angeles, California, where he was recruited to USC in 1990. He is an upper GI and Bariatric surgeon and was for several years the director of the bariatric program. In addition, he has a special interest in medical and surgical education and is the recipient of numerous awards from the Department of Surgery, the Keck School of Medicine and the University for his contributions to teaching and mentoring. He is the director of the Student Clerkship for the Keck School of Medicine. His research interests include a wide variety of problems related to morbid obesity and the effect of bariatric surgical procedures on numerous disease processes, as well as studies in the pathophysiology of diseases of the esophagus and stomach. He has published extensively on the metabolic changes associated with different types of bariatric surgery, as well as the pathological processes underlying other benign diseases of the esophagus and stomach such as reflux disease and achalasia. He also has a lively interest in medical and surgical history and lectures and writes on historical topics of relevance to medicine and surgery. His other major interest is in biomedical ethics and he conducts classes and seminars for medical students and surgical residents to discuss ethical issues in clinical practice. He serves on numerous committees in the Keck School of Medicine and the Department of Surgery as well as in national organizations such as the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES).
Outside the world of medicine, he is an accomplished classical musician, a concert violinist who plays in chamber music and solo recitals. He lives with his wife Olivia (an OB/GYN) and their two dogs in Brentwood.