UCSD Partnership: An Academic Collaboration

This partnership sees the union of two North American metabolic and bariatric surgery powerhouses. Both centers share an enviable global reputation for high-quality, cost-effective surgical care, and also world-class global surgical education.

Unique to this academic collaboration is that both centers have a proven track record of world-class surgical education and training through the Center for the Future of Surgery (CFS) based at UCSD and the International Bariatric Club Digital Education and Communications headquarters which is based at the IIMM.

UCSD surgical faculty will further enhance this partnership by providing world-class teaching, education, and consulting. The IIMM surgical center has been accredited by the Joint Commission International and will follow the guidelines of The American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. The center is focused on education, training and advancing surgical techniques, and providing quality patient care.

UCSD collaborates with weight-loss surgical center in Tijuana

TIJUANA — Surgeons from UC San Diego Health traveled to Tijuana on Thursday to toast the launch of a new collaboration with a weight-loss surgery center based in the northern part of the border city....

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“We are celebrating today more than a partnership between like-minded individuals who are dedicated to providing high-quality minimally invasive surgical options for the patients they serve. Indeed, today we are celebrating a fundamental and aspirational idea. The idea that human collaborations across international borders not only occur, but can bring about important benefits to the patients that we serve in our region.

— Dr. Bryan Clary, professor and the chair of the Department of Surgery at UCSD

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Opening Doors

This collaboration opens the doors to cross-border health services and a network of health providers in Mexico.

Furthermore, the IIMM will house the Center for the Future of Surgery (CFS) of UCSD, the only based outside the USA.

Thanks to education, research, and innovation, Tijuana will be a medical benchmark in Latin America.

The IIMM and the UCSD centers share an enviable global reputation for high-quality, cost-effective surgical care and world-class international surgical education. 

Unique to this academic collaboration is that both centers have a proven track record of world-class surgical education and training through the Center for the Future of Surgery (CFS) based at UCSD, and the International Bariatric Club Digital Education and Communications headquarters is also found at the IIMM. (via kktv.com)

OCC’s epidemiologist is closely monitoring the COVID-19 status and is actively issuing updates as they are available. The Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization are the most trusted sources online.  While the CDC has announced new mask protocols for vaccinated individuals, there will be no changes for our office protocols for patients, guests, and staff members as the announcement does not apply to hospitals or medical facilities. Masks are still a requirement for all patients, guests and staff at our facility.

As we reinitiate weight loss surgery, we are constantly adapting and installing new and updated safety measures.

Weight loss surgery is medically necessary.

Bariatric Surgery and the clash of two pandemics.   

Major metabolic and bariatric surgery Societies and colleges globally are now calling for the safe resumption of bariatric and metabolic surgery before the COVID-19 pandemic is declared over. 

The sooner bariatric surgery can be safely performed, the quicker obesity, type 2 diabetes, and other diseases can be reduced or resolved as they are not only chronic they are also progressive.  Obesity is also linked to more than 40 diseases including type 2 diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, stroke, sleep apnea, osteoarthritis, and at least 13 different types of cancer.

A recent statement from the ASMBS says “Before COVID-19 began, it was clear that patients with obesity were ‘safer through surgery.’ In the era of COVID-19, ‘safer through surgery’ for patients with obesity may prove to be even more important than before.” Obesity and Metabolic syndrome have been identified as an independent risk factor for adverse outcomes including death among COVID-19 patients.

See here for full COVID-19 update. 

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