Experts
    • General Surgery
    • Minimally Invasive Surgery
    • Bariatric Surgery
    • Sleeve Gastrectomy
    • Gastric Banding
    • Gastric Bypass
    Chief of Bariatric and Minimally Invasive Surgery, Stanford University School of Medicine
    Chief of Bariatric and Minimally Invasive Surgery, Stanford University School of Medicine
    Dr. John Morton is Chief of Bariatric and Minimally Invasive Surgery at Stanford University School of Medicine. He also heads the Bariatric and Minimally Invasive Surgery Fellowship and is Co-Director of the Stanford Digestive Health Center. Dr. Morton received undergraduate, Masters in Public Health, and Medical Doctor Degree from Tulane University and a Masters in Health Administration from University of Washington. He was the first surgical resident to receive a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar Fellowship in the program’s history at University of Washington and also completed an advanced laparoscopic fellowship at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He served on Capitol Hill as Senator Bill Frist’s Health Policy Intern. He is a Diplomate of both the American Board of Surgery and American Board of Obesity Medicine and certified in Medical Quality by the American College of Medical Quality. He has published over 100 peer-reviewed articles and 15 book chapters with over 200 national and international presentations. His research has focused on quality improvement and bariatric surgery. He led site FDA Pivotal Trials and has received funding from National Institutes of Health and Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. He serves as editor of Morbid Obesity: Perioperative Management (2011 Best Medical Book Finalist, British Medical Association), The ASMBS Textbook of Bariatric Surgery, Volume 1: Bariatric Surgery and SAGES Handbook on Quality, Patient Safety and Outcomes. Furthermore, he serves on the editorial boards of Obesity Surgery, Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases, Bariatric Times, Journal of Surgical Case Reports and World Journal of Gastroenterology. His research efforts have been recognized by the Society for Advanced Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES) receiving the Golden Laparoscope Award as 2008 Young Investigator of the Year. As a teacher, Dr. Morton has received six teaching awards at Stanford University in 8 years including the 2008 Arthur Bloomfield Clinical Teacher of the Year and 2011 Henry J. Kaiser Teaching Award. As Director of Surgical Quality at Stanford University Medical Center from 2007-2013, Dr. Morton led efforts to improve the Department of Surgery’s University Health Consortium’s annual ranking from 24/98 to 1/98 and their Annual NSQIP mortality ranking from Average to Exemplary. Among NSQIP Surgical Champions, he was chosen to chair the monthly Surgical Champions forum for the American College of Surgeons. He has been an invited speaker on surgical quality by the American College of Surgeons, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, National Patient Safety Foundation, and American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery and served on the National Quality Forum’s Surgical and GI/GU Steering Committees. He has authored an inter-active online curriculum on Reducing Error in the Operating Room sponsored by Advanced Practice Solutions, Stanford and Harvard Universities. In September 2013, he was elected President-Elect of the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery composed of over 4000 members from 52 countries. With over 2000 bariatric surgeries performed, he has been recognized as a bariatric surgery leader by Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, RAND, American College of Surgeons, Who’s Who and America’s Top Surgeons. His clinical skills have resulted in being named Castle Connolly’s Physician of the Year for Clinical Excellence in 2012. He has also served as President of the California chapter of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) and served as the National Chairman for Access to Care and Data Dissemination for ASMBS and Member of the Committees on Public Education, Emerging Technologies, and Research. In addition, he is the national co-chair of the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP).
    • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
    • Clinical Pathology
    Metabolic Medicine Physician, University College Dublin
    Metabolic Medicine Physician, University College Dublin
    • Head of Pathology at University College Dublin
    Professor Carel le Roux (MBChB, FRCP, FRCPath and a PhD) graduated from medical school in Pretoria South Africa, completed his Senior House Officer training at Barts and The London Hospital, his SpR training in metabolic medicine at the Hammersmith Hospitals and his PhD at Imperial College London. He was appointed as Senior Lecturer and later Reader at Imperial and accepted a Chair as Head of Pathology at University College Dublin in 2011. He received a President of Ireland Young Researcher Award, Clinician Scientist Award from the National Institute Health Research in the UK and a Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Fellowship amongst others. The focus of his research is primarily concerned with increased mortality and morbidity associated with obesity and its related diseases. A better mechanistic understanding of how the “gut talks to the brain” will allow safer and more effective treatments to be used in future. To this end the role of gut hormones, bile acids and changes in food preference are areas of interest.
    • General Surgery
    • Minimally Invasive Surgery
    • Bariatric Surgery
    • Surgery
    Co-Director Center for Weight Management and Metabolic Surgery, Brigham and Women's Hospital
    Co-Director Center for Weight Management and Metabolic Surgery, Brigham and Women's Hospital

    Dr. Tavakkoli is a minimally invasive and bariatric surgeon at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Associate Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School.  He is the co-director of the Center for Weight Management and Metabolic Surgery as well as the director of Minimally Invasive Surgery fellowship.  He received his medical degree from The London Hospital Medical College in England and became a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England (FRCS) before moving to Boston and finishing his surgical residency at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and subsequently completing the Harvard Advanced Minimally Invasive fellowship. 

    Dr. Tavakkoli leads an active NIH-funded research group that studies the mechanisms of diabetes resolution after gastric bypass surgery, focusing in the role of intestinal nutrient absorption and metabolism.  His group’s goals are to develop less invasive alternatives to surgery that can replicate the metabolic benefits of surgery without the risks.

    He has a strong interest in surgical innovation and has created ITEAM® (Innovative Technology and Engineering for Advancement of Medicine), a collaborative team of engineers, student, and physicians who focus on developing novel medical devices and solutions.  He is an active member of many professional societies, a member of the Board of Governors of the American College of Surgeons, and an associate editor for the journal of Digestive Disease and Sciences and Annals of Surgical Innovation and Research, as well as on the editorial board of Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery.

    • General Surgery
    Chief of Minimally Invasive General Surgery, Director of the Cleveland Clinic Bariatric and Metabolic Institute
    Chief of Minimally Invasive General Surgery, Director of the Cleveland Clinic Bariatric and Metabolic Institute
    • Professor of Surgery at Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine
    Philip R. Schauer, MD, is Chief of Minimally Invasive General Surgery and Director of the Cleveland Clinic Bariatric and Metabolic Institute. He is also Professor of Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University. He is immediate Past President of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. After receiving his medical degree from the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Dr. Schauer completed his residency in surgery at the University of Texas, where he served as Chief Resident of General Surgery. He then completed a fellowship in laparoscopic surgery at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, N.C. Prior to joining Cleveland Clinic in 2004, Dr. Schauer served as Director of Endoscopic Surgery, Director of Bariatric Surgery and Director of the Mark Ravitch/Leon Hirsch Center for Minimally Invasive Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Dr. Schauer's clinical interests include surgery for severe obesity, minimally invasive surgery(laparoscopic) and gastrointestinal surgery. He has performed more than 4,000 operations for severe obesity. His research interests include the pathophysiology of obesity and related diseases, physiologic effects of laparoscopic surgery on postoperative injury and recovery, and outcomes of laparoscopic management of obesity, gastrointestinal diseases and hernias. He has also participated in the development of new minimally invasive, endoscopic and laparoscopic operations. New concepts in surgical training and education have been a major focus of his educational interests. He has authored more than 200 scientific papers, editorials, textbook chapters, abstracts and video productions. He has been an invited speaker for more than 100 regional, national and international lectures on the subject of obesity surgery and laparoscopic surgery. He has been on the board of Governors of the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES) for the last 5 years. He is Past Chairman of the research, as well as training and credentialing committees of the American Society for Bariatric Surgery. He is also a member of International Federation of Surgery for Obesity (IFSO), the North American Society for the Study of Obesity (NAASO), the American Surgical Association, the Society of University Surgeons, the Society of Surgery of the Alimentary Tract (SSAT), Central Surgical Society and the Society of Clinical Surgery. He is a member of the American Board of Surgery Advisory Council and a member of the Board of Governors of the Fellowship Council. He is the Associate Editor of the new journal, Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases and is on the editorial board of three other surgical journals. He has been director of more than 50 courses and workshops on advanced laparoscopic surgery and has trained more than 20 fellows in advanced laparoscopic surgery.
    • Obesity Medicine
    • Professor and Chair in Obesity Research and Management at University of Alberta
    Arya M. Sharma is Professor and Chair in Obesity Research and Management at the University of Alberta as well as Medical Director of the Alberta Health Services Provincial Obesity Strategy. In 2005, he spearheaded the launch of the Canadian Obesity Network, which has remarkably transformed the landscape of obesity research and management in Canada. His research focuses on innovative approach to managing obese patients and includes the development of the Edmonton Obesity Staging System. Dr. Sharma has authored more than 350 publications and is regularly featured as a medical expert in national and international TV and print media. Dr. Sharma maintains a widely-read blog where he regularly posts his ideas and thoughts on obesity prevention and management, “Dr. Sharma's Obesity Notes”.
    • Pediatrics
    • Pediatric Endocrinology
    • Obesity Medicine
    Director, Nutrition and Weight Management Center, Boston Medical Center
    Director, Nutrition and Weight Management Center, Boston Medical Center
    Caroline M. Apovian, MD grew up in Fort Lee, New Jersey. She received her BA in Biochemistry at Barnard College in New York, NY in 1980. She graduated with her medical degree from University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey in 1985. She completed her residency in internal medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston and her fellowship in Nutrition Support at New England Deaconess Hospital under the guidance of Dr. George Blackburn. She was an Instructor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School before joining Boston Medical Center as the Director of the Nutrition and Weight Management Center and Co-Director of the Nutrition Support Service in 2000. Dr. Apovian is Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics in the Section of Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Nutrition at Boston University School of Medicine. As a nationally and internationally recognized authority on nutrition and obesity, her current research interests include the bariatric surgery population, adipose cell metabolism and inflammation, the effects of weight loss on endothelial cell function and novel pharmacotherapeutic antiobesity agents. She is also Program Director for the Nutrition and Obesity Fellowship at Boston Medical Center. She has co-authored over 200 original manuscripts, book chapters, and reviews on the topics of obesity, nutrition, and the relationship between adipose tissue and risk of developing cardiovascular disease. She was on the expert panel for updating the 2013 AHA/ACC/TOS Guideline for the Management of Overweight and Obesity in Adults: A Report of the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association Task Force on Practice Guidelines and The Obesity Society. She was also the Chair of the Endocrine Society guidelines on the Pharmacologic Management of Obesity published in February 2015. Dr. Apovian has given over 100 invited lectures nationally and internationally and was recently appointed Vice President of The Obesity Society for 2015-16.
    • General Surgery
    • Professor of Bariatric and MIS Surgery, Director of the obesity chair at King Saud University
    Aayed Alqahtani, MD, FRCSC, FACS, is a Saudi Arabian national who received his MBBS with Honors from King Saud University; Riyadh, Saudi Arabia in 1992. He did his residency training and obtained his fellowship (FRCSC) in general surgery at McGill University, Montreal Canada. In 2002, He was certified in general and pediatric surgery by the Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Canada and the American Board of General Surgery (FACS). He also had training in minimally invasive surgery (MIS) at Denver, CO, USA. He is currently Professor and Consultant of MIS and Obesity Surgery at King Saud University. He is the Director of King Saud’s University’s Obesity Chair and a prominent bariatric surgeon. He is a strong advocate of providing weight loss surgery for severely obese children and adolescents, and has published numerous studies on the safety and efficacy of this solution in young age groups. Notably, Prof. Alqahtani's recent publications demonstrated that bariatric surgery does not alter the growth of young children. He is a member of various international societies including -The International Pediatric Endoscopy Group (IPEG): Currently serving as the Vice President of the Executive Committee and Chairman of the Middle East Chapter. -The International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity and Metabolic Disorders (IFSO) -The Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES) -American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) He has been a guest speaker for well over 100 international events and more than 200 peer-presentations at national and international meetings. He is faculty in a range of national and international training courses and workshops in MIS, robotic and bariatric surgery. He is active in numerous national and international societies, and is a member of the editorial board of leading respected scientific journals.
    • Complex General Surgical Oncology
    • Surgical Critical Care
    • General Surgery
    • Minimally Invasive Surgery
    • Bariatric Surgery
    General and Bariatric Surgeon at IRCCS Azienda Ospedaliera Universitaria San Martino IST - Istituto Nazionale per la Ricerca sul Cancro
    General and Bariatric Surgeon at IRCCS Azienda Ospedaliera Universitaria San Martino IST - Istituto Nazionale per la Ricerca...
    Francesco Saverio Papadia, MD, was born in Genoa, Italy, on March 25th , 1973. He graduated from University of Genoa School of Medicine in 1998, with an MD thesis entitled “Recent physiologic acquisitions and new strategies of use of biliopancreatic diversion in Obesity”. Dr. Papadia enrolled in the General Surgery residency program, University of Genoa School of Medicine in 1998, under the supervision of Professor Nicola Scopinaro. During his training, Dr. Papadia has focused primarily on digestive surgery, with special emphasis on bariatric surgery. Dr. Papadia was appointed Assistant Professor of Surgery at University of Genoa School of Medicine in 2004, and has been staff surgeon at the Surgical Department, University of Genoa School of Medicine, since July 2005. Dr. Papadia’s research interests focus primarily on bariatric surgery, particularly in type 2 diabetic patients with a BMI
    • Research Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Public Health Sciences at University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
    Sarah Messiah, Ph.D., MPH is a Research Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Public Health Sciences and Co-Director of the Division of Community-Based Research and Training at the Mailman Center for Child Development at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. She has dedicated her entire academic career to the area of obesity prevention and treatment, primarily among children, young adults and families. She is nationally known for her research and publications directly linking childhood-onset obesity to cardiometabolic disease risk factors, even during the preschool years. She is currently funded by the National Institutes of Health, the United States Department of Agriculture and several foundations to conduct obesity prevention intervention studies among some of our nation’s most vulnerable pediatric groups. Dr. Messiah, bariatric surgeon Dr. Nestor de la Cruz-Munoz and their research team have developed and implemented a psychological measurement battery in young, ethnically diverse weight loss surgery (WLS) patients to explore the (1) psychosocial and health outcomes among national and local ethnically diverse, adolescent and adult WLS patients; and (2) ethnic group disparities in post-operative weight loss outcomes and comorbidity resolution.
    • Pediatric Surgery
    • General Surgery
    • Director, Center for Adolescent Bariatric Surgery at NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital
    Dr. Jeffrey Zitsman is Professor of Surgery at Columbia University Medical Center and the Director of the Center for Adolescent Bariatric Surgery at the Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital of New York Presbyterian. Since 2005 the Center team has evaluated hundreds of children and adolescents seeking weight loss surgery and to date, Dr. Zitsman has performed over 250 weight loss operations. He has authored over 50 published articles, editorials, and chapters in pediatric surgical topics and has delivered lectures on weight loss surgery both nationally and internationally. Dr. Zitsman and his colleagues have conducted an FDA-approved study of the safety and efficacy of laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding in over 100 adolescents followed for 5 years after surgery, and currently are evaluating the impact of laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy in children and adolescents. Dr. Zitsman currently serves as chairman of the Committee on Childhood Obesity of the American Pediatric Surgical Association and has participated as an invited panelist for the Federal Drug Administration’s Gastrointestinal Devices Committee.
    • Pediatric Surgery
    • Clinical Director, Pediatric Surgery at Nemours
    Dr. Reichard is the Clinical Director of the Division of General Surgery, the Surgical Director of the Operating Room and the Surgical Director of the Bariatric Program at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children. He is a Clinical Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics at Jefferson Medical College. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Dr. Reichard completed his residency in General Surgery at the University of Illinois at Chicago and subsequently completed his fellowship in Pediatric Surgery at the St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children. His special clinical interests include pediatric surgical oncology, minimally invasive surgery, adolescent bariatric surgery, chest wall deformities, inflammatory bowel disease, and surgery of newborns. Dr. Reichard is currently the Chairman of the Pediatric and Adolescent Committee of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.
    • Pediatrics
    • Obesity Medicine
    Asheley Cockrell Skinner, PhD, is a health services researcher focused on addressing a variety of issues related to the health of children. She is currently an Associate Professor of Pediatrics and an Associate Professor of Health Policy and Management at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She trained at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she received her PhD in Health Policy and Administration in 2007. She is a nationally-known expert in childhood obesity, focusing on the measurement of obesity, the health consequences of obesity, and preventing stigma in obesity interventions. She also has significant experience in the areas of child maltreatment, substance use and abuse among adolescents, and prescription drug misuse. In addition to her many roles in research, she is also a dedicated teacher, spending a substantial portion of her time teaching classes and mentoring doctoral students, residents, fellows, and junior faculty.
    • General Surgery
    • Minimally Invasive Surgery
    • Bariatric Surgery
    • Lead Consultant Bariatric Surgeon at Sahlgrenska University Hospital
    Assistant Professor Olbers is a minimal invasive specialist in upper GI surgery with a certain focus on bariatric surgery. He is the principal investigator for the Swedish research program for adolescents undergoing bariatric surgery- AMOS- since 2005. He has conducted two of the few randomized controlled trials in adult bariatric surgery and has recently started a RCT in adolescents. Dr Olbers is also one of the authors and major surgical contributors to the Swedish Obese Subject (SOS) study. His national and international reputation stems from combining a busy clinical activity with continuous academic productivity. Dr Olbers has performed several thousands laparoscopic baratric surgical procedures (gastric bypass, Sleeve gastrectomy and lap BPD/ Duodenal switch, revisional bariatric surgery) and described and refined the double loop technique for performing laparoscopic gastric bypass together with Hans Lönroth, which currently is the commonest used bariatric technique in the Scandinavian countries and in many other countries worldwide. As a regularly invited lecturer at international conferences he has facilitated establishment of bariatric surgical practice in Finland, Egypt, Norway, Belgium, Estonia, Greece, Denmark, Dubai, Kuwait, Lithuania, Holland, UK, India and Sweden. Dr Olbers is currently the lead consultant bariatric surgeon at Sahlgrenska University Hospital, Gothenburg, Sweden.