Dr. Ariel Ortiz ®, Board Certified medical doctor under Mexican license #2526822, is a world renowned expert on Lap-Band surgery. Dr. Ortiz trained almost a decade ago under the designer of the Lap-Band, Dr. Mitiku Belechew, and has proctored hundreds of surgeons around the world to perform this procedure safely and effectively.
He has been designated as an SRC International Centers of Excellence surgeon and is also a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Ortiz is also former president of the National Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, and is currently full member of the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.
On numerous occasions Dr. Ortiz has been designated as the professor of Lap-Band workshops hosted by Allergen (Inamed) both in the United States and Canada and also the first workshop ever in the Philippines.
Dr. Ariel Ortiz ® is the past president of the Mexican Association of Bariatric Surgery and is an invited guest speaker to numerous lectures around the world. He is Director of the Obesity Control Center®, one of the most active Lap-Band surgery centers and hospitals in North America, and is credited for major innovations in the field; for example, rescuing a failed gastric bypass by placing a Lap-Band over it. Dr. Ortiz is also a pioneer on Lap-Banding for obese teenagers, the gastric balloon and other new and exciting areas of weight loss surgery.
Dr. Ortiz was the leader in the development of a USA based nationwide network of professionally trained aftercare providers, Fill Centers USA. In the company of other distinguished U.S. surgeons, Dr. Ortiz currently serves on the board of Medical Advisors for this significant medical organization.