Dr. Ariel Ortiz is a General Surgeon with a specialty in bariatric surgery. He has almost two decades of experience in the field of advanced weight loss surgeries. He is double board-certified in general surgery and board-certified in bariatric surgery. He holds two professional licenses: a general medical license, as well as a general surgery license (#2526822). Dr. Ariel Ortiz gained a reputation for excellence early in his career as a bariatric surgeon back in 1997, when only a handful of surgeons achieved a specialty in this field. He is also among the very few surgeons that hold the certificate of Master Surgeon of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery by Surgical Review Corporation.

Educator and consultant

Dr. Ariel Ortiz served as a consultant training the first surgeons to perform bariatric surgery and traveled and lectured extensively in the United States and Canada. As a consultant for Inamed Medical, he performed bariatric surgeries in over 100 hospitals in the United States, including Cleveland Clinics, University of Chicago Medical Center, Mayo Clinic, UCLA Medical Center, NYU Hospital, Mount Sinai, Lenox Hill, to name just a few.

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Innovator in the development of advanced weight loss treatments

Dr. Ariel Ortiz played a key role in the development and clinical application of implantable medical devices for weight loss surgery known as the Lap-Band System. His research and experience landed him a spot on The Oprah Winfrey Show after performing surgery on the youngest patient ever to undergo a bariatric procedure, setting the foundation for adolescent bariatric surgery to gain FDA approval. 

Online lecturer and trainer

Dr. Ariel Ortiz has been named as Director for the first Bariatric Surgery Online Television Channel where he lectures and trains other surgeons in the technical nuances of complex bariatric surgery procedures. Dr. Ariel Ortiz has trained hundreds of young surgeons around the world to perform weight loss surgery safely and effectively. Obesity Control Center, located in Tijuana, Mexico, is a state-of-the-art facility equipped with advanced broadcast capabilities and can transmit live surgical procedures to international meetings and symposiums around the globe.

“Surgeon of Excellence in Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery”

Dr. Ariel Ortiz has the honor of being designated as an SRC “Surgeon of Excellence in Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery” and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and of the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. Dr. Ariel Ortiz was also the youngest president of the National Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery and is currently a full member of the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery and the International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity.

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Academic appointments and C-suite appointments

Dr. Ariel Ortiz was named President of Global Communications for IBS at Oxford University, as CEO and Founder of the International Institute of Metabolic Medicine. He also serves as President and CEO of Quo Vadis Productions.

Dr. Ariel Ortiz’s academic appointments include Professor of Surgery and Professor of Clinical Medicine at the Autonomous University of Baja California School of Medicine and Professor of Medical-Surgical Nursing at the University Ibero-Americana where he teaches young physicians and surgical nurses the fundamentals of surgery and clinical medicine. 

World-renowned bariatric surgeon

As a leader in his field, Dr. Ariel Ortiz is frequently invited as a guest speaker to numerous lectures around the world. He is Director of the Obesity Control Center®, one of the most awarded bariatric hospitals in the world.

Trademarks and patents

He is an innovator in the field of bariatric surgery and holds numerous trademarks and patents. Some of his contributions to the field of bariatrics include setting the foundation for approval by the FDA of weight loss surgery in teenage patients after publishing the results on the largest series of teenagers that had undergone a weight loss procedure.

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Groundbreaking surgeries

Dr. Ariel Ortiz performed the first banding of a gastric bypass to rescue a failing procedure. He performed and published his early experience that led to it becoming the standard with which failed bypasses are resolved across the globe. His expertise in the bariatric field, as well as his ability to innovate and adapt, helped him design the world’s first weight loss surgery requiring no stapling, re-routing, or device implant and trademarked it as the Stomach Sparing Gastric Sleeve®.

A stellar reputation in weight loss surgery

Dr. Ariel Ortiz has performed more procedures than the total number of published cases. His most recent collaboration resulted in the development and clinical use of the World’s First Swallowable Gastric Balloon for Non-Surgical Weight Loss, which now benefits thousands of patients around the world every year. He continues to teach Bariatric Surgery at one of the designated sites for formal bariatric surgery training in Latin America. He is a surgical and academic consultant for Medtronics Medical®, Ethicon Endosurgery, and Obalon Therapeutics®.

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Education

1980-1983

Pre-Medical Education

  • Preparatoria Federal Lazaro Cardenas, Tijuana, Mexico

1984-1990

Medical Degree

  • Graduated Summa Cum Laude/ Presidential Award for Merit, A.H. Robins Universidad Autonoma de Baja California, Facultad de Medicina Graduated

1991

Internship

  • Hospital Fray Junipero Serra, ISSSTE, Col, 20 Noviembre, Tijuana, Mexico

1993

General Surgery Residency

  • Hospital IMSS Clinica No.20, La Mesa Tijuana, Mexico

1994-1997

  • Hospital Regional de Zona, No.1, Centro Médico Nacional del Nororeste, Ciudad Obregón Sonora, Mexico.

1997

Post-Doctoral Training

  • Minimally Invasive Surgery Fellowship, Hospital No. 20 IMSS
    Advanced Minimally Invasive Surgery Fellowship, Hospital No. 20 IMSS

1998

  • Bariatric Surgery Training Symposium, Hospital Angeles del Pedregal, Cd. Mexico North-west Training Center, Mexican Social Security Institute, Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico

1999

  • Certification in Bariatric Surgery, Mexican Social Security Institute, Tijuana, Baja California, México Hospital Angeles del Pedregal México, Federal District
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Awards

Board certifications

  • Board of General Surgery: Board Certified 5 years recertification: 2017-2022
  • Board of Bariatric Surgery: Board Certified 5 years Certification: 2017-2022

Licensure

  • General Medicine Mexican License Issued 10/08/97
  • General Medicine Baja California License Issued 02/00
  • General Surgeon Baja California License Issued 03/00
  • Mexican License, Ministry of Public Education, General Bureau of Professions, Authorizes the
  • Professional Practice of General Surgery

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Fellowships

  • Fellow of the American College of Surgeons: 2003-present
  • International Fellow of the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery: 1997- present

Academic appointments

  • Professor of Surgical Pathology, Tenth Semester at the Faculty of Medicine, UABC
  • Professor of Surgical Education, Sixth Semester at the Faculty of Medicine, UABC
  • Head Professor of Bariatric Surgery. Minimal Invasion Institution of Baja California, Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery Institution, OCC
  • Head Professor of Advanced Metabolic Surgery, Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery Institution, OCC
  • 2000-present: Professor of General Surgery University of Baja California, Tijuana
  • 2000-present: Professor of Clinical Medicine University of Baja California, Tijuana
  • 2000-present: Professor of Surgical Nursing Ibero American University
  • 1998-2000: Professor of Laparoscopic Surgery North-Western Laparoscopic Training Center Mexican Social Security Institute Tijuana, B.C., México
  • 2000-2007: Professor Laparoscopic Hernia Repair Course North-Western Laparoscopic Training Center Mexican Social Security Institute Tijuana, B.C., México
  • 2002-present: Professor of Bariatric Surgery International Institute of Metabolic Medicine Tijuana, Mexico.

Administrative appointments

  • 2006: Scientific Committee, Mexican Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery Association.
  • 2004: Scientific Committee, Mexican Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery Association.
  • 2002: National President and Honorary Member: Mexican Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery Association.
  • 2000: State President of the Association and Honorary Member: Mexican Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery Association.
  • 1999: Secretary, Baja California Surgeons Association
  • 1998: Secretary of the Scientific Committee, Baja California Surgeons Association
  • 1996: Honorary President, Northwestern Residents Association
  • 1994-1995: Chief of Residents, General Surgery, Centro Medico Nacional de Noroeste, Obregon City, Sonora
  • 1993: Chief of Residents, General Surgery, Clinic No 20 of the Mexican Social Security Institute
  • 1992: A.H. Robbins Award of Academic Excellence, Awarded by the President of México, Raul Salinas de Gortari

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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